Research critique

School of Nursing: Development of Self as Nurse

Assignment brief

Evidence-informed practice is one of the reasons nurses are engaged in research (CNO, 2012).

This year we are learning how to read, critique, and apply research when administering subcutaneous (SC) injections. You already learned how to give sc injections. This course is not about teaching you how to give step by step SC injection. Rather we are focusing on how to use research and decide if to change your already established sc injection practice.

You will be provided with an online toolbox (SmART= Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolbox) that gives you ethical guidance when recording; videos production examples on how to record, give feedback to demonstrate how your sc injection would look like given the new research knowledge. This is a small group (3 students MAX) assignment.


  1. Know your D and R group. First, log in to Moodle to find your group of 12 students- This is your “discussion (D) group”. Within your D group, you have a choice to decide who will be your 3 members group (this is your recording group(R)).  Find your groups week 1 -2.
  2. Create storyboard/sketches. Second, you can start recording by week 8-9 when each student completed their critiquing of the articles (using our online forum) methodology and after test 1 your R group (3 members in a group) BUT you can start earlier thinking, drawing and creating a “storyboard” of what you want to tell the audience. For example, start brainstorming, sketching, together with how your sc injection video should look like (e.g., check SmART guide – are you going to create a “model skill” (e.g., step by step images or you performing how your sc injection suggested by the randomized control research design); or are you going to create a “story around the skill” (e.g., your team can role-play of a story context to the sc injection) or “lecture information”. Your video needs to show how your sc injection performance will look like given the three research studies we are critiquing this year. You can focus on 1 research article we are critiquing and you do not need to add any other references. Create the storyboard on paper first.
  3. Time, place, and ethics. Third, the SmART also includes “digital citizenship” which allows you to think about ethics, copyright issues before you are actually turning your storyboarding to the recording. You do not need to book the nursing simulation lab or to meet all of you and record it at the same time. If you use the SmART guide – “some/high editing” options you can see examples of merging video screens. You can record it in a safe way at your home. However, specific nursing lab time has been reserved for you – week 9, 10 and 11 and remember you need to sign and get permission prior to recording at the nursing simulation lab. Also, I have the safe needle practice kit if you need. You should complete your 3 gr recording early week 11. Pay attention to who, where, what, and why you are recording.
  4. Get feedback from your D group. Fourth, the start of week 11 all R groups post their video (3-4 min) and 1-page description (see evaluation grid Appendix A). Each D group gives each other feedback. Each D group has 12 students so I suggest two R groups within your D group can give feedback to each other. Check the SmART guide on how to provide feedback on the video. You have options of no, low, and high editing feedback. Students really love giving peer feedback and usually they notice different ideas that were missed or were not clear. The feedback can take different forms such as marking annotation on the video or brief summary and a final score out of 5% (see evaluation grid) (Check smART for examples). End of week 11 each D group should select 1 best video out of the 4 videos. This selected video will represent group D and be discussed and showed week 12 (our last class).
  5. What to submit week 12. Fifth, after your peer feedback, you can edit or change the video or the description. Your final smartphone video 3-4 min video per R group (3 people in a group) and updated 1 page (300-500 words APA format) description submitted for feedback (use evaluation grid) by TA = 10%.

Grading criteria

Appendix B- V group (3 members marked) complete and attach to their reflection paper = 15% total mark


Score breakdown

Individual Mark

Please list the name of each member below and use the first column to assess yourself.




Contributed meaningfully to the project and group discussions[1].

Did not participate (0)




Strongly disagree (1)

Disagree (2)

Agree (3)

Strongly Agree (4)



Suggested Group Mark

Digital citizenship[2] and ethics, key points that need to be addressed:

1.   Asked media release from all members

2.   Discussed where video would be stored and how video would be shared

3.   Addressed copyright issues within the video

4.   Appropriately censured (blurring, hide, etc.) people and objects to maintain and respect confidentiality and privacy

Addressed 0 points (0)


Addressed 1 point (1)


Addressed 2 points (2)


Addressed 3 points (3)


Addressed all 4 points (4)


Appropriately critiquing and demonstrating the evidence-based practice[3]. Key points that need to be addressed:

1.   Appropriately critiqued all sections of the research process

2.   Appropriately weight relevant sections over other sections

3.   Appropriately addressed the generalizability of the evidence

4.   Appropriately weight the clinical versus statistical significance

5.   Appropriately weight the rigour of the design and the data collection

6.   Appropriately addressed the safety, ethics, and biases presented in the evidence

7.   Safely and accurately performing the skill

Addressed 0 points (0)


Addressed 1 point (1)


Addressed 2 points (2)


Addressed 3 points (3)


Addressed 4 points (4)


Addressed 5 points (5)


Addressed 6 points (6)


Addressed all 7 points (7)


Total score (out of 15)

This 15point will be converted to 15% of your total course mark




[1] CNO 2020 Competency: Contributes to a culture that supports involvement in nursing or health research through collaboration with others in conducting, participating in & implementing research findings into practice.

[2] CNO 2020 Competency: Demonstrates knowledge of &utilizes nursing informatics &other information and communications technology in promoting and providing safe and ethical nursing care**

[3] CNO 2020 Competency: Provides nursing care that is based on critical inquiry and evidence-

informed decision making.


Student work

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