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Nursing

Assignment Summary

This assessment is in 4 parts.

Hurdle tasks

1. Select a Group and Topic using the "Group Selection Assessment 1b: Kaltura Presentation activity

2. Submit Page 1 of the "Group Contract Meeting Document" and Page 2 of the "NURBN 2025 Study Schedule 2022" 

These tasks are not graded or marked.

  • The purpose of completing these Hurdle Tasks is to ensure students have selected a Topic and Group early in the Semester
  • This will ensure you have a better group experience in working together for Assessment Task 1b

1a. Individual report

  • Students to prepare an essay-style report to demonstrate an understanding of what cultural identity is, and how identity, along with social and cultural factors, can influence beliefs and values.

1b. Group presentation

  • Students are to prepare and compile a video presentation in response to their chosen topic and address provided questions.  
  • Topic choices will reflect module content in relation to health impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, with the assessment questions allowing students to explore cultural perspectives when caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

2. Critical appraisal

  • Students to explore impacts on health and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as demonstrate the importance of incorporating cultural perspectives in clinical practice as future healthcare professionals. 

TIPS:

  • Where possible you are encouraged to locate resources written by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to represent their lived experiences, views, and beliefs in your assessment. See the Locating Aboriginal or Torres Strait authors tab in the Plan your search box below.
  • Read all assessment instructions in Moodle including the marking rubrics to ensure that you cover all areas of your assessments.

Plan Your Search

Start planning your search by:

  1. Identify the key concepts in your assignment topic
  2. Consider alternative terms that authors might use for these
  3. Locate authors that identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders (see tips in the Locating Aboriginal or Torres Strait authors tab above)
  4. You may need to alter your search terms if you don't find what you need

Document your brainstorming to help you develop a search strategy:

Keyword Synonyms and alternative terms
cultural safety cultural respect
well-being social well-being, emotional well-being, health, mental health, physical health

Now use Boolean operators to connect your search terms. 

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

Use AND to combine terms from different concepts: cultural safety AND wellbeing

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "cultural safety"

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:

(aborigin* OR "torres strait islander*) AND ("cultural safety" OR "cultural respect") AND (health OR wellbeing)

Please note, this example is intended only to demonstrate a search strategy. You will probably need to alter your search terms as you go to cover all the areas in your assessment task.

TIP 1

Locating authors who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

  • Search for the university/research profile of the authors in your textbook using Google
  • Perform a similar search in Google after entering their names in QuickSearch to identify their research collaborators from journal articles and books in the results

Textbook:

Best, O., & Fredericks, B. (Eds.). (2021). Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108894166

TIP 2

Try adding the following search terms to your topic searches:

AND ("author is a" OR "author is an") AND (aboriginal OR indigenous) AND australia

Example

 ("cultural safety" OR "cultural respect") AND (health OR wellbeing) AND ("author is a " OR "author is an") AND (aboriginal OR indigenous) AND australia

Search For Resources


Suggested databases for this assignment are:

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).

For more information on evaluating specific study types, please see the Appraise tab on the Evidence Based Practice page of this guide.

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?

For more information on evaluating specific study types, please see the Appraise tab on the Evidence Based Practice page of this guide.

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? 

For more information on evaluating specific study types, please see the Appraise tab on the Evidence Based Practice page of this guide.

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.

For more information on evaluating specific study types, please see the Appraise tab on the Evidence Based Practice page of this guide.

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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.