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Is there a difference between “common practice” and “best practice”?
When you first went to work for your current organization,
experienced colleagues may have shared with you details about processes
and procedures. Perhaps you even attended an orientation session to
brief you on these matters. As a “rookie,” you likely kept the nature of
your questions to those with answers that would best help you perform
your new role.
Over time and with experience, perhaps you recognized aspects of
these processes and procedures that you wanted to question further.
This is the realm of clinical inquiry.
Clinical inquiry is the practice of asking questions about
clinical practice. To continuously improve patient care, all nurses
should consistently use clinical inquiry to question why they are doing
something the way they are doing it. Do they know why it is done this
way, or is it just because we have always done it this way? Is it a
common practice or a best practice?
In this Assignment, you will identify clinical areas of interest
and inquiry and practice searching for research in support of
maintaining or changing these practices. You will also analyze this
research to compare research methodologies employed.
To Prepare:
Review the Resources and identify a clinical issue of interest that can form the basis of a clinical inquiry.
Based on the clinical issue of interest and using keywords
related to the clinical issue of interest, search at least four
different databases in the Walden Library to identify at least four
relevant peer-reviewed articles related to your clinical issue of
interest. You should not be using systematic reviews for this
assignment, select original research articles.
Review the results of your peer-reviewed research and reflect
on the process of using an unfiltered database to search for
peer-reviewed research.
Reflect on the types of research methodologies contained in the four relevant peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Part 1: An Introduction to Clinical Inquiry
Create a 4- to 5-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you do the following:
Identify and briefly describe your chosen clinical issue of
interest. This clinical issue will remain the same for the entire course
and will be the basis for the development of your PICOT question
Describe how you used keywords to search on your chosen clinical issue of interest.
Identify the four research databases that you used to conduct your search for the peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Provide APA citations of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Part 2: Identifying Research Methodologies
After reading each of the four peer-reviewed articles you
selected, use the Matrix Worksheet template to analyze the methodologies
applied in each of the four peer-reviewed articles. Your analysis
should include the following:
The full citation of each peer-reviewed article in APA format.
A brief (1-paragraph) statement explaining why you chose this
peer-reviewed article and/or how it relates to your clinical issue of
interest, including a brief explanation of the ethics of research
related to your clinical issue of interest.
A brief (1-2 paragraph) description of the aims of the research of each peer-reviewed article.
A brief (1-2 paragraph) description of the research methodology
used. Be sure to identify if the methodology used was qualitative,
quantitative, or a mixed-methods approach. Be specific.
A brief (1- to 2-paragraph) description of the strengths of
each of the research methodologies used, including reliability and
validity of how the methodology was applied in each of the peer-reviewed
articles you selected.
Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2018). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Chapter 2, “Asking Compelling Clinical Questions” (pp. 33–54)
Chapter 21, “Generating Evidence Through Quantitative and Qualitative Research” (pp. 607–653)
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