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Read, Appraise, Apply: Critically Evaluating the Regulatory Literature

Ended Sep 15, 2023
1 credit

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Full course description

The use of evidence to inform nursing practice is as important for regulators as it is for clinicians. Evidence should guide regulation and board policies and decisions, but reviewing and critiquing research literature on your own can be intimidating. Taking this course provides an opportunity to hone your reading and critical appraisal skills. You will join fellow regulators in real-time videoconferences, alternating with asynchronous discussion forums, where you will engage in collaborative reflection on the quality and applicability of a variety of research articles germane to nursing regulation. The knowledge, skills and attitudes you will gain from this ‘virtual journal club’ will strengthen your regulatory practice and leadership competencies.


  • Describe the benefits of a journal club and discuss ways to overcome barriers to implementing and leading or participating in a journal club.
  • Evaluate different critical appraisal tools (CATs) and ranking systems for research, using the abstract as a guide.
  • Critically appraise the strengths, weaknesses, feasibility, and regulatory impact of various peer-reviewed articles.
  • Discuss how research evidence and best practices can inform or enhance the current processes and performance of your regulatory body or organization.
  • Reflect on the course and articulate a plan for implementing a journal club in their organization, board or institution.

Competency Alignment

Research and Measurement, Policy Development and Political Savy

Course Information

Instructor(s): Cheryl Pulec, EdD, MA
Course Dates: July 10 - September 1, 2023
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway:Research & Measurement
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 15