Strengths and weaknesses of 2 pieces of nursing research

This is a paper that is focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of 2 pieces of nursing research. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment.

Strengths and weaknesses of 2 pieces of nursing research

“Provide a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of 2 pieces of research and offer a critical
discussion of how the findings could be applied to a clinical setting”- (2,500 words +/- 10%)
This assignment must meet the following module learning outcomes:
1) Appraise a range of research evidence and discuss its implications to practice
2) Analyse the evidence base in relation to the delivery of nursing care

The following table displays a suggested structure for your assignment and all the elements that
should be included in order to meet the learning outcomes.

Firstly, set the scene for what will be covered in your assignment and why
Secondly, explain the main concepts of the module eg EBP, research
This should not be a list of definitions but showing your understanding of the concepts- why are they important for nursing/healthcare

Summary of research
Explain the overall topic of your two studies and why this is important to nursing practice
Critically consider each piece of research in terms of its strengths and weaknesses, you may want to think about the following areas:
The aim and approach (Qualitative/Quantitative) and whether this is appropriate for the research questions

Study Design: Any merits/limitations
Sampling Issues- Eg sample size/inclusion and exclusion criteria/recruitment method
Method of data collection and analysis- how was this achieved? Was it appropriate/typical for the design of the study? What were the limitations and merits?
Findings- What were the findings/results of the research and how do they relate to the original aim/hypothesis
Conslusion- Come to a conclusion of the overall quality of the study based on what you discussed in the summary

Strengths and weaknesses of 2 pieces of nursing research

Critical discussion
Provide a critical discussion of the findings of the research you have analysed in relation to clinical practice. You may want to think of an area you have been on placement.
Set the scene- which area of clinical practice are you discussing?
How do the research findings relate to that setting in broad terms? (may want to link to the NMC code for example)

Consider guidelines/policies in the clinical setting that link to the research findings and how (eg NICE guidelines)
Are there any relevant nursing tools that could be applied (eg NEWS2, SBAR, PEPSI-COLA)- if so, what are the limitations and merits of these?
What are the possible effects that the research findings could have on patient care?

Are there any barriers to implementing these findings in a clinical setting, if so what are these and why are they important?
Consider EBP in broader terms- eg, What are the barriers to EBP in nursing practice?
• Consider recommendations or implications for future nursing practice, based on the points you have discussed

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