EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE FOR VETERINARY NURSES

VET2EBN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will further develop their knowledge and application of research and scholarship in a veterinary nursing context. Students are introduced to basic quantitative and qualitative research methods and the concept of validity assessment via basic statistics. This subject teaches students how to search veterinary nursing databases to find relevant published peer reviewed literature, which they then critically assess. Students are supported to further develop their writing skills either through the task of writing a critical literature review, or preparing a case study at a level suitable for publication in a veterinary nursing journal.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites VET1FSV and must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHow to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine, 5th ednPrescribedGreenhalgh, T (2014)Wiley-Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Outline the background, rationale, key principles and processes of evidence-based practice

Activities:
Students undertake readings on evidence-based practice, and then discuss this area with their peers during a workshop. They then discuss the benefits and challenges of applying the principles of evidence-based practice in veterinary nursing practice, both locally and internationally.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Critique the design, method and statistical analyses used in a range of published research studies

Activities:
Students learn about research design and methods, including quantitative and qualitative, and some basic forms of statistical analysis through pre-workshop readings and videos. They then discuss these during workshops, and practice applying some of the basic techniques. Student groups then work together in a workshop to critique the design, method and statistical analyses on a number of published research studies. Finally, individual students critically review a piece of published peer reviewed literature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Utilise systematic search methods to find appropriate and relevant peer-reviewed journal articles

Activities:
A librarian runs a workshop helping to guide students in appropriate systematic search methods to source peer-reviewed journal articles. Students then practice this approach, when searching for articles for their case study/literature review, and can ask for assistance from the librarian and/or tutors.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Create an evidence-based piece of literature, written in a concise and genre-appropriate manner, suitable to submit for publication in a peer reviewed journal

Activities:
Students are supplied links to a number of examples of published case studies and literature reviews, and read these prior to their workshop. They are also given a link to the requirements by a number of journals for the requirements for case studies and/or literature reviews to be suitable for publishing. Students choose the journal and article type that they wish to emulate, and plan their writing accordingly.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Critically evaluate and provide constructive feedback on written articles

Activities:
Students with a team work together during a workshop to offer constructive feedback on the draft article written by each team member. Tutors are available to assist with any questions the group may have.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Construct robust recommendations or solutions to moderately complex veterinary nursing problems

Activities:
Student as part of their creation of their evidence-based piece of literature, considers how the evidence they have found could be used to offer recommendations or solutions to veterinary nursing challenges
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x 30 min written test (500 words equivalent)Short Answer and MCQs on the application of basic statistical and research methods approaches to veterinary nursing related research, and the concepts involved in evidence based practice10 01, 02
Team Critical Literature Review (600 words equivalent/student)Team of four students Team critically reviews an article of interest published in peer reviewed literature 15 01, 02
Literature Plan and Annotated Bibliography (1000 words)Students to write a dot point plan and to prepare an annotated bibliography of key literature they will use in their publishable piece of writing20 03, 04
Final Literature Article (1800 words)Write a publishable Case Study or Literature Review (based on a case study or area of interest from WIL clinical placements) in a style suitable for publication in a veterinary nursing or veterinary journal40 04, 06
Peer Review of Written Drafts (600 words equivalent/student)Team of four students Critically review the draft literature pieces of each member of the team and collectively offer constructive critique. 15 05