The Nursing And Midwifery Council

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) states that nursing care must be evidence or best practise based. In order to excellently provide such care Boswell and Cannon (2009, p. 2 & 7) states that nurses must base their delivery of care on the most current, up-to-date health information available and rigorous nursing knowledge. According to Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt (2005) defines Evidence-based practise (EBP) as a problem solving approach to clinical practise that integrates: A systematic search for and critical appraisal of the most relevant evidence to answer a burning clinical question, one’s own clinical expertise and patient preferences and values. The benefits of EBP include resolving problems in the clinical setting; provide clinicians with evidence-based data, introducing innovation, Achieve excellence in care delivery and improves efficacy and reducing variation in clinical performance.
It is therefore vital for students to be able to evaluate and critique research papers in order for them to regulate the validity of a study and to apply theories to practise. A research critique measures the value and importance of a study and this is going to be determined by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the study (Brockopp & Tolsma, 2003, p. 400). Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context (Astin 2009). The aim of this essay is to…
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