What are faculty perceptions of the effectiveness of EBP courses for graduate nursing students?.
What are faculty perceptions of the effectiveness of EBP courses for graduate nursing students?
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•Is the research question(s) a logical extension of the purpose of the
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•Use an open-ended format
•Specify the participants and research site If the study is
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•Is a null and/or alternative hypothesis provided as a
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•Include the characteristics of a good qualitative research question (as
•Include the characteristics of a good quantitative research and/or
hypothesis (as listed above)
•Indicate how the researcher will mix or integrate the two approaches
of the study
•Specify the participants and research site
•Convey the overall intent of the study that calls for a mixed method
Original Article Faculty Perception of the Effectiveness of EBP Courses for Graduate Nursing Students Ren´ata Zelen´ikov´a, RN, PhD•Michael Beach, DNP, ACNP-BC, PNP• Dianxu Ren, MD, PhD•Emily Wolff•Paula Sherwood, RN, PhD, CNRN, FAAN
Keywords evidence-based practice, faculty, teaching, curricula
ABSTRACT Background: Effective teaching is key in preparing students to become successful evidence- based healthcare professionals. The effectiveness of graduate evidence-based practice (EBP) pedagogy is not often a subject of research studies. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine how faculty from the 50 top graduate nursing schools in the United States perceived the effectiveness of EBP courses for graduate nursing students. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used to explore faculty perception of the effectiveness of EBP courses. A web-based survey was used for data collection. A total of 45 questionnaires were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The mean perception of the effectiveness of EBP courses for the whole sample, on a scale from 1 to 7, was 5.58 (min. 4.29; max. 6.73), a higher score signifying higher perceived effectiveness. The highest rated item concerned a school’s access to different databases. The strongest correlations were found between the total score and the scores for items describing