Critical analysis of practice: peripheral intravenous catheter management The assignment is in 2 parts (a and b). These can be presented as 2 discreet sections or as an integrated piece of writing. Do not use bullet points. a) Critical Analysis of research ** peripheral intravenous catheter management You will need to critically analyse the research literature relevant to this practice (a minimum of four recent, relevant primary research papers) and present what is deemed to be ‘best practice’ (approximately 1500 words). Identify recommendations for best practice. b) Implementation of new policy Reflecting on your previous clinical experience, discuss how you would go about the implementation of these recommendations as a new ward policy (using appropriate literature as evidence). It may well require a change in current practices in the ward, so you may meet some resistance or there will be challenges to implementing the policy. Discuss why this might be the case and how you might assist your peers in understanding the importance of maintaining evidence based practice and/or modifying their own current practices to ensure optimum outcomes for their clients (approximately 500 words). Critical thinking and critical analysis At university, as in the workplace, you will be required to make a shift from reproductive thinking/learning and descriptive writing to critical thinking, reading and learning. It is central to everything that you do at university. Critical thinking can be defined as examining your own ideas, and those of others; synthesising and assessing these different ideas and arguments; and applying ideas in different contexts. In academic terms, critical analysis means considering the claims of theorists, governments, authorities and so on, what they are based on, and how far they seem to apply or be relevant to a given situation. This involves splitting them up into their component parts and discussing them. Discuss: The word ‘discuss’ directs you to examine, analyse carefully, and present considerations pro and con regarding the problems or items involved. This type of question calls for a complete and entailed answer. Primary research is when research is conducted to unearth original data (so use papers in journals that represent the work of primary researchers).