purpose of this assignment is for the student to learn to assimilate, analyze,
critique, and summarize an original research article. In other words, select a
report of a single, original study.
Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to
meet the following course outcomes:
CO1: Examine the sources of
evidence that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO #7)
CO2: Apply research principles to
the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (POs #4 and 8)
CO4: Evaluate published nursing
research for credibility and lab significance related to evidence-based
practice. (POs #4 and 8)
CO5: Recognize the role of research
findings in evidence-based practice. (POs #7 and 8)
Through this assignment, the student will:
a systematic search of relevant databases to find research-based evidence
related to a nursing problem (CO 1);
a peer-reviewed study, indicating the purpose, sample, design of study, data
collection method, findings, and limitations of each (CO 2, CO 4,)
the research article and evaluate the significance to nursing. (CO 3).
Please remember this assignment will be sent to
Turnitin for review. If you wait until late Sunday night to submit, you may not
receive your feedback in time if you need to make changes. Please read the
announcement on the Turnitin information.
Preparing the Paper
Conduct a PICO(T) search on the nursing problem that you
identified in Week 2, Discussion questions. Select one most recent
peer-reviewed study that describes original research in a single study.
Analyze the article and provide the following information in
brief format: purpose of the study; type of sample and number of participants;
research design of the study, findings of the study; and limitations of the
study. Summarize the importance to nursing.
The estimated length of this paper is four (4) pages,
excluding the title page and References page. Summarize the results of the
study as outlined below:
brief introduction to your paper, however do not label it as an “Introduction”
in accordance with the rules of APA scholarly writing.
the research question for this study in a paragraph.
the research design of this study.
how the sample was selected and include the number of participants. Make a
judgment as to whether the sample size was adequate, and defend your answer why
or why not.
the data collection method(s) including who collected data, what tools were
used, and other pertinent information.
the limitations of the study, and describe how the limitations could be
overcome in subsequent studies.
the findings reported in the study. What is the answer to the research question
based on these findings? If the study fails to answer the research question, what
do you believe is the reason?
the article. Based on these findings, is the evidence that you found on your
topic strong enough to suggest a change in practice, or an idea for practice? Please
provide the rationale for your answer.
your references, formatted in APA style, On the References page. Guidelines and
a sample paper on APA may be found under Course Home in the Course Resources
link. Follow the guidelines for writing professional papers using APA
formatting as described in the 6th edition of the manual.