Research for Nursing and midwifery

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Assignment overview

This assignment is a mandatory submission, which means that in order to pass this unit of study, you must submit this assignment. 

The aim of this assignment is to enable you to explore the research process by reviewing two journal articles. You will be presented with a qualitative study article and quantitative study article to review in your area of professional practice (Nursing or Midwifery). 

This assignment supports unit learning outcomes 1, 4 and 5Links to an external site.

Assignment details

Step 1: Read the details below. 

Medication safety is an integral part nursing and midwifery best practice. Measures are undertaken to improve the safety and quality of medication administration. Despite these measures medication errors are identified as frequent yet preventable errors health care errors. You are provided with two research articles related to medication safety – one based on a research study using a quantitative method and the other using a qualitative method. Read both articles available.

Qualitative study article

Quantitative study article

Step 2: Guided questions

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Once you have read your qualitative and quantitative study articles you are required to use the Guided questions answer template (DOC 25 KB)Links to an external site. to write 1500 words responding to the guided questions listed below. It is important to note that the template is designed to allow you to respond to the questions for both research articles clearly and individually. 

Guided questions

  1. Significance and aim (200 words) (100 words per research study article)
    1. What is the aim and significance of the study?
  2. Methods (700 words) (350 words per research study article)
    1. Identify the research design used in the study and describe the main characteristics of the identified research design 
    1. Discuss the sampling technique, inclusion and exclusion criteria used for the selection of sample in the study
    1. Explore the data collection method and its appropriateness to the research design of the study
  3. Data analysis and results (600 words) (300 words per research study article)
    1. How was the data analysed and was it appropriate for the study?
    1. What were the findings/results of the study?
    1. Discuss the limitations and recommendations of the study?

Important word count information: There is a word limit of 1500 words (excluding the guided questions) for this assignment. Use your computer to total the number of words used in your assignment. However, do not include the reference list at the end of your assignment in the word count. In-text citations will be included in the additional 10% word count. If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop marking at 1500 words plus 10%.

Step 3: Completing your guided reivew 

When completing you 1500 word guided review of your two research study articles it is important that you comply with the following:

  • Respond to each of the questions provided in the guide for analysis using academic writing. It is anticipated that your work will be presented in a question/answer format using full sentences and paragraphs. 
  • Type your responses on the Guide questions answer template (DOC 25 KB)Links to an external site.
  • Use a minimum of three (3) recent academic references to demonstrate your understanding. The academic references you use must not be published earlier than 2014.
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Important note: Carefully review the marking criteria and standards. They are designed to give guidance regarding the level of understanding of research reporting needed to identify, describe and discuss the various features of the nominated articles for review and to achieve the marks allocated.

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