WGU Performance Assessment

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XAP1 — XAP TASK 1
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE AND APPLIED NURSING RESEARCH — C361
PRFA — XAP1
COMPETENCIES
724.8.5 : Foundations of Inquiry
The graduate differentiates between quality improvement processes, evidence based practice, and research.
724.8.6 : Literature Review and Analysis
The graduate demonstrates knowledge of the process and outcomes of conducting a literature review.
724.8.7 : Ethics and Research
The graduate demonstrates understanding of the ethics of nursing research, particularly human subjects’
protections, informed consent, and alignment with patient and family values and preferences.
724.8.8 : Patient Outcomes
The graduate discriminates between identified standards and practices that do not provide improvements in
patient outcomes utilizing relevant sources of evidence and the application of nursing theory.
724.8.9 : Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination
The graduate describes the process of data collection, analysis, and implementation of evidence that can
improve clinical practice from an interprofessional perspective.
INTRODUCTION
There are many sources of information available on the web and in journals relating to the nursing discipline.
Therefore, it is of pivotal importance to understand the basic tenets of critical appraisal of research for its use
in interprofessional healthcare practices. The aim of evidence-based practice (EBP) is to employ a threepronged approach, blending the best available research evidence, patient values and preferences, and clinical
expertise.
In this task, you will critique two primary research evidence sources. You will select one quantitative and one
qualitative peer-reviewed journal article on a healthcare topic of interest.
REQUIREMENTS
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no
more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from
sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used
as a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that
will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric
aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
Note: Research evidence must not be more than five years old.
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Note: Upload a copy of the full text of the articles with your submission.
Note: You may use the same topic and research articles on both Task 1: Analyzing Research Articles and Task
2: Evidence-Based Practice Change.
A. Evaluate a primary, quantitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages)
that has healthcare implications by doing the following:
Note: You may select an article focusing on a healthcare topic of your choice or an article focusing on one
of the following topics: falls and fall prevention, pain management in children, opioid abuse, hepatitis C,
catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or hand hygiene and infections in hospitals.
1. Describe how the researcher addresses the following four areas in the selected journal article:
background or introduction (e.g., the purpose of the study)
review of the literature (e.g., research used to support the study)
data analysis (e.g., how the researcher analyzed the data)
methodology (e.g., research type and sampling methods)
2. Evaluate whether the evidence presented in each of the four areas of the journal article from part A1
supports the outcome of the study and implications for future research.
3. Explain how the protection of human subjects and cultural considerations were addressed by the
researcher, using specific information from the journal article from part A.
4. Describe one strength and one limitation of the study.
5. Describe how the evidence from the article in part A informs current nursing practices.
B. Evaluate a primary, qualitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages)
that has healthcare implications by doing the following:
Note: You may select an article focusing on a healthcare topic of your choice or an article focusing on one
of the following topics: falls and fall prevention, pain management in children, opioid abuse, hepatitis C,
catheter associated urinary tract infections, or hand hygiene and infections in hospitals. You may use the
same topic that was used in part A.
1. Describe how the researcher addresses the following four areas in the selected journal article:
background or introduction (e.g., the purpose of the study)
review of the literature (e.g., research used to support the study)
data analysis (e.g., how the researcher analyzed the data)
methodology (e.g., research type and sampling methods)
2. Evaluate whether the evidence presented in each of the four areas of the journal article from part B1
supports the outcome of the study and implications for future research.
3. Explain how the protection of human subjects and cultural considerations were addressed by the
researcher, using specific information from the journal article from part B.
4. Identify one strength and one limitation of the study.
5. Describe how the evidence from the article in part B informs current nursing practices.
C. Acknowledge sources, using APA-formatted in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted,
paraphrased, or summarized.
D. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.
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File Restrictions
File name may contain only letters, numbers, spaces, and these symbols: ! -_. * ‘ ( )
File size limit: 200 MB
File types allowed: doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, odt, pdf, txt, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma, flv, asf, mpeg,
wmv, m4v, svg, tif, tiff, jpeg, jpg, gif, png, zip, rar, tar, 7z
RUBRIC
A1:A1. QUANTITATIVE: ARTICLE AREAS
A2:QUANTITATIVE: CRITIQUE OF EVIDENCE
A3:QUANTITATIVE: PROTECTION AND CONSIDERATIONS
NOT EVIDENT
An article is not provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
Does not identify a primary,
quantitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages) that has
healthcare implications. The description does not address all of
the given points, or the description of any point is not supported by the article.
COMPETENT
Identifies a primary, quantitative
research, peer-reviewed journal
article (suggested length of 3–5
pages) that has healthcare implications. Evaluates the article by
doing the following: The description addresses all 4 of the given
points, and the description of
each point is supported by the
article.
NOT EVIDENT
An evaluation of evidence is not
provided for each area of the
journal article from part A1.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The evaluation of evidence presented for any area of the journal article from part A1 does not
logically show whether that section’s evidence supports the
outcome of the study and implications for future research.
COMPETENT
The evaluation of evidence presented for each area of the journal article from part A1 logically
shows whether that section’s evidence supports the outcome of
the study and implications for future research.
NOT EVIDENT
An explanation of how the protection of human subjects and
cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher is not
provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The explanation does not use
specific information from the
journal article from part A to
show how the protection of human subjects and cultural conCOMPETENT
The explanation uses specific information from the journal article from part A to show how the
protection of human subjects and
cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher.
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A4:QUANTITATIVE: STRENGTH AND LIMITATION
A5:QUANTITATIVE: EVIDENCE APPLICATION
B1:QUALITATIVE: ARTICLE AREAS
B2:QUALITATIVE: CRITIQUE OF EVIDENCE
siderations were addressed by
the researcher.
NOT EVIDENT
A submission is not provided, or
the submission does not identify
1 strength or 1 limitation of the
study.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The submission is missing relevant information about the 1
identified strength or the 1 identified limitation of the study.
COMPETENT
The submission provides relevant
information about the 1 identified strength and the 1 identified
limitation of the study.
NOT EVIDENT
A submission is not provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The submission does not describe how the evidence from
the article in part A informs current nursing practices. Or the
description is not supported
with specific examples of currently used nursing practices.
COMPETENT
The submission accurately describes how the evidence from
the article in part A informs current nursing practices. The description is supported with specific examples of currently used
nursing practices.
NOT EVIDENT
An article is not provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
Does not identify a primary,
qualitative research, peer-reviewed journal article (suggested length of 3–5 pages) that has
healthcare implications. The description does not address all of
the given points, or the description of any point is not supported by the article.
COMPETENT
Identifies a primary, qualitative
research, peer-reviewed journal
article (suggested length of 3–5
pages) that has healthcare implications. Evaluates the article by
doing the following: The description addresses all 4 of the given
points, and the description of
each point is supported by the
article.
NOT EVIDENT
An evaluation of evidence is not
provided for each area of the
journal article from part B1.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The evaluation of evidence presented for any area of the journal article from part B1 does not
COMPETENT
The evaluation of evidence presented for each area of the journal article from part B1 logically
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B3:QUALITATIVE: PROTECTION AND CONSIDERATIONS
B4:QUALITATIVE: STRENGTH AND LIMITATION
B5:QUALITATIVE: EVIDENCE APPLICATION
C.:APA SOURCES
logically show whether that section’s evidence supports the
outcome of the study and implications for future research.
shows whether that section’s evidence supports the outcome of
the study and implications for future research.
NOT EVIDENT
An explanation of how the protection of human subjects and
cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher is not
provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The explanation does not use
specific information from the
journal article from part B to
show how the protection of human subjects and cultural considerations were addressed by
the researcher.
COMPETENT
The explanation uses specific information from the journal article from part B to show how the
protection of human subjects and
cultural considerations were addressed by the researcher.
NOT EVIDENT
A submission is not provided, or
the submission does not identify
1 strength or 1 limitation of the
study.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The submission is missing relevant information about the 1
identified strength or the 1 identified limitation of the study.
COMPETENT
The submission provides relevant
information about the 1 identified strength and the 1 identified
limitation of the study.
NOT EVIDENT
A submission is not provided.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The submission does not describe how the evidence from
the article in part B informs current nursing practices. Or the
description is not supported
with specific examples of currently used nursing practices.
COMPETENT
The submission describes how
the evidence from the article in
part B informs current nursing
practices. The description is supported with specific examples of
currently used nursing practices.
NOT EVIDENT
The submission does not include
in-text citations and references
according to APA style for conAPPROACHING
COMPETENCE
The submission includes in-text
citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased,
COMPETENT
The submission includes in-text
citations and references for content that is quoted, paraphrased,
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D.:PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
tent that is quoted, paraphrased,
or summarized.
or summarized but does not
demonstrate a consistent application of APA style.
or summarized and demonstrates
a consistent application of APA
style.
NOT EVIDENT
Content is unstructured, is disjointed, or contains pervasive
errors in mechanics, usage, or
grammar. Vocabulary or tone is
unprofessional or distracts from
the topic.
APPROACHING
COMPETENCE
Content is poorly organized, is
difficult to follow, or contains
errors in mechanics, usage, or
grammar that cause confusion.
Terminology is misused or
ineffective.
COMPETENT
Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on
the main ideas as prescribed in
the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is
used correctly, and effectively
conveys the intended meaning.
Mechanics, usage, and grammar
promote accurate interpretation
and understanding.

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