South University – Virginia Beach Campus Clinical Post-Conference Journal Club Purpose: The

South University – Virginia Beach Campus
Clinical Post-Conference Journal Club
The purpose of this assignment is to develop evidence-based practice leading to improved patient outcomes and to promote student exploration and evaluation of current literature surrounding relevant evidenced-based practice. Journal club also facilitates promoting team building through the sharing of knowledge and students will begin to acquire enhanced literature critiquing and socialization skills that encourage collegial interaction and dialogue with peers.
In an effort to develop evidence-based practice leading to improved patient outcomes, several barriers such as the lack of knowledge, support, time, and authority to change practice plagues the nursing profession and must be addressed (O’Nan, 2011). Activities that can help overcome barriers and incorporate research findings into practice is demonstrated with a post-conference nursing journal club. A journal club can be described as “the sharing of contemporary knowledge and appraise the value of that knowledge for applications in clinical practice” (Duffy, Elpers, Hobbs, Niemeyer-Hacket, & Thompson, 2011, p. 424). 
The leader/facilitator of Journal Club is the assigned clinical instructor. Each student will present one current, no more than 5 years old, peer-reviewed nursing research article relevant to the clinical rotation and/or any topics deemed appropriate by your clinical instructor.
Pick a subject or interest, discuss and get approval from your assigned clinical instructor before filling out your grading rubric. Your clinical instructor will assign the due dates based on the clinical rotation needs.
Read the article; is it relevant to your education? Is it peer-reviewed? Is it evidence-based practice? Is it current, within five years? Is it interesting?
Be prepared to discuss your article for at least 15 minutes. Be prepared to answer question and try to choose a subject that will evoke questions and discussion with your peers.
Discussing an article for 5 minutes with no audience engagement does not promote clinical reasoning and critical thinking, the objective is to share and gain knowledge on evidence-based practice in nursing.
The rubric identifies the objectives; follow it closely for a successful presentation. Please provide two copies, with attached rubric, of article to your clinical instructor.
Duffy, J., Elpers, S., Hobbs, T., Niemeyer-Hacket, N., & Thompson, D. (2011). Evidence-Based Nursing Leadership: Evaluation of a Joint Academic-Service Journal Club. JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, 422-427. O’Nan, C. (2011). The Effect of a Journal Club on Perceived Barriers to the Utilization of Nursing Research in a Practice Setting. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 160-164.
South University Clinical Journal Club Rubric
Student Name:________________________________ Article Title:____________________________________________________
Description of Relevance:
Appropriately lists article citation
Provides sufficient background information
Identifies trial purpose/importance
Identifies study question/objective(s)
1 2 3 4 5
Complete Overview & Explanation of Methods:
Appropriately explains:
Study design
Exclusion/inclusion criteria
Study groups (if applicable)
Baseline characteristics
Additional information as needed
1 2 3 4 5
Complete Explanation of Discussion & Analysis:
Appropriately explains:
Data and Statistical Analysis
1 2 3 4 5
Clinical Trial Evaluation & Practice Application
Critique of:
Strengths & Limitations
Addressed author’s conclusion, but formulates own conclusion as well
Explains impact and/ or application to current clinical practice
Identifies further studies needed
1 2 3 4 5
Ability to Answer Questions
Answers logically and accurately
Ability to think under pressure
May attempt to answer if unsure, but clearly specifies uncertainty if necessary
1 2 3 4 5
Overall Presentation Delivery and Handout:
Organization and Preparedness
Handout: accurate, concise, organized, grammatically correct
Information delivered logically
Communication and Presentation
Eye contact & Rate of speech
1 2 3 4 5
Total: Add the points together for a final score out of 30.
Example: 30/30 = 100, 15/30 = 50
Total Points: _______
Evaluator:__________________________________________ Date:___________________________
9/21/2018 jmp (format updated)