The body of the paper should be a continuous piece of writing that allows for a sustained viewpoint with logical order and organization.

Assignment Details

Unit 4 Assignment: Evidence from the Literature

Purpose

Outcomes addressed:

NU310-2: Appraise credibility of sources utilizing measures of reliability, validity and level of evidence.

GEL 1.02: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.

The purpose of this Assignment is to help you learn to conduct a review of the literature, correctly identify the level of evidence of primary sources on the evidence hierarchy, and to critique the important aspects of a scholarly research report.

            1. Choose a nursing sensitive topic from the list below. Go to the University library and conduct a search of the literature and find 2 scholarly primary research reports that relate to the clinical topic you chose.

List of 15 nurse sensitive outcomes:

  • Nursing Hours per Patient Day.
  • Nursing Turnover.
  • Nosocomial Infections.
  • Patient Falls.
  • Patient Falls with Injury.
  • Pressure Ulcer Rate.
  • Pediatric Pain Assessment, Intervention, Reassessment (AIR) Cycle.
  • Pediatric Peripheral Intravenous Infiltration.
  • Psychiatric Physical/Sexual Assault.
  • RN Education/Certification.
  • RN Survey.
  • Restraints.
  • Staff Mix.

You may also choose from the following clinical topics:

  • Diabetic management.
  • CHF management.
  • Readmission rates.
  • Case management.

2. Write a brief 2-3-page critical essay paper summarizing the two research studies. This paper should be written in standard American English with proper grammar and spelling. The paper should include a title page, running head, and page numbers; it should be double spaced, have a separate page for references that follows 6th edition APA formatting and citation style.

3. Your paper should include the following:

  1. A title page in APA format
  2. An introductory paragraph which includes a brief discussion of the objectives of your paper.
  3. The body of the paper should include:

> a summary and critique/appraisal of each article with a discussion of methodology and research design the researchers used. The writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.

> where you would place the article in the evidence hierarchy (level of research evidence) with rationale.

> a brief discussion of the findings of the study

>how these articles contribute to the body of nursing knowledge and supports evidence for clinical practice. (one to two paragraphs for each study).

The body of the paper should be a continuous piece of writing that allows for a sustained viewpoint with logical order and organization.

4. A summary paragraph (conclusion).

5. Paper should be no more than 4 pages in length including title page and separate reference page with 3-5 scholarly references.