NURS 3151: Foundations of Nursing Research
This course(NURS 3151: Foundations of Nursing Research) is designed to provide students with an introduction to the research process in nursing. It introduces the principles and processes of research, including the design of research studies and the interpretation of research results. It also helps the students in the application of research findings to nursing practice. Topics covered include the scientific method, research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. NURS3151 also covers ethical considerations in research and the use of research in evidence-based practice.
Order the sections below
- Week 1: Overview of Research
- Week 2: Research Design and Sampling
- Week 3: Data Collection and Analysis
- Week 4: Reporting and Using Research
- Week 5: Ethics in Research and Evidence-Based Practice
How do a nursing professional Choose the Type of Research for a Research Problem?
When choosing the type of research for a research problem, a nursing professional should consider the purpose of the research, the available resources and the time frame. Depending on the purpose of the research, different research methods may be more appropriate. Qualitative research is useful for exploring complex topics, while quantitative research can be used to measure variables and test hypotheses. The available resources and the time frame also need to be considered when choosing the type of research. For example, if there is a limited budget or time frame, then a qualitative study may be more suitable than a quantitative study.
As such, understanding the different types of research is an essential skill for a nursing professional. With this knowledge, a nursing professional can more effectively use research to achieve their goals in the health care setting, such as developing an intervention to address a quality or patient safety problem. This knowledge can also be a key step towards taking up a nursing leadership position. Differentiating between the types of research is an essential part of a nursing toolkit, allowing them to create change through the research process.
Think about clinical practice problems you have seen in health care that compromise patient safety and health outcomes and aligns with the requirements of NURS 3151: Foundations of Nursing Research
One clinical practice problem that I have seen in health care that compromises patient safety and health outcomes is poor communication between nurses and physicians. When communication is not clear or timely, there can be a disruption in the care provided to the patient. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, and can even result in adverse events. Poor communication can also lead to errors in documentation, which can lead to legal and financial consequences. A research study could be conducted to assess the communication between nurses and physicians and to identify strategies that could be implemented to improve communication and reduce the risk of errors.
For the problem you identified, what specific change in practice do you think is needed?
For the clinical practice problem of poor communication between nurses and physicians, I think a specific change in practice that is needed is to increase communication and collaboration between nurses and physicians. This could involve developing protocols and processes for timely and effective communication and utilizing technology to facilitate communication. Additionally, educational initiatives should be implemented to promote collaboration between nurses and physicians. These initiatives should focus on creating an environment of respect and open dialogue, as well as teaching nurses and physicians the importance of communication in providing high quality care.
Think about a research question and about the effectiveness of the practice change you proposed in improving patient outcomes.
A research question related to the practice change proposed to improve communication between nurses and physicians is: “What is the effectiveness of implementing protocols and processes for timely and effective communication between nurses and physicians on patient outcomes?” This research question could be addressed through a quantitative study. The outcomes of patients before and after the implementation of the communication protocols and processes are compared.
More in week 3
- Quiz: Ethical Implications of Research
- Discussion: Reliability and Validity of Research Methodology
- Assignment: Application: Methods Used in Quantitative Research
- Quiz: Basic Characteristics of Quantitative Research Designs
Week 4: Qualitative Research Designs and Methods
Week 5: Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Week 6: Tying it All Together
Week six marks the end of NURS 3151: Foundations of Nursing Research. Having taken this course to completion, you can use the acquired knowledge for the next course and of course to advance your career.