This eighth edition of Essentials of Nursing Research, written by AJN award-winning authors, along with its accompanyingStudy Guide for Essentials of Nursing Research, student learning ancillaries, and instructor teaching materials present a unique learning-teaching package that is designed to teach students how to read and critique research reports, and to appreciate the application of research findings to nursing practice.
Key Features of the Text
Many of the key features that were successfully used in previous editions have been retained to assist consumers of nursing research:
- Clear, “user friendly” style. The writing style is designed to be easily digestible and nonintimidating. Concepts are introduced carefully and systematically, difficult ideas are presented clearly, and readers are assumed to have no prior knowledge of technical terms.
- Critiquing Guidelines. Each chapter includes guidelines for conducting a critique of various aspects of a research report. The guidelines sections provide a list of questions that walk students through a study, drawing attention to aspects of the study that are amenable to appraisal by research consumers. Electronic versions of the guidelines are available on thePoint website.
- Research Examples. Each chapter concludes with one or two actual research examples designed to highlight critical points made in the chapter and to sharpen the student’s critical thinking skills. In addition, many research examples are used to illustrate key points in the text and to stimulate students’ thinking about areas of research inquiry. Many international examples are included to communicate to students that nursing research is growing in importance worldwide.
- Critical Thinking Exercises. Each of the Research Examples is followed by critical thinking exercises designed to help hone the student’s skill in critiquing research articles.
- Tips for Consumers. The textbook is filled with practical guidance and “tips” on how to translate the abstract notions of research methods into more concrete applications. In these tips, special attention is given to helping students readresearch reports, which are often daunting to those without specialized research training.
- Graphics. Colorful graphics, in the form of supportive tables, figures, and examples, reinforce the text and offer visual stimulation.
- Chapter Objectives: Learning objectives are identified in the chapter opener to focus students’ attention on critical content.
- Key Terms: Each chapter includes a list of key new terms. New terms are defined in context (and bolded in color) when used for the first time in the text. A glossary at the end of the book provides additional support for those needing to look up the meaning of a methodologic term.
- Bulleted Summary Points: A succinct list of summary points that focus on salient chapter content is provided at the end of each chapter.
- Full-Length Research Articles: In this edition, the textbook includes four full-length studies—two quantitative, one qualitative, and one mixed methods—that students can read, analyze, and critique.
- Critiquing Supports:
- Each chapter of the textbook concludes with a Research Example followed by a related Critical Thinking Exercise. Some of the exercises are based on the four full-length studies that are included in their entirety in the appendices of the book, while others are based on studies that are summarized in the Research Example.Students can get immediate feedback about their grasp of the full-length studies by visiting thePoint website to find the author's "answers" (their expert thoughts about each question).
- This edition also includes critiques of two full-length studies in Appendix C and D which students can use as models for a comprehensive research critique.
About the Author(s)
Denise F Polit PhD, FAAN
Cheryl T Beck DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT