Theory, Research, and Practice

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Due: Sunday night at 11:59pm Mountain Time

In this assignment, you will write a paper that analyzes a scenario and considers the relationships between theory, research, and practice in evidence-based research.

Step 1: Read the following scenario.

During the course of your practice as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit, the nurse manager and unit-based council state that discharge teaching for postoperative patients will now include information pertaining to wound assessments, care, and dressing changes (as needed). The basis for this change stemmed from the unit consensus about postoperative readmissions with wound infections. The unit-based council performed a review of the literature and has decided to implement a discharge teaching plan that will include specific information addressing wound care.

Step 2: Identify one research article pertaining to this problem.

The article must be from nursing research from the United States and be published within the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal. Suggestions for finding an article include use of the library and journal articles posted to the Internet.

Step 3: Review aspects of theories and conceptual models.

  • Consider the various aspects of a theory and nursing conceptual models.
  • Consider the purpose of research and how theory and research work together to support evidence-based practice.
  • Think of how theory and nursing conceptual models could be used to reflect on the problem in nursing practice described in Step 1.

Step 4: Write a two-four page paper.

Write a paper that analyzes the importance of theory, research findings, and practice as it relates to evidence-based research. Then, using the scenario from Step 1 and the article you identified in Step 2, summarize how the aspects of a theory would help support evidence-based research into the problem described in the scenario. Also, describe which nursing conceptual model would be appropriate for research into this problem and why.

Construct your paper and cite any sources in APA format.

Step 5: Save and submit your assignment.

When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy of the paper to your instructor.

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