Assessment 1: Evidence Review
Due date: Wed 30 August 2017(week 6) @1700
Length: 1500 words (+ – 10%)
Learning outcomes: 1
In this essay you will critically discuss, with reference to the evidence-based literature, the assessment,
management and evaluation of the nursing care of a patient experiencing multiple chronic health conditions.
Select two or more of the following chronic health conditions for your review:
b. Type 2 diabetes mellitus
c. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
d. Chronic kidney disease
g. Another chronic health condition (discuss with Unit Coordinator)
Your essay should conform to the following format:
In 100-150 words, provide a brief introduction of what you intend to discuss in the essay
• Explore why these chronic health conditions co-exist (500 words)
Outline the prevalence in Australia (or if you are international student, your home country) and examine the
inter-relationship between two or more chronic conditions
• Nursing interventions (650 words)
Critically analyse the two-three nursing interventions required for these co-morbid chronic health conditions.
This should include critical review of the evidence underpinning these interventions (e.g. research, evidencebased
reviews [JBI, Cochrane, etc], best practice guidelines).
In 100-150 words, summarise the content of the essay, emphasising the most significant factors that must be
considered in the nursing management of the co-morbid chronic health conditions you have discussed.
It is a requirement that you use the Turnitin software. Instructions are provided on Blackboard under
Assessments. You can check a draft assignment as guide to reducing plagiarism and correct any errors. A printed
copy of the final Turnitin report must be attached with your assignment submission.
Submit assignment online using Turnitin link on Blackboard.
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General notes on the assignment
At postgraduate level, you are expected to present your assignment in a scholarly fashion. It should conform to the
following academic conventions. Penalties will apply if these conventions are not adhered to. Use the following
points as a checklist prior to submission:
◊ The assignment cover sheet is attached to the assignment prior to submission
◊ An assessment criteria sheet should be attached for all written assignments
◊ The assignment should be stapled in the top left-hand corner
◊ Please ensure a word count is included on the title page. You may have plus or minus 10% of the designated
word count, not including in-text references and the reference list. Word counts above or below the specified
number will be penalised
◊ Use size 12 font, Times New Roman or Arial font and double line spacing for all assignments, left and right
justify, and ensure margins of 2.5cm on the left, right, top and bottom of the page. Adherence to these
conventions ensures readability, and allows adequate space to provide comments on your essay in the body of
◊ Include a footer with page numbers “x of y” and a header with your name and student number on all pages
◊ Use a separate page for references. The reference page is not included in the word count
◊ Reference according to APA convention only. Please refer to QUT Cite/Write for these referencing conventions.
Marks will be deducted for referencing that does not meet scholarly standards. Students are strongly advised
to use the EndNote referencing program and associated instructions, which are downloadable from the QUT
website for postgraduate students. This program will ensure exemplary and consistent referencing
◊ Judicious use of headings is appreciated in this assignment; overuse of headings will be penalised. As a rough
guide, this 1500 word assignment should have no more than 6 headings, including those for the introduction
◊ Bullet points and numbering are not appropriate in this assessment item
◊ Evidence of the use of information literacy skills in search and retrieval, critical appraisal and synthesis of
recent and topical information for justification of argument. (As a general rule, postgraduate work should
contain one new reference per 100 words. So a 1500 word assignment should have a minimum of 15
◊ Please do not include appendices in your assignments. You should adhere strictly to the word limit. Extra
content included in appendices will not be examined.
◊ References to abstracts that are not referenced as ‘abstracts only’ are not acceptable and will be penalised
◊ Aim to use references that are primarily peer-reviewed journal articles, published within the last five years.
Consumer websites, Wikipedia and websites that are not government-based or related to professional
organisations are unacceptable. Examples of acceptable websites are those of the National Health and Medical
Research Council, the state Departments of Health, and the publications aimed at health professionals from
organisations such as Diabetes Australia, the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council Australia and the Asthma
Foundation. The consumer materials published on these websites are not acceptable. If you are unsure
whether a reference is acceptable, please email your lecturer for clarification.
Assessment 1: Evidence Review