Please use this information to formulate the essay Learning outcomes – these must be addressed 1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of theories and frameworks of clinical decision-making that will support clinical judgement in practice 2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the management of uncertainty and the application of reasoning in the assessment and management of care. 3. Critically examine and synthesise the legal, professional and ethical dimensions of applying clinical judgement and decision making in practice 4. Critically evaluate ways in which evidenced based practice will support clinical judgment and clinical decision-making. 5. Critically appraise the use of problem solving strategies in the use of clinical judgement and decision-making in practice Assignment – details of how I would like the essay formed You are required to submit a 3500 word essay which should highlight your achievement of all of the learning outcomes 1 to 5 of this module. This will be in the form of a case study. The essay can be split into sections using the 5 learning outcomes as subheadings if you wish, within each section you should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theories relating to the learning outcome. You will need to critically analyze the theories and relate them to your practice, referring to the case study as you discuss each aspect. If you wish, you may choose to include some of the more descriptive aspects of the case study as an appendix to the essay, preserving the word count in your main body for discussion and analysis of the case and making reference to them throughout the assignment discussion. Suggested Format Introduction The essay should commence with an introduction, which explains to the reader the purpose of the essay and the topics to be covered. Outline to the reader in a concise way how you will address the outcomes – The essay should be written in the third person, so begin with This essay will…… Introduce your case study to the reader, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained through including a reference to consent and confidentiality. Main body After writing your introduction, you need to critically discuss and analyse the theories and frameworks which are within each learning outcome to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of these. This is where you will be awarded most of your marks and you should use the majority of your word count. Remember that each learning outcome is of equal weighting in the marking of the work. You also need to link your own clinical practice to the theory you have learned, so you will need to make reference to your case study throughout the assignment to demonstrate using the theories in your practice. . Consider in your discussion that each of the following learning outcomes must be addressed: 1. Develop knowledge and critical understanding of theories and frameworks of clinical decision-making that will support clinical judgment in practice To meet this LO you need to define clinical judgment and clinical decision making and critically analyze the theories and what are relevant to you. Your case study should incorporate and demonstrate clinical decisions you have made and how the theories relate. 2. Enhance your knowledge and skills in the management of uncertainty and the application of reasoning in the assessment and management of care. Discuss assessment theories and tools, what uncertainties existed in this case? How do you manage uncertainty? What tools did you utilize to justify your decisions and ensure your patient was safe? For example safety netting, appropriate referral on using SBAR tool 3. Critically examine the legal, professional and ethical dimensions of applying clinical judgment and decision making in practice. What are the legal, professional and ethical issues that support or hinder your practice? Refer to the law and your code of practice. You may wish to consider whether you were able to manage this case within your own scope of practice or when might recognise when a case is outside your scope? Issues such as competence and accountability need to be considered. 4. Critically evaluate ways in which evidenced based practice will support clinical judgment and clinical decision-making. Define and discuss evidence based practice, what resources did you utilize to support your practice and therefore your decisions and judgments. Did you refer to any specific evidence guidelines when managing this patient? 5. Critically reflect on the use of problem solving strategies in the use of clinical judgment and decision-making in practice Define and discuss problem solving models. You could compare and contrast a couple. How did they support your practice? Within the case study demonstrate their application. Conclusion and action plan The conclusion should incorporate some elements of learning outcome 5 as you critically reflect on your case study and the strategies you used and an evaluation of their effectiveness. Your conclusion should be more than just a summary of the essay. It should be a good end to your piece of writing, emphasizing or reinforcing your main ideas, but restating them in a new way and avoiding using the same language as in your essay.
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