Sample Nursing Research Paper Assignment on NURS 4325 SLM EBP FINAL PROJECT

Module 4 Evidence-Based Practice: Finding the Evidence

 

ATTENTION WRITER:

THERE ARE A LOT OF INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES BELOW. PLEASE FOLLOW THEM WORD BY WORD BECAUSE MY TEACHER IS VERY METICULOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS, PLAGIARISM, AND CITING THE SOURCES. I UPLOADED MY PICO QUESTION, THE ARTICLE THAT I USED TO WRITE THAT PICO QUESTION, AND THE CHAPTERS THAT WE COVERED IN THIS MODULE. MAKE SURE THAT THE 4 SOURCES THAT YOU NEED TO FIND ARE WITHIN 5 YEARS AND THEY FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SPECIFIED BELOW. I NEED YOU TO UPLOAD THESE ARTICLES BECAUSE I NEED TO UPLOAD THEM AS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT. I HAVE UPLOADED AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO WRITE THE PAPER PROVIDED BY THE TEACHER.

 

Grading Rubric

See the grading rubric for the assignment to understand exactly how you will be graded. If there is any discrepancy between these instructions and the rubric, the rubric will be the final authority as to how the assignment will be graded.

Instructions for Completing Your Assignment

 

  • Step one: Collecting More Evidence (Do the research)
    • Find a credible scholarly or government resource published within the past 5 years that provides you with at least two facts (ex. costs, morbidity, mortality, safety, or other related statistics) for why your clinical problem is important (provide statistics). (The internet is a great place to get this information…just don’t forget to cite this information and add it to your reference page).
    • Find a clinical practice guideline that relates to your question. It must have information that relates to the role of the nurse.  The guideline must be the most recent version or published within the past five years. (It is true that guidelines are not always updated within 5 years so you will need to discuss this.) There are several websites listed in your textbook that can help with searching for guidelines. If the source you use is not actually a clinical practice guideline you will lose a substantial amount of points on your paper.
    • Find a clinical
  1. how-to” article
  2. a nursing professional practice website
  3. a systematic literature review
  4. a meta-analysis

 or some other credible academic resource published within the past 5 years that relates to your practice question.

  • Hint: Did you notice that you will be finding a total of four different sources of information for your PICO question? To re-cap, these four sources are:
    • Statistics you are reporting in paragraph one.
    • Nursing quantitative research article for paragraphs 2, 3, and 4
    • Clinical Practice Guideline (paragraph 5)
    • A source of your choosing (paragraph 6)
  • Step two: Write up your findings in APA format. Here’s how to write up your findings:
  • Start with a 7th edition APA cover page. An example is provided by the instructor. The paper itself (not including the cover page and references should be six pages or less)
  • Paragraph #1: This is your opening paragraph. Start with an introductory statement. What is your PICO question? Describe why was it important (share the dollars, morbidity/mortality, statistics, and safety stats you found with citation)? Paragraph #1 does not have a heading. You should put the title of your whole paper in the center in a bold font where a heading would go. For the rest of the paragraphs, use the following headings: Summary of Research Article, Major Variables, Strengths, and Weaknesses, Practice Guideline, Fourth Resource, Conclusion.
  • Paragraph #2: What did your nursing quantitative research article add to your knowledge on this topic?  State the design. Researchers use all sorts of different terms to describe designs, but you should use one of the broad terms mentioned in our textbook (descriptive, correlational, predictive correlational, model testing, experimental, or quasi-experimental). State the sampling method (also using one of the sampling method terms discussed in your textbook), and setting of the study (this should only take one sentence: e.g. “Smith and Johnson conducted a predictive correlational study using a convenience sample from a psychiatric outpatient clinic.”). State the major findings of the study (maximum 3 findings). The findings you share should come from the results or discussion settings and should be relevant to your PICO question and your practice as a nurse.
  • Paragraph #3. Mention the major research variables in your article. Do not include demographic variables unless they are important to the results of the study. For each major variable, give a conceptual and operational definition (if the authors did not give a conceptual definition you can say “not given”). However, you can always say something about the operational definitions for variables because the authors must discuss the way in which variables are measured. Give the level of measurement for each variable (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio).
  • Paragraph #4: Using the skills you have learned in your critique of a research article, describe two strengths or two weaknesses (or one strength and one weakness) that you found as you read this article. Go back to what you learned in your article critique about sampling methods, measurement methods (ex. questionnaires), and data collection (how did they collect the data to make sure you are being thorough in your assessment. Be specific, so that your instructor, if reading the article, can find them too.  Do not re-state the limitations provided by the authors of your study unless they have to do with the study’s sampling, measurement methods, or data collection.  Do not discuss the research design or the descriptive or inferential statistics used by the authors as a strength or weakness of the study, as this is not related to with the study’s sampling, measurement methods, or data collection.

 

  • Paragraph #5: What is the name of the clinical practice guideline that you found?  Give a web link and an APA citation for the guideline. Share at least three facts that you found within the guideline that is relevant to the PICO question and your practice as a BSN nurse and cite the guideline appropriately. Make sure the source you cite is actually a clinical practice guideline with advice directed toward healthcare professionals.
  • Paragraph #6: Identify the fourth resource you found (clinical “how-to” article, a systematic literature review, or a meta-analysis) that relates to your practice question. Share at least three facts that you found within this source that is relevant to the PICO question and your practice as a nurse, and cite them appropriately.
  • Paragraph #7 (and #8 if needed): re-state your PICO question and briefly summarize what you have learned through your search. Include information from each of your sources, and be sure to cite them all. Then, give specific recommendations for nursing practice. What would you recommend, if anything, as a change in practice for nurses? Why?  Remember, this is your closing paragraph(s).
  • Note to students about writing up your findings:
  • This is a formal APA paper. Look at the Rubric for more APA information for this paper.
  • Your paper must be between four and seven pages (double spaced). Use the following headings for paragraphs 2 through 7: Summary of Research Article, Major Variables, Strengths, and Weaknesses, Practice Guideline, Fourth Resource, Conclusion. These headings should all be centered and in bold font. Do not use a heading for the first paragraph. Instead, use the title and center it in bold font.
  • Don’t use first-person language (I, my, we, etc.) and don’t directly address the reader (you need to, etc.).
  • Turn your paper (as a word document) and article (in pdf format) that you used for paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 into the assignment submission link in Module Four at the due date and time listed in your syllabus.

Rubric

Evidence-Based Practice Project: Finding the Evidence v2

Evidence-Based Practice Project: Finding the Evidence v2

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Nursing research article selected.

5 to >0 pts

Accomplished

Research article is a quantitative article, nursing focused, and is 5 years or less from current publication date. Article must be uploaded as a pdf file. Please note: if you forget to upload your nursing quantitative research article, a 5 point penalty will be applied to your paper

0 pts

Needs Improvement

Research article is not nursing focused or is a qualitative article, systematic review, meta-synthesis, meta-analysis, meta-summary, integrative review, clinical information article or “how-to” article. No article uploaded.

5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Opening Paragraph(Paragraph #1)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

Introduction statement(s) present. PICO question with all elements present. Statement of importance with two facts such as costs, morbidity, mortality, safety. Include related statistics with citation and is 5 years or less from current publication date.

8 to >5 pts

Proficient

No introduction statement(s). PICO statement is incomplete. Statement of importance incomplete or missing. Citation is incomplete or missing.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

No introduction statement(s). PICO statement grossly incomplete or missing. Statement of importance missing. No citation

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome General Format

5 to >4 pts

Completely met

Paper is between four to seven double spaced pages in length (not including cover page and references). Paper includes the following headings: Summary of Research Article, Major Variables, Strengths and Weaknesses, Practice Guideline, Fourth Resource, Conclusion 5 points

4 to >0 pts

Partially met

Paper more than seven pages, or less than four pages, headings missing, or incorrect headings. 4 – 1 points

0 pts

Not met

Paper greater than seven pages, or less than four pages, and headings missing or incorrect.

5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Summary paragraph for your nursing quantitative research article. (Paragraph #2)

15 to >13 pts

Accomplished

NOTE: If your primary research article did not meet the criteria for being accepted, you will likely get few or no points for this section! Correctly identified design, sampling method, and setting of study. Design should be specified as one of the following: descriptive, correlational, predictive correlational, model testing, quasi-experimental, or experimental. Sampling method given should be one of the methods discussed in the textbook. Identified major findings of study. Major findings include information from the Results and / or Discussion sections. Major findings clearly tied to PICO question. Facts connected to your nursing practice.

13 to >5 pts

Proficient

Design, sampling method, or setting incorrect. Identified findings are not the most important findings. Only one finding includes results or discussion sections. Major findings not clearly tied to PICO question. Facts not clearly connected to your nursing practice.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

Design, sampling method, and setting not identified. No major findings clearly identified from the article. No findings from the results or discussion sections No attempt to connect the major findings from the article back to the PICO question. No attempt to connect the major findings from the article back to your nursing practice.

15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Major research variables (Paragraph #3)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

NOTE: If your primary research article did not meet the criteria for being accepted, you will likely get few or no points for this section! All major variables included. If the design is experimental or quasi-experimental or predictive correlational the dependent and independent variables should be identified. Conceptual definition for each variable mentioned or its absence noted. Operational definition for each variable mentioned. Correct level of measurement given for each variable.

8 to >0 pts

Proficient

Some major variables missing or variables included that are not actually major variables. Incorrect or missing conceptual or operational definitions. Incorrect or missing levels of measurement.

0 pts

Needs Improvement

Paragraph missing.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Two additional strengths or weaknesses from your nursing quantitative research article. (Paragraph #4)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

NOTE: If your primary research article did not meet the criteria for being accepted, you will likely get few or no points for this section! Two strengths or two weaknesses or one strength and one weakness are specifically identified from your nursing quantitative research article. The student choices for strengths / weaknesses must focus on the methods used by the authors for sampling, measurement methods used (ex. a questionnaire), or how the data was collected (data collection) with examples from the student’s research article.

8 to >5 pts

Proficient

Only one strength / or weakness explained well with second strength / weakness only identified. Strengths / weaknesses not based on sample, measurement methods, or data collection.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

Strength / weaknesses identified are not based on these three critique skills. No strengths / weaknesses identified.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Clinical practice guideline summary.(Paragraph #5)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

NOTE: If you do not use an actual clinical practice guideline you will get few or no points for this section! Name and specific website (including internet link) of the clinical practice guideline identified. Guideline is the most recent version or published within the past five years. Three facts clearly identified that were found within the guideline and relate to the practice of a BSN. Facts clearly tied to PICO question. Facts connected to your nursing practice.

8 to >5 pts

Proficient

Name of the clinical practice guideline or website not clearly identified. Fewer than three facts clearly identified that were found within the guideline or facts not specifically related to the practice of the nurse. Facts vaguely tied to PICO question. Facts vaguely connected to your nursing practice.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

What is given is not a clinical practice guideline. Name of the clinical practice guideline and website not stated. No clearly identified facts from the guideline. Facts not tied to PICO question or nursing practice.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome “Fourth resource” summary.(Paragraph #6)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

Three facts clearly identified from the fourth resource which is 5 years or less from current publication date. Facts clearly tied to PICO question. Facts connected to your nursing practice.

8 to >5 pts

Proficient

Less than three facts clearly identified from the fourth resource. Facts not clearly tied to PICO question. Facts not clearly connected your nursing practice.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

No facts clearly identified from the fourth resource. Fourth resource is not an academic source. No attempt to connect facts from the fourth resource back to the PICO question. No attempt to connect facts from the fourth resource back to your nursing practice.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Closing Paragraph(s)(Paragraph #7, and #8 if needed)

10 to >8 pts

Accomplished

PICO question is restated. A summary of what was learned (from all sources) is present. Sources are cited. Recommendations for practice are offered.

8 to >5 pts

Proficient

Missing one or more of the following elements: PICO question. A summary of what was learned. Recommendations for practice.

5 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

No PICO question. Poor or no attempt to summarize information from the resources. No / vague recommendations for practice are offered.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome APA Style and Formatting

15 to >14 pts

Accomplished

APA formatting for this paper will follow the guidelines for general formatting, in text-citations, margins, headings (if desired) alignment and line spacing, font type and size, paragraph indentation, page headers, and the reference page as explained in the 7th edition of the APA Manual. Helpful Hints: • Do not use 1st person in a formal paper. • Do not use direct quotes, instead summarize and paraphrase what you are reading. Direct quotes will receive multiple point deductions. These deductions are separate from the 15 points for APA. In other words, there is no limit to the number of points that can be deducted for excess direct quotes. • Please do not forget to use the approved CONHI cover page. The first time an APA error is discovered, it will be pointed out to you and a point will be deducted from your paper. Maximum number of points deducted for APA errors: 15 points

14 to >0 pts

Needs Improvement

APA formatting for this paper will follow the guidelines for general formatting, in text-citations, margins, headings (if desired) alignment and line spacing, font type and size, paragraph indentation, page headers, and the reference page as explained in the 7th edition of the APA Manual. Helpful Hints: • Do not use 1st person in a formal paper. • Do not use direct quotes, instead summarize and paraphrase what you are reading. Direct quotes will receive multiple point deductions. These deductions are separate from the 15 points for APA. Up to fifty points can be deducted for direct quotes. • Please do not forget to use the approved CONHI cover page. Each error of spelling, grammar, capitalization or APA usage will receive a one point deduction. Maximum number of points deducted for APA errors: 15 points

0 pts

Not Proficient

APA formatting for this paper will follow the guidelines for general formatting, in text-citations, margins, headings (if desired) alignment and line spacing, font type and size, paragraph indentation, page headers, and the reference page as explained in the 7th edition of the APA Manual. Helpful Hints: • Do not use 1st person in a formal paper. • Do not use direct quotes, instead summarize and paraphrase what you are reading. Direct quotes will receive multiple point deductions. These deductions are separate from the 15 points for APA. Up to fifty points can be deducted for direct quotes. • Please do not forget to use the approved CONHI cover page. Each error of spelling, grammar, capitalization or APA usage will receive a one point deduction. Maximum number of points deducted for APA errors: 15 points

15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Excessive Direct Quotes

0 pts

Direct Quotes

Five points will be deducted for each direct quote up to a maximum of fifty points.

0 pts

No Direct Quotes

0 pts
Total Points: 100