Identifying Quality Research

Working in a fast-paced environment is the norm for nurses, and every minute that passes could be the difference between life and death.

Reviewing research and determining if and how it applies to real clinical situations is a challenging yet vital part of the nurse’s role. The knowledge gained from critically reviewing research evidence allows nurses to effectively prioritize interventions and ensure the best patient outcomes.

Renee Twibell, Melissa Jarvis and Abby Schmitz are presenting the session “When Minutes Matter: Empowering Nurses to Accurately and Quickly Evaluate Research Evidence,” Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in GRB, room 360D.

Twibell says the session offers a practical guide for busy nurses who want to learn how to quickly evaluate research studies and determine whether a study is rigorous and if it can be applied in practice. “This will be a classical approach to evaluating research,” Twibell says. “We will be looking at four methods: the sampling plan, the study design, instrumentation and data analysis.”

Twibell, Jarvis and Schmitz will describe effective strategies for sample selection and the elements of a well-designed research project. The speakers will also explain measurement tools and the key statistical tests used in data analysis. The session will encourage participants to critique research that is relevant to critical care practice.

“If nurses can pick out the highest level of evidence — the best evidence — on a question or a topic [while in practice], it saves them time, it saves them energy and they can read the best evidence instead of wasting time with some of the lower levels of evidence,” Twibell says. “Anything that saves the nurse time and energy, and has the potential to improve practice, will be valuable.”