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). 

Please find provisional dates for the Journal Club below which will take place 20:00 - 21:00

  • 28th of January

  • 31st of March

  • 26th of May

  • 28th of July

  • 29th of September

  • 24th of November

*Dates are subject to change

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.

January Journal Club Information

Article Information: What influences the nurses' decision to mobilise the critically ill patient?

Tara Chaplin RN BSc PgDip MSc 

John McLuskey RN BSc MPH PGCHE

First published: 18 July 2019

In preparation for the journal club you could use the following questions to guide your review of the article prior to joining us:

  • What was the overall purpose of the study?​

  • What methods were used?

  • Identify the main results?

  • Identify some of the strengths and weaknesses, what could've been done to improve the study? Did the authors achieve what they set out to achieve?

  • Identify the implications of the results found and whether you think they may or may not influence your practice beneficially or adversely?

  • What further research might be carried out in the future? 

  • Consider the feasibility, appropriateness, the meaningfulness and effectiveness (FAME) of the research findings to their own area of clinical practice.

The Journal club will take place on Zoom which can be accessed via your desk top or App. The link for the January Journal Club is

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.

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