You mention the word research and we all look dumb and so did I even though I had many lectures and seminars I still could not do this, I did not undertand and even now I am surreal about my essay and how the heck I managed to get a good mark! but when I actually read about research and tried to break down the research process (and there is one)! only then whilst trying to write it did I discover what they wanted for my assignment!
Take a look at this assignment, but remember it is still alien to me the research thing!
In this assignment the author will critique a published research study about palliative care for patients with cancer: District nurses experiences.
A description of research will be given and the importance of research in nursing will be discussed, following which the research ...view middle of the document...
Hockey (2000) discusses the ethos of research has been supported by the reforms of British nursing into higher education and movement towards the accreditation of a true professional status. Cormack (2000) suggests this status will only be recognised when research is evidence based and becomes integral to nursing practice.
Professional accountability is high and nurses are legally bound to deliver safe, competent care:
based on current evidence, best practice and where applicable,validated research when it is available(NMC 2004:10).
Cutcliffe & Ward (2003) state that a literature critique is often mistaken as criticism, as opposed to highlighting the strengths and or limitations of a published study, but is impartial because it provides a deeper knowledge and independence is self interpretation, enhances research skills to explore, expand and share knowledge and evidence.
Dunne et al (2004) is the published study and the title captured the authors interest. The study was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN). The writers academic accreditations were clearly stated and highly qualified within their professional field.
Lanoe (2005) discusses that a good indication on the quality of a study can be judged by its publication in a primary journal with a high research content, that reports on original findings and recognises the (JAN) as meeting this criteria.
Parahoo (1997) states that the (JAN) places a higher emphasis on theory and research as apposed to other popular journals, which tend to be more descriptive about implications for practice, obscuring their lack of quality.
Santy & Kneale (1998) state that the authors academic qualifications, such as a higher degree can add credibility to a study as they generally provide more information on the research methods used.