This assignment is a continuation of assessment 1 in that you are required to apply the remaining principles of EBP to synthesise evidence that will help in answering the question that you developed in assessment 1. Therefore, you are required to employ the feedback that you obtained on the first assignment to enhance the clarity of the problem that you have chosen, and then shape your answerable question. You have the freedom to change your question and/or even the issue that you selected for assessment 1. However, it is not recommended to make the change if there is no valid reason. Before making the change, it is recommended to seek advice from your tutor or me.
For this assignment, you are required to apply the systematic process involved in the application of EBP to the answer the question that you developed in in assessment 1. Using the elements of the EBP process, discuss how you might access and assess the current evidence for best practice options to ensure safe and effective care is provided for
this patient. You should consider the following key points:
employ feedback on the first assignment to enhance the clarity of the chosen issue/problem;
shape (sharpen/ modify) the developed guiding/ clinical (answerable) question;
locate the best available evidence to answer the question;
appraisal of the evidence and resources to answer the question;
Summary of the appraisal for recommendations for best practice relevant to the identified issue/ problem.
Some important points to consider while preparing/ writing this assessment item:
o Make sure you refer to the assignment writing guidelines (to be found on blackboard in the assessments folder).
o You will need an introduction and conclusion to this assignment.
o Headings are required – you might like to use the ‘key points’ above.
o Dot points are not acceptable – this must be written in essay format.
o NB* this is an essay about the selection of evidence for application to practice so you
are NOT required to discuss detailed pathophysiology or clinical care nor steps of
nursing procedures. Rather, your discussion should focus on: the process of finding
evidence to support practice, appraising the evidence found/ providing a summary of
the recommendations from the literature you have appraised to be ‘best’.
o Make sure you use the marking criteria to focus your preparation and discussion.
o Include cover sheet, title and contents pages and end-text reference list.
o Outline your literature search strategy (location of evidence).
o Follow the ECU Referencing Guide (link available on Blackboard).
o Please remember that:
o All cited references should be credible resources including peer
reviewed published journal articles.
o The principle of assessing the adequacy of your references is that the
every piece of information should be supported with appropriate
citation. So, there is no minimum number of references required.
o A wide range of references is required
o Cite contemporary resources (not older than 7 years).
o The word count can be +/- 10%. Therefore, the word limit of your essay is 1500
words +/- (150 words). If it is beyond that, penalties will apply.
o In-text references are counted with the word limit.
The due date for submission depends on your clinical rotation. This is because
studying the unit will be over nine weeks according to the clinical rotation, refer to
page 4 of the unit outline. The table below summarises, the due dates for submitting
this assignment: –
Clinical rotation Due date to submit NCS 1202 Case study
No clinical placement Monday 03 October 2016 by 23:59 hours
Clinical rotation 1 and 2 Friday 21 October 2016 by 23:59 hours
Clinical rotation 3 and 4 Monday 03 October 2016 by 23:59 hours
Bunbury Students Monday 03 October 2016 by 23:59 hours
Cross semester students Contact me to address this issue.
As an evidence of your clinical placement dates, you must attach a scanned copy of your
NCAS (Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule) as an appendix to your assignment.
Failure to attach this document will result in keeping your assignment unmarked until
verifying your clinical rotation. So, please attach a copy of NCAS to avoid unnecessary
delays in marking your assignment.
o Only submit via Turnitin, NO hardcopy is required. Turnitin is a software that checks documents regarding similarity with other documents. Please refer to information on Turnitin on the Blackboard (BB).
o The following steps will help you finalise your submission:
1. Log into the BB site of the unit
2. Click the item “assignments” On the left hand main menu
3. Click the folder named “Assessment 2: Case study analysis”
4. Click the link to submit your assignment (Before the due time, you can submit your assignment as many times as you like. So, it is a good chance to take this advantage to check similarity of your assignment before making the final
submission. Once the due time passed, you cannot make further submissions)
o NO marking guide needs to be attached as Turnitin creates it as we mark online.
o Please state your word count on the title page.
Explanation of the Rubric of Assessment 2 (Case study analysis)
This will cover the following items:
Overview of identified problem and answerable question:
Student employs feedback from the first assignment to enhance the clarity of the issue/problem and shape the
Location of evidence: Student succinctly outlines strategies used to obtain (look for) best available evidence,
ideally providing table of search strategy.
Application of critical thinking:
Appraisal of evidence: Student discusses which ‘best practice’ was chosen and why. NB a full appraisal of all evidence
found and read is NOT required.
. Integration to practice: Student succinctly synthesises (pulls together) all the important and relevant information from
their appraisal of evidence, making useful clinical meaning of the literature collected (i.e. summary includes reference to/
discussion of recommendations for practice from articles appraised).
Refer to SNM assignment writing guidelines
Presentation & Referencing:
Refer to SNM assignment writing guidelines
Refer to ECU referencing guide