Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing NR449 Evidence-Based Practice

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Required Uniform Assignment: Topic Search Strategy

PURPOSE The Topic Search Strategy Paper is the first of three related assignments which are due in Unit 3. The purpose of

this initial paper is to briefly describe your search strategies when identifying two articles that pertain to an

evidence-based practice topic of interest.

COURSE OUTCOMES

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.

CO 1: Examine the sources of knowledge that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO #7)

CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (POs #4 and #8)

DUE DATE Refer to the course calendar for due date. The college’s Late Assignment policy applies to this activity.

POINTS POSSIBLE This assignment is worth 160 points. The college’s Late Assignment policy applies to this activity.

REQUIREMENTS You will be assigned a group in unit 2 (located in the team collaboration tab) to formulate an evidence-based practice topic of interest that will be used to complete the unit 3 and unit 5 independent assignments, as well as the group PowerPoint presentation in unit 7. The paper will include the following.

a. Clinical Question a. Describe problem b. Significance of problem in terms of outcomes or statistics c. Your PICOT question in support of the group topic d. Purpose of your paper

b. Levels of Evidence a. Type of question asked b. Best evidence found to answer question

c. Search Strategy a. Search terms b. Databases used (you may use Google Scholar in addition to the library databases; start with

the Library) c. Refinement decisions made d. Identification of two most relevant articles

d. Format a. Correct grammar and spelling b. Use of headings for each section c. Use of APA format (sixth edition) d. Page length: three to four pages

PREPARING THE PAPER

1. Please make sure you do not duplicate articles within your group. 2. Paper should include a title page and a reference page.

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DIRECTIONS AND ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA

Assignment Criteria

Points % Description

Clinical Question 45 28 1. Problem is described. What is the focus of your group’s work? 2. Significance of the problem is described. What health

outcomes result from your problem? Or what statistics document this is a problem? You may find support on websites for government or professional organizations.

3. What is your PICOT question? 4. Purpose of your paper. What will your paper do or describe?

This is similar to a problem statement. “The purpose of this paper is to . . .”

Levels of Evidence

20 13 1. What type of question are you asking (therapy, prognosis, meaning, etc.)?

2. What is the best type of evidence to be found to answer that question (e.g., RCT, cohort study, qualitative study)?

Search Strategy 65 41 1. Search topic(s) provided. What did you use for search terms? 2. What database(s) did you use? Link your search with the

PICOT question described above. 3. As you did your search, what decisions did you make in

refinement to get your required articles down to a reasonable number for review? Were any limits used? If so, what?

4. Identify the two most relevant and helpful articles that will provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work. Why were these two selected?

Format 30 18 1. Correct grammar and spelling 2. Use of headings for each section: Clinical Question, Level of

Evidence, Search Strategy, Conclusion 3. APA format (sixth ed.) 4. Paper length: three to four pages

Total 160 100

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GRADING RUBRIC

Assignment Criteria

Outstanding or Highest Level of Performance

A (92–100%)

Very Good or High Level of Performance

B (84–91%)

Competent or Satisfactory Level of Performance

C (76–83%)

Poor, Failing or Unsatisfactory Level of

Performance F (0–75%)

Clinical Question 45 points

ALL elements present 1. Problem is presented clearly. 2. Significance of problem

is described completely. 3. PICOT question is presented. 4. Purpose of paper is stated.

42–45 points

All but one element present 1. Problem is presented clearly. 2. Significance of problem

is described completely. 3. PICOT question is presented. 4. Purpose of paper is stated.

38–41 points

ALL but two elements present 1. Problem is presented clearly. 2. Significance of problem

is described completely. 3. PICOT question is presented. 4. Purpose of paper is stated.

34–37 points

Three or more elements missing 1. Problem is presented clearly. 2. Significance of problem is

described completely. 3. PICOT question is presented. 4. Purpose of paper is stated.

0–33 points

Levels of Evidence 20 points

1. Accurately identifies type of question being asked.

2. Accurately identifies best type of evidence available to answer question being asked.

19-20 points

1. Accurately identifies type of question being asked.

2. Inaccurately identifies best type of evidence available to answer question being asked.

17-18 points

1. Incompletely or inaccurately identifies type of question being asked.

2. Incompletely or inaccurately identifies best type of evidence available to answer question being asked.

16 points

1. Does not identify type of question being asked.

2. Does not identify best type of evidence available to answer question being asked.

0–15 points

Search Strategy 65 points

ALL elements present 1. Search topic(s) and terms

provided. 2. Includes database(s) used for

search and links to PICOT question.

3. Explains process of refining search to locate evidence.

4. Identifies and defends the choice of the two most relevant articles to provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work.

60-65 points

All but one element present 1. Search topic(s) and terms

provided. 2. Includes database(s) used for

search and links to PICOT question.

3. Explains process of refining search to locate evidence.

4. Identifies and defends the choice of the two most relevant articles to provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work.

55-59 points

ALL but two elements present 1. Search topic(s) and terms

provided. 2. Includes database(s) used for

search and links to PICOT question.

3. Explains process of refining search to locate evidence.

4. Identifies and defends the choice of the two most relevant articles to provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work.

49-54 points

Three or more elements missing 1. Search topic(s) and terms

provided. 2. Includes database(s) used for

search and links to PICOT question.

3. Explains process of refining search to locate evidence.

4. Identifies and defends the choice of the two most relevant articles to provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work.

0–48 points

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Format 30 p

o i n t s

1. Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.

2. Headings are free of errors and include all of the following.

a. Clinical Question b. Level of Evidence c. Search Strategy d. Conclusion

3. APA format is used without errors.

4. Total length: Three to four pages, excluding references and title page.

28–30 points

1. Grammar and mechanics have no more than one type of error.

2. Headings are free of errors and include three of the following.

a. Clinical Question b. Level of Evidence c. Search Strategy d. Conclusion

3. APA format is used without errors.

4. Total length: Three to four pages, excluding references and title page.

26–27 points

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing
1. Grammar and mechanics have no more than two types of errors.

2. Headings are free of errors and include two of the following. a. Clinical Question b. Level of

Evidence c. Search Strategy d. Conclusion

3. APA format is used without errors.

4. Total length: less than three or more than four pages, excluding references and title page.

23–25 points

1. Grammar and mechanics have three or more types of errors.

2. Headings have errors, are missing, or include just one of the following.

a. Clinical Question b. Level of Evidence c. Search Strategy

d. Conclusion 3. APA format is used

without errors. 4. Total length: less than three

or more than four pages, excluding references and title page.

0–22 points

Total Points Possible = 160 points

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

Discussion: Sources of Knowledge to Nursing

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS

Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.

 

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