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Nursing

Assignment Summary

This assessment requires you to create:

A narrated PowerPoint: 

  • Providing advice to a client at a community health care clinic based on the scenario assigned to you
  • A mind map to plan how you will work in partnership with the patient
  • An care plan presentation with three minutes of narration providing advice and assistance to support the patient's decision making
  • At least seven references in APA7 style

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

Plan Your Search

Start planning your search by:

  1. Identify the key concepts in your assignment scenario
  2. Consider alternative terms that authors might use for these

Example scenario: A woman comes into see you. She has recently moved to Australia with her husband and doesn't know anybody. She feels sad and depressed a lot of the time. 

Key concepts Alternative terms
Woman Female OR women OR woman
Recent migrant Immigrant OR refugee OR migrant
Depressed Depression OR "depressive disorder" OR "mental illness" OR "mental health" OR loneliness

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

Watch the following video to learn more about Boolean operators

When you put it together:

("mental health" OR wellbeing) AND support

(migrant OR immigrant OR refugee) AND (women OR female) AND (depression OR "depressive disorder" OR "mental illness")

You will probably need to alter your search terms as you go. 

Search For Resources


Suggested databases for this assignment are:

This assessment asks you to find some support networks in the community for your client. These will not be found in Quicksearch or databases, but on the internet. Follow these tips to find more useful results when searching Google.

  • Boolean operators work in Google too. So, to find support services for mental health in Ballarat, you might type in:
    • "mental health" AND support AND Ballarat
  • Support services are likely to be community organisations. You can limit the results to these, by adding the following after your search terms:
    • site:org.au
  • Or, if you are looking for government websites, type in:
    • site:gov.au
  • To limit results to Australia only, type:
    • site:au

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 helpful for creating your assignment.

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. 

For this assessment, your teachers have slightly altered how to present your reference list on slide 4. Your teachers would like you to list references in the order they appear on your ePoster under the topic headings: eg Communication, Images etc and list those references in the order they appear. 

If you just list a website but do not use any information from it, it does not need to be referenced.

 

To help you, here are some types of sources you might need to reference in this assignment. If what you are referencing is not shown here, or you would like more details, please go to FedCite.

Source Citation Reference
Website: Please note! If you are ONLY providing links to websites, eg recommending a client look at them for support, you DO NOT need to cite or reference it. If you are using any information from the website, you WILL NEED to cite and reference it.

According to Beyond Blue (2018).....

.....more than just feeling sad (Beyond Blue, 2021).

  • If you cannot find the date on the webpage, use (n.d.) in your citation and reference instead. This stands for No Date.
Beyond Blue. (2021). Types of depression. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/types-of-depression

Author. (Year). Title of page. Website name if different to author. URL

 

Document from a website (eg a PDF)

Black Dog Institute (2020) states...

.....one in four young people (Black Dog Institute, 2020).

Black Dog Institute. (2020). Depression in adolescents and young people. https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/3-depressioninadolescents.pdf

Author. (Year). Title. Website name if different to author. URL.

Image: 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.

Citation: 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.