SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B726083
Module Leader Wendy Mayne
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

Registered nurses make a key contribution to the continuous monitoring and quality improvement of care and treatment in order to enhance health outcomes and people's experience of nursing and related care. Therefore, in this module, students will begin to understand how measurement informs quality improvement and underpins the delivery of excellence in care. Developing the students' ability to source evidence from a wide range of sources, students will acquire knowledge and skills to deconstruct and apply evidence, to improve their own effectiveness in practice. Students will understand how advice, standards and guidelines can be used in a coordinated and balanced way, to support better quality care. Students will also learn about the research process in nursing, including understanding qualitative and quantitative approaches, sampling, data collection, interpreting results and application to practice. Finally, the module will equip students with the ability to understand basic health informatics, and the role of technologies in advancing excellence in nursing within a global context.


-360b7 Introduction to the research process b7 Qualitative and quantitative approaches b7 Sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpreting results b7 Application of findings to fields of practice b7 Principles of improvement methodologies b7 Benchmarking, national standards and frameworks to improve care b7 Political, economic and cultural awareness b7 The use of health informatics in evidence b7 The role of new technologies in advancing excellence in nursing NMC Proficiencies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.15, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 4.6, 4.7 5.11 6.4, 6.9

Learning Outcomes

:On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1.Articulate the role of EBP in nursing, identifying the ways in which evidence is sourced, reviewed and applied.2. Strengthen techniques for accessing evidence, and learn how to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of this evidence.3. Develop knowledge and understanding of the approaches to gathering and appraising evidence 4. Examine the research process in nursing for both qualitative and quantitative research, including sampling, data collection, interpreting results, and application its to practice.5. Consider how the various methods to gather feedback and evaluate practice, and the use of benchmarking and national standards and frameworks, can improve care delivery.6. From the perspective of own field of practice, explore the impact of the political, economic and social factors on the application of evidence.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Teaching approaches will include a variety of methods which may include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, role play, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning.

Indicative Reading

ANDR, B., AUNE, A.G., & BRAEND, J.A., 2016. Embedding evidence-based practice among nursing undergraduates: Results from a pilot study. [Online] 18, pp.30-35. [viewed 26 July 2019]. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2016.03.004 AVEYARD. H., 2017. A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care, 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. BROOKER, C. & NICOL, M., 2012. Alexander's Nursing Practice 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. CRIAG, J., 2019. Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing <https://www.uk.elsevierhealth.com/evidence-based-practice-in-nursing-9780702070488.html>. Edinburgh: Elsevier. DELANEY, C.W., WEAVER, C.A., WARREN, J.J., CLANCY, T.R., SIMPSON, R.L., 2017. Big data-enabled nursing: education, research and practice. Cham: Springer. DELVES-YATES, C., 2019. Essentials of Nursing Practice. 2 nd ed. Oxford: Sage. ELLIS, P., 2019. Understanding Research for Nursing Students <https://discover.gcu.ac.uk/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991002571939203836&context=L&vid=44GLCU_INST:44GLCU_VU2&lang=en&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&isFrbr=true&tab=Everything&query=any,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&sortby=date_d&facet=frbrgroupid,include,9018558273616245762&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. GROVE, S.K., GRAY. J.R., BOMER-NORTON, C.J., DANIEL. K. M., 2019. Understanding Nursing Research: building an evidence-based practice <https://discover.gcu.ac.uk/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991002547540003836&context=L&vid=44GLCU_INST:44GLCU_VU2&lang=en&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=Everything&query=any,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Sage. Oxford. MELNYK, B.M. & FINEOUT-OVERHOLT, E., 2019. Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: a guide to Best Practice <https://discover.gcu.ac.uk/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991002556038603836&context=L&vid=44GLCU_INST:44GLCU_VU2&lang=en&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=Everything&query=any,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health. MOULE, P., 2018. Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care <https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/making-sense-of-research-in-nursing-health-and-social-care/book257452>: 6 th ed. Oxford: Sage. POLIT, D.F. & BECK, C.T., 2017. Essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins Health. SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2015. Excellence in Care - Scotland's National Approach to Assuring Nursing and Midwifery Care [online]. The Scottish Government. [viewed 22 August 2019]. Available from: <https://www.gov.scot/publications/excellence-care-scotlands-national-apporach-assuring-nursing-midwifery-care-event-report/pages/1/> SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2018. Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy. [Online]. The Scottish Government. [viewed 22 August 2019]. Available from: <https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-digital-health-care-strategy-enabling-connecting-empowering/>

Transferrable Skills

Development of: - Independent learning skills -Critical thinking and decision making skills - Study, IT and time management skills - Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice - Communication and team working - Theory and practice integration and problem solving - Reflection - Underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory and practice - Digital and health literacy skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 2000 Word Essay