Nurse-Initiated Protocol Assignment
Nurse-Initiated Protocol Assignment
Assignment # 2â€”Research Paper Critique – Submit Files THIS IS THE ARTICLE I CHOSE TO USE: Impact of the Nurse-Initiated Protocol on Compliance with Sepsis Bundles, Time to Initial Antibiotic Adminstration and In-Hospital Mortality. http://www.sciencedirect.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/science/article/pii/S0099176714005844DUE Saturday 2/4/17 at 10:00amAssignment # 2â€”Research Paper CritiqueInstructionsPlease select any nursing research article from any one of the scientific journals found in the Nursing-Related Databases and Journals list. Select an article from an area that you are interested in or from the field you are working in. Using the article selected, construct a critique of the article, 6 to 10 pages (including cover page and references).
Nurse-Initiated Protocol Assignment
The critique shouldidentify the problem statement or statement of purpose of the articledescribe the participants being studied, stating inclusion and exclusion criteriadiscuss the sampling issues, such as probability or nonprobability and number of subjects usedidentify the study settingâ€”where data collection occurreddiscuss informed consentâ€”whether the participants were fully informed, how their consent was obtained, and any other ethical considerationsidentify the hypothesis or research questionidentify the research designâ€”for example, experimental or nonexperimental; descriptive, exploratory, explanatory, or predictive?identify research variables, both independent and dependentcomment the on articleâ€™s literature reviewâ€”how the study data were analyzed (what statistical measures were used)describe the results of the study and appropriateness of the methods used; include study limitationsaccurately critique comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, and implications for nursing practice or researchdiscuss how the research findings can be applied to the clinical areaThe following resources, in the week 4 Learning Resources section of the LEO classroom, will provide helpful guidelines for constructing a critique of a nursing research article.ArticlesVance, D. E., Talley, M., Azuero, A., Pearce, P. F., & Christian, B. J. (2013). Conducting an article critique for a quantitative research study: perspectives for doctoral students and other novice readers. Nursing: Research and Reviews, 3: 67â€“75.Cronin, P., Ryan, F., & Coughlan, M. (2008). Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approach. British Journal of Nursing, 17(1): 38-43.The Learning Resources page lists resources that provide several guidelines for constructing a critique of a nursing research article you may find helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your instructor.Hide RubricsRubric Name: Assignment #2: Research Paper Critique10 points(7-10 points)Provides clear, accurate comments on the title, abstract, introduction, and purpose of the study6 points(3 – 6 points) Provides comments on the title, abstract, introduction, or purpose of the study2 points (0-2 points)Lacks comments on the title, abstract, introduction, or purpose of the study10 points(7-10 points)Discusses participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sample size, consent, and other ethical considerations6 points(3-6 points)Includes information on participants, but lacks information regarding sample size and/or consent2 points(0-2 points)Provides little or no information regarding participants, sample size, or consent20 points(13 – 20 points)Accurately identifies research question/hypotheses, including independent and dependent variables12 points(6-12 points)May not accurately identify research question/hypotheses or independent and dependent variables5 points(0-5 points)Lacks discussion of research question/hypotheses and/or study variables20 points(13-20 points)Accurately comments on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study12 points(6-12 points)Includes comments on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study, but discussion was somewhat vague5 points(0-5 points)Does not comment on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study; or inaccurately discusses these aspects20 points(13-20 points)Accurately comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, and implications for nursing practice or research12 points(6-12 points)Comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, or implications for nursing practice or research5 points(0-5 points)Inaccurately comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, or implications for nursing practice or research10 points(7-10 points)Discusses realistic applications of the research to the clinical area6 points(3-6 points)Discusses somewhat realistic applications of the research to the clinical area2 points(0-2 points)Does not discuss realistic applications of the research to the clinical area10 points(7-10 points)Expertly applies APA guidelines in formatting and referencing; exhibits excellent spelling and grammar throughout the paper; is well organized and easy to read6 points(3-6 points)Applies APA, but exhibits some formatting or referencing mistakes; has some spelling and grammar errors; is generally well written and easy to read, with minimal organization problems2 points(0-2 points)Has many APA, spelling, and/or grammar mistakes throughout the paper; is difficult to read; may be ineffectively organized
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.