NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

Assessment 1 Part A
Word counts and formatting:
Q. Does the word count include references?
• The word count includes in-text citations.
• The word count does not include the list of references at the end of your document where the full reference is provided or any appendices.
NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment - Australia.

Q. Does the word count include the words in the template?
No the word count will not include the words in the template. You do not need to delete these words. There are currently 176 words in the template. As such, to be within 10% either side of 250 words, your word count should be between 401-451 words (excluding the list of references and appendices).

Q. What % similarity is acceptable?
There is no hard and fast rule regarding similarity. It is often influenced by the task at hand. When you use a template this can inflate similarity results. Similarly, when critiquing set articles, the same references will be used and elements of the papers may be paraphrased in similar ways so again similarity results will be inflated.

Your assessor will inspect every paper for plagiarism regardless of the %. Your assessor will inspect the document for where the similarity is (the highlighted sections throughout). A paper can have a low similarity result but if it includes a sentence or two without appropriate referencing of the original source then that is plagiarism.

It is important to ensure you quote properly and reference properly. A safeguard is to paraphrase (and write in your own words) the content (and still reference) and then you will be ok with respect to your responsibilities in relation to academic integrity.

Q. Do I have to use the template?
The template is integrated into the rubric. Your work will still be marked if you don’t use the template but you will lose marks as per the rubric if you don’t use

Q. What formatting should I use for the assessment?
Please use the template as the best start for the assessment task. Officially, APA 7 th style is used and this is detailed on the Library Referencing Tool under the heading “style notes” task, as long as the work is readable when loaded onto LMS then the font style, size, and spacing used will not gain or lose you marks.

Q. What writing style should I use for this assessment?
A formal academic writing style is required. What is meant by “formal academic writing style” was reviewed in HLT1IPP in first year and will be addressed in bridging subjects for student entering the course in year 2. If you are unsure what a “formal academic writing style” means please review your HLT1IPP materials or access the resources available in bridging subject. The university offers other supports with academic writing that you may wish to access. Peer Learning Advisors (PLA) are a free resource available by the La Trobe University Library and they can assist with all aspects of how to structure and write assessments. Students can also access “Studiosity” which is a free, online support that La Trobe University provides that will help provide review of your paper.

Choosing a question:
Q. Does the question need to be about a task associated with patient care?
No. Nursing and midwifery research is broad and addresses many aspects of care including patient care, healthcare processes, clinician engagement in multidisciplinary teams, clinician well being, and clinician education. If it relates to a significant issue in nursing and midwifery practice and well being then that is quite acceptable.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment - Australia.

Q. How do I write a good research question?
First and foremost I would suggest a single question. Avoid posing multiple questions as this can result in needing different research designs to evaluate and will be hard to describe in the word count allowed.

Second, the question needs to be an actual question suitable to have a question mark at the end. Starting the question with one of the following words –why, how, what, who, when, does, is–will keep you on track.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

Third, avoid questions about existing policy or guidelines that don’t really lend themselves to a research study. For example, “Are there guidelines about pressure injuries?”, or “Does existing policy address the definition of what is a hospital acquired pressure injury?”. Instead, ask about the clinical issue; “What are the factors that are used to determine if a pressure injury is hospital acquired?” or “How long must some one be in an acute setting before the pressure injury is deemed hospital acquired?”

Fourth, use the PICO mnemonic to help you structure a specific research question.

Q. I am repeating this subject. Can I use the same question I did previously?
No. You cannot use the same question. The focus needs to be changed substantially to avoid you self-plagiarising.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

Writing the PICO:
Q. Do I need to include a PICO for my research question?
Yes – part of this task is to complete a PICO for your question.

Q. Do I need to complete BOTH PICO columns for my research question?
No – the PICO concepts that applies to quantitative and qualitative questions differ. You only need to complete the PICO that is most suitable for your question. Information is provided on the LMS to help you understand the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and how questions appropriate for those paradigms differ. Use this information to help you determine the most suitable PICO for your question.

Search strategy and search history:
Q. What is meant by the “search history” that we are meant to append to the assessment?

A resource to help you identify and insert your search history is available in the Module One e-book.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment - Australia.

Q. What is meant by a ‘Key word’ search?
Two approaches to searching are ‘key word’ searching and ‘MeSH headings’. The focus of this assessment is for you to do a key word search to demonstrate your own thinking about what possible search terms could be used for the question that you have proposed.

Q. Do I need to search of all of the PICO elements, or just P and I?
A. You will usually need to include a search for P, I and O. You do not always need a C because there may not always be a ‘comparison’ with your question

Q: What is the difference between a search strategy and a search history?
A: Your ‘search strategy’ is forward-thinking and describes your thinking process around what you hope to get from the search.

Your ‘search history’ is a summary of your search (not the results but the search itself).
These are both different to your ‘search results’ which are the end-result of your strategy and history.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment – Australia.

NSG2NMR Nursing Assessment - Australia.

Q. What do you mean by “list any additional limits that may apply”?
A. When conducting your search, you often need to apply “limits” to restrict the research you find to specific dates or populations or countries or types of publications. This helps to refine your search and ensure the articles you find are relevant.

Evidence based practice for nurses and midwives:

Q. Does my answer need to relate to my research question, or just evidence-based practice for nurses and midwives in general?

A: This is about the importance to the profession(s) in general. It does not need to relate to your particular research question. You can use any journal articles or other appropriate references to answer this question. They don’t necessarily need to originate from your Medline or CINAHL search.

Referencing:
Q. How many references do I need to use?

You are expected to include:
• 4 references that relate to your question (Appendix B). These references should be sourced from your Medline and CINAHL search
• 1 reference in your response to the section ‘comment on the role of research evidence in nursing / midwifery practice’. This should not be the same reference as those appearing in Appendix B

The search you conduct might locate many more papers than this but you may find not all are included in your review if they don’t address the question you’ve ask. As such, you don’t need to include all the papers identified from your database searches.

Q. For appendix B, do I need to have 2 references from CINAHL and 2 from Medline?
A: It is up to you to decide which 4 references you want to use – they could be 2 from each database, or perhaps all could come from one database or another. You will need to search both to find the best 4 that relate to your question.

Q. Can I use meta-analyses and systematic reviews as one of my references?
A: In your Review try and use a variety of types and origins of articles if there are appropriate ones. This can include rigorous and well conducted reviews of the literature, such as meta-analyses and systematic reviews.

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Q. How old can the references that I use be?
Guidance on this matter can vary by subject due to the intent of the assessment task. Hence, it is always worth checking requirements for each assessment. For this assessment there is no age limit on the publication. However, the age of the publication is something you should consider in your critique of the relevance of the paper. For example, is it a topic where age of publication would matter (are you talking about cutting edge practice or new technology)? If so, then you would preference more recent references.

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Marking and results:
Q. Against which criteria will my assessment be marked?

Your assessment will be marked using the rubric that is available on the LMS site. It is against the criteria outlined in the rubric that you can gain or lose marks.

Q. When will I find out my assessment results?
Assessment results are released three weeks from the submit date. This allows facilitators to do their marking and for moderation by the Subject/ Instance Coordinators to occur. If you have an extension or submit late then there may be a delay to receiving your results. If there is an unexpected reason for further delay, you will be advised via the Subject News Forum.

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