Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research: From Question to Proposal

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-03-12
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

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Basic Steps in Planning Nursing Research: From Question to Proposal is the perfect introduction To The research process. it details the development of an effective research plan, and guides readers through all stages of the process from finding a research topic, To the final written proposal. it takes an in-depth focus on the planning process which makes it an excellent tool for beginners while still being relevant to people at all levels of study who need to develop a research plan. The Seventh Edition continues to teach readers how to prepare an appropriate question and topic And The steps it takes formulate a conclusion. All of the chapters have been updated with new references and current information including a renewed focus on evidence-based practice and an expansion of research ethics. Proposals are included at the end of the text to help students learn. 

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
How to Write a Researchable Questionp. 1
Research Topicsp. 3
What Is a Researchable Question?p. 5
Asking Research Questionsp. 7
Examining Components of a Research Questionp. 10
Be Interested in Your Ideap. 21
Bibliographyp. 23
From Question to Problemp. 25
Finding the Level of Knowledge About a Topicp. 26
How to Search the Literature on Your Topicp. 32
Level of Theory and Level of Questionp. 34
Developing the Research Problem from the Literature Reviewp. 36
Beginning with an Observationp. 41
Bibliographyp. 47
The Full and Final Research Problemp. 49
Elements of a Research Problemp. 50
The Psychology of Argumentp. 55
Strongest Argument Lastp. 57
Substantiate What You Sayp. 58
Bibliographyp. 60
Critical Review of the Literaturep. 63
Content of a Critiquep. 66
What to Critiquep. 66
How to Do a Critiquep. 67
Guidelines for Critique of Published Researchp. 75
Where Does the Critique Belong?p. 76
Bibliographyp. 77
Stating the Purpose of the Studyp. 79
The Purpose Written as a Declarative Statementp. 80
The Purpose Written as a Questionp. 82
The Purpose Written as a Hypothesisp. 85
Examining the Components of a Hypothesisp. 90
The Significance of the Statement of Purposep. 91
Stating the Purpose of the Study: A Summaryp. 91
Bibliographyp. 93
Defining Your Termsp. 95
Types of Variablesp. 100
Defining the Independent Variablep. 101
How Variables Are Measuredp. 103
Terms That Need Definitionp. 110
Writing Operational Definitions: A Reviewp. 110
Bibliographyp. 112
The Research Design: Blueprint for Actionp. 113
Designing Your Study from the Questionp. 115
Characteristics of Research Designsp. 116
Issues of Controlp. 120
Descriptive Designsp. 121
Experimental Designsp. 131
Controlling Unwanted Influencesp. 137
Level of Study and Degree of Controlp. 145
Bibliographyp. 147
Selecting the Samplep. 151
Types of Samplesp. 155
Sample Sizep. 164
Level of Study and Sample Selectionp. 166
Bibliographyp. 169
Selecting a Method to Answer the Questionp. 171
Observationp. 173
Questionnaires and interviewsp. 181
Available Datap. 192
Physiological Measuresp. 194
Bibliographyp. 195
Reliability and Validity of Measurementp. 197
Errors in Data Collection Proceduresp. 198
Validityp. 203
Reliabilityp. 209
Reliability and Validity Issues in Field Research Using Participant Observationp. 215
Reliability and Validity in the Research Planp. 219
Self-Testp. 220
Bibliographyp. 222
Ethics in Nursing Researchp. 225
Problems Involving Ethicsp. 228
Informed Consentp. 233
Balancing Potential Benefit Against Actual Costp. 235
Maintaining Anonymity and Confidentialityp. 237
Federal Guidelines on the Submission of Proposals for Reviewp. 238
Ethical Principles Underlying Protection of Human Subjectsp. 240
Bibliographyp. 243
Planning for Analysis of Datap. 247
Descriptive Analysisp. 248
Inferential Analysisp. 261
Choosing a Statistical Test: What Does Your Hypothesis Ask?p. 264
The Answer Is in the Questionp. 268
Bibliographyp. 272
Writing the Research Proposalp. 275
The Introductory Section: Research Problemp. 277
Form of the Final Research Problemp. 278
Statement of the Purpose of the Studyp. 286
Definition of Termsp. 286
The Research Designp. 287
The Samplep. 288
Methods and Instrumentsp. 291
Reliability and Validityp. 291
Data Analysisp. 292
Ethicsp. 293
In Summaryp. 294
Variations in the Proposed Formatp. 294
The Finished Proposalp. 297
Bibliographyp. 299
Appendix Contents: Sample Research Proposalsp. 301
The Experience of Nurse-Midwives in Ghana with the Use of the WHO Partographp. 303
The Incidence of Acute Stress Disorder Among Parents of Premature Infants Admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unitp. 329
Nausea and Vomiting Following Posterior Fossa Surgery: Determination of Incidence, Risk, and Protective Factors in Childrenp. 375
The Impact of Older Maternal Age at First Birth on the Risk of Spontaneous Preterm Birth in Northern and Central Albertap. 409
Maintaining Catheter Patency Using Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activatorp. 453
Standardized Telephone Triage Practice: Impact of Protocol Implementation on Reported job Stress and Satisfaction by Nurses in a Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Settingp. 477
Indexp. 503
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