Scenario 1 – Starting the dissertation journey

I have been confronted with the next challenge that is associated with this academic journey that entails the process of writing and completing a good dissertation. A dissertation has a very crucial issue that unsettles me. These have a relationship with the size and scope and the freedom of choice of the project title. In a fact, the dissertation offers the highest echelon of freedom of choice what is most exciting as a professional intending to work in the clinical domains, but there are some important principles that must be followed in the course of idea development.

Scenario 2 – Sourcing and accessing the relevant evidence to be used in the dissertation

It is important at this point to seek for professional advice although I have some ideal ‘evidence’ that can be applicable in the  dissertation which is derived from a ‘Sunday Supplement Magazine’; it is important to know if such can count evidence.

Scenario 3 – Identifying a topic for your dissertation, setting the scene

I have already made a choice of a probable topic for consideration in the dissertation but it is also good explore any existing lived experiences in some families with a child affected by a chronic illness, so that I ascertain that it can be appropriate in the dissertation. I have made a choice of use of larvae therapy to heal a wound in older women with varicose leg ulcers (NB: to provide multiplicity and significance within the book, some of chapters use diverse dissertation topics to demonstrate important points).

Scenario 4 – Preparing to use research evidence in the dissertation

At this point it is prudent to identify the most appropriate qualitative studies that is applicable in the dissertation and Randomized Controlled Trials can be a good choice since it is resourceful in answering the dissertation question. It is also important to consider historical literature.

Scenario 5 – Critically appraising evidence

Having collected some relevant research articles, it is now time to confront the challenge of selection of the most suitable critical appraisal tool for evaluating the selected papers. The use of Parahoo’s critiquing approach is perhaps a good decision.

Scenario 6 – How evidence-based healthcare is implemented in practice

Having a great lead in the dissertation is an important achievement. Having identified a wide variety of papers that were written concerning some research conducted in Sydney Children’s Hospital that had already implemented a successful evidence-based practice, this is perhaps a good starting point. Professor Peter Callery’s work will also make a significant contribution.

Scenario 7 – Clinical standards, audit and inspection

My clinical area has already been audited by the English healthcare watch dog which is a Care Quality Commission.

Scenario 8 – Taking your dissertation further: disseminating evidence, knowledge transfer; writing as a professional skill

I request that a poster be presented based on the dissertation for a forthcoming hospital conference and write a paper for publication in a well-known national nursing journal.