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Understanding and Challenging Evidence-based Practice

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

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Understanding and Challenging Evidence-based Practice
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer for 19 years. Interests include evidence based practice, healthcare leadership, contemporary issues, acute adult nursing.
Clinical background in acute medicine and cardiology nursing

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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.

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