Nursing and Medical

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Week 3 Writing Assignment

Nursing and Medical

RN-Evidence based practice

Week 3: PICOT/Evidence Appraisal Assignment
Purpose
Clear identification of the problem or opportunity is the first step in evidence-based nursing.
This assignment offers a tool to assist in the identification of the problem, proposed
intervention, and desired outcomes. Completion of the assignment will include identification of
the problem or concern using the PICOT format.
Course Outcomes
This assignment enables the student to meet the following Course Outcome.
CO1: Examine the sources of evidence that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO7)
Points
This assignment is worth 200 points.
You are required to use the linked Worksheet or you will earn a “0” for the
assignment. In addition, assignments that do not follow the current guidelines or
use the required Worksheet will be evaluated for evidence of an academic
integrity violation.
After the due date, there will be no opportunity for revision or resubmission of
assignments that have been uploaded to the submission area. It is your
responsibility to submit the correct assignment to the correct submission area.
Directions
1. Read these guidelines including the grading rubrics below.
2. Download the required PICOT Worksheet form (Links to an external site.)Links to an external
site..
3. Consider what is the nursing problem or issue that you have uncovered. Make sure it is
related to nursing, i.e., one that a nurse can solve independently. Do not select a medical
problem that is dependent upon a medical professional to resolve.
4. Download an Example (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. of how to fill in the
worksheet to help you complete your own form.
5. Submit the completed PICOT Worksheet form.
Example 1:
What is the PICO(T) question?
Will influenza immunization compliancy rates increase if flu clinics are provided in a Flu PODS
and immunization clinics at convenient times covering all shifts?
Define each element of the question below:
P- (Patient, population, or problem): Hospital employees and volunteers required to have the
influenza immunization annually
I -(Intervention): Offer multiple Flu “PODS” and immunization clinics to hospital employees
and volunteers making it convenient to receive the required immunization. Offer at a variety
of times, available to all shifts
C- (Comparison with other treatment/current practice): Compare analytics showing
employees and volunteers who received flu shot prior to 2016 when Flu PODS and
immunization clinics were not offered compared to 2016 where Flu PODS and immunization
clinics are offered to accommodate shifts. Track number of employees/volunteers coming at
each hour time frame.
O- (Desired outcome): Increase of compliance of receiving the annual mandatory flu shot by
employees and volunteers
Example 2:
What is the PICO(T) question?
For non-diabetic patients on corticosteroid therapy, does monitoring for headache, fatigue,
nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision hourly vs. no observations for signs of hyperglycemia
promote improvement of pulmonary complications?
Define each element of the question below:
P- (Patient, population, or problem): Non-diabetic patients on corticosteroid
therapy.
I- (Intervention): Monitoring for headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and
blurred vision
C- (Comparison with other treatment/current practice): No observations for
signs of hyperglycemia
O- (Desired outcome): Improvement of pulmonary complications
T-(Time): 90 days

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