Describe the general advantages and disadvantages of the two research approaches featured in the articles. Use examples from the articles for support.

Course Project: Introduction to Course Project
Evidence-based practice involves a great deal more than
simply reading nursing periodicals on a regular basis. Nurses can take a more
proactive approach to evidence-based practice by identifying authentic problems
and concerns, and then using that to guide their inquiries into current
research. In this way, nurses can connect the results of relevant research
studies to their nursing practice.

For the Course Project, you identify and apply relevant
research to a specific nursing topic or problem. You begin by formulating an
answerable question that is relevant to nursing and evidence-based practice. In
later weeks of this course, you continue the Course Project by conducting a
literature review and then determining how the evidence from the literature can
be applied to nursing practice.
Before you begin, review the Course Project Overview
document located in this weeks Learning Resources.
Course Project: Part 1Identifying a Researchable Problem
One of the most challenging aspects of EBP is to actually
identify the answerable question.

Karen Sue Davies

Formulating a question that targets the goal of your
research is a challenging but essential task. The question plays a crucial role
in all other aspects of the research, including the determination of the
research design and theoretical perspective to be applied, which data will be
collected, and which tools will be used for analysis. It is therefore essential
to take the time to ensure that the research question addresses what you
actually want to study. Doing so will increase your likelihood of obtaining
meaningful results.
In this first component of the Course Project, you formulate
questions to address a particular nursing issue or problem. You use the PICOT
modelpatient/population, intervention/issue, comparison, and outcomeoutlined
in the Learning Resources to design your questions.
To prepare:
Review the article, Formulating the Evidence Based Practice
Question: A Review of the Frameworks, found in the Learning Resources for this
week. Focus on the PICOT model for guiding the development of research
questions.
Review the section beginning on page 71 of the course text,
titled, Developing and Refining Research Problems in the course text, which
focuses on analyzing the feasibility of a research problem.
Reflect on an issue or problem that you have noticed in your
nursing practice. Consider the significance of this issue or problem.
Generate at least five questions that relate to the issue
which you have identified. Use the criteria in your course text to select one
question that would be most appropriate in terms of significance, feasibility,
and interest. Be prepared to explain your rationale.
Formulate a preliminary PICO questionone that is
answerablebased on your analysis. What are the PICO variables
(patient/population, intervention/issue, comparison, and outcome) for this
question?
Note: Not all of these variables may be appropriate to every
question. Be sure to analyze which are and are not relevant to your specific
question.
Using the PICOT variables that you determined for your
question, develop a list of at least 10 keywords that could be used when
conducting a literature search to investigate current research pertaining to
the question.
To complete:
Write a 3- to 4-page paper that includes the following:
A summary of your area of interest, an identification of the
problem that you have selected, and an explanation of the significance of this
problem for nursing practice
The 5 questions you have generated and a description of how
you analyzed them for feasibility
Your preliminary PICOT question and a description of each
PICOT variable relevant to your question
At least 10 possible keywords that could be used when
conducting a literature search for your PICOT question and a rationale for your
selections
By Day 7

WEEK 5

Course Project: Part 2Literature Review
This is a continuation of the Course Project presented in
Week 2. Before you begin, review the Course Project Overview document located
in the Week 2 Resources area.
The literature review is a critical piece in the research
process because it helps a researcher determine what is currently known about a
topic and identify gaps or further questions. Conducting a thorough literature
review can be a time-consuming process, but the effort helps establish the
foundation for everything that will follow. For this part of your Course
Project, you will conduct a brief literature review to find information on the
question you developed in Week 2. This will provide you with experience in
searching databases and identifying applicable resources.
To prepare:
Review the information in Chapter 5 of the course text,
focusing on the steps for conducting a literature review and for compiling your
findings.
Using the question you selected in your Week 2 Project (Part
1 of the Course Project), locate 5 or more full-text research articles that are
relevant to your PICOT question. Include at least 1 systematic review and 1
integrative review if possible. Use the search tools and techniques mentioned
in your readings this week to enhance the comprehensiveness and objectivity of
your review. You may gather these articles from any appropriate source, but
make sure at least 3 of these articles are available as full-text versions
through Walden Librarys databases.
Read through the articles carefully. Eliminate studies that
are not appropriate and add others to your list as needed. Although you may
include more, you are expected to include a minimum of five articles. Complete
a literature review summary table using the Literature Review Summary Table
Template located in this weeks Learning Resources.
Prepare to summarize and synthesize the literature using the
information on writing a literature review found in Chapter 5 of the course
text.
To complete:
Write a 3- to 4-page literature review that includes the
following:
A synthesis of what the studies reveal about the current
state of knowledge on the question that you developed
Point out inconsistencies and contradictions in the
literature and offer possible explanations for inconsistencies.
Preliminary conclusions on whether the evidence provides
strong support for a change in practice or whether further research is needed
to adequately address your inquiry
Your literature review summary table with all references
formatted in correct APA style

wEEK 7
Assignment: Critiquing Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed
Methods Studies
Critiquing the validity and robustness of research featured
in journal articles provides a critical foundation for engaging in
evidence-based practice. In Weeks 5 and 6, you explored quantitative research designs.
In Week 7, you will examine qualitative and mixed methods research designs. For
this Assignment, which is due by Day 7 of Week 7, you critique a quantitative
and either a qualitative or a mixed methods research study and compare the
types of information obtained in each.
To prepare:
Select a health topic of interest to you that is relevant to
your current area of practice. The topic may be your Course Portfolio Project
or a different topic of your choice.
Using the Walden Library, locate two articles in scholarly
journals that deal with your portfolio topic: 1) Select one article that
utilizes a quantitative research design and 2) select a second article that
utilizes either a qualitative OR a mixed methods design. These need to be
single studies not systematic or integrative reviews (including meta-analysis
and metasynthesis). You may use research articles from your reference list. If
you cannot find these two types of research on your portfolio topic, you may
choose another topic.
Locate the following documents in this weeks Learning
Resources to access the appropriate templates, which will guide your critique
of each article:
Critique Template for a Qualitative Study
Critique Template for a Quantitative Study
Critique Template for a Mixed-Methods Study
Consider the fields in the templates as you review the
information in each article. Begin to draft a paper in which you analyze the
two research approaches as indicated below. Reflect on the overall value of
both quantitative and qualitative research. If someone were to say to you,
Qualitative research is not real science, how would you respond?
To complete this Assignment:
Complete the two critiques using the appropriate templates.
Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:
Contrast the types of information that you gained from
examining the two different research approaches in the articles that you
selected.
Describe the general advantages and disadvantages of the two
research approaches featured in the articles. Use examples from the articles
for support.
Formulate a response to the claim that qualitative research
is not real science. Highlight the general insights that both quantitative and
qualitative studies can provide to researchers. Support your response with
references to the Learning Resources and other credible sources.
As you complete this Assignment, remember to:
Submit your paper to Grammarly and SafeAssign through the
Walden Writing Center. Based on the Grammarly and SafeAssign reports, revise
your paper as necessary.
Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers
submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The
School of Nursing Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides
an example of those required elements (available from the Walden University
website found in this weeks Learning Resources). All papers submitted must use
this formatting.
Combine all three parts of this assignment into one Word
document including both critique templates and the narrative with your references.
Submit this combined document.

week 10
Course Project
By Day 7
Submit your Course Project. Reminder: You will combine Parts
1, 2, and 3 of your Course Project (assigned in Weeks 2, 4, and 8 respectively)
into one cohesive and cogent paper.
Note: In addition, include a 1-page summary of your project.
For this final iteration you will need to:
Submit your paper to Grammarly and SafeAssign through the
Walden Writing Center. Based on then Grammarly and SafeAssign reports, revise
your paper as necessary.
Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers
submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The
School of Nursing Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides
an example of those required elements (available from the Walden University
website found in this weeks Learning Resources). All papers submitted must use
this formatting.
Note: The Course Project will be your Portfolio Assignment
for this course.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Project for review and grading, do
the following:
Please save your Project using the naming convention
WK10Proj+last name+first initial.(extension) as the name.
Click the Week 10 Project Rubric to review the Grading
Criteria for the Project.
Click the Week 10 Project link. You will also be able to
View Rubric for grading criteria from this area.
Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My
Computer button. Find the document you saved as WK10Proj+last name+first
initial.(extension) and click Open.
If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the
checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.Course Project: Introduction to Course ProjectEvidence-based practice involves a great deal more than
simply reading nursing periodicals on a regular basis. Nurses can take a more
proactive approach to evidence-based practice by identifying authentic problems
and concerns, and then using that to guide their inquiries into current
research. In this way, nurses can connect the results of relevant research
studies to their nursing practice.For the Course Project, you identify and apply relevant
research to a specific nursing topic or problem. You begin by formulating an
answerable question that is relevant to nursing and evidence-based practice. In
later weeks of this course, you continue the Course Project by conducting a
literature review and then determining how the evidence from the literature can
be applied to nursing practice.Before you begin, review the Course Project Overview
document located in this weeks Learning Resources.Course Project: Part 1Identifying a Researchable ProblemOne of the most challenging aspects of EBP is to actually
identify the answerable question.Karen Sue DaviesFormulating a question that targets the goal of your
research is a challenging but essential task. The question plays a crucial role
in all other aspects of the research, including the determination of the
research design and theoretical perspective to be applied, which data will be
collected, and which tools will be used for analysis. It is therefore essential
to take the time to ensure that the research question addresses what you
actually want to study. Doing so will increase your likelihood of obtaining
meaningful results.In this first component of the Course Project, you formulate
questions to address a particular nursing issue or problem. You use the PICOT
modelpatient/population, intervention/issue, comparison, and outcomeoutlined
in the Learning Resources to design your questions.To prepare:Review the article, Formulating the Evidence Based Practice
Question: A Review of the Frameworks, found in the Learning Resources for this
week. Focus on the PICOT model for guiding the development of research
questions.Review the section beginning on page 71 of the course text,
titled, Developing and Refining Research Problems in the course text, which
focuses on analyzing the feasibility of a research problem.Reflect on an issue or problem that you have noticed in your
nursing practice. Consider the significance of this issue or problem.Generate at least five questions that relate to the issue
which you have identified. Use the criteria in your course text to select one
question that would be most appropriate in terms of significance, feasibility,
and interest. Be prepared to explain your rationale.Formulate a preliminary PICO questionone that is
answerablebased on your analysis. What are the PICO variables
(patient/population, intervention/issue, comparison, and outcome) for this
question?Note: Not all of these variables may be appropriate to every
question. Be sure to analyze which are and are not relevant to your specific
question.Using the PICOT variables that you determined for your
question, develop a list of at least 10 keywords that could be used when
conducting a literature search to investigate current research pertaining to
the question.To complete:Write a 3- to 4-page paper that includes the following:A summary of your area of interest, an identification of the
problem that you have selected, and an explanation of the significance of this
problem for nursing practiceThe 5 questions you have generated and a description of how
you analyzed them for feasibilityYour preliminary PICOT question and a description of each
PICOT variable relevant to your questionAt least 10 possible keywords that could be used when
conducting a literature search for your PICOT question and a rationale for your
selectionsBy Day 7WEEK 5Course Project: Part 2Literature ReviewThis is a continuation of the Course Project presented in
Week 2. Before you begin, review the Course Project Overview document located
in the Week 2 Resources area.The literature review is a critical piece in the research
process because it helps a researcher determine what is currently known about a
topic and identify gaps or further questions. Conducting a thorough literature
review can be a time-consuming process, but the effort helps establish the
foundation for everything that will follow. For this part of your Course
Project, you will conduct a brief literature review to find information on the
question you developed in Week 2. This will provide you with experience in
searching databases and identifying applicable resources.To prepare:Review the information in Chapter 5 of the course text,
focusing on the steps for conducting a literature review and for compiling your
findings.Using the question you selected in your Week 2 Project (Part
1 of the Course Project), locate 5 or more full-text research articles that are
relevant to your PICOT question. Include at least 1 systematic review and 1
integrative review if possible. Use the search tools and techniques mentioned
in your readings this week to enhance the comprehensiveness and objectivity of
your review. You may gather these articles from any appropriate source, but
make sure at least 3 of these articles are available as full-text versions
through Walden Librarys databases.Read through the articles carefully. Eliminate studies that
are not appropriate and add others to your list as needed. Although you may
include more, you are expected to include a minimum of five articles. Complete
a literature review summary table using the Literature Review Summary Table
Template located in this weeks Learning Resources.Prepare to summarize and synthesize the literature using the
information on writing a literature review found in Chapter 5 of the course
text.To complete:Write a 3- to 4-page literature review that includes the
following:A synthesis of what the studies reveal about the current
state of knowledge on the question that you developedPoint out inconsistencies and contradictions in the
literature and offer possible explanations for inconsistencies.Preliminary conclusions on whether the evidence provides
strong support for a change in practice or whether further research is needed
to adequately address your inquiryYour literature review summary table with all references
formatted in correct APA stylewEEK 7Assignment: Critiquing Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed
Methods StudiesCritiquing the validity and robustness of research featured
in journal articles provides a critical foundation for engaging in
evidence-based practice. In Weeks 5 and 6, you explored quantitative research designs.
In Week 7, you will examine qualitative and mixed methods research designs. For
this Assignment, which is due by Day 7 of Week 7, you critique a quantitative
and either a qualitative or a mixed methods research study and compare the
types of information obtained in each.To prepare:Select a health topic of interest to you that is relevant to
your current area of practice. The topic may be your Course Portfolio Project
or a different topic of your choice.Using the Walden Library, locate two articles in scholarly
journals that deal with your portfolio topic: 1) Select one article that
utilizes a quantitative research design and 2) select a second article that
utilizes either a qualitative OR a mixed methods design. These need to be
single studies not systematic or integrative reviews (including meta-analysis
and metasynthesis). You may use research articles from your reference list. If
you cannot find these two types of research on your portfolio topic, you may
choose another topic.Locate the following documents in this weeks Learning
Resources to access the appropriate templates, which will guide your critique
of each article:Critique Template for a Qualitative StudyCritique Template for a Quantitative StudyCritique Template for a Mixed-Methods StudyConsider the fields in the templates as you review the
information in each article. Begin to draft a paper in which you analyze the
two research approaches as indicated below. Reflect on the overall value of
both quantitative and qualitative research. If someone were to say to you,
Qualitative research is not real science, how would you respond?To complete this Assignment:Complete the two critiques using the appropriate templates.Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:Contrast the types of information that you gained from
examining the two different research approaches in the articles that you
selected.Describe the general advantages and disadvantages of the two
research approaches featured in the articles. Use examples from the articles
for support.Formulate a response to the claim that qualitative research
is not real science. Highlight the general insights that both quantitative and
qualitative studies can provide to researchers. Support your response with
references to the Learning Resources and other credible sources.As you complete this Assignment, remember to:Submit your paper to Grammarly and SafeAssign through the
Walden Writing Center. Based on the Grammarly and SafeAssign reports, revise
your paper as necessary.Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers
submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The
School of Nursing Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides
an example of those required elements (available from the Walden University
website found in this weeks Learning Resources). All papers submitted must use
this formatting.Combine all three parts of this assignment into one Word
document including both critique templates and the narrative with your references.
Submit this combined document.week 10Course ProjectBy Day 7Submit your Course Project. Reminder: You will combine Parts
1, 2, and 3 of your Course Project (assigned in Weeks 2, 4, and 8 respectively)
into one cohesive and cogent paper.Note: In addition, include a 1-page summary of your project.For this final iteration you will need to:Submit your paper to Grammarly and SafeAssign through the
Walden Writing Center. Based on then Grammarly and SafeAssign reports, revise
your paper as necessary.Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers
submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The
School of Nursing Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides
an example of those required elements (available from the Walden University
website found in this weeks Learning Resources). All papers submitted must use
this formatting.Note: The Course Project will be your Portfolio Assignment
for this course.Submission and Grading InformationTo submit your completed Project for review and grading, do
the following:Please save your Project using the naming convention
WK10Proj+last name+first initial.(extension) as the name.Click the Week 10 Project Rubric to review the Grading
Criteria for the Project.Click the Week 10 Project link. You will also be able to
View Rubric for grading criteria from this area.Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My
Computer button. Find the document you saved as WK10Proj+last name+first
initial.(extension) and click Open.If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the
checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

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