A nursing journal club is a planned gathering to review and discuss published research articles and provides a foundation for evidence-based nursing practice. Journal club participation has been found to be positively associated with increased familiarity with research terms and processes, as well as forming habits of scientific reading and professional updating.
Having run a successful journal club using this model for a number of years at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, we are excited to build on this success by making journal club available to nurses of all cadres working with children in many more hospital settings around Africa. This journal club design has been proven to help nurses learn together using accessible and enjoyable participatory facilitation methods.
This journal club offering includes innovative facilitation techniques including the use of a large-scale graphic record to assist nurses in navigating a journal article, identifying content, and applying it to practice.
The journal club will cover a range of relevant topics; and a new topic is addressed each month. Participating facilities receive a monthly pack of resources for each journal club meeting which includes a pre-recorded introduction to the article, a digital copy of the journal article, a visual graphic summary (in digital format) and a timed session plan. This will assist the chosen facilitator to run monthly journal club sessions, with our help.