Evidence-Based Practice, Quality-Improvement and Research Methodology

For this discussion board we will explore meanings and application of various methods used to improve the delivery of health care.


The purpose of this discussion board is to enhance understanding of an evidence-based practice versus quality-improvement versus research methodology (qualitative, quantitative -to include the Randomized Controlled Trial).

This week in discussion board we are going to have a debate-like discussion regarding the following 3 topics:

Quality improvement
Traditional research methodology
Science of evidence-based practice
Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

Integrate evidence-based practice and research to support advancement of holistic nursing care in diverse healthcare settings. (CO 1 )
Integrate knowledge related to evidence-based practice and person-centered care to improve healthcare outcomes. (CO 2)
Analyze research findings and evidence-based practice to advanced holistic nursing care initiatives that promote positive healthcare outcomes. (CO 5)
Due Date:

Initial prompt due by Wednesday, 11:59 PM MT of week 1

One peer and one faculty or two peer posts due by Sunday 11:59 PM MT of week 1

Points: 50 points

Assignment Requirements

Your faculty will assign you one of the following three topics: quality improvement, “traditional” research methodology, or evidence-based practice. Watch the Announcements and/or your Chamberlain email for your assigned topic.
You will provide rationale as to why your assigned topic is the most important, the best, for the provision of quality care as a nurse practitioner.
You will compare the topic you are assigned to one of the other topics you have not been assigned. For example, if you are assigned quality improvement, you may compare to a traditional research method, such as a randomized control trial. When writing this argument, you should provide a compare and contrast approach which highlights the features of the topics, how the topic informs providers and the topic’s importance to quality and safety.
Your response to this prompt should be a minimum of two (2) paragraphs of 4-5 sentences which utilize in-text citations (APA).
A response to two (2) peers is required with a minimum of one (1) paragraph of 4-5 sentences which utilizes in-text citations (APA).
References are required, the use of first person should be avoided.
Be sure to integrate one or both of the podcasts of this week into your argument.









The student actively stimulates and sustains inquiry by making reflective insightful comments, asking thoughtful questions and/or engaging in a scholarly discussion.
The student expresses a clear idea of the topic under discussion and sustains inquiry in order to explore relevant issues.
The student recognizes values or values conflict as things that form the assumption basis of arguments and recognizes when it is important to acknowledge these values.
The student recognizes the accuracy, logic, relevance, or clarity of statements.
The student asks clarifying questions and knows when clarifying questions need to be asked.
The student distinguishes fact from opinion.



All components of discussion prompt addressed (met) in initial posting. This includes PowerPoint/Kaltura requirements where indicated.
Kaltura video required; a written narrative is not required in addition to the video.
The student’s writing conveys an understanding of significant ideas relevant to the issue under discussion. This is indicated by integration of course and weekly objectives, as well as readings from text and articles.
All posts should make correct use of terminology, precise selection of the pieces of information required to make a point, correct and appropriate use of examples and counterexamples, demonstrations of which distinctions are important to make, and explanations that are concise and to the point.
Information and knowledge are accurate.
The student elaborates statements with accurate explanations, reasons, or evidence from the course and/or weekly objectives.
All postings integrate scholarly sources to support points consistently.
Interactive Dialogue



Responds to ideas in a way that advances discussion with depth, rigor, and application.
Interacts with a professional tone and is able to express opinions with ownership and without judgement.
Chooses to include professional experience to the discussion board mindful of appropriateness and boundaries. Experience is integrated as it supports the discussion board topic and utilizes scholarly references to support overall topic.



Total CONTENT Points=40 pts

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