Research Design And Methods For Advanced Nursing Practice

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Research Design & Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice N633 Critique #3
Introduction and literature review
Strengths identified are that the introduction identified the specific problem quickly “without using valuable journal space to outline a very broad problem area” (Pyrczak, 2013, pg. 34). The factual statements that the authors presented included cited sources. Pyrczak advises that “researchers should avoid making statements that sound like facts without referring to their source” (Pyrczak, 2013, pg. 40). The specific purpose was clearly stated and found in the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.
Weaknesses identified included that the authors demonstrated the problem area but there were no statistics included in the
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165) but did not give a number to indicate how much lower these rates were. With improved statistical backing, I felt like the introduction would have had a greater impact on the reader when initially examining it.
The sampling method used was nonprobability, convenience sampling. This was inferred. The sample size was the 80 nursing staff located on this particular medical-surgical unit. These 80 staff members were recruited, 37 did not participate and 43 agreed to participate with a participation rate of 54% (Kalisch et al., 2015, pg. 170). Only 16 participants truly completed the study by completing the pre and posttests. The attrition rate for this study was 62.8%.
I do not feel like this was a representative sample of the population. Many facilities utilize LPNs as well as RNs and NAs. To be more representative, there should have been additional facilities used in this study to increase the sample size. Different facilities may have different combinations of teams as well. The sample for the study was not even representative of the unit. While they do not give a specific breakdown of exactly how many RNs and NAs are on staff for this unit, one can assume that there would be more than only 5 NAs.
There was not a large participation of the NAs, who play a vital role in patient care in regards to discussion of the nursing team. According to the percentages, the
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