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The Journal Club

The ESPNIC Virtual Journal Club, takes place the last week of every other month. A clinical or non-clinical research article will be selected that provides questions and discussion points to stimulate a discussion to evaluate new research and its applicability t​o paediatric and or neonatal critical care nursing practice.

A Journal Club is an educational meeting in which a group of individuals discuss current articles providing a forum for collective effort to keep up with the literature.  There are many advantages in participating in a journal club, including keeping abreast of new knowledge, promoting awareness of current nursing research findings, learning to critique research, becoming familiar with the best current clinical research, and encouraging research utilization.

Each month in preparation for the journal club the reference to the research article that will be under discussion will be posted along with a review template to enable participants to make some notes in preparation of the journal club if they chose. It is beneficial to read the article in advance of the discussion; however, it is not mandatory. The reference and the link to the virtual platform will be available on the ESPNIC Website (and across our various social media platforms) two weeks prior to the scheduled Journal Club date.

Each session will last 60 min in total. A facilitator will spend the first 30 minutes summarizing the key points from the research article. The facilitators will be experienced members; however, other members interested in facilitating will be offered the opportunity to do so. The second half of the session will be a facilitated discussion where everybody is encouraged to consider the feasibility, appropriateness, the meaningfulness and effectiveness (FAME) of the research findings to their own area of clinical practice. If possible, we will invite the authors of the research article or an expert in the field to help facilitate discussion. The emphasis of the facilitated discussion will be drawing on personal experiences exploring how research evidence may shape the art and science of critical care nursing.

Full participation in the Journal Club will be eligible for 1 hour of direct learning for revalidation purposes (each participant will receive a certificate of attendance).

Recordings of all sessions are available on the ESPNIC Education portal.