Critical Thinking- Part 4

Module 4 Assignment Critical Thinking, Part 4



Name of Group Member (indicate in parenthesis after the name- what specific question(s) each member was responsible to initially address):   Date:  



Did all group members participate in the assignment as outlined by the group and adhering to your Team Charter Agreement? Yes_______No______


If your group responded “no” or individually and you have concerns about a member’s work quality and/or timeliness/ and/or contributions to the group and would like your faculty to intervene; please send an e-mail correspondence to your faculty as soon as possible. In your e-mail correspondence, please indicate if you are giving faculty permission to contact the identified student with your group/individual concerns.




Citation of your approved article according to APA:


· Each group member will need access to your approved article , and course texts and APA manual as a minimum to complete this assignment.

· Record responses to each question in the “grey” space provided for each question. The grey box will expand as you type.

· Recall: you will earn a group grade for this assignment.

· Responses should be your own words and written in complete sentences. “Yes” or “no” answers will not be accepted and will result in point(s) deduction. Except for section 1, your responses should include an explanation/rationale. N/A responses require justification of why that criteria/question does not pertain to your article.

· Minimize use of direct quotes except where specifically requested.

· Requests for tables must include columns and rows if needed. It is not appropriate to use spacing for a table. If you are unfamiliar with how to make a table in a Word document, please to the “Resources” tab in Blackboard and scroll to: “How to Make a Table in a Word Document”. Failure to include a table when asked will result in point deduction for that specific question.


· Review the “Hints” placed throughout the worksheet prior to responding to the question.


· Read through responses when completed for accuracy of responses, APA use and grammar.


INSERT the full reference citation for your APPROVED article in the grey space below (NOTE: Use correct APA. Your faculty is aware of indentation challenges and will not deduct points for incorrect indentation).





15. Ethical Considerations
15a: How did the author indicate that human rights were protected? (For example, explanation of study by researcher? IRB? Ethics Committee etc.?) Include page number(s) where you found this information? If IRB approval was discussed, what institution(s) did they indicate as giving approval for the study? Discuss/identify how informed consent was obtained. State what page number(s) this information was found.


15b: Discuss/identify if the participants/guardians/parents received any type of payment or compensation for agreeing to be part of the study? State what page number(s) this information was found. If yes, what are your thoughts regarding the payment or compensation from an ethical framework?
15c: Discuss/identify any conflicts of interest in recruiting the subjects/participants? State what page number(s) this information was found.


15d: Discuss whether or not the subjects/participants are considered by the IRB’s criteria as a vulnerable population. (See page 241- 243 of your text.)


15e: How did the authors ensure data remained private/secure? Identify who had access/privileges to the data. State what page number(s) this information was found. If this information is not discussed indicate this with “Not Applicable”.


15f: What specific provision of the ANA code of ethics specifically pertains to research?

· What does this provision address specifically as it relates to research?

· What is the professional nurses’ responsibility in response to the identified provision?

See page 235 of your text and this website:

(Hint: Be sure you read through the Code of Ethics and provide the exact code that speaks to ethics related to research. There are many other codes so be sure to identify and discuss the one specific to research).

15g: Identify any outside sources of funding and any disclaimers identifying any author affiliations. State what page number(s) this information was found.


(Hint: This if frequently found at the very end of an article or sometimes on the first page but not in all cases).


16. Summary
16a: How did the research relate to the metaparadigm of nursing?

(Hint: You may need to refer to the Instructors presentation in Module 1 if you need to review the metaparadigm of nursing. Address each component of the metaparadigm. If you believe your selected study did not address components of the metaparadigm-identify the component(s) and provide rationale).

Your answer should be placed in table format with three columns.

· first column should identify the component of the metaparadigm,

· second column should discuss your rationale for believing this element of the metaparadigm was addressed or not addressed in the study

· last column should include a specific example from the study as to how the metaparadigm component was addressed in your selected study.

16b: Discuss how the research is clinically significant. (see page 294-95 of your text)


(Hint: Statistical significance and clinical significance are not the same concepts-so do not confuse the two concepts. How can this research regardless of the statistical significance of the findings be applied to nursing practice?)



16c: What did you like/appreciate concerning this study as related to the research process?

(Hint: Answer this question based on your knowledge of research; do not answer it based on your personal opinion that you enjoyed reading the study).

Did this study reflect the research design?

Identify one improvement you might suggest to enhance the strength of the study? Discuss how you believe it would strengthen the study using research language. Underline the research concepts that were used in your response.



17. Personal Thoughts
17a: Each group member will write their reflections on how the weekly critical thinking assignments have influenced your skill in reading and comprehending nursing research. Identify a minimum of one strength you have in this process and what was your most challenging experience related to these weekly assignments. Additionally, comment on your contributions to the group (do not include a list of what you specifically were assigned to complete but what your understanding and learning of research contributed to the group).

Conclude this paragraph completing this philosophical statement: “This I believe about the role of the professional nursing as a lifelong learner in relationship to being a “consumer of nursing research” ……………….

This is the one place in this assignment where each member of the group will formulate their own response to question 17 and not develop a response as a group. This response should not be submitted separately but within the document.


Hint: Sometimes previous students have not addressed the questions for this section-so please be sure you address all elements Remember “consumer of nursing research” is an expected baccalaureate prepared nurse competency discussed in Module 1.




Please add your references here using APA format.






Tasks Target: Acceptable: Unacceptable: Not Addressed
15. Ethical Considerations •Protection of human rights/IRB approval/informed consent •Participants received payment •Conflicts of interest with subject recruitment •Vulnerable population •Maintaining privacy of data and confidentiality •ANA code supported by this study •Outside funding identified 5-6 Points


Accurate responses based on substance. Justified appropriately for all questions in this section.

Responses reflect the level of scholarship expected of a BSN student.

3-4 Points


Mostly accurate response but lacks justification or inappropriately justified. Responses are not of substance and some answers lack justification or lack scholarship expected of a BSN student.

1-2 Points


Attempted to respond but response is frequently inaccurate/incorrect. Or does not address all questions

0 Points


Not addressed.

16. Summary •Relationship of research to nursing metaparadigm

•Clinical significance

•Strengths of study


· Suggestion for improvement to strengthen the study’s design


2 Points


Accurate response. Justified appropriately. Speaks to all aspects of the metaparadigm, clinical significance and strengths of the study with substance reflecting the level of scholarship expected of a BSN student. Provides response in a table format as required.


1 Points


Accurate responses but lacks justification; or responses are inappropriately justified or inaccurate. Responses could better reflect the level of scholarship expected of a BSN student. Does not identify all aspects of the metaparadigm or justification needs to be strengthened. Strengths reasonable-justification is satisfactory.

Provides responses in a table format as required. Some of the responses could be strengthened.

0.5 Points


Attempted to respond but response is inaccurate/incorrect-justification lacks substance or is inaccurate. Strengths identified are superficial and does not indicate a depth of knowledge regarding the design of the study or address the design of the study expected of a BSN student.

Responses regarding the metaparadigm are mostly accurate.

Does not provide responses in a table format as required.

0 Points





Not addressed or no table provided

17. Personal Thoughts •Synopsis of critiquing ability as related to personal learning, being a member of a group and the professional nurse as a lifelong learner.


1 Points


Identification of learning demonstrates self-reflection and appropriate to the intent of the Critical Thinking Papers.

Identifies one strength and one area for improvement as related to the weekly Critical Thinking assignments. Describes the individual student’s active participation within the group. Concludes with a philosophical statement focusing on the role of professional nurse as a lifelong learner related to nursing research and being a “consumer of nursing research”.


0.66 Points


Strengths and area for improvement not clearly described. Identification of strengths and learning could be enhanced and demonstrate self-reflection. Minimal reflection on contributions to the group in completing the weekly assignments.

Includes a minimally scholarly statement concerning the role of the professional nurse as a lifelong learner and being a “consumer of nursing research”.

0.33 Points


Attempted to respond but response is superficial and does not demonstrate self-insight into critiquing abilities, group involvement or self-learning. Speaks to learning but avoids relating to nursing research and the professional nurse as a lifelong learner and being a “consumer of nursing research”.

0 Points



Not addressed.

Use of APA

according to the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Additionally, use of good grammar, spelling and proofreading work is required.

2 points


No APA errors whatsoever, congratulations! No grammar or spelling errors.

1 point


Only minor errors in APA rules for format, citation in text and reference list; revisit some of the common errors in APA. Minimal grammar or spelling errors.

0.5 points


Four (4) or more grammar/spelling/APA errors


0 points


Little attention to APA rules for citation in text and reference list, errors in basic format; need to crack the APA manual.

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