You are required to develop and conduct a small research project that relates with 1 (one) of the topics below. Once you have chosen the topic you can choose a primary article from the folder in CONNECT ?Research Articles? to base your research on. Your research study should be written in essay format with APA referencing throughout. This assignment is written to be conducted over a 10 week timeframe as illustrated in your study guide and each sessions power points.
Research Topics (choose 1):
a) Age and Gender issues for Nursing Practice
b) Culture and Religious considerations for Nursing Practice
c) The Multidisciplinary Team
d) Work / Life Balance for Shift Workers
e) Graduate Nurse Placement
f) Nurse to patient ratios
g) Current Drug Research
Below is a guide to directing your research following the basic steps of how to conduct a research study.
1. Problem Statement
Provide a background to the study in terms of previous work that led to the study
Describe the scope or limitations of the study
Follows a logical sequence
The purpose of the study that is what the study is investigating and the key concepts or ideas.
A reason or rationale for doing the study such as unanswered previous research findings or observations of the researchers
2. Literature Review
A literature review sums up what is already known about the research evidence and what is not known. It should identify important themes ? regularities and patterns in the information and what gaps exist in the body of research.
Use a minimum of 5 articles
The preferred database to use for this assessment in CINAHL as this is the one that is frequently used when conducting nursing research.
Remember using Boolean phrases in inverted commas for example ?type 1 diabetes? will help refine your search and give you more specific results.
When viewing an article of interest using the ?cite? option on the right hand side of the screen will bring up the APA reference which you can then copy and paste into a document for your reference list.
3. Research Aims/ Hypothesis
The research aim is ?what do you hope to achieve by conducting this study.? This more specific aim may also be stated as a question which helps to clarify exactly what it is that the researcher wants to find out.
Once the research problem has been stated a researcher will usually state their hypothesis which is simply a statement of what the researcher thinks will be the outcome of the study.
Refer to the Learner Guide page 30 for further explanation of this.
4. Research Design
A research design provides a framework by which the project will answer a particular research question. For example: descriptive correlational experimental cross-sectional longitudinal counterbalanced etc.
5. Research Method
A subject or study participant is an individual who participates and provides data or information in a study this term is primarily used in quantitative research
A minimum of ten (10) participants is desirable
Data is the information obtained in a study. There are a number of methods used for the collection of data depending on the type of research being conducted. Quantitative data is information collected in a numeric form usually by way of surveys using questionnaires.
10 questions are all that?s required relevant to your topic (don?t forget to ask about demographic data; eg: sex age location)
You may collect your data by any ethical means eg: in person email survey monkey
* A TAFE teacher must approve your consent form and survey questions.
Ethical Considerations (a sentence or two)
Responsible research is encouraged and guided by the research culture of the organisation. A strong ethical research culture will demonstrate:
? Honesty and integrity
? Respect for human research participants animals and the environment
? Good stewardship of public resources used to conduct research
? Appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others in research
? Responsible communication of research results.
Analysis involves systematically reviewing research data with the intention of sorting and classifying them into representational groups and patterns
Putting your survey findings into graphs and/or tables and talking about each one
7. Interpretation of Findings
The discussion of the findings should have a logical link with the presentation of the results and should relate to the literature review
Compare what you have found in your analysis to what you first discovered in your literature review stage
Are there any gaps or areas for further research
For Further information each component of this assessment is outlined within the power points of each session for this unit of study. Furthermore the Learner Guide explains these concepts as well.
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