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NS2015 Law & Ethics for Nursing & Midwifery: Finding peer reviewed references

Finding peer reviewed references

For these assessment tasks, it is not enough to use One Search.

There are a number of databases that allow you to search for health related information.

Searching Medline

Watch the video below to learn how to use Medline (Ovid).

Then look at the tips in the box to the right for a few hints to start with for each assessment topic .

 

 

Searching CINAHL

Watch the video below to learn how to use CINAHL.

Then look at the tips in the box to the right for a few hints to start with for each assessment topic .

 

 

Searching Informit

Watch the video below to learn how to use Informit Health databases.

Then look at the tips in the box to the right for a few hints to start with for each assessment topic .

 

 

Tips for searching Medline for your assessment topics

  Assessment task 1 Assessment task 2
Tip Search for term abuse. What term is suggested? View the tree to find related terms. Search for nursing
Tip

Look at the synonyms table from the previous tab and select some terms to search - e.g. professional

Which term(s) would you pick from the suggestions?

Search for informed consent 

What sub-headings may be useful?

Tip

Don't forget your limits!

Choose your date range below the search box.

Look at the results of combining the two terms. Click on the title of the first result.

What other MeSH Subject Headings may be useful?

Tips for searching CINAHL for your assessment topics

  Assessment task 1 Assessment task 2
Tip Look at the synonyms table - try nurse-patient relations Search for code of conduct - what does it suggest? 
Tip Search for abuse - how do the results differ from Medline Don't forget your jurisdiction - Australia* and/or Queensland need to be included
Tip

Look at the results - Note additional subject headings under each results - e.g. professional boundaries. Use these to expand your search result (e.g. "nurse patient relations" OR "professional boundaries") AND abuse

Don't forget quote marks around phrases!

 Too few? Take something out e.g. "code of".

Or maybe expand past the subject heading 'Code of ethics" - eg ("code of conduct" OR "code of ethics" OR "professional standards") This would look at the subject heading or the abstract or title (make sure you untick Suggest Subject Terms).

Tips for searching Informit for your assessment topics

  Assessment task 1 Assessment task 2
Tip

Informit does not use subject headings the same way as Medline or CINAHL - you have to search all the relevant terms 

E.G. (abuse OR mistreatment OR violence)

Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) MUST be in caps to work!

Search for negligence.

Are there any other terms you can think of that may be worth searching (Think what's been in the news lately...)?

Tip

Add nurs* or midwi* AND patient*

(abuse OR mistreat* OR violence) AND (nurs* or midwi*) AND patient*

 

Add nurs* or midwi*:

negligence AND (nurs* OR midwi*)

Tip

Search for ethic*

How many results do you get? Are there other terms that may be useful that you could see? 

Search for e.g. (standard* OR code* OR conduct* OR ethic*)

Evaluating results

When evaluating your results, you should consider the following questions.

  • What is the intended audience?

  • Is the content biased?

  • What's the source's authority? Is it peer-reviewed?

  • How accurate is it?

  • How current is the information?

You can also use the Cornell Method Template to critically read and analyse the information contained in the articles you find in your results.

 

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