At the beginning of the course, you explored differences and similarities between research-related terms. In this final week of class, discuss how you’ve come to understand those terms, your role in research and evidence-based processes, and how you plan to apply the knowledge acquired in this course in your clinical practice. You should include the following:

  • How has your understanding of nursing research, research utilization, evidence-based practice, and your role in these changed since the start of the course?
  • Do you have a different picture in your mind of how research and evidence-based practice fit together?
  • How would you determine whether research literature is appropriate in supporting your nursing practice? How confident do you feel in your ability to do this?
  • There are several strategies, resources, and tools available to help you select appropriate literature to build your evidence-based practice. For example, you should be aware of Journal Clubs, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), top-tier nursing research journals (e.g., Applied Nursing Research, Western Journal of Nursing Research, etc.), appraisal tools, how to ask a focused clinical question (i.e., PICO), etc. Select a strategy, resource, or tool to explore and describe it. Feel free to select something outside of these examples. Explain how it can help you select the best evidence to support your evidence-based practice.

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