Online course

Understanding and Challenging Evidence-based Practice

Define evidence-based practice and learn about the challenges and preconceptions that come with it.

Understanding and Challenging Evidence-based Practice

This course is part of the program The Evidence Base for Nursing Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Build a thorough understanding of evidence-based practice

Evidence is vital to advances in patient care and management and evidence-based practice is firmly established as the gold standard for care delivery in all aspects of healthcare. However, simply accepting the evidence is not acceptable.

On this course, you will explore the preconceptions of evidence-based practice, challenging and evaluating the theory behind it. You will also reflect on its influence on your role and the care you provide. Through the course you will develop the skills needed to access and examine the evidence that supports and affects healthcare practice.

What topics will you cover?

• The concept of evidence-based nursing practice

• The hierarchies of evidence

• Knowledge and skills for evidence-banded nursing practice

• Sources of therapeutic knowledge

• The influence of evidence and knowledge on nursing practice

• Critical-thinking theory in the context of evidence-based nursing practice

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Explore what evidence tells us about changing practice
  • Engage in critical discussion on the concepts of the evidence base for practice
  • Explore the influences of the empirical, ethical, personal and aesthetic impact of evidence

Who is the course for?

This course is for any healthcare professional involved in patient care at any level.

Who will you learn with?

Susan Blyden

Specialist nurse in Critical Care and Major Organ Transplantation and extensive experience working in clinical research trials and academe. 16 years in education as a senior lecturer in nursing

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program The Evidence Base for Nursing Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.