Education & CPD

Academic Writing Skills and Research Appraisal Simplified


* These prices include online discounts - prices may be higher if booked over the phone or in person.

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  •   Date: Friday, 12 May 2017
  •   Registration: Friday, 12 May 2017 10:00
  •   Start: Friday, 12 May 2017 10:10
  •   End: Friday, 12 May 2017 16:00
  •   Location: PDC Centre, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7


This one-day course is aimed at nurses and midwives who are undertaking third-level academic programmes. This course will assist participants in completing their written assignments. The objective of the workshop is to help prepare the student for academic study which requires efficient literature searching, research critique and accurate referencing skills. The course supports Evidence-based Practice (EBP), which provides nurses and midwives with a method to use critically appraised and scientifically proven evidence for delivering quality health care to a specific population. Many nurses and midwives report lack of time to search for, understand and interpret research findings and difficulty in understanding statistical analysis as the top barriers to adopting EBP. With regards to literature searching, many nurses and midwives are using basic search features and less than one-quarter of them were familiar with Boolean and proximity operators. This study day aims to address these issues to assist nurses and midwives in ensuring their practice is truly based on the most up-to-date appraised evidence available
  • Friday, 12 May 2017

  • 10:00
  • 10:10
    Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:30
    Academic Writing
  • 10:50
  • 11:15
    Tea / Coffee
  • 11:30
    Critical Analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative Studies
  • 13:30
  • 14:15
    E-Learning Information Resources
  • 15:00
    Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
  • 15:30
    Questions and Evaluation
  • 16:00
  •   Location: PDC Centre, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Reading List

For access to any of the references below, please contact the library. e:, t: 01 6640614

  1. Royal College of Nursing Referencing Guide .

  2. Rohan, A., (2013) The Write Method , World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery, pp 39.

  3. Fowler, J., (2007) Reflective writing, thinking and writing at masters level: a reflective passage, British Journal of Nursing, pp 887-90.

  4. Rose, J., (2011) Get to the point, Nursing Standard, pp 61.

  5. Thompson, A. & Horne, C., (2011) It’s Academic, Nursing Standard, pp 6.

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