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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: A marriage of innovation in nursing EBP and digital literacy education

Chan, B.ORCID: 0000-0001-5032-2815, Wei, L. and Daicopoulos, M. (2019) Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: A marriage of innovation in nursing EBP and digital literacy education. In: 40th International Association of University Libraries Conference, 23 - 27 June 2019, Perth, Western Australia

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Background: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the foundation of modern health services. It improves patient outcomes and quality of care by combining clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence to guide health care decisions. The ability to find, evaluate and apply evidence is essential for EBP. However, preparing the future nursing workforce with the required knowledge and skills to do so can be a challenge.

Objectives: At Murdoch University, we have integrated various digital tools with our personal learning platform to develop an interactive tutorial for final-year nursing students. The tutorial aims to improve skills in the areas of research, critical appraisal and digital literacy.

Methods: Using the analogy of a marriage, this paper will present the case study of a collaborative project between the University Library and the College of Science, Health, Engineering & Education (the ‘wedding party’) to develop a self-paced, interactive online tutorial on database searching and systematic reviews, as applied in nursing practice.
Four key elements went into planning this marriage:
• Something old: Camtasia (familiar to both Library and College)
• Something new: LibWizard (a new Library software acquisition)
• Something borrowed: PebblePad (managed by the College)
• Something blue: Digital badging (micro-credentialing)
These elements were integrated into a single digital learning object, which was launched in late January 2019 (the ‘wedding’).

Results: This innovative online tutorial was successful in engaging students and developing their digital and information literacy skills for evidence-based practice, and future improvements were also identified.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Library & Information Services
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United Nations SDGs: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
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