The Affect of the Research Process on Clinical Practice By learning to evaluate and question ineffective things, this research team will be able to find the best practice to use to care for patients. The research team can use the skills learned in this class to form questions that will produce results applicable to nursing practice. Not only will this class help in formulating appropriate and relevant research questions, it will also provide this research team with an increased number of opportunities to practice finding and utilizing resources that are necessary in addressing clinical problems. Last week, the class material focused on studying the process of formulating an appropriate and well-needed research question. This step is imperative to the nursing field because it provides nurses a tool to address any concerns that they may have regarding interventions used in clinical practice and to explore the answers to their recurring questions. Most of the time, nurses do not have a problem identifying a group of interest and an existing problem; however, they have an increased amount of difficulty formulating a research question based on this information. By educating nurses on the process of formulating a research problem statement, they will be able to better establish their main concern after identifying the gaps that exist in the research literature. Additionally, education on the purpose statement will help assist nurses to narrow the focus of their research study and enable them to communicate the clinical significance of their research question. After a nurse is able to write an appropriate research problem statement and purpose statement, he or she will be better able to generate results that are pertinent to the research topic that they are interested in exploring. Using search strategy is also an important competency of all practicing nurses. After using the nursing process (assess, diagnose, implement, evaluate), nurses can recognize faulty practice. It is necessary for the nurses who recognize faulty practice to research a solution to the problem. After forming a research question, the nurse will need to find some research. He or she needs to use terms from the research question to narrow the search for relevant articles. In order to search for relevant and credible articles, the nurse needs to look for original, peer reviewed articles or analyses of primary sources. The nurse should form a literature review to summarize his or her findings. When this is complete, the nurse can identify all of the solutions to the problem and narrow them down using relevance and feasibility as comparison factors. After narrowing these solutions down, the nurse will be able to choose appropriate solutions to use in the clinical practice setting. Nursing practice is constantly changing; therefore, it is imperative for nurses to know and understand the nursing and research process to change the failing current practice. Nurses exist to use the most effective method of caring for their patient. Nursing research is the foundation for this belief. Nurses can use the material learned in the past few weeks to develop an understanding of this process to put it into use. Without research, nursing is not keeping up with the constantly changing health care system it is a part of. It is the duty of nurses to research problems and implement evidence based practice.
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