I believe that this course challenged me to critically analyze current practice and formulate research problems as I formulated my research proposal.
Evaluate current research studies for appropriateness of problem statement, sampling design, methodology, data analysis procedure, interpretation of findings, and ethical issues.
Although it was a challenge, I was able to successfully evaluate current research studies for appropriateness of my problem statement, design, methodology, data analysis procedure, interpretation of findings and ethical issues for my research proposal addressing undiagnosed children in both urban and suburban schools. I found it difficult to come up with a good problem statement but was able to use PICOT to assist with its development. Each week presented a new topic and allowed for me to research and to evaluate new articles that focused on the specific part of the proposal for that week. For example in week 7, I evaluated and interpreted an article from the previous week addressing my initial appraisal of the study, descriptive vividness, methodological congruence, analytical and interpretive preciseness, philosophical or theoretical connectedness and the heuristic relevance of the article.
Synthesize an understanding of the research process through development of a research proposal to address a nursing problem or focus area identified in nursing practice.
In developing my research proposal I was able to use the articles I researched throughout the course to address the nursing problem of asthma both diagnosed and undiagnosed amongst children in urban schools compared to suburban schools. I researched an appropriate intervention that provided asthma education and self-management skills for children and parents, to use in my research proposal as well.