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NURS303/307 - Nursing Seminar/Nursing Trends: Articles

Assignments that require a literature search

  1. Ethical dilemmas, legal issues. Unit IX.
  2. Contemporary health issue or nursing trend, Unit XI.
  3. Poster presentation, Unit II: 
    1. To improve a Nurses knowledge of the nursing care of a patient with chosen disease process.
    2. To provide comprehensive and effective patient and family education on a disease or treatment plan.

Criteria for all articles:

  1. Publication date of 2012-2022
  2. Published in a Nursing Journal
  3. At least one author is a nurse 

For the poster project, you need at least five articles. Two must be research articles (includes meta-analyses and systematic reviews.)

What is a Research Article?

A research paper reports the methods and results of an original study performed by the authors. The kind of study may vary (experiment, survey, interview, etc.), but in all cases, raw data have been collected and analyzed by the authors, and conclusions drawn from the results of that analysis. Research papers follow a particular format. 

  • Introduction - Often includes a review of the existing literature on the topic studied, and explains the rationale of the author's study.  
  • Methods – Description of how data was collected and analyzed.  
  • Results - Outcomes of the data analysis.  Charts and graphs illustrating the results are typically included.
  • Discussion - Interpretation of results and their importance to existing and future research.