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EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE AND APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH — C361

PRFA — XAP1

COMPETENCIES

724.8.5 : Foundations of Inquiry The graduate differentiates between quality improvement processes, evidence based practice, and research.

724.8.6 : Literature Review and Analysis The graduate demonstrates knowledge of the process and outcomes of conducting a literature review.

724.8.7 : Ethics and Research The graduate demonstrates understanding of the ethics of nursing research, particularly human subjects’ protections, informed consent, and alignment with patient and family values and preferences.

724.8.8 : Patient Outcomes The graduate discriminates between identified standards and practices that do not provide improvements in patient outcomes utilizing relevant sources of evidence and the application of nursing theory.

724.8.9 : Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination The graduate describes the process of data collection, analysis, and implementation of evidence that can improve clinical practice from an interprofessional perspective.

INTRODUCTION

There are many sources of information available on the web and in journals relating to the nursing discipline. Therefore, it is of pivotal importance to understand the basic tenets of critical appraisal of research for its use in interprofessional healthcare practices. The aim of evidence-based practice (EBP) is to employ a three- pronged approach, blending the best available research evidence, patient values and preferences, and clinical expertise.

In this task, you will critique two primary research evidence sources. You will select one quantitative and one qualitative peer-reviewed journal article on a healthcare topic of interest.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

Note: Research evidence must not be more than five years old.

1/16/2020 WGU Performance Assessment

https://tasks.wgu.edu/student/001091608/course/4200002/task/617/overview 2/6

Note: Upload a copy of the full text of the articles with your submission.

Note: You may use the same topic and research articles on both Task 1: Analyzing Research Articles and Task 2: Evidence-Based Practice Change.

A. Evaluate a primary, quantitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages) that has healthcare implications by doing the following:

Note: You may select an article focusing on a healthcare topic of your choice or an article focusing on one of the following topics: falls and fall prevention, pain management in children, opioid abuse, hepatitis C, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or hand hygiene and infections in hospitals.

1. Describe how the researcher addresses the following four areas in the selected journal article: background or introduction (e.g., the purpose of the study) review of the literature (e.g., research used to support the study) data analysis (e.g., how the researcher analyzed the data) methodology (e.g., research type and sampling methods)

2. Evaluate whether the evidence presented in each of the four areas of the journal article from part A1 supports the outcome of the study and implications for future research. 3. Explain how the protection of human subjects and cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher, using specific information from the journal article from part A. 4. Describe one strength and one limitation of the study. 5. Describe how the evidence from the article in part A informs current nursing practices.

B. Evaluate a primary, qualitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages) that has healthcare implications by doing the following:

Note: You may select an article focusing on a healthcare topic of your choice or an article focusing on one of the following topics: falls and fall prevention, pain management in children, opioid abuse, hepatitis C, catheter associated urinary tract infections, or hand hygiene and infections in hospitals. You may use the same topic that was used in part A.

1. Describe how the researcher addresses the following four areas in the selected journal article: background or introduction (e.g., the purpose of the study) review of the literature (e.g., research used to support the study) data analysis (e.g., how the researcher analyzed the data) methodology (e.g., research type and sampling methods)

2. Evaluate whether the evidence presented in each of the four areas of the journal article from part B1 supports the outcome of the study and implications for future research. 3. Explain how the protection of human subjects and cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher, using specific information from the journal article from part B. 4. Identify one strength and one limitation of the study. 5. Describe how the evidence from the article in part B informs current nursing practices.

C. Acknowledge sources, using APA-formatted in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

D. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

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File Restrictions

File name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! – _ . * ‘ ( ) File size limit: 200 MB File types allowed: doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, pdf, txt, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma, flv, asf, mpeg, wmv, m4v, svg, tif, tiff, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, zip, rar, tar, 7z

RUBRIC

A1:A1. QUANTITATIVE: ARTICLE AREAS

A2:QUANTITATIVE: CRITIQUE OF EVIDENCE

A3:QUANTITATIVE: PROTECTION AND CONSIDERATIONS

NOT EVIDENT

An article is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

Does not identify a primary,

quantitative research, peer-re-

viewed journal article (suggest-

ed length of 3–5 pages) that has

healthcare implications. The de-

scription does not address all of

the given points, or the descrip-

tion of any point is not support-

ed by the article.

COMPETENT

Identifies a primary, quantitative

research, peer-reviewed journal

article (suggested length of 3–5

pages) that has healthcare impli-

cations. Evaluates the article by

doing the following: The descrip-

tion addresses all 4 of the given

points, and the description of

each point is supported by the

article.

NOT EVIDENT

An evaluation of evidence is not

provided for each area of the

journal article from part A1.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The evaluation of evidence pre-

sented for any area of the jour-

nal article from part A1 does not

logically show whether that sec-

tion’s evidence supports the out-

come of the study and implica-

tions for future research.

COMPETENT

The evaluation of evidence pre-

sented for each area of the jour-

nal article from part A1 logically

shows whether that section’s evi-

dence supports the outcome of

the study and implications for fu-

ture research.

NOT EVIDENT

An explanation of how the pro-

tection of human subjects and

cultural considerations were ad-

dressed by the researcher is not

provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The explanation does not use

specific information from the

journal article from part A to

show how the protection of hu-

man subjects and cultural con-

COMPETENT

The explanation uses specific in-

formation from the journal arti-

cle from part A to show how the

protection of human subjects and

cultural considerations were ad-

dressed by the researcher.

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A4:QUANTITATIVE: STRENGTH AND LIMITATION

A5:QUANTITATIVE: EVIDENCE APPLICATION

B1:QUALITATIVE: ARTICLE AREAS

B2:QUALITATIVE: CRITIQUE OF EVIDENCE

siderations were addressed by

the researcher.

NOT EVIDENT

A submission is not provided, or

the submission does not identify

1 strength or 1 limitation of the

study.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission is missing rele-

vant information about the 1

identified strength or the 1 iden-

tified limitation of the study.

COMPETENT

The submission provides relevant

information about the 1 identi-

fied strength and the 1 identified

limitation of the study.

NOT EVIDENT

A submission is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission does not de-

scribe how the evidence from

the article in part A informs cur-

rent nursing practices. Or the

description is not supported

with specific examples of cur-

rently used nursing practices.

COMPETENT

The submission accurately de-

scribes how the evidence from

the article in part A informs cur-

rent nursing practices. The de-

scription is supported with spe-

cific examples of currently used

nursing practices.

NOT EVIDENT

An article is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

Does not identify a primary,

qualitative research, peer-re-

viewed journal article (suggest-

ed length of 3–5 pages) that has

healthcare implications. The de-

scription does not address all of

the given points, or the descrip-

tion of any point is not support-

ed by the article.

COMPETENT

Identifies a primary, qualitative

research, peer-reviewed journal

article (suggested length of 3–5

pages) that has healthcare impli-

cations. Evaluates the article by

doing the following: The descrip-

tion addresses all 4 of the given

points, and the description of

each point is supported by the

article.

NOT EVIDENT

An evaluation of evidence is not

provided for each area of the

journal article from part B1.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The evaluation of evidence pre-

sented for any area of the jour-

nal article from part B1 does not

COMPETENT

The evaluation of evidence pre-

sented for each area of the jour-

nal article from part B1 logically

shows whether that section’s evi-

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B3:QUALITATIVE: PROTECTION AND CONSIDERATIONS

B4:QUALITATIVE: STRENGTH AND LIMITATION

B5:QUALITATIVE: EVIDENCE APPLICATION

C.:APA SOURCES

logically show whether that sec-

tion’s evidence supports the out-

come of the study and implica-

tions for future research.

dence supports the outcome of

the study and implications for fu-

ture research.

NOT EVIDENT

An explanation of how the pro-

tection of human subjects and

cultural considerations were ad-

dressed by the researcher is not

provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The explanation does not use

specific information from the

journal article from part B to

show how the protection of hu-

man subjects and cultural con-

siderations were addressed by

the researcher.

COMPETENT

The explanation uses specific in-

formation from the journal arti-

cle from part B to show how the

protection of human subjects and

cultural considerations were ad-

dressed by the researcher.

NOT EVIDENT

A submission is not provided, or

the submission does not identify

1 strength or 1 limitation of the

study.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission is missing rele-

vant information about the 1

identified strength or the 1 iden-

tified limitation of the study.

COMPETENT

The submission provides relevant

information about the 1 identi-

fied strength and the 1 identified

limitation of the study.

NOT EVIDENT

A submission is not provided.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission does not de-

scribe how the evidence from

the article in part B informs cur-

rent nursing practices. Or the

description is not supported

with specific examples of cur-

rently used nursing practices.

COMPETENT

The submission describes how

the evidence from the article in

part B informs current nursing

practices. The description is sup-

ported with specific examples of

currently used nursing practices.

NOT EVIDENT

The submission does not include

in-text citations and references

according to APA style for con-

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The submission includes in-text

citations and references for con-

tent that is quoted, paraphrased,

COMPETENT

The submission includes in-text

citations and references for con-

tent that is quoted, paraphrased,

or summarized and demonstrates

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D.:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

tent that is quoted, paraphrased,

or summarized.

or summarized but does not

demonstrate a consistent appli-

cation of APA style.

a consistent application of APA

style.

NOT EVIDENT

Content is unstructured, is dis-

jointed, or contains pervasive

errors in mechanics, usage, or

grammar. Vocabulary or tone is

unprofessional or distracts from

the topic.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

Content is poorly organized, is

difficult to follow, or contains er-

rors in mechanics, usage, or

grammar that cause confusion.

Terminology is misused or

ineffective.

COMPETENT

Content reflects attention to de-

tail, is organized, and focuses on

the main ideas as prescribed in

the task or chosen by the candi-

date. Terminology is pertinent, is

used correctly, and effectively

conveys the intended meaning.

Mechanics, usage, and grammar

promote accurate interpretation

and understanding.

 

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