Review of Literature
After having developed research question, nurses must determine if there is substantial evidence that supports a potential change in practice. In order to initiate any change in policy or practice, nurses must complete a review of literature. A review of literature provides the practicing nurse with the latest knowledge regarding any aspect of practice. For this assignment, you will conduct a literature review to search for empirical evidence that supports a practice policy currently in use where you work. The articles critiqued previously may be incorporated into this work.
The students will
1. Apply the steps of a review of literature as discussed in class.
2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in determining the relevance of selected studies for nursing practice
1. Utilizing your research question explore the empirical evidence supporting a practice policy in your practice setting.
2. Write a paper using the following outline:
a. Introduction that includes the reason you chose the topic and a purpose statement (“The purpose of this paper is…”).
b. Synthesize individual articles to reflect the state of evidence related to the question. Should reflect the current state of what is known about the topic.
c. Conclusion that restates the purpose of the paper, a brief summary of your overall findings.
Literature Review Grading Criteria
Introduction addressing research topic and purpose
Synthesis of articles
Writing style: Organization, grammar, spelling, etc.