research article critique (nursing)


The purpose of this assignment is for the student to learn to examine analyze critique and summarize an original research article. Student is to select an article from a list located in Course Resources. There is a choice of articles from which you must choose ONE to complete this assignment.
Course Outcomes
Through this assignment the student will demonstrate the ability to meet the following course outcomes:
CO1: Examine the sources of evidence that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO #7)
CO2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (POs #4 and 8)
CO4: Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and lab significance related to evidence-based practice. (POs #4 and 8)
CO5: Recognize the role of research findings in evidence-based practice. (POs #7 and 8)
Points
The assignment is worth a total of 200 points.
Due Date
You are to submit your paper to the Week 6 Research Article Review Dropbox by Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 6.
Requirements
Through this assignment the student will:
1. Critique a peer-reviewed study and in your own words describe the research question sample design of study data collection method findings and limitations of each. (CO 1 CO2)
2. Summarize the research article and evaluate the significance to nursing. Do not just quote the authors words. Paraphrase the information. (CO 4 CO5).
Guidelines to writing the Paper
1. Course Resources lists articles from which you are to select ONE to analyze.
2. Retrieve the full-text version of the article from the library. Read it thoroughly.
4. Describe the research question for this study in a paragraph.
5. Describe the research design of this study and in your own words discuss the design.
a. Discuss the research design of the study.
b. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the type of design and hypothesize why the author utilized the design as opposed to others.
c. You will need to summarize the information from the article in your own words
6. Describe the sample.
a. Briefly describe the sample size used for this study
b. Make a judgment as to whether the sample size was adequate and defend your answer.
c. Describe the number or participants and determine if the number of participants was adequate compared to the research question and the intent of the study.
d. Are these numbers adequate? Discuss gaps in that you identified.
e. You will need to summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words
7. Describe the data collection method(s)
a. Who collected the data?
b. What tools were used?
c. What were the ethical considerations addressed and discuss gaps you identified.
d. You will need to summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words
8. Describe the limitations of the study.
a. Identify the limitations within the study
b. Describe how the limitations could be overcome in subsequent studies
c. Comment on why limitations are important to list and discuss within a study
d. You will need to summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words
9. Describe the findings reported in the study.
a. Describe the findings reported in the study
b. Discuss whether the findings of the study answered the research question posed within the study
c. Discuss the credibility of the findings
d. If the findings do not support the research question posed within the study what do you believe is the reason?
e. You will need to summarize and analyze the information from the article in your own words
10. Summary
11. Citations and References must be included to support the information within each topic area. Refer to the APA manual Chapter 7 for examples of proper reference format. In-text citations are to be noted for all information contained in your paper that is not your original idea or thought. Ask yourself How do I know this? and then cite the source.

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