The first step of the EBP process is to develop a question from the nursing practice problem of interest.

Select a practice problem of interest to use as the focus of your research.

Start with the patient and identify the clinical problems or issues that arise from clinical care.

Following the PICOT format, write a PICOT statement in your selected practice problem area of interest, which is applicable to your proposed capstone project.

The PICOT statement will provide a framework for your capstone project (the project students must complete during their final course in the RN-BSN program of study).

Conduct a literature search to locate research articles focused on your selected practice problem of interest. This literature search should include both quantitative and qualitative peer-reviewed research articles to support your practice problem.

Select six peer-reviewed research articles which will be utilized through the next 5 weeks as reference sources. Be sure that some of the articles use qualitative research and that some use quantitative research. Create a reference list in which the six articles are listed. Beneath each reference include the article’s abstract. The completed assignment should have a title page and a reference list with abstracts.

Suggestions for locating qualitative and quantitative research articles from credible sources:

  1. Use a library database such as CINAHL Complete for your search.
  2. Using the advanced search page check the box beside “Research Article” in the “Limit Your Results” section.
  3. When setting up the search you can type your topic in the top box, then add quantitative or qualitative as a search term in one of the lower boxes. Research articles often are described as qualitative or quantitative.

To narrow/broaden your search, remove the words qualitative and quantitative and include words that narrow or broaden your main topic. For example: Diabetes and pediatric and dialysis. To determine what research design was used, review the abstract and the methods section of the article. The author will provide a description of data collection using qualitative or quantitative methods.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.




Literature Review

Your Name

Grand Canyon University: NRS 433V

Paper due date (in written form – April 24, 2017)

Remember: You MUST include either the URL address to the FULL TEXT article, OR the doi number for the article in your Reference. Articles Must be scholarly research articles (a total of 6 research articles; 3 qualitative & 3 quantitative) and have been published between
2010 and present
. The introductory paragraph (a paragraph is at Minimum 4 complete sentences) for this assignment should be descriptive of your practice problem or issue of interest, why you chose this topic, and why it is important to Nursing. Paper should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spacing between lines.

anything in Red font on this template should be deleted prior to paper submission.

Literature Review

Practice Problem/Issue and PICOT Question

Write a Clear description of the nursing practice problem (include supporting information from reliable sources) and conclude with your PICOT question written in correct PICOT format (see my example in Resources for this Module). All content should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font (inclucing your Abstracts) and true double-spacing between lines.

References (see examples below – and in Alphabetical order)

Cook, J., Copeland, M., Floyd, C., Jonikas, J., Hamilton, M., Razzano, L., . . . Boyd, S. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of effects of wellness recovery action planning on depression, anxiety, and recovery. Psychiatric Services, 63(6), 541–547. doi: 10.1176/

Actual article Abstract here.

Farrugia, P., Petrisor, B., Farrokhyar, F., & Bhandari, M. (2010). Research questions, hypotheses, and objectives. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 54(4), 278-281. Retrieved from

Actual article Abstract here.


You should Never use the webpage copyright date as a “publication date” – you will use the term “n.d.” if no publication date for the article/publication is listed.

When you use a direct quote in your citation, you Must provide the page number or the paragraph number where the quote was found after the publication date. (Jones & Smith, 2016, p. 12) [or 2016, para. 4]

How to document a Lecture from GCU or any university:

Grand Canyon University. (2011). Essentials of baccalaureate education [Lecture 1]. (2011). In Professional dynamics. Retrieved from

When the university is the producer of a video/power point presentation:

Grand Canyon University (GCU). (Producer). (2014). Foundations for professional nursing practice: The nursing pyramid. Retrieved from

How to document an article from a Journal:

Carman, M. J., Wolf, L. A., Henderson, D., Karnienski, M., Kazoil-Mclane, J., Manton, A., & Moon, M.D. (2013). Developing your clinical question: The key to successful research. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 39(3), 299-301. Retrieved from

In-text citation (6 or more authors) – (Carman et al., 2013) – When you have six or more authors, you can use the term “et al.” the first citation and all subsequent ones.

In-text citation (3-5 authors) – (Carman, Wolf, & Henderson, 2013) – If there are three to five authors, you list them all the first time used in the body of the paper or in an in-text citation. In subsequent citations you can use the term “et al.”

Green, A., & Jordan, C. (2004). Common denominators: Shared governance and work place advocacy – Strategies for nurses to gain control over their practice. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 9(1). Retrieved from Categories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume92004/No1Jan04/SharedGovernanceandWorkPlaceAdvocacy.html

In-text citation (2 authors) – (Green & Jordan, 2004) – You will always provide both author names in the citation each time when there are only two.

How to document an article from a Journal that is an Advance online publication or ‘In press’:

Huntley, A. L., King, A. J., Moore, T. H., Paterson, C., Persad, R., Sharp, D., & Evans, M. (2017). Methodological exemplar of integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence – supportive care for men with prostat