Learning Outcome 1 will be assessed: Identify a clinical problem and generate related question(s) to a field-specific area of nursing that requires investigation.
Learning Outcome 2 will be assessed: Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the systematic steps of literature searching to access the evidence by utilising a range of information technologies.
Learning Outcome 3 will be assessed: Critically evaluate empirical evidence which includes a diverse range of different research designs/approaches, sampling and data collection methods related to a field-specific area of nursing.
Learning Outcome 4 will be assessed: Develop an overall classification system for a summary of the evidence in the integrative literature review.
Learning outcome 5 will be assessed: Demonstrate knowledge of the enhancements and barriers to the implementation of evidenced-based practice in a field-specific area of nursing practice.
|§ A integrative literature review in a selected field-specific area of nursing or nursing practice which should
§ include, identification of that area, why it was selected and considered to be a problem area, and
§ generation of related research question(s).
§ Thereafter, a systematic outline of the literature search process should be provided.
§ Following this, there should be an evaluation of the evidence i.e. a diverse range of research studies
§ (quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method) with a succinct systematic outline of their respective methods (study design/approach, sampling method, data collection method(s) and key findings.
§ There is not a specific number of books, articles etc. for students to include BUT students must select
§ and include in the main body of the review 5 primary research studies and
§ each selected study (quantitative and qualitative) should have their methods outlined and critically
§ evaluated in the text following the systematic stages of the research process:
§ Firstly, the primary research study must be referenced and
§ then the students should include information in relation to the type of study design/approach
§ (including Aim and Objectives), the type of sampling method used, the study population recruited for
§ the study (n-?) and the primary related socio-demographic characteristics of the study population outlined.
§ The ethical considerations for the research participants and if an ethical approval was granted for the study
§ should be also described.
§ The data collection method(s) should be also identified and briefly what it/they individually sought to investigate
§ or measure.
§ The type of data analysis and the strategies used to analyse the data as well as the final number of the
§ participants should be also mentioned.
§ The study findings/results should be succinctly outlined as well as the respective methodological strengths and
§ limitations and brief explanations as to why these were strengths or shortcomings
§ Students also need to include other sources to support their point of view and to compare and contrast the
§ results of the primary research studies with other research studies related to their topic using critical
§ analysis and discussion, as this assignment should not be descriptive.
§ Therefore, the key findings of the studies (primary and secondary) should be carefully examined,
§ compared and contrasted in a critical way, which needs to fulfill the main aim and objectives of their review.
§ The role of the nurse, the role of the multi-disciplinary team and the clinical implications of the reviewed
§ findings should be considered in the field-specific area of nursing/healthcare practice selected.
§ The clinical implications of the reviewed findings should be considered in the field-specific area of nursing/
§ healthcare practice selected.
§ Continued gaps in clinical and research knowledge should be identified and linked to suggested, specific
§ directions for future clinical development/innovation and research in the topic area identified