NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions Discussion

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NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions Discussion

NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions Discussion

The Discussion this week invites you to check in with colleagues and your Instructor on your experience
as you begin your Module 4 Assignment to conduct a literature search in the Walden Library. This
Discussion is a particularly good example of how colleagues can support one another in tandem as
common work gets underway.

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Note what you are discovering about search strategies that could be of benefit to colleagues, and
prepare to consider their recommendations as well. Be sure that you begin your search of scholarly
literature in the Walden Library promptly this week, to be prepared to post by Day 3. References and
citations are not required for this Discussion.
To prepare:
 Review the Week 8 Learning Resources, with particular attention to the Walden Library
resources to support your literature search.
 Evaluate your process as you access the resource materials and your literature search gets
underway. Keep in mind the importance of selecting current literature, i.e., published in the
previous 5 years. Consider what is working for you in identifying search topics related to your
critical question and in finding relevant current articles, and what questions you have for
colleagues and your Instructor.
 Also draw on your Week 7 Discussion experience in identifying scholarly articles related to your
critical question and comments from colleagues to act on as you begin your literature search. Be
proactive in stating your questions and needs and clarifying your search process, to maximize
the value of this Discussion and your Assignment in this module.
 In addition to your Discussion post, you may also contact the Instructor directly by email with
specific questions or needs related to your literature search. Follow the guidelines in the Course
Syllabus for contacting the Instructor.
With these thoughts in mind …
By Day 3 of Week 8
Post a summary of your experience in beginning your literature search and assess your initial progress.
Explain what is working for you in terms of a plan or search strategy for finding relevant, current
literature, including Walden Library support resources you would recommend. Explain issues of concern
and specific questions regarding the search process. References and citations are not required.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
By Day 6 of Week 8

Respond to at least two colleagues on 2 different days with suggestions of how to help and/or
confirmation of similar issues/questions. No references are required.
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view
and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the "Post to Discussion Question" link and
then select "Create Thread" to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you
cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully
before clicking on Submit!
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 8 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 of Week 8 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 8

To Participate in this Discussion:
Week 8 Discussion

Module 4 Assignment: Investigating a Critical Practice Question Through a Literature Review
This week you will begin your Module 4 Assignment, which is intended to inform and support your
planning for your DNP Project in your program of study. This Assignment has two parts: a literature
review in the Walden Library of research to address the critical practice question that you framed in
Week 7, and a critical assessment of your search outcomes in which you synthesize the evidence. Both
Parts 1 and 2 will be due by Day 7 of Week 10. Plan your time accordingly.

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To prepare:
 Analyze your critical practice question from the Week 7 Discussion. Based on feedback from
colleagues and your Instructor, revise your question, as necessary, to ensure a clear and
relevant focus for your literature search.
 Review the Learning Resources to support your search.

 Access the Individual Evidence Summary Tool Template document from the Learning Resources.
This is a fillable PDF document that you will complete with at least 10 scholarly articles relevant
to your critical practice question. Scan the template to ensure you understand how to enter
information for each article you identify.
 Use the Week 8 Discussion to guide and clarify your search process and to pose any questions
related to the template categories, search terms, or others.
The Assignment
Part 1: Literature Review (10+ scholarly articles)
Using the Walden Library as your source, search to select at least 10 scholarly articles that represent
current literature (i.e., published within the previous 5 years) with evidence that addresses your critical
question and could inform a practice change initiative for quality improvement. Using the Individual
Evidence Summary Tool template document, complete all sections for each article.
Part 2: Critical Assessment (7+ pages)
In a paper of at least 7 pages, plus cover page and references page, include the following:
 Write a critical assessment of your search outcomes that synthesizes the evidence from your
literature review.
 Demonstrate clear connections between the practice problem that informs your critical
question, your appraisal of evidence that addresses the critical question, and resulting
clarification on the need for a practice change initiative focusing on quality improvement. Be
specific and provide examples.
Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction,
summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an
example of those required elements (available
at https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general#s-lg-box-20293632). All
papers submitted must use this formatting.
There is no submission due this week.
Complete Parts 1 and 2 of your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 10.

What’s Coming Up in Week 9?

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Next week you will continue your literature search in the Walden Library and begin appraising the
evidence in the scholarly resources you are gathering. You should be using the Individual Evidence
Summary Tool template to record required information about each resource you select, and to support
your analysis and evaluation process.

There is no Discussion this week, to provide maximum time for your literature review. Keep in mind your
Module 4 Assignment includes a critical assessment paper, which is also due by Day 7 of Week 10. Be
sure to contact your Instructor with questions or concerns regarding this Assignment.
Looking Ahead: Week 10 Discussion
Week 10 includes a Discussion in which you will share preliminary outcomes and analysis from your
literature review with colleagues. Your initial post is due by Day 3. Plan your time accordingly in Week 9
to ensure you are prepared for both the Week 10 Discussion and completing your Module 4 Assignment.

Next Week

To go to the next week:

Week 8: Components of Evidence-Based Practice: Searching the Evidence
Reflect on the thought you apply in evaluating a patient’s symptoms. In some situations the problem
and response may be clear and direct. In others, you consider whether you have the information you
need or whether you need more. Bring to mind what you might look for, such as more patient history or
test results, to gather evidence that supports a successful treatment.
Searching the evidence for evidence-based practice also requires a careful and judicious process. Your
topic may produce a rush of scholarly articles, and a scan of each may signal promising results. Or you
may need to continue to search, or to refine your search terms. Searching the evidence involves time
and close attention, just like searching to understand a patient’s needs.
This week you will begin your literature search in the Walden Library for evidence to inform a practice
change. Your Discussion with colleagues can help launch a successful search.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Evaluate literature search experience
 Apply literature search strategies
 Evaluate scholarly articles for a literature review
 Analyze scholarly literature for evidence
 Evaluate quality of evidence to inform practice changes
 Synthesize research to support nursing practice problems
 Justify quality improvement/practice change initiatives

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Dang, D., & Dearholt, S. L. (Eds.). (2018). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based             practice: Model
and guidelines (3rd ed.). Sigma Theta Tau International.
 Chapter 5, “Searching for Evidence” (pp. 79–96)
(Review from Week 4).

Rew, L., Cauvin, S., Cengiz, A., Pretorius, K., & Johnson, K. (2020). Application of project management
tools and techniques to support nursing intervention research. Nursing Outlook, 68(4), 396–405.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2020.01.007

(Review from Module 3)

Walden University Writing Center. (2020, August 18). Writing literature reviews in your graduate
coursework [Webinar].
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/graduate#s-lg-box-2773873

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Synthesizing your sources.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/literaturereview/synthesizing

Westlake, C. (2012). Practical tips for literature synthesis. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 26(5), 244–249.
https://doi.org/10.1097/NUR.0b013e318263d766

Document: Individual Evidence Summary Tool Template (PDF document)
Dang, D., & Dearholt, S. (2017). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: model and guidelines.
3rd ed.  Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

Required Media (click to expand/reduce)

Walden University. (2021). DNP glossary [Interactive media]. Walden University
Blackboard. https://class.waldenu.edu

Optional Resources (click to expand/reduce)

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A–Z: Nursing.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/az.php?s=19981

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Primary & secondary sources.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/sources

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Excellent
90%–100%

Good
80%–89%

Fair
70%–79%

Poor
0%–69%

Main Posting:

Response to the Discussion
question is reflective with
critical analysis and
synthesis representative of

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Thoroughly responds to the
Discussion question(s).
Is reflective with critical
analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to most of the
Discussion question(s).
Is somewhat reflective with
critical analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course

31 (31%) – 34 (34%)
Responds to some of the
Discussion question(s).
One to two criteria are not
addressed or are superficially
addressed.

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0 (0%) – 30 (30%)
Does not respond to the
Discussion question(s). Lacks
depth or superficially
addresses criteria.
Lacks reflection and critical
analysis and synthesis.

knowledge gained from the
course readings for the
module.

readings for the module.
No less than 75% of post has
exceptional depth and
breadth.

readings for the module.
50% of the post has
exceptional depth and
breadth.

Is somewhat lacking reflection
and critical analysis and
synthesis.
Somewhat represents
knowledge gained from the
course readings for the
module.

Does not represent knowledge
gained from the course
readings for the module.

Main Posting:

Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Written clearly and concisely.
Contains no grammatical or
spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA
manual writing rules and style.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Written concisely.
May contain one to two
grammatical or spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA
manual writing rules and style.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Written somewhat concisely.
May contain more than two
spelling or grammatical errors.
Contains some APA formatting
errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Not written clearly or
concisely.
Contains more than two
spelling or grammatical errors.
Does not adhere to current
APA manual writing rules and
style.

Main Posting:

Timely and full participation

9 (9%) – 10 (10%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.
Does not post main
Discussion by due date.

First Response:

Post to colleague's main
post that is reflective.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed
by faculty.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth
and may exhibit critical
thinking or application to
practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

First Response:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise
opinions and ideas.
Response is effectively written
in standard, edited English.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas.
Response is written in
standard, edited English.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Response posed in the
Discussion may lack effective
professional communication.
Response to faculty questions
are somewhat answered, if
posed.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions
are missing.

First Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts by due date.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts by due date.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.
Does not post by due date.

Second Response:
Post to colleague's main
post that is reflective.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed
by faculty.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth
and may exhibit critical
thinking or application to
practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

Second Response:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise
opinions and ideas.
Response is effectively written
in standard, edited English.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas.
Response is written in
standard, edited English.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Response posed in the
Discussion may lack effective
professional communication.
Response to faculty questions
are somewhat answered, if
posed.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions
are missing.

Second Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts by due date.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts by due date.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.
Does not post by due date.

Total Points: 100
Name: NURS_8114_Week8_Discussion_Rubric

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