Examine contributions nursing research has made to nursing practice

Fostering a Culture of Learning for a Lifetime


CO #6: Examine contributions nursing research has made to nursing practice, patient education, and to health care.

Information: Nurses must understand research in order to effectively participate in the provision of evidence-based nursing care. As a student nurse, learning to be a lifelong learner and integrating evidence based research into your daily routine is important. A provider who incorporates evidence based approaches to practice seeks the best, most current evidence available to make judgments, apply clinical expertise while integrating the client’s values and beliefs into decisions about their care. The purpose of this assignment is to investigate the research process while completing a critical examination of qualitative or quantitative research relative to a current nursing issue or practice. The goal is for student to further investigate the research process, improve knowledge of evidence based practice, refine information literacy skills, understand research and engage in activities to become a lifelong learner.

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This assignment encourages students to investigate each step of the research process and complete a critical examination of quantitative and/or qualitative research relevant to their nursing practice. Nurses must understand research in order to effectively participate in the provision of evidence-based nursing care.

Objectives of this assignments are to:

· Value the concept of EBP as integral to determining best clinical practice

· Develop & Demonstrate scholarly writing skills

· Integrate and explain the role of evidence in determining best clinical practice

· Seek resources related to clinical practice topics and strategies of lifelong learning


Outcome: Students will integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise, patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal nursing care while incorporating strategies of lifelong learning.







1. Formulate a research question from a recent clinical experience (PICO or PICOT structure)

2. Search for Evidence-Identify 5 or more peer reviewed research articles (within 5 years) pertaining to your research question. At least 2 most be original research

Lifelong learning opportunities

· Locate available resources

· Search databases (i.e. CINAHL, PubMed, Ebsco, etc.)

· Journal articles


3. Review and assess the evidence learned


4. Identify what type of research would be most appropriate for studying this issue and why (i.e. Qualitative or quantitative). Also include, if similar research was completed what method/techniques would you use to gather data (i.e.- experiments, focus groups, case studies etc.). Please include a rationale

Reflection- Write a 2-3 page reflection in APA on the following:

· How you would integrate the results of the of literature assessment into practice, taking into consideration the patient’s preference, evidence learned from peer reviewed articles, and your clinical experience. Specifically address how you would incorporate what you learned in practice (i.e. patient education, change in practice etc.). Include any anticipated challenges with implementation or how barriers can be overcome to improve practice.

· Please include information in the reflection on how you will utilize this dynamic process of questioning, learning and obtaining knowledge in the future as a lifelong learner.

· Include all of your citations on the reference page.






NU230 Fostering a Culture of Lifelong Learning

  Outstanding Fair Needs Improvement Total
  2-1 1-.99 0.99 or below  
Research Question Clearly states research question (include all components: Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time). Poorly written research question with missing components Research question not listed or poorly written  





· Extensively researched from numerous, varied sources relevant to research question

· Research/scholarly reviews (<5 years), minimum 5

· Used reliable sources for EBP support directly related to research question



· Adequate amount of research; sources somewhat varied.

· Research/scholarly reviews (6-8 years)

· 3-4 sources

· Used reliable sources for EBP support, but limitedly related to research question


Less than 2

· Limited amount of research; limited resources, Resources not from valid research or sources

· Research/scholarly reviews (>10 years)

· <3 sources

· Research vaguely relates to research question


Synthesis of information/Reflection 4-3

Reflection is thorough, analytic and includes a summary of information that supports knowledge learned from research question

Elements are well organized, cohesive and presents the findings to support discussion of EBP


Reflection evidence presented but lacks clarity, vague and lacks organization to synthesize information well.

Articles do not completely relate to EBP

Less than 2

Research articles do not synthesize or did not specifically relate to the research question

Poorly organized summary document. Elements are missing that impacts understanding

Implementation/Application 2-1


Elements of lifelong learning discussed

Application to nursing practice:

Lists at least 3 methods of application and explains in detail how to apply







Limited elements of application for use of lifelong learning discussed

Lists 2-1 methods of application to nursing practice with limited explanation and detail

0.99 or below


No elements of application to nursing discussed or vaguely discussed

1 or less ways listed for application to nursing practice, does not link evidence well to practice

Conventions 2-1


Uses APA format.


Uses articulate and appropriate language, clear and concise word choices, and good sentence structure.


No grammar, punctuation, or mechanical errors present.




Uses APA format.


Uses articulate and appropriate language, clear and concise word choices, and fair sentence structure.


Minimal of 3 grammar, punctuation, or mechanical errors present.


Limits APA format.


Uses non-articulate, inappropriate language, not clear and concise word choices, and poor sentence structure.


More than 3 grammar, punctuation, or mechanical errors present.




Total Points 15










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