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Nursing: NURS 412 Nursing Research & Evidenced-Based Practice: Nursing Research

Research guide for the class NURS 412: Nursing Research and Evidenced-Based Practice

Research Databases

Nursing students find many helpful citations in:

Nursing Research Books @ LC

Database Tricks

  •  try CINAHL headings or MESH Headings for initial major concepts, then add keywords
  • NURS*   asterisk finds prefix/suffix variations   
    • nurse
    • nurses
    • nursing
    • nursing's
  • "quotes around phrases"  quotes combine words only next to each other
    • "primary caregiver"
    • "non-small-cell lung carcinoma"

Use a PICOT Query to Create Your Search Strategy

ASK A FOREGROUND QUESTION:

PICOT:  For mechanically-vented patients 65 years or older, does a change in bed positioning positively affect outcomes versus no change in bed position?

Eliminate the way it is written as a question:

For mechanically-vented patients 65 years or older, does a change in bed positioning positively affect outcomes versus no change in bed position?

Identify phrases, keywords, and asterisk truncation: 

  • ventilator patients
  • "bed* position*":  bed, bed(s), position, position(s) position(ing)
  • 0 degree, 30 degree

Use your limiters: 

English language, 65 years and older, etc.