Database Discussion – NUR 439 Discussion Question Week 2

Database Discussion – NUR 439 Discussion Question Week 2

Database Discussion – NUR 439 Discussion Question Week 2

One of the most challenging aspects once your PICOT question is developed is to conduct an effective search of the literature to be certain you have not missed important sources of information.  I know I have been challenged in the past with being certain I had investigated all potential sources of evidence.  For example, many times, I am researching educational literature and I often find that I can locate information from a variety of sources including nursing databases (Cinahl).

Database Discussion - NUR 439 Discussion Question Week 2

One of the most helpful things I have found to do is when I am conducting a search is to look in the reference list for the articles I am choosing to discover if I am missing an important article or book from a source I haven’t explored yet.  I look forward to learning about the challenges you faced in your literature search and how you overcame those challenges.  I can assure you that we will all learn a lot from this discussion.


The Course Outcomes (COs) we will apply in Unit 3 include:

  • Examine the sources of evidence that contribute to professional nursing practice.
  • Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies.

Review the guidelines, grading rubric, and brief video (link found in guidelines) that explain the Research Database Assignment due in Week 4. Search for one research database that is relevant to this assignment, and briefly describe the issue you are investigating, the name of the research database, and where it may be found, that is, the URL.

Briefly describe your process for locating databases that contain relevant research studies. Did you have any difficulties or face any challenges?

NR 439 Week 3 Assignment, PICOT Evidence Worksheet

NR 439 Week 3 Discussion, Research Problems, Designs, and Sample
This week, we will discuss the research design and sample for your nursing clinical issue. The research design flows from the research question and outlines the plan for the study that will answer the research question. ……………..components of the study. It is important to remember that there is no one best design for a research study.
  • After you review the designs, describe which research design you would expect to find when searching for evidence relevant to your own research question from Week 2. Why? Explain your answer.
  • The most common sampling method is the convenience sample; therefore, many of the studies that you find for evidence use this sampling method. What are the implications for using a convenience sample on the way you interpret and use the findings?

NR 439 Week 4 Discussion: Ethical and Legal Issues

Questions for first article:
  1. Describe one reason for adhering to high standards in ethics.
  2. What are the dangers of conflict of interest?
Questions for second article:
  1. Discuss the difference between ethical responsibility and ethical dilemma.
  2. Share an experience of ethical dilemma or moral distress in nursing today.

NR 439 Week 5 Discussion, Data Collection and Measurement

  • Review these facts, and describe what the results say about this sample of the nursing workforce.
  • What do you believe was the intent of the researcher who designed the survey?
  • The next process for our study is to collect data. The research design will indicate the best data to be collected. The tools that we use to collect data need to be reliable and valid. Define these terms with respect to research, and explain why they are important.
  • Consider data collection and measurement methods for your nursing clinical issue. Explain how you would collect data and what measurement methods you would use.
NR 439 Week 6 Discussion, Data Results and Analysis
  1. Discuss one of the four basic rules for understanding results in a research study.
  2. Compare clinical significance and statistical significance. Which one is more meaningful when considering applying evidence to your practice?
  3. Compare descriptive statistics and inferential statistics in research. Please give an example of each type that could … collected in a study that would … done on your nursing clinical issue you identified in previous weeks.

NR 439 Week 7 Discussion: Applying and Sharing Evidence to Practice

After the data have been analyzed, conclusions are made regarding what the findings mean. Then, this information must ……….. shared with your healthcare team.
  1. Choose one of the articles from the Week 5 RRL assignment, and discuss the findings. Would you apply the evidence found to your practice? Explain your answer.
  2. Translating research into practice is the final and most important step in the research process. Review information you found your nursing clinical issue and explain ways in which you would share the research-based evidence with your peers.