NURS 6003 Discussion: Using the Walden Library
Discussion: Using the Walden Library NURS 6003
Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.
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- Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
- Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and interests you.
By Day 3 of Week 6
Post the following:
Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not.
By Day 6 of Week 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for using alternative resources.
Submission and Grading Information
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The Walden university library provides a vast amount of resources for scholarly articles, books online databases of different specialties, tutorials, webinars, and so many more. In using the library, I selected scholarly journals pertinent to my chosen academic field on public health nursing. The title of the article I chose is ” Zika Virus”, according to the authors, increased awareness of the health community with the developments in the vector control and the disease tailing system is of great significance in controlling the possible threats connected to the Zika virus in nations. After selecting my topic of interest, one of my first challenges that arise when finding my article was identifying accurately what an appropriate peer review article is, peer-review journal can be defined as an academic study being conducted by a scholar who submits their work for other scholars to review (Cornell, 2018). The Walden library consists of multiple databases that store many collections of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, reports (Walden, n.d). This was a little difficult for me because I did not know how to properly navigate through the library. However, Walden provided a step by step list to help guide students, which was helpful.
The library further broke down into different specialties as a graduate student, it is imperative that when writing a research paper, it should consist of scholarly articles. A literature review should consist of scholarly articles of recent years, the references should be recent and peer-reviewed. When these guidelines are followed during a literature review, evidence-based practice is implemented, resulting in the best and safest quality care for patients (Bernhofer, 2015).
Finally, another strategy to find peer-reviewed research is using a database that is specific to the study area. Researching the keywords of the article from the research questions. Since there are many articles, it is essential to use filters so as to narrow down the search. A resource that I will use in the future is CINAHL Plus since it has journals that focus on nursing and health professionals.
Cornell University Library (2018). Distinguishing scholarly from Non-scholarly periodicals. A checklist of criteria: Introduction and Definitions. (n.d). Retrieved from https://guides. library. Cornell. edu/scholarly journals.
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Bernhofer, E. I. (2015). Reviewing the literature. Journal for nurses in Professional Development, 31(4), 191-196.doi.10.1097nnd.0000000000000171
Noorbakhsh, F Fatahi, Y Rezeal, F Dalili, H Gooshki, E Zaim, M & Nicknam, M (2019). Zike Virus Infection, Basic and Clinical Aspects: A Review Article. Iran J Public Health, 48 (1)
Accurate and scholarly writing can often pose a challenge to uninformed writers. “Scholarly writing is written with a purpose and audience in mind and must include evidence” (Laureate Education, 2018). For several years I was challenged with finding articles that were factual, provided evidence and objective. Laureate Education, 2018 states that one of the challenges that new students encounter is the ability to examine evidence objectively. There is so much information out on the internet, that it can overwhelm and confuse students who are not prepared to analyze and critically think through articles for their credibility. “Much of the scholarly research published today is published as journal articles” (Walden University, 2020). Journals are often further broken down into specific areas of interest or academic study. This helps to refine searches when performing research.
The journal I chose is titled “Parental perceptions and predictors of consent for school-located influenza vaccination in urban elementary school children in the United States” (Cheung et al., 2015). I chose this article because I will be focusing my specialty on Public Health and vaccinations is a largely contested area in the medical field. There is overwhelming support in favor of children being vaccinated, but there has been a lot of opinions that have influenced the medical recommendations for children and vaccines. Education played a significant role in how parents perceived vaccinations as well. According to Cheung et all, 2015 vaccine safety is an important concern, specifically among college-educated respondents. The article also shed light on the education that is still needed for parents to understand the necessity for their children to vaccinated against influenza. This article was published in the Influenza Journal. I found this article through researching the Embase database which provides research on biomedical and includes Medline, and focuses on drug and pharmacology information (Walden Library, 2020).
I found this database particularly useful because it includes pharmacology and biomedicine which is a key component in vaccines. I did face some challenges in finding articles that were performed in the United States and published all of their research data, as well as, a research study that was peer reviewed by multiple physicians and has been validated over a two year time frame. I think my peers would also find this database useful if they are specifically looking for journal articles that contained information about pharmacology in their studies. Embase seems to focus more on the biomedical and pharmacological studies in medicine. Embase allowed me to focus on my topic and offered an array of scholarly journal articles that have been peer reviewed and contained an abundance of information. I will be using this database in the future and I recommend it to my peers.
Cheung, S., Wang, H., Mascola, L., El Amin, A.N., & Pannaraj, P.S. (2015). Parental perceptions and predictors of consent for school-located influenza vaccination in urban elementary school children in the United States. Influenza Journal, 9(5), 255-262. https://web-a-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=5&sid=6ba34695-1a3e-4971-bb16-74aa52adf9b1%40sessionmgr4008&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=26073870&db=mnh
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I found that your discussion post was quite interesting as I could relate to it on a personal level. I have volunteered as a frontline worker to conduct mass immunization procedures for polio, measles, BCG, etc. for infants within impoverished areas of Pakistan. Sadly, the eradication of these fatal diseases is still an enormous challenge within the developing world—which is primarily due to the lack of education among parents and their children alike. Ironically enough, witnessing a similar trend within the United States has been very interesting—especially being a developed country where most individuals attain basic education, yet they refuse to acknowledge that the flu vaccine could prevent disability and death. Research has illustrated that in spite of receiving adequate education regarding influenza by healthcare workers, 49.8 percent of parents refused vaccination altogether (Cameron et al., 2016). Vaccination has also been proven to prevent fatal and contagious illnesses and diseases such as measles, pneumonia, polio, and influenza—yet vaccination coverage remains low among children and adults. According to the CDC, 188 children died of flu between 2017 and 2018—57 percent of them being between the ages of five and seventeen—all of which could have been ultimately prevented simply by getting vaccinated (CDC, 2020). In addition, as this information pertains to public health—such data is easily accessible via online resources (i.e. Google Scholar, VaxView, UNICEF, etc). For example, VaxView provides data for vaccinations within the United States and assists the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with research as to how our nation is protected from preventable diseases. Moreover, “The CDC keeps track of vaccination rates for the vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP)” (CDC, 2016). Moreover, I agree that the Walden University Library features an extensive database with peer-reviewed scholarly articles, books, and media that is available to assist us during our academic journey. (Laureate Education, 2018)
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