[Solution]The role of a Registered Nurse in managing pain for post-cardiac surgery patients: a review of the literature

This is a 8000 word literature review, please see ‘conducting a literature review’ in the ‘Modules’ section.   Rationale for assessment design: A literature review is…

This is a 8000 word literature review, please see ‘conducting a literature review’ in the ‘Modules’ section.
 
Rationale for assessment design:
A literature review is the first task when undertaking a research study, you are NOT DOING A RESEARCH PROJECT, but learning how to find out what is known and what is not known on a subject of your choice. The students are not undertaking a systematic literature review – which is a much greater piece of work and would be expected to include all known literature on the problem which is more indicative of PhD level piece of work.
Undertaking a literature review will enable the development of the following skills-

analytical problem solving skills;
active learning through identification of a problem to be explored and completed;
skills development for independent research;
application of academic knowledge to practice

 
Links to module learning outcomes:
All 6 learning outcomes have to be addressed.
 
The learning outcomes are statements of what you should have learnt by the time you come to the end of the module. To successfully complete the module, that is to pass it, you will need to demonstrate that you have met all of the learning outcomes. The assessment task for the module is designed to help you do that.
 

 
Learning Outcomes
 

 
On successful completion of this module the student will be expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. Negotiate a summative, integrative topic or investigation appropriate to a 30 credit project demonstrating a creative and flexible approach
2. Collect, organise, understand and interpret information from a variety of resources, acting autonomously, with minimal supervision
3. Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate techniques, methods   and development strategies, incorporating an ethical dimension where     appropriate

Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
4. Communicate clearly and appropriately, demonstrating a sense of audience
5. Demonstrate a capacity for conceptual, critical and independent thinking
6. Draw relevant conclusions, or achieve an alternative synthesis from the above and, where appropriate, propose flexible and creative approaches to problem solving.

 
These learning outcomes can be understood in the following ways:  
 

Pick a topic that is relevant to your practice/course, which is of interest to you and will enhance your understanding and comprehension during the composition of this literature review.
Independently search for information and literature that will allow you to demonstrate a clear understanding of your chosen topic, using a wide variety of sources.
Demonstrate how the literature provides an evidence base to support practice, and present an analytic discussion on the quality and nature of the research undertaken.
Present the information in a logical, sequential and articulate manner, demonstrating critical thinking and processes. Ensuring that discussions are clear and the salient point is made.
Demonstrate the ability to understand, question and challenge information used within your writing, using the literature to support these analytical discussions.
Summarise your findings and/or offer recommendations for future practice.

Developing reference list
example
Moule, P. and Goodman, M., 2009. Nursing Research an introduction. London: Sage.
Nursing and Midwifery Council. 2008. Code, Standards for conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. Available at <http://www.nmc.uk.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.> (Accessed August 2012).
 

 
Length of Major Project:         Up to 8000 words
In writing this assignment you should consider the following:
 

It is expected that the undergraduate major project will take the form of a 8000 word extended critical literature review in the area outlined in the synopsis

 

The review should commence with an abstract, which is a summary of the whole project in approx. 240-300 words. Then an introductionwhich outlines what will be in the main body, within the introduction should be a rationale for your chosen subject (acknowledgements may precede the introduction but is not compulsory).

 

A section on your search strategyshould follow the introduction, this does not need to be extensive but should be clear and to the point, using literature to support the discussions as evidence of strategy (Please book a library session or down load information from the library website).

 

The main bodycan commence with some background information, then you need to use subheadings to ensure all aspects of the concepts under review have been addressed, through critical analysis and discussion, this project should not be descriptive.

 

For example if the subject you choose is
 
“The nurse’s/social carers role in managing care for a patient with long term conditions”
 
Sub-headings maybe:
 
1.     What is a long term condition:
Within this sub-heading you with need to cover all aspects of this subheading,
using a wide range of literature from a wide range of sources including: Books, articles,
commentaries, policy, recommendations, National Service Frameworks, Acts of Parliament,
standards, research studies (please note the methods of the studies will need to be
critiqued briefly demonstrating you understanding of the research process,
the critique should be supported with evidence from research literature LO3).
 
1.    Care needed for a patient with a long term condition:
Within this sub-heading you with need to cover all aspects of this subheading, using a
wide range of literature from a wide range of sources including: Books, articles,
commentaries, policy, recommendations, National Service Frameworks,
Act of Parliament, standards, research studies (please note the methods
of the studies will need to be critiqued briefly demonstrating you understanding
of the research process, the critique should be supported with evidence from research
literature LO3).
3.   The role of the nurse/health or social care practitioner or course specific:
Within this sub-heading you with need to cover all aspects of this subheading,
using a wide range of literature from a wide range of sources including: Books, articles,
commentaries, policy, recommendations, National Service Frameworks,
Act of Parliament, standards, research studies (please note the methods of the studies will
need to be critiqued briefly demonstrating you understanding of the research process,
the critique should be supported with evidence from research literature LO3).
 
The example above is meant as a guide only and you should discuss
you chosen topic and the subheadings with you tutor in individual or group supervision.

Conclusion and recommendations: The conclusion should summarise and highlight your main points, concepts and important discussions, making this clear to the reader. This can then be followed or preceded by your recommendations (discovered through writing the project) for future practice.

 
Guidelines for the Format of the Undergraduate Major Project General

Length must not exceed 8000 words.
Appendices do not form part of the maximum word limit for the project.

Layout

Text should be double spaced, on one side of paper, with aminimum left -hand margin of 40 mm, and other margins of minimum 15 mm.
All pages except the title page should be numbered consecutively, including pages containing diagrams or tables.
The title page should contain the following information

Full title of the Project,
SID number(no titles or qualifications),
Pathway Qualification sought,
Year of submission

 

The order in which the project should be put together is as follows:
Title page
Acknowledgements (optional)
Abstract (Excluded from word count)
Contents page listing the Section Headings or Chapters (Excluded from word count)
Sections or Chapters
Reference list (Excluded from word count)
Appendices (Excluded from word count)

 
 

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