Literature review. In this academic assignment the student will critically review the following article Verbal abuse experienced by nursing students. The student will attempt to critically review the article by using an evaluative framework.

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In this academic assignment the student will critically review the following article “Verbal abuse experienced by nursing students”. The student will attempt to critically review the article by using an evaluative framework. According to Innova (2004) an evaluative framework is a plan to ensure all aspects of a critique are covered. The student will attempt to judge the quality of the authors work and making relevant comments on it.   According to Lewis and Barnes (1997) (cited in Smith 1997) critiquing an article entails adopting an objective and balanced approach when estimating the value of a piece of research by highlighting its strengths and limitations.

Title of Article

According to Gerrish and Lacey (2006) a good title of an article should be explicit and relatively brief while describing the proposed study.  Parahoo (2006) believes that the title should immediately capture the reader’s attention to the chosen area of the study and, it should refer to the population from whom the data was collected. Polit and Beck (2006) suggests that research reports should begin with a title that succinctly coveys in 15 words of fewer the nature of the study. The title in this article is suitable as it manages to capture the reviewer’s attention and caused an interest to continue to read the full article as it is relevant to those in the health care profession. However one point in which it lacks information is as to where and by whom to the abuse occurs. It should have made reference to the fact that the survey was conducted on third year students and that the abuse occurred in the various disciplines and clinical areas.

The Authors

 According to Graham (2004) it is important to know the authors credentials when reading an article.  It can help to define the trustworthiness, the significance, or the importance of the conclusions reached in the article. It can also signify the slant, focus or bias of the article. Parahoo (1997) highlights that the academic standing of a researcher can indicate the level of research skill expected in an article. The authors of this article are Terry Ferns and Liz Meerabau. Upon reading their credentials the student discovered that they both hold rather prestigious positions as nursing lecturers which shows that they have relevant credentials to carry out the research. Terry Ferns holds a masters and is a senior lecturer.  Liz Meerabeau is head of the school of health and social care in Greenwich University, she holds a PhD and is a RHVT which stands for registered health visitor teacher. The fact that these qualifications are abbreviated could be quite off putting to the reader as it does not state what they stand for and so they act quite insignificant to many. However any one of these qualifications would lead us to believe that they would have sufficient experience in both the clinical field and in dealing with nursing students. This would ensure that they truly have both relevant insight and experience in the subject.

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The Abstract

According to Parahoo (2006) an abstract is a short summary of a study. Its main purpose is to give readers enough information for them to decide whether or not the article is of interest to them. Wood and Haber (2002) discuss the fact that an abstract is a short comprehensive synopsis of a study at the beginning of an article.  Treacy and Hyde (1999) suggest that the abstract should contain 100-200 words and include the steps of the research process in order. Whereas Wood and Haber (2002) suggests it should be between ...

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