The first step of the evidence-based practice process is to evaluate a nursing practice environment to identify a nursing problem in the clinical area. This is an important step because it helps to determine the focus of the research and guides the development of a clinical guiding question. In this assignment, you will be creating a clinical guiding question known as a PICOT (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time) question.
To start, you should select a nursing practice problem of interest to use as the focus of your research. It is important to choose a problem that is relevant and significant to the field of nursing. Consider the patient population you are interested in and identify a clinical issue or problem that arises within that population.
In about 200-250 words, provide a summary of the clinical issue or problem. This summary should describe the nature of the problem and its impact on patient care and outcomes. It should also provide some rationale for why this problem is important and worthy of further research.
After identifying the clinical issue or problem, you will need to create a PICOT question. The PICOT question should follow the format: In (Population), what is the effect of (Intervention) compared to (Comparison) on (Outcome) over (Time)? The PICOT question should be specific and focused, and applicable to your proposed capstone project. Your capstone project is the final project that you will complete during your RN-BSN program of study.
Once you have formulated your PICOT question, you will need to conduct a literature search to locate research articles that are relevant to your nursing practice problem. The literature search should include both quantitative and qualitative research articles. It is recommended to include three articles of each type.
When conducting the literature search, it may be helpful to use keywords and phrases that are specific to your topic of interest. For example, if you are interested in pediatric diabetes and dialysis, you could search for articles using keywords like “diabetes,” “pediatric,” and “dialysis.” It is important to review the abstract and methods sections of the articles to determine the research design used, whether it is qualitative or quantitative.
It is important to note that systematic reviews, literature reviews, and metanalysis articles are not considered primary research articles and should not be included in this assignment. While these types of articles can provide a strong level of evidence, they are not the primary focus of this assignment.
In terms of formatting and documentation, while APA style is not required for this assignment, it is expected that you present your work in solid academic writing and provide appropriate documentation of your sources using APA formatting guidelines.
In conclusion, this assignment requires you to evaluate a nursing practice environment, identify a nursing problem, develop a PICOT question, and locate six research articles to support your nursing practice problem. It is important to choose a problem that is relevant and significant, and to conduct a thorough literature search using appropriate keywords and phrases. Remember to review the rubric for this assignment to ensure you meet the expectations for successful completion.