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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advancing Evidence Based Practice
Module Code NS558P
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan Rothwell
Semester 2: Siobhan Rothwell
Autumn: Siobhan Rothwell
Module TeachersSiobhan Rothwell
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Students will be required to successfully undertake prescribed coursework.

The module will provide participants with core competencies needed to utilise evidence-based practice (EBP). It will equip them with a framework and key skills set to apply evidence to practice. Implementation strategies needed to support sustained engagement with evidence in practice will be introduced including key mechanisms to evaluate EBP outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the evolution, rationale for, and importance of Evidence-based Practice in health care.
2. Develop searchable, answerable practice related questions using an Evidence-based Practice approach.
3. Demonstrate competency to acquire and discern the best available evidence.
4. Critically appraise and interpret the best available evidence using agreed frameworks incorporating patient preferences (where applicable) and clinical expertise.
5. Integrate evidence into decision-making incorporating clinical expertise, client preferences and values.
6. Critically evaluate implementation strategies needed to introduce, measure, promote and sustain active engagement with Evidence-based Practice in workplace settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Face to face interaction in a classroom environment which facilitates immediate explanation and reiteration of key learning objectives set out for students
Directed learning12Synchronous and asynchronous learning and engagement with pre-determined module tasks including on-line activities. Includes peer and self-review; contribution to discussion forums and completion of individual online tasks.
Tutorial12Library tutorials/structured small group supervision to guide and support active learning and engagement with module requirements.
Independent Study202Reflection on concepts and frameworks underpinning module focus; prospect for critical and creative thinking; assimilation of new knowledge; identification of informal learning opportunities.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Evolution of and rationale for Evidence-based Practice (EBP). Key skills to develop searchable, answerable healthcare related questions. Tools to acquire and discern best evidence. Recognised frameworks to appraise and interpret evidence amassed. Implementation science: theories and frameworks to introduce, measure, promote and sustain active EBP engagement in practice including enabling & inhibiting factors.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudents will undertake a prescribed assessment examining the best available evidence underpinning practice in an area of interest.80%n/a
ParticipationStudents will be expected to participate in synchronous and asynchronous online activities and participate in pre-determined module tasks as required.20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Melnyk B and Fineout–Overholt E: 2019, Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: Guide to best practice, 4th edition, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia,
  • Cullum, N, Ciliska, D, Haynes, B.R. and Marks, S: 2008, Evidence-based Nursing: An introduction, Blackwell, BNJ Journals, RCN Publishing Company, Oxford, 978-140514597
  • Kent B and McCormack B: 2010, Clinical Context for Evidence-based Nursing Practice, Wiley Blackwell, W Sussex, 978-140518433
  • Larabee, J.H: 2009, Nurse to Nurse Evidence-Based Practice: Expert Interventions, McGrawHill Medical., London, 978-007149372
  • Deborah Dang,Sandra Dearholt: 2018, Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Practice, 4th, SIGMA Theta Tau International, Indiana, 9781940446974
Other Resources

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