BACCN Journal Club

We are very excited to announce the debut of a new feature as part of our online activity; the BACCN Virtual Journal Club.  We will select either a clinical or non-clinical research article that provides questions and discussion points to stimulate a discussion where we can evaluate new research and its applicability t​o 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.

With this in mind and building on the success of our Twitter Chat venture over the last 2 years, we would like to invite you to join in and take part in the BACCN Virtual Journal Club which will take place the last week of every other month (starting in January). 

Our Next Journal Club will be:

BACCN Virtual Journal Club – 29th of September 8-9pm

For our September Journal Club we’ll be reviewing: “The effects of noise levels on pain, anxiety, and sleep in patients” Aydın Sayılan et al Nurs Crit Care. 2020; 1– 7. paper ( https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12525) with Heather Baid (@HeatherBaid) delivering her assessment of this article.  Once again this is such a topical subject as we can all relate to the significant difficulties we experienced in managing the excessive noise levels in ICU (non-ICU) areas where we cared for our critically ill patients during the hight of the COVID-19 surge.

This is a member only event, please click HERE for the members only area to register.


Each month in preparation for the journal club we'll post the reference to the research article that will be under discussion with a review template to enable you to make some notes in preparation of the journal club if you chose. It would be beneficial if you 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 BACCN 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 of the National Board; 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 your own personal experiences exploring how research evidence may shape the art and science of critical care nursing.

Join us and let's keep the conversation going...


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)  We would also post a recording of the Journal Club on the BACCN members’ website.

Guidance for producing a session for Virtual Journal Club

If you any questions and or need help with the online platform being used please email: karingerbersa@hotmail.com (BACCN Journal Club Facilitator) 


Provisional dates 

Journal Club events will take place 20:00 - 21:00:

  • 24th of November 2020

  • 26th January 2021

  • 30th March 2021

  • 25th May 2021

  • 27th July 2021

  • 28th September 2021 

  • 30th November 2021

*Dates are subject to change


Past Jounal Clubs

January Journal Club 2020  - What influences the nurses' decision to mobilise the critically ill patient?

March Journal Club 2020 - Sustainability in critical care practice: a grounded theory study

May Journal Club 2020 - Stress management interventions for intensive and critical care nurses: a systematic review

July Journal Club 2020 -  Factors influencing oral care in intubated intensive care patients