This week focuses on taking the research problem from Unit 2 and determining the research design that would be most appropriate for addressing the problem. What do the terms qualitative, quantitative, and mixed design mean in your pursuit of best possible answers to the research problem?
Remember the Topic Search is due at the end of Unit 3. More information about this assignment may be found in the Assignments tab of Unit 3.
The question often arises, “Are we utilizing the best practice, or is it that we have always done it this way?” How does the nurse get involved and determine the gaps in evidence versus practice? What are considered credible sources of information, and how can nurses strengthen the evidence?
The readings and discussions will support the following course outcomes:
- CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies.
- CO 4: Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and clinical significance related to evidence-based practice.