NURS12165 - Evidence to Inform Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016) expect that a registered nurse is able to think critically and analyse nursing practice. This is achieved by accessing, analysing, and using the best available evidence, that includes research findings for safe quality practice. In this unit, you will be introduced to an evidence-based approach to clinical inquiry and decision making that informs nursing practice. You will develop skills in locating evidence, evaluating and applying research findings to inform best practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: NURS11164 OR NURS11163, BIOH11005 OR BMSC11010, NURS11165 OR NURS11159, NURS11166 OR NURS11160

Must be enrolled in CL91 Bachelor of Nursing.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 58.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 15.08% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback
Student feedback was that NURS12165 was well structured. Students found the assessments requirement clear. Feedback indicated the resources provided to students assist them to meet both personal learning goals and the unit learning outcomes
Continue providing support and resources to meet student learning needs.
Action Taken
All resources were reviewed prior to the term 1, 2022 offering of the unit to ensure they were still relevant and helpful to students in completing assessment tasks.
Source: Have your say
The Moodle site and the way each week was set up was really easy to follow.
Moodle set out to be maintained as students provided positive feedback on the ease and accessibility of Moodle resources.
Action Taken
Although the Moodle set-up was retained, it was revised and updated to ensure consistency with other units with the BN.
Source: Have your say
The unit is fine, i think that the focus should not be so much on referencing and academic writing. In the five years that I have been an endorsed enrolled nurse in an acute hospital. I have never used referencing
Provide students with a clear explanation as to the focus of the unit and the requirements of academia and academic writing and referencing
Action Taken
Referencing and academic writing are a key focus on this unit. A clearer explanation as to why referencing is needed in academic work was provided to students in the introduction session and throughout the unit, particularly when assessments were discussed.
Source: Student unit evaluation feedback.
Good subject for relating theory to practice and very informative on evidence-based practice, marking criteria was slightly confusing at times, particularly for assessment 3. Feedback for previous assessment was thorough, however, lack of clear criteria information was a let down.
Revise the marking criteria and assessment instructions so they are clearer for students.
Action Taken
Source: Student unit evaluation feedback.
The co-ordinators were very approachable, and I appreciated their constant support throughout the unit. I appreciated the mix between readings and videos as I am someone that struggles to only read content.
Continue to offer a mix of quality teaching and learning resources that meet individual student learning styles.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Many students come into the unit with preconceived ideas of what the unit is about.
Teaching team to develop an introduction video for the unit that explains to students the practical applications of the skills that will be taught in the unit
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply information literacy skills.
  2. Employ a systematic approach to locating evidence to address a specific clinical situation.
  3. Appraise evidence and use critical thinking skills when applying evidence in clinical contexts.
  4. Reflect on the purpose of evidence in nursing practice and explain why clinical decision making should be based on the best available evidence.

Content in this unit incorporates a number of professional nursing requirements

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice

Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Maintains the capability for practice

Develops a plan for nursing practice

Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Nursing Code of Conduct

Legal compliance

Person-centred practice

Cultural practice and respectful relationships

Professional behaviour

Research in health

Health and wellbeing

International Council of Nursing Code of Ethics for Nursing

Nurses and People

Nurses and Practice

Nurses and the Profession

Nurses and co-workers

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Comprehensive care

Patient Safety Competency Framework

Person-centred care

Therapeutic communication

Cultural competence

Teamwork and collaborative practice

Clinical reasoning

Evidence-based practice

Preventing, minimising and responding to adverse events

Infection prevention and control

Medication safety

Aged Care Quality Standards

Consumer dignity and choice

Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers

Personal care and clinical care

Organisation’s service environment

Feedback and complaints

Organisation governance

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10