Critically examine how evidence-based practice underpins their safe practice in healthcare.

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Assessment Guidelines
Assessment Brief:
You are to write a 3,000 word (+/- 10% excluding reference list) a literature review. Select a
topic of interest which is relevant to your pathway based on one of the domains from the NHS
Outcomes Framework (2015/16) informed by the NICE Quality Standard or GP Contract
Quality and Outcomes Framework (2015/16). Formulate a research queation relating to your
area of practice, undertake a systematic literature search of relevant sources, examine and
critically evaluate the relevant evidence-based information in order to identify the clinical
practice gap and make an action plan to address them to bridge the gap, which may form part
of your background to yout project in the Evaluating and Advancing Nursing Practice module
assignment.
Module Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcome 1
Critically examine how evidence-based practice underpins their safe practice in healthcare.
Learning Outcome 2
Distinguish confidently between the different types of evidence used in nursing practice.
Learning Outcome 3
Critically evaluate the different research paradigms and approaches within evidence-based
practice, including qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
Learning Outcome 4
Critically apply relevant research findings for patient benefit.
Essay structure
1. Introduction (200 words) An introduction generally need to answer these 3 questions.
a. What? The introduction must begin by clearly explaining what the essay is about.
Identify in your own words what is required in the assessment brief given above.
b. How? The second part of the introduction needs to outline how the essay is
structured. You need to summarise the details given in points 2 to 5 below.
c. Why? An introduction needs to articulate why the topic under consideration is of
significance. This should be evidence-based and supported with relevant
literature.
2. Background (500 words)
a. Briefly summarise what is already known about the topic, and how this relates to
your chosen domain from the NHS Outcomes Framework (2015/16). (Learning
Outcome 4).
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b. Briefly highlight the key original research studies and guidelines related to your
topic that have been published in reputable journals/sources in your field of
practice. (Learning Outcome 2).
c. Explain and justify why the findings of the background studies indicate a need for
your review of literature. In other words, explain what a