Locating Credible Databases And Research


Locating Credible Databases And Research

Create a 1-2-page resource that will describe databases that are
relevant to EBP around a diagnosis you chose and could be used to help a
new hire nurse better engage in EBP.


Evidence-based practice (EBP) integrates the best evidence available
to guide optimal nursing care, with a goal to enhance safety and
quality. EBP is crucial to nursing practice because it incorporates the
best evidence from current literature, along with the expertise of the
practicing nurse. The concern for quality care that flows from EBP
generates a desired outcome. Without these factors, a nurse cannot be an
effective leader. It is important to lead not only from this position
but from knowledge and expertise. To gain the knowledge, you require a
good understanding of how to search for scholarly resources, as well as
identify which databases and websites are credible for the purposes of
implementing evidence-based changes in practice.

Your Online e-Portfolio

Creating an ePortfolio is not required in the BSN program, but you
may find it helpful to create one to attach to your professional resume
while job hunting. Online ePortfolios serve two key purposes: 1)
to support learning and reflection, and 2) to be used as a showcase
tool. Your learning journey can be documented, and ePortfolios
contribute to lifelong learning and growth through reflection and
sharing. Online ePortfolios can also be shared with employers and peers
to present artifacts that demonstrate your accomplishments at Capella.

Professional Context

As a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, you will be responsible for
providing patient-centered, competent care based on current
evidence-based best practices. You will be required to do research,
analysis, and dissemination of best evidence to stay abreast of these
best practices. Understanding where to go to find credible sources and
locate evidence, as well as which search terms to use, is the foundation
of incorporation of best practices.


You are supervising three nurses working on the medical-surgical
floor of a local teaching hospital. This hospital is nationally
recognized as a leader in education and has a computer lab with an
online library where staff has access to medical research databases
(that is, CINAHL, PubMed, Medline, and Cochrane library) and online
sources of all hospital policies, procedures, and guidelines, and
computers at nurse workstations that also have access to these
resources. (For this scenario, use the Capella University Library to
simulate the hospital’s online library.) You have given the nurses their
patient assignments and you have all participated in shift report. A
new nurse who just completed orientation and training a week ago
approaches you and tells you that one of the assigned patients has a
diagnosis he or she is very unfamiliar with. Knowing that
patient-centered care based on best practices is imperative to positive
patient outcomes, you want to assist this nurse to find research that
can be utilized to provide the best care for this patient. Describe how
you would communicate with this nurse to encourage him or her to
research the diagnosis. Assume you will assist in the quest to locate
evidence, then describe where you would go within the facility and what
resources you would look for. These resources may include websites,
journals, facility policies or guidelines, or any other sources of
online information.

You may choose the diagnosis for the patient in this
scenario. Choose something you would find interesting to research or
that applies to a clinical problem you would be interested in
addressing. Create a list of at least five sources that could be used to
find evidence, with the best source listed first, and explain why the
sources you chose are best to find evidence for the diagnosis you chose
and the clinical scenario. You are only evaluating the sources of
evidence (database, website, policy database or website, et cetera). You
are not actually completing a search and selecting
evidence. Consider the following examples: a nursing journal in CINAHL
may not be the best source of evidence for information on how to
administer medications through a central-venous catheter, whereas a
hospital policy database found on a website may not be the best source
of information on caring for a patient with a rare chromosomal


To help ensure you are prepared to complete this assessment, review
the following resources related to the Capella library. These resources
will provide you an overview of the types of tools, resources, and
guides available in the library. This may be useful in forming a better
understanding of the library to apply to the hypothetical situation laid
out in the scenario of this assessment.

BSN Program Library Research Guide.

Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Health Sciences.

Databases A-Z: Nursing & Health Sciences.

Get Critical Search Skills.

Remember, it is also appropriate to look toward databases and
resources outside of the Capella library, such as organizational
policies, professional organizations, and government health care

You are encouraged to complete the Evaluating the Credibility of
Evidence activity. This activity offers an opportunity to practice
evaluating the credibility of evidence. These skills will be necessary
to complete Assessment 1 successfully and is for your own practice and
self-assessment. Completing this activity is also a way to demonstrate
course engagement.


The purpose of this assessment is to understand where to find
evidence that can be applied to clinical scenarios and to learn
effective communication and collaboration with clinical staff during the
process of evidence location. As a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, you
will not only use research for self-improvement in your clinical role,
but you will also serve as a mentor to supervised nursing
staff. Therefore, you will need to be able to communicate and
collaborate effectively to guide them toward resources to find research,
as well as support them through the initial evidence location
process. In doing so, nurses can gain access to evidence that can be
analyzed and utilized to stay current on best practices. This allows
them to provide safe, patient-centered care and improve patient

For this assessment:

Describe your role as a baccalaureate-prepared nurse supervising
clinical staff nurses with regard to communication and collaboration in
locating evidence for application to a nursing practice scenario.

Compile a list of five online databases or other online sources
(that is, websites, journals, facility policies or guidelines, et
cetera) that can be used to research evidence to apply to this scenario
and describe to which of these you would direct a nurse colleague to
search for evidence.

Describe where you might go in the clinical setting to complete
this research and how you would access the desired, relevant research
within research databases or other online sources.

Be sure to address the following in this assessment, which
correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. Please study
the scoring guide carefully so that you will know what is needed for a
distinguished score.

Describe communication strategies to encourage nurses to research
the diagnosis, as well as strategies to collaborate with the nurses to
access resources.

Describe the best places to complete research and what types of
resources you would want to access to find pertinent information for the
diagnosis within the context of a specific health care setting.

Identify five sources of online information (medical journal
databases, websites, hospital policy databases, et cetera) that could be
used to locate evidence for a clinical diagnosis.

Explain why the sources of online information selected should provide the best evidence for the chosen diagnosis.

Communicate using writing that is clear, logical, and professional with correct grammar and spelling using current APA style.

Note: While you are not selecting
and evaluating specific evidence to help with the clinical diagnosis,
you should still be citing the literature and best practices to support
your description of your communication and collaboration approach.
Additionally, it is appropriate to cite best practices related to
EBP and evaluating databases to support your explanation as to why you
selected the five sources of online information that you did.

Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

Assessment 1 Example [PDF].

Additional Requirements

Your assessment should meet the following requirements:

Length of submission: 1–2 pages (not including
the reference page) description of communication, collaboration, and
evidence location process, including a list of databases or other
sources with description of why they are appropriate for clinical
scenario diagnosis (that is, something that would be useable in
professional practice for other nurses). Be sure to include an
APA-formatted reference page at the end of your submission.

Number of references: Cite a
minimum of three sources of scholarly or professional evidence that
supports your findings and considerations. Resources should be no more
than five years old.

APA formatting: References and citations are formatted according to current APA style.

Portfolio Prompt: Remember to save the final assessment to your ePortfolio so that you may refer to it as you complete the final Capstone course.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate
your proficiency in the course competencies through the following
assessment scoring guide criteria:

Competency 1: Interpret findings from scholarly quantitative, qualitative, and outcomes research articles and studies.

Explain why the sources selected should provide the best evidence for the chosen diagnosis.

Competency 2: Analyze the relevance and potential effectiveness of evidence when making a decision.

Describe the best places to complete research and what types of
resources one would want to access to find pertinent information for a
diagnosis within the context of a specific health care setting.

Competency 4: Plan care based on the best available evidence.

Identify five sources of online information (medical journal
databases, websites, hospital policy databases, et cetera) that could be
used to locate evidence for a clinical diagnosis, and ensure three out
of five are specific to the diagnosis.

Competency 5: Apply professional, scholarly communication strategies to lead practice changes based on evidence.

Describe communication strategies to encourage nurses to
research a diagnosis, as well as strategies to collaborate with the
nurses to access resources.

Organize content so ideas flow logically with smooth
transitions; contains few errors in grammar/punctuation, word choice,
and spelling.


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