Assessment 1 (10%). Individual written task (250 words)
Topic Propose a research question about clinical practice in nursing and midwifery. Decide
upon the best a) paradigm AND b) research design to answer the question and discuss
why this was the most appropriate approach.
Length 250 word (+/-10%)
x In-text references are included in word count.
x Reference list is excluded from the word count.
x Words in template (45) are excluded from word count
Value 10% of the total marks for NSG2NMR
SILOS 1 & 2
Due date Please refer to the correct submission date for your cohort
Cohort A1: 0900, 20 September 2019
Cohort A2: 0900, 30 August 2019
Cohorts B1 & B2: 0900, 9 August 2019
Format A template has been provided for this task.
References References should be in APA 6th referencing style.
Our intention with this subject (and this assessment) is to encourage you to be curious. Curiosity is a
key attribute underpinning Evidence Based Practice in healthcare – the provision of care not just as it
has always been done but to identify practices that are supported by research evidence, clinical
experience, are appropriate to the individual’s context and resources at hand, as well as being in
keeping with the values of the patient (Hoffmann, Bennett, & Del Mar, 2010).
As professionals we would encourage you to be curious about practice and to ask questions; why do
that practice then, why in that way, why might that be effective, or why might that be effective but
only for those patients. As such, with this assessment we want you to think of a research question
and consider which main research paradigm and design would be the most appropriate to obtain
evidence to answer those questions and enhance nursing care, nurse wellbeing, healthcare systems
and process, and patient outcomes.
You will need to propose one “research question” about a clinical issue or nursing.
You should then decide upon the best paradigm (Qualitative, Quantitative) to answer this
question and the specific design (ethnography, cohort study) that is most appropriate.
Using the template provided, you should present:
x The research question
x A description of the selected paradigm and design (including definitions)
x The reason why you thought this was the most appropriate paradigm and design