Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.

Assignment Details

Unit 4 Assignment: Evidence from the Literature

Purpose

Outcomes addressed:

NU310-2: Appraise credibility of sources utilizing measures of reliability, validity and level of evidence.

GEL 1.02: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.

The purpose of this Assignment is to help you learn to conduct a review of the literature, correctly identify the level of evidence of primary sources on the evidence hierarchy, and to critique the important aspects of a scholarly research report.

1. Choose a nursing sensitive topic from the list below. Go to the University library and conduct a search of the literature and find 2 scholarly primary research reports that relate to the clinical topic you chose.

List of 15 nurse sensitive outcomes:

  • Nursing Hours per Patient Day.
  • Nursing Turnover.
  • Nosocomial Infections.
  • Patient Falls.
  • Patient Falls with Injury.
  • Pressure Ulcer Rate.
  • Pediatric Pain Assessment, Intervention, Reassessment (AIR) Cycle.
  • Pediatric Peripheral Intravenous Infiltration.
  • Psychiatric Physical/Sexual Assault.
  • RN Education/Certification.
  • RN Survey.
  • Restraints.
  • Staff Mix.

You may also choose from the following clinical topics:

  • Diabetic management.
  • CHF management.
  • Readmission rates.
  • Case management.

2. Write a brief 2-3-page critical essay paper summarizing the two research studies. This paper should be written in standard American English with proper grammar and spelling. The paper should include a title page, running head, and page numbers; it should be double spaced, have a separate page for references that follows 6th edition APA formatting and citation style.

3. Your paper should include the following:

  1. A title page in APA format
  2. An introductory paragraph which includes a brief discussion of the objectives of your paper.
  3. The body of the paper should include:

> a summary and critique/appraisal of each article with a discussion of methodology and research design the researchers used. The writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.

> where you would place the article in the evidence hierarchy (level of research evidence) with rationale.

> a brief discussion of the findings of the study

>how these articles contribute to the body of nursing knowledge and supports evidence for clinical practice. (one to two paragraphs for each study).

The body of the paper should be a continuous piece of writing that allows for a sustained viewpoint with logical order and organization.

4. A summary paragraph (conclusion).

5. Paper should be no more than 4 pages in length including title page and separate reference page with 3-5 scholarly references.

Assignment Unit 3

Instructions: First enter total points possible in cell C13, under the rubric. Next enter scores (between 0 and 4) into yellow cells only in column F.
Unit 4: Evidence from the Literature
Inappropriate Below Average Average Above Average Score Weight Final Score
1 2 3 4
Introduction Incomplete or missing introduction The introduction shows some structure but does not create a strong sense of what is to follow. May be overly detailed or incomplete and is somewhat appealing to the audience The introduction is clear and coherent and relates to the topic The introduction presents the overall topic and draws the audience into the presentation with compelling questions or by relating to the audience’s interests or goals 15% 0.00
Correctly identifies type of primary source and research design of each study inlcuding level of evidence Content is missing or incomplete The content is vague in conveying a point of view and does not create a strong sense of purpose. The content is written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information; some details omitted The content is written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information 25% 0.00
Summarizes each study with correct discussion of salient parts of the study including purpose, methodology,results, and how it supports evidence for practice Content is missing or incomplete The content is vague in conveying a point of view and does not create a strong sense of purpose. The content is written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information; some details omitted The content is written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information 25% 0.00
Conclusion There is no indication the author tried to make a conclusion Conclusion is weak and doesn’t conclude the paper Some of the conclusions, were not supported in the body of the report. The author was able to make succinct and precise conclusions 15% 0.00
Spelling/Grammar Significant errors in spelling and/or grammar Poor spelling and grammar are apparent and/or with many spelling and or grammatical errors Uses Standard American English with rare errors and misspellings. Occasional errors in spelling or grammar Consistently uses Standard American English with no misspellings. No errors with grammar or writing mechanics 10% 0.00
APA/proper formatting Significant errors in APA and/or formatting no references cited Poor APA formatting with 1-2 references Follows APA formatting occasional errors in citations or format Consistently follows correct APA and formatting with correct reference list 3-5 scholarly references provided 10% 0.00
100% 0.00
Final Score 0
Percentage 0.00%
Total available points = 120 4
Rubric Score Grade points Percentage
Low High Low High Low High
3.5 4.0 108 120 90% 100%
2.5 3.49 96 108 80% 89.99%
1.7 2.49 84 96 70% 79.99%
1.0 1.69 72 84 60% 69.99%
0.0 1.00 0 72 0 59.99%

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