Applying nursing practice to research

Applying nursing practice to research

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Imagine you are on a team at your workplace and have identified a new best practice to implement. In this assignment, you will describe the steps of implementing this new practice. This will require you to do some research of your own about how change comes about in your workplace. You will need to check your policies and procedures and may need to talk with a supervisor with experience in this area. You will need to support your thoughts on why you think a change needs to occur. This should be done by using the literature.


  • Differentiate among research, research utilization, and evidence-based practice
  • Identify the steps of evidence-based practice


Minimum of four (4) total references: two (2) references from required course materials and two (2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information)

Levels of Achievement
Needs Improvement
Not Acceptable
7 to 7 Points
 Clearly states the purpose of the paper.
 Provides a comprehensive overview of topic or questions.
 Engages the reader.
 Organized and has easy follow.
2 to 6 Points
 Overview is provided, but key points/ideas are missing.
 Purpose statement is not clear.
 Does not engage the reader.
 Somewhat disorganized but still comprehensible
0 to 1 Points
 Does not provide an overview of the paper or is absent.
 No purpose statement.
Key Requirement 1: Identifies a best new practice to implement
5 to 5 Points
 Student clearly identifies a new best practice for his or her workplace
 Provides explanation and examples as to why this practice was chosen.
3 to 4 Points
 Student identifies a new best practice for his or her workplace
 Does not provide explanation or examples as to why this practice was chosen.
0 to 2 Points
 Does not provide a new best practice for his or her workplace.
Key Requirement 2: Describes the steps to implementing the best new practice (from your workplace)
7 to 7 Points
 Clearly describes the steps to implementing this change.
 Shows that research has been done on how to implement this change in the workplace.
3 to 6 Points
 Partially describes the steps to implementing this change, but misses steps or has omissions.
0 to 2 Points
 The steps to implementing an evidence based new best practice in the workplace are not addressed.
Key Requirement 3: Supports the implementation of this best new practice through the literature
8 to 8 Points
 Student thoroughly supports the implementation of the new best practice with current research articles.
3 to 7 Points
 An overview on why implementing this new best practice is provided, but it is not thoroughly supported by the literature.
0 to 2 Points
 Student does not support the implementation of the new best practice with current research articles.
7 to 7 Points
 Summarizes paper and reflects on what the reader has learned from the paper.
 Demonstrates persuasive thought and is well organized.
2 to 6 Points
 Merely summarizes the introduction or contains new ideas not present in the paper contents.
 Somewhat disorganized but still comprehensible
0 to 1 Points
 Simply restates the introduction or is absent.
 Disorganized to the point of distraction

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. Applying nursing practice to research

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.


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. Applying nursing practice to research

Weekly Participation

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.

LopesWrite Policy

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.

Late Policy

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.