Continuous learning 

One way for nurses to remain up-skilled, participate in ongoing learning and evidence based practice, is via a journal club. A journal club can be a vehicle for knowledge translation: a way of keeping up to date on palliative care issues relevant to practice. [1]

Journal clubs usually comprise a group of individuals with a common interest who meet on a regular basis. At these meetings one of the group present the findings from one or more academic journal articles. This allows participants to become more aware of the latest research and evidence for practice in a supportive, non-threatening environment. [2]

For practical tips on running or participating in a journal club visit the Finding Evidence page on Journal Club Basics.

  1. Nesbitt J. Journal clubs: A two-site case study of nurses' continuing professional development. Nurse Educ Today. 2013 Aug;33(8):896-900. Epub 2012 Aug 29.
  2. O’Connor L, Bennett P, Gardner A, Hawkings MT, Wellman D. Implementing a journal club in a palliative care setting: A link in the chain of evidence-based practice. Collegian. 2009;16(3):147-52.

Last updated 20 August 2021