NURS 4000 Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs Qualitative – Walden

NURS 4000 Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs Qualitative – Walden

NURS 4000 Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs Qualitative – Walden



Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs. Qualitative

NURS 4000, Section 14, Research & Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

Research Study Comparison:  Quantitative vs. Qualitative

NURS 4000 Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs Qualitative - Walden

Humans are born with a natural curiosity about life, wanting to know the who, what, why, when, and where.  All of these questions lead us as adults to seek out answers by way of research. We just love to know the answers to things, even if there’s no obvious benefit” (Stafford, 2012).    “Research is purposeful investigation, aimed at finding out things we did not know” (Lambert, 2012, p. 12).  Research studies can be quantitative or qualitative in nature.  Quantitative research is “research that uses numbers to obtain precise measurements” (Schmidt & Brown, 2015, p. 15).  Qualitative research is “research that uses words to describe human behavior” (Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 15).  For the purpose of this assignment, I will compare the findings of a quantitative research study to that of a qualitative research study.


Overview of Quantitative Article

Overview of Qualitative Article 

Summary of the Main Points of the Paper

Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research in a Changing Practice Environment

The use of evidence-based research in present nursing practice is essential for the provision quality healthcare. While evidence-based practice based on research provides the professional nurse with information of how to safely and effectively care for their clients; the use of theories in combination with evidence-based practice provides the nurse with strategies of how to explore their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that help them understand and validate their actions. The collection of empirical information along with a theoretical framework, gives the nurse an opportunity to interrelate their experience, knowledge and values in their day-to-day practice (Matthew-Maich, Ploeg, Jack & Dobbins, 2010).

Since evidence-based practice has been equated with improved quality of care and better outcomes; many nurses and other healthcare professionals, have acquired a great appreciation for research evidence. Many nurses have adopted initiative in looking for information from evidence-based sources such as journals, protocols, policies, guidelines and websites. Nurses have acquired an understanding that providing evidence-based care has a great potential to improve the health and well-being of people and communities. Moreover, nurses not only are becoming more competent at completing their nursing tasks, but also at their ability to collect evidence-based information, interpretation and implementation, and evaluation of the impact this professional material has on people (Prior, Wilkinson & Neville, 2010).

Liberal education provides nursing students with a strong base of understanding of social sciences, physical sciences, and the arts to assess and promote health of individuals across the life course. Upon development and integration of this knowledge, nurses use critical thinking and nursing science to support independent and interdependent decision making. The practice of liberal arts in combination with nursing sciences, allows the nurse to participate in the generation and dissemination of evidence based practice which supports the requirements for nursing scholarships (University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2011).


Matthew-Maich, N., Ploeg, J., Jack, S., & Dobbins, M. (2010). Transformative learning and research utilization in nursing practice: A missing link? Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing,7, 25-35. Retrieved on April 22, 2010 from CINAHL database.

Prior, P., Wilkinson, J., & Neville, S. (2010). Practice nurse use of evidence in clinical practice: A descriptive survey. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand,26, 14-25. Retrieved on April 22, 2011 from CINAHL database.

University of Nebraska Medical Center. (2011). College of Nursing. Retrieved on April 22, 2011 from

Required Course Readings: NURS 4000 Research Study Comparison: Quantitative vs Qualitative – Walden

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**NOTE: Week 3 articles are listed in the box below this one. **

Ashton S. (2014) Researcher or nurse? Difficulties of undertaking semi-structured interviews on sensitive topics. Nurse Researcher22(1), 27-31. doi: 10.7748/nr.22.1.27.e1255

Cornell, P., Gervis, M.T., Yates, L. & Vardaman, J.M. (2014). Impact of SBAR on nurse shift reports and staff rounding. MedSurg Nursing23(5), 334-342.

Hurlbut, J.M., Robbins, L.K. & Hoke, M.M. (2011). Correlations between spirituality and health-promoting behaviors among sheltered homeless women. Journal of Community Health Nursing28(2), 81-91. DOI:10.1080/07370016.2011.564064

Kerfoot, K.M. & Douglas, K.S. (2013a). The impact of research on staffing: An interview with Linda Aiken-Part I. Nursing Economic$31(5), 216-219, 253.

Kerfoot, K.M. & Douglas, K.S. (2013b). The impact of research on staffing: An interview with Linda Aiken-Part II. Nursing Economic$, 31(6), 273-276,306.

Makaroff, K.S., Storch, J., Pauly, B., & Newton, L. (2014). Searching for ethical leadership in nursing. Nursing Ethics, 21(6), 642-658.

Makic, M.B.F., Martin, S.A., Burns, S., Philbrick, D., & Rauen, C. (2013). Putting evidence into nursing practice: Four traditional practices not supported by the evidence. Critical Care Nurse, 33(2), 28-44. doi: 10.4037/ccn2013787

Montalvo, W & Larson, E. (2014). Participant comprehension of research for which they volunteer: A systematic review. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(6), 423-431. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12097

Schmelzer, M. (2000). Understanding the research methodology: Should we trust the researchers’ conclusions? Gastroenterology Nursing, 23(6), 269–274.

Schmelzer, M. (2004). Understanding statistics: What is alpha (á)? Gastroenterology Nursing, 27(6), 292–293.

Schrems, B.M. (2014). Informed consent, vulnerability and the risks of group-specific attribution. Nursing Ethics, 21(7), 829-843. 10.1177/0969733013518448

Tinkham, M.R. (2014). Magnet insights: The value of research councils and journal clubs. AORN Journal, 100(2), 206-209, doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2014.05.004

Webb, M.S., Passmore, D., Cline, G., & Maguire, D. (2014). Ethical issues related to caring for low birth weight infants. Nursing Ethics, 21(6), 731-741. doi: 10.1177/0969733013513919

Week 3 Articles

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Qualitative Articles (Choose one)

Cahill, S & Diaz-Ponce, A.M. (2011). ‘I hate having nobody here. I’d like to know where they all are’: Can qualitative research detect differences in quality of life among nursing home residents with different levels of cognitive impairment? Aging & Mental Health, 15(5), 561-572. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2010.551342

Hamilton, G., Corlett, J. & Dowling, M. (2014). Adult-trained perioperative nurses’ practice of family-centered care. British Journal of Nursing, 23(9), 477-482. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2014.23.9.477

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., O’Connor, P., Lavigne, G.L., Biron, A., Ringer, J., Baillargeon, S. MacGibbon, B., Cyr, G., & Briand, A. (2014). Transforming care at the bedside: Manager’s and health care providers’ perceptions of their change capacities. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(11), 514-520. doi:10.3928/00220124-20141023-02

Vandenberg, H. & Kalischuk, R.G. (2014). Conceptualizations of culture and cultural care among undergraduate nursing students: An exploration and critique of cultural education. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(3), 99-107.

Quantitative Articles (Choose one)

Duncan, C., Riley, T.V. Carson, K.C., Budgeon, C.A. & Siffleet, J. (2013). The effect of an acidic cleanser versus soap on the skin pH and micro-flora of adult patients: A non-randomized two group crossover study in an intensive care unit. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 29, 291-296. doi; 10.1016/j.iccn.2013.03.005

Kalisch, B.J., Xie, B. & Ronis, D.L. (2013). Train-the-trainer intervention to increase nursing teamwork and decrease missed nursing care in acute are patient units. Nursing Research, 62(6), 405-413. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182a7a15d

Pokrywka, M., Feigel., J., Douglas, B., Grossberger, S., Hensler, A., & Weber, D. (2014). A bundle strategy including patient hand hygiene to decrease clostridium difficile infections. MedSurg Nursing, 23(3), 145-164. 

Sarna, L. P., Bialous, S. A., Kraliková, E., Kmetova, A., Felbrová, V., Kulovaná, S., & … Brook, J. K. (2014). Impact of a smoking cessation educational program on nurses’ interventions. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(5), 314-321. doi:10.1111/jnu.12086