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NR505 Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-Based Practice


NR505 Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-Based Practice

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NR505 Advanced Research Methods: Evidence-Based Practice


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NR505 week 1 discussion


Write a quantitative research question using the PICO(T) model about a health or safety issue observed in the Ironridge or Summerville community or your practice setting.Conducta search of the literature for the quantitative research question. (Remember you can use this topic and quantitative research article as part of your Research Summary Table assignment).Provide a brief summary of your quantitative research article.

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NR505 week 2 discussion


Review the differences in predictive and prescriptive studies and select a predictive or prescriptive article that you found in your literature search. What are the independent variables (IV), dependent variables (DV), and mediating variables (MVs) that you find in the article? How do determining IVs, DVs, and MVs help you discern the theory tested in the research? In your particular article, what risk factors are identified, or what recommendations are provided?



NR505 week 3 discussion


Plan a Qualitative Study (graded)


Write a qualitative research question using the PICO(T) model using the P (population), I (abstract concept), O (outcome), and T (time) from the PICO(T) model about an issue from your practice setting.Conduct a search of the literature for a qualitative research article that would answer your qualitative research question. What qualitative research design (Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Ethnography) did you select and why? Provide a summary of the study. How will you make sure that the information you obtain is trustworthy? How is trustworthiness in qualitative research similar and different from reliability and validity?


NR505 week 4 discussion



What are the various types of sampling, along with their advantages and disadvantages? As we think about sampling and ethical practices, review these two documents on ethical issues in research:

·         Tuskegee syphilis study”>

·         An overview of questionable studies: Resnik, D. (2012). Research ethics timeline (1932-present). Retrieved”>

What are the implications of this information with respect to the recruitment of human subjects in a study related to your chosen issue?


NR505 week 5 discussion


Inferential Statistics (graded)


Complete a PICO(T) search on a topic that pertains to your practice setting. Select one of the articles from your search. Identify the descriptive statistics. Then describe the inferential tests that were used in the article (in other words, t-tests and chi-squares). Given the p-values related to the tests, how do you interpret the results? Are they statistically significant, also clinically significant? What are the recommendations based on this paper? Share some alternate explanations (mediating or intervening variables) for the results of the study. If your chosen study does not contain inferential tests, then choose a different article that does contain inferential tests so you can participate in the discussion.


NR505 week 6 discussion


Evidence-Based Models (graded)Read the box above about Mr. Lowell and his facility. As an advanced practice nurse, you will looking at various evidence based practice models and choosing two of them to compare and contrast here. After you compare and contrast them, discuss which one you would recommend to this facility and why? Remember to support your posts with scholarly research in APA 6th ed format.


NR505 week 7 discussion


Quality, Safety, and Costs (graded)


Class, this week I would like for you to think about a patient scenario related to our Summerville scenario. Mr. Lowell is especially concerned about a costly high infection rate in surgical patients at St. Louis Medical Center, along with a lack of concern about patient’s psychological needs. He has read about the efforts of the QSEN Institute (.org/”> to promote quality and safety. He was surprised to see that patient concerns are inherent in the quality improvement conversation. Place yourself in the role of nurse educator to help the new staff education director and the clinical practice council study both problems. How would you explain the relationships among quality, safety, and costs to the director and staff? How would you demonstrate the importance of nursing care in addressing this issue? What outcome variables would you recommend?


NR505 week 8 discussion


What specific skills and knowledge that you gained through this course will be most important as you plan and implement your practicum project? Describe a concrete way in which you anticipate using these skills and knowledge.


NR505 week 3 Research Summary Table


Research Summary Table

Guidelines with Scoring Rubric


The purpose of this assignment is for the student to learn to assimilate, analyze, critique, and summarize original research articles. In other words, select a report of a single, original study.

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

(CO 2) Formulate and analyze nursing/clinical problems related to nursing and other disciplines. (PO 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

(CO 3) Synthesize for dissemination the research findings from nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)

Due Date:Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3

Total Points Possible: 165 Points



Through this assignment, the student will

1.     1. Conduct a systematic search of relevant databases to find research-based evidence related to a nursing problem (CO 2);

2.     2. Construct a summary table of four peer-reviewedquantitative single original studies, indicating the purpose, sample, design/level of evidence, findings, and limitations of each (CO 3); and

3.     3. Summarize the findings of the four studies as a whole (CO 3).


Preparing the Table


Conduct a PICO(T) search on the nursing problem related to your practice setting.Select the four most recent peer-reviewed studiesthat describe original research in a single study (do not select a meta-analysis, systematic review of research, or integrative literature review). Refer to the Types of Articles Found in the Nursing and Healthcaredocument in the Course Resource section to make sure that you are using the correct document.

Construct a table summarizing the four most credible and recent studies, using the Research Summary template on the next page (also found in Course Resource Section). Analyze each article and provide the following information in brief format: purpose of the study; type of sample and number of participants; design of the study, along with the level of evidence; findings of the study; and limitations of the study.


Preparing the Summary


Briefly (2-4 pages; not including cover page and reference page(s)) summarize the results of the four studies as a whole. Follow this outline:

1.     I. In a short paragraph, restate your research question and describe your search strategy. (10 points)

2.     II. Analysis of the designs used in the studies presented in your research summary table. (10 points)

III. Where do these studies fall on the LevelsofEvidence table? What is the significance of this information?(10 points)

1.     IV. Based on these studies, what are the findings? What is the answer to the research question?How well do the studies answer or fail to answer the question? Provide rationale to support your answer.(10 points)

2.     V. Howwas eachsample selected and how many participants in the studies. Is this number adequate? Why or why not? (10 points)

3.     VI. Overall, what are the limitations of the study, and how can these limitations be overcome in subsequent studies? (10 points)

VII. 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? Why or why not?Please provide a rationale for your answer.(10 points)

Provide your references, formatted in APA style, after the summary. Include the doi number for each article. Submit a permalink of each article you have chosen for this assignment (directions on how to obtain a permalink are located in the Course Resource section).

Instructions for setting up your paper in APA 6th edition format.

Look at the example document for this assignment. Start your paper as you would other APA 6thedition format professional papers. Copy and paste the table into your APA paper. This should allow your paper to remain in a vertical format. Your paper should be one document.

Research Summary Table (template provided in separate document)


NR505 week 5 Critique of Systematic Research Review


Critique of Systematic Research Review (SRR)

Guidelineswith Scoring Rubric


The purpose of this assignment is to provide students with practice in identifying, reading, and critiquing systematic research reviews related to nursing. A systematic review is defined as “A summary of evidence, typically conducted by an expert or expert panel on a particular topic, that uses a rigorous process (to minimize bias) for identifying, appraising, and synthesizing studies to answer a specific clinical question and draw conclusions about the data gathered (Melnyk&Fineout-Overholt,2011, p.582).

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to

(CO 3) Synthesize for dissemination the research findings from nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)

(CO 4) Compare and critique quantitative and qualitative designs and methodologies for research studies. (PO 4, 7, 9, 11)

Due Date:Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 5

Total Points Possible:175 Points


1.     1. Choose an SRR that pertains to your practice setting.Describe the relevance of the nursingresearch problem addressed in a SRR to practice. (CO 3, 6)

2.     2. Critique the levels of evidence of the studies used in the SRR, specifically the designs of the studies included. (CO 6)

3.     3. Critique the clarity with which the studies are presented and critiqued. (CO 6)

4.     4. Describe the overall findings of the studies, as summarized in the SRR. (CO 3, 6)

5.     5. Critique the conclusions of the SRR, with implications for your current practice andfuture research. (CO 3, 6)

6.     6. Utilize the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to locate a true SRR for this assignment.

7.     7. Paper length should be between 4-6 pages (not including cover page and reference page(s).


Preparing the paper


Consult your faculty member if you are uncertain about whether your article is a true SRR. If it is not, your grade will be affected because you will not be able to address all of the above objectives.

Important: Submit a copy of the systematic research review that you are critiquing as a separate document before submitting your paper.This will help Turnitin from returning a high similarity percentage on your written work. Remember to keep Turnitin similarity to 24% or less or you will be deducted points on APA.


Melnyk, B.M., &Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011).Evidence-based practice in nursing &healthcare(2nded.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams,& Wilkins.


This assignment will be submitted to Turnitin.You learned about Turnitin in your NR500 course, so you should be familiar with how to access it. Additionally, you will find an instructional announcement about Turnitin® in the course and in the Student Handbook.

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