Assignment: EBP in Nursing
The goal of this assignment is to develop a clinical question that will serve as the foundation for the quality improvement proposal you will begin this semester. The second part of this proposal will be developed in NURS 495.
Consider what type of patient care issue you want to learn more about. A list of potential research topics can also be found in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.
Before you choose a PICOT question, check a library database to see if there are enough published articles on your topic. You can also learn how to choose a PICOT question by going to this website: https://libguides.umuc.edu/nurs410 and clicking on the “Picking a PICOT question: Test it first” tab.
Describe the question’s background, present the question using the PICOT format, and explain why you chose this question. The paper should not be longer than three pages (not including title page and references).
Please keep in mind that when you finish the second part of your Quality Improvement Project in NURS 495, you will need to create a business plan to put the findings you discovered in the literature into action.
Choose a patient care topic that will allow you to create a plan for implementation.
The topic for the QI Project will be approved by the faculty.
You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so
indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.
Large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are also unacceptable, waste trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.