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Nursing

Assignment Summary

This assessment is in two parts.

Part A requires you to create:

A group ePoster: 

  • Research and critically examine a global health issue in Australia
  • Describe why the issue is significant, the risk factors, the impact on individuals, the challenges in management and prevention strategies.
  • Use visual material such as graphs, images, video and audio
  • Use at least 7 peer reviewed references

Part B requires you to create:

An individual narrated presentation:

  • Expand on the global health issue from part A
  • Highlight an Australian health policy that aims to address the issue
  • Identify population groups likely to be impacted, the risk factors influencing the spread, the impact of the issue on Australia, the challenges in managing the issue in Australia, and the relevant health policy aimed at the issue
  • Use at least 7 peer reviewed references

This assessment help page assumes you have read the course outline, assessment description and marking rubric provided in Moodle. (link)

Plan Your Search

Start planning your search by:

  1. Identify the key concepts in your assignment 
  2. Consider alternative terms that authors might use for these, including medical and professional terms

For this assignment, you may need to conduct several searches.

Example: Stroke is a non-communicable disease that is a global health issue. Possible search terms for risk factors include:

Key concepts Alternative terms
Stroke "Cerebrovascular accident" OR "cerebral infarction" OR "transient ischaemic attack"
Risk factors "contributing factor" OR "predisposing factor" OR predictor

Now use Boolean operators to connect your search terms. 

Use OR to combine all the terms for the same concept: mental health OR wellbeing

Use AND to combine terms from different concepts: mental health AND support

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "mental health"

Use brackets to group all terms from the same concept together

Use truncation to search for only the first part of the word (useful if there are likely to be plurals)

Watch the following video to learn more about Boolean operators

When you put it all together:

(Stroke OR "Cerebrovascular accident" OR "cerebral infarction" OR "transient ischaemic attack") AND ("risk factor*" AND "contributing factor*" OR "predisposing factor*" OR predictor*)

You may need to alter search terms to get better results.

Search For Resources


Suggested databases for this assignment are:

Part B of this assessment requires you to highlight policies aimed at addressing the health issue you chose. The Australian Department of Health has a webpage with resources and publications listed.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources

You can browse by topic using the menu on the left, or by typing in the search bar. This search works best with only a few words.

  

Creative Commons images are an easy way to liven up your poster. Keep in mind, they will need to be referenced. See The Images tab on FedCite, or the Referencing box below to see how to correctly reference images using APA7. The following websites have many Creative Commons images.

Do your references pass the CRAAP test?

When was the article published? Check the assessment instructions to see if a date range has been given. Generally for nursing, more recent articles are preferred because new and updated information may have come out.

How old are the references? Has the article referred to other fairly recent articles? 

How old is the data used? Check to see if the data was collected a long time before the study was published. If it has been, do the authors explain why this was?

Is this information relevant to your assignment? Is there likely to be better information? This will depend on what you are trying to find out. Often you will need to read the abstract to find out.

Is this aimed at the correct audience? Articles for this assessment should be peer reviewed. If you are not sure, you can copy and paste the title into Quicksearch to see if the purple peer review icon shows in the result:

Alternatively, you can check the journal title in Ulrichs. If it has a small black icon that looks like a book next to the title, it is peer reviewed (called refereed in Ulrichs).

Who wrote it? What are their qualifications? Are the qualifications relevant to the topic? Most peer reviewed articles will have information about the authors, often at the end or hyperlinked, with their qualifications listed. 

Where do they work? Who do they work for? Generally, authors should be working for a university or a research centre of some kind. 

Are they likely to have a good understanding of this field?

What is the study population size and characteristics? Keep in mind this is dependent on the study type, for example qualitative studies usually have smaller study populations than quantitative. The population does need to be fairly similar however, to enable accurate results and to make sure any effects reported are due to the treatment. For example, a treatment for back pain may look more effective if the group receiving the treatment is much younger than the group that doesn't.

Is there a control group? This is a group that does not receive the treatment, and allows the researchers to compare them to the group getting the treatment to see if it works.

Is there blinding? This is where the control and treatment groups do not know whether they are getting the intervention or not. Remember though that this might not be possible for some interventions, for example researchers testing a new vaccine can give the control group a saline solution instead of the vaccine, but if they are testing a new massage technique it is almost impossible for the participants to be unaware if they received a massage or not!

Do the statistics make sense and match the authors' claims? 

Who funded the study? Is it a company, university or research organisation? If it is a company, do they manufacture a product being tested? If you are not sure, can always search for them on the internet. If the URL ends in .com, it is a company.

Is there any obvious bias where the authors or their employers are likely to benefit from the study recommendations? For example, if the authors work for a particular company and recommend the use of one of their products, this could indicate a risk of bias.

Does it state what the authors' were trying to find out? The research aims or questions should be clearly stated in the beginning of the article, and the conclusions should describe what they found out.

Write Your Assignment

The following PDFs are useful when creating your ePoster and presentation.

Referencing

FedCite is the one stop shop for all your referencing needs. In nursing, you need to use APA 7. Look at the Using APA7 section to find out general information on how to cite and reference, and the source types for specific examples. 

Please refer to the common nursing sources page of this LibGuide to aid in referencing some of the more frequently used nursing literature such as the NMBA Standards. 

You are encouraged to use visual material in your ePoster and presentation. Any image, graph or chart that you did not create needs to be referenced. This requires a caption above the image, a note below the image, and a reference in the reference list. Images are called figures in APA 7, and this is how you will refer to them in your citation.

  • If there is no artist or author for the image, use the title instead of the author's name.
  • Reference the figure according to the source you found it in. So if you found it on a website, just reference the website itself in the reference list.
Citation Caption and note Reference
As shown in Figure 1 (Mozier, 1867)...

Figure 1. Flower girl.

Note. Flower girl. From the Smithsonian Institute, by J. Mozier, 1867, https://www.si.edu/object/flower-girl:saam_1983.101.4 CC0.

Mozier, J. (1867). Flower girl [Sculpture]. The Smithsonian Institute. https://www.si.edu/object/flower-girl:saam_1983.101.4

Author. (Year). Image title [Form]. Website name if different to author. URL.

To reference documents from a government website, follow the instructions for a Report, government or corporate under the Other Sources tab on FedCite. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the author or publisher in policies and reports. If you are unsure, please contact the library for assistance.

Notes Citation Reference
Only include the publisher if it is different to the author. According to the 2016 Defence White Paper, there are … (Department of Defence, 2016).
Knight, G., White, I., & Granfield, P. (2020). Understanding the Australian vocational education and training workforce. National Centre for Vocational Education Research. https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/publications/all-publications/understanding-the-australian-vocational-education-and-training-workforce
If the author is commonly abbreviated, include the abbreviation in square brackets the first time you cite it, then all other citations of that source can just use the abbreviation.

...in aged care (Department of Health [DoH], 2019).

According to the DoH (2019), aged care...

Department of Health. (2019). Actions to support older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people: A guide for consumers. https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/actions-to-support-older-cald-people-a-guide-for-consumers_0.pdf