Implementing Evidence for Practice

Subject NURS90070 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours online (Approximately 3 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment:

272 hours



Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.



Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
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Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to meet the needs of nurses and other clinically-based health professionals seeking further education in identifying, appraising and utilising research as an evidential base for their daily practice. The subject aims to facilitate the development of skills and knowledge that will allow participants to incorporate evidence based practice into clinical decision making.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand the role of evidence-based practice in nursing.
  • incorporate evidence based practice into clinical decision-making.

The assessment for this subject will be:

  1. 2,500-word written assignment - due week 6 (30%)
  2. 4,500-word written assignment - due week 12 (50%)
  3. Participation in weekly online tutorials (20%)
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Melnyk B, Fineout-Overholt, E. (Eds) Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare. A guide to best practice. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2005

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject the student will be able to:

  • Develop searchable questions arising from clinical problems and issues
  • Identify appropriate sources of information for relevant questions
  • Demonstrate skills in searching electronic databases
  • Demonstrate skill and understanding in critically appraising research using relevant appraisal frameworks
  • Apply evidence in the clinical setting to address patient problems or clinical issues.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

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