Developing a well-defined question from a nursing practice problem of interest is the first step in the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. This question will guide the research and form the foundation for the capstone project, which is the culminating project in the RN-BSN program of study. In this assignment, we will select a practice problem of interest and use the PICOT format to formulate a research question.
To start, we must first identify a patient population and the clinical problems or issues that arise from their clinical care. This will serve as the basis for our practice problem. Once we have identified the practice problem, we can proceed to formulating a PICOT statement.
The PICOT format is widely used in healthcare research to create well-structured research questions. PICOT stands for population, intervention, comparison, outcome, and time. Each component of the PICOT statement helps to clearly define the research question and narrow down the focus of the study.
For this assignment, we will focus on a specific practice problem in the field of nursing. We will then create a PICOT statement that is applicable to our proposed capstone project. This will provide a framework for our research and guide our literature search.
After formulating a PICOT statement, the next step is to conduct a literature search to locate research articles that are relevant to the selected practice problem. The literature search should include both quantitative and qualitative peer-reviewed research articles in order to support the practice problem.
To ensure the validity of our findings, it is important to select six peer-reviewed research articles that will be utilized as reference sources throughout the next five weeks. It is also important to include a mix of qualitative and quantitative research articles to provide a well-rounded perspective on the practice problem.
Upon selecting the research articles, we will create a reference list that includes the titles of the articles and their abstracts. The abstracts will provide a concise summary of the study’s objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. This will help us evaluate the relevance and credibility of each research article.
When searching for qualitative and quantitative research articles, it is helpful to use specific keywords that narrow or broaden the main topic. By excluding terms like “qualitative” and “quantitative” and including other relevant keywords, such as specific patient populations or interventions, we can refine our search and find articles that specifically address our practice problem.
To determine the research design used in each article, we will review the abstract and methods section. The author will provide a description of the data collection methods, indicating whether qualitative or quantitative methods were employed.
In preparing this assignment, it is important to adhere to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. This includes properly formatting the title page, reference list, and abstracts. While an abstract is not required for this assignment, it is essential to create a reference list that includes all six articles and their accompanying abstracts.
Finally, it is useful to review the assignment rubric prior to beginning the assignment. The rubric will outline the expectations for successful completion and guide our efforts in meeting these expectations.