Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing


Nursing Care

Holder of subject:

Dr Brigita Skela Savič, Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Brigita Skela Savič, Professor

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Level of study:

Second cycle study program Nursing





Subject specific competences:

The course aims to encourage students to reflect on the basis for their own professional practice. It is intended that students will develop a questioning attitude and will explore the rational for the way care is provided in their particular field of practice. Evidence based practice is a complex concept and students will have the opportunity to consider the ethical, political, managerial and methodological issues that surround it.  Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of how evidence is generated, retrieved, appraised and more importantly applied in practice.

Mandatory and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Crookes PA, Davies S. Research into Practice: Essential skills for reading and applying research in nursing and healthcare. 2nd ed. Lpndon: Baillière Tindall; 2004. 
  • Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. Philadelphia [etc.]: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; cop; 2011.
  • Poe S, White KM, eds. John Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice : implementation and translation. Nursing evidence-based practice. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International, cop.; 2010.
  • Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice Model and Guidelines. 2nd ed. Dearholt J, Dearholt SL, eds. B.k.: B.z.; 2012.
  • McCutcheon CM. Using evidence to guide nursing practice. B.k.: B.z.; 2010.

Recommended references:

  • Newell R, Burnard P. Research for Evidence-based Practice. Oxford: Blackwell; 2006.
  • Clifford C, Clark J. Getting Research into Practice. Edinburgh [etc.]: Churchill Livingstone; 2004.
  • Cutcliffe J, Ward M. Critiquing Nursing Research. 2nd ed. London: Quay Books Division; cop. 2007.
  • Parahoo K. Nursing Research: Priniciples, process and issues. London: Palgrave MacMillan; 2006.

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Assessment methods:

  • Development of research plane for research conducting, presentation front of the group 50 %
    Written examination 50 %

Teaching methods:

Lectures: audiovisual equipment. Directed reading and work at home. Group work and workshops.