Week 2 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 week’s Learning Resources.
Note: This Course Project will
serve as the Portfolio Assignment for the course. In addition to submitting
portions of this Project in Weeks 2 and 5, you will turn in all three
deliverables in Week 10.
Course Project: Part
1—Identifying 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 model—patient/population, intervention/issue,
comparison, and outcome—outlined in the Learning Resources to design your questions.
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
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
question—one that is answerable—based on your analysis. What are the PICO
variables (patient/population, intervention/issue, comparison, and outcome) for
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.
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
Submit your Project. It will also
be a component of your Portfolio Assignment for this course, which is due by
Day 7 of Week 10.
Davies, K. S. (2011). Formulating
the evidence based practice question: A review of the frameworks. Evidence
Based Library and Information Practice, 6(2), 75–80. Retrieved from
Submission and Grading
To submit your completed Project
for review and grading, do the following:
Please save your Project using
the naming convention “WK2Proj+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the
Click the Week 2 Project Rubric
to review the Grading Criteria for the Project.
Click the Week 2 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
“WK2Proj+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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