Implementing Evidence for Practice

Subject NURS90070 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours online (Approximately 2 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to devote approximately 9 hours per week to this subject. 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.


Dr Sharon Kinney


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:

A number of textbooks are suitable for this course. Advice will be provided to students at the commencement of Semester.

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 Primary Care Nursing
Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Neonatal Intensive Care)
Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)

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