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In this assignment, students will be asked to create the initial steps of an evidence based practice project using your topic, question, and the article you found in your Topic, PICO Question and Article assignment (so long as they were approved). You will also locate several additional resources to answer their PICO question, and write this information into a paper using APA style. Please click on the link below for more information, and watch your due dates and times carefully.Instructions for Completing Your Assignment
oStep one: Using the topic list from module 2, identify a nursing clinical practice topic that you would like to explore.

oStep two: Use the PICO(T) question in the final form approved by your instructor or coach. If your question was not approved in module 2, you may continue to dialogue with your coach or instructor up until Wednesday of week 4. If you still have not had a question approved by that time read the instructions for developing a PICO(T) question carefully and be sure to follow them. Coaches and instructors will not advise you regarding PICO(T) questions after Wednesday of week 4.

oStep three: Search for a nursing quantitative research article that relates to your PICO question using Academic Search Complete, CINHAL, Pubmed, Google Scholar, or any other database that contains nursing research articles. Please note: you can use the article that you submitted in Module Two to meet this requirement so long as it was approved.
oThe article you will find must meet the following mandatory requirements:
?It must be based on the approved topic list unless other arrangements were made with your instructor or coach.
?It must be from a nursing research journal or have a nurse as an author.
?It must be no more than 5 years old from the current publication year.
?It must include implications and / or interventions that are applicable to nursing practice.
?It may not be a qualitative article, systematic review, meta-synthesis, meta- analysis, meta-summary, integrative review, retrospective study, evidence based practice project, or quality improvement article. For more information on how to recognize these types of article see Grove & Gray (2019) pp. 21-23.
?It may not be a clinical information article or ?how-to? article.

oStep Four: Collecting More Evidence (Do the research)
?Find a credible scholarly or government resource published within the past 5 years that provides you with at least two facts (ex. costs, morbidity, mortality, safety, or other related statistics) for why your clinical problem is important (provide statistics). (The internet is a great place to get this information?just don?t forget to cite this information and add it to your reference page).
?Find a clinical practice guideline that relates to your question. It must have information that relates to the role of the nurse. The guideline must be the most recent version or published within the past five years. (It is true that guidelines are not always updated within 5 years so you will need to discuss this.) There are several websites listed in your textbook that can help with searching for guidelines. The UTA library also has resources for clinical practice guidelines. If the source you use is not actually a clinical practice guideline you will lose a substantial amount of points on your paper.

?Find a clinical ?how-to? article, a nursing professional practice website, a systematic literature review, a meta-analysis, or some other credible academic resource published within the past 5 years that relates to your practice question.

?Hint: Did you notice that you will be finding a total of four different sources of information for your PICO question? To re-cap, these four sources are:
?Statistics you are reporting in paragraph one.
?Nursing quantitative research article for paragraphs 2, 3, and 4
?Clinical Practice Guideline (paragraph 5)
?A source of your choosing (paragraph 6)

oStep Five: Write up your findings in APA format and submit them to assignment portal by the due date and time listed in your syllabus. Here?s how to write up your findings:
?Start with a 7th edition APA cover page. An example is provided by the instructor. The paper itself (not including cover page and references should be six pages or less)
?Paragraph #1: This is your opening paragraph. Start with an introduction statement. What is your PICO question? Describe why was it important (share the dollars, morbidity
/ mortality, statistics, safety stats you found with citation)? Paragraph #1 does not have a heading. You should put the title of your whole paper in the center in bold font where a heading would go. For the rest of the paragraphs, use the following headings: Summary of Research Article, Major Variables, Strengths and Weaknesses, Practice Guideline, Fourth Resource, Conclusion.
?Paragraph #2: What did your nursing quantitative research article add to your knowledge on this topic? State the design. Researchers use all sorts of different terms to describe designs, but you should use one of the broad terms mentioned in our textbook (descriptive, correlational, predictive correlational, experimental, or quasi- experimental). State the sampling method (also using one of the sampling method terms discussed in your textbook), and setting of the study (this should only take one sentence: e.g. ?Smith and Johnson conducted a predictive correlational study using a convenience sample from a psychiatric outpatient clinic.?). State the major findings of the study (maximum 3 findings). The findings you share should come from the results or discussion settings and should be relevant to your PICO question and your practice as a nurse.
?Paragraph #3. Mention the major research variables in your article. Do not include demographic variables unless they are important to the results of the study. For each major variable, give a conceptual and operational definition (if the authors did not give a conceptual definition you can say ?not given?). However, you can always say something about the operational definitions for variables because the authors must discuss the way in which variables are measured. Give the level of measurement for each variable (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio).

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