Nursing Research and Informatics

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MidAmerica Nazarene University
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School of Nursing and Health Science
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RN-BSN Program
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NURS 4703: Nursing Research/Informatics
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Take-home Quiz #1 – Due January 23, 8:00 am
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Section I: Paradigms
Each of the statements below is characteristic of which of the following?
A.Positivist paradigmB.Naturalist paradigm
C.Neither paradigmD.Both paradigms
____1.Assumes there is a reality that can be objectively studied and discovered.
____2.Researchers strive for objectivity while doing their study.
____3.Researchers believe that people construct their own reality, and the researcher’s task is to discover that reality.
____4.Used to form research questions to be studied.
____5.Most qualitative studies are based on this paradigm.
____6.Forms a basis for the collection of knowledge by nurse researchers.
____7.Searches for truth via deductive thinking.
____8.Research based on this paradigm is not limited by ethical principles.
____ 9.Relies on the ability to control the research situation while studying specific
ideas.
____10.Embraces a holistic approach to research.
____ 11.The findings are influenced by the researcher.

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Section II: Basic vs. Applied Research
Write A or B in the blanks below to indicate whether each of the following research questions is associated with an APPLIED research study (A) or a BASIC research study (B):
____12.Does massage alleviate pain in cancer patients?
____13.Is increased sweating related to ACTH levels?
____14.Does caffeine affect smooth muscle function?
____15.Is nurse satisfaction related to type of nursing unit?
____16.Does teaching by nurses affect medication compliance after discharge?
____17.Does cortisol level in rats affect weight gain?

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Section III: Quantitative vs. Qualitative Approaches
Write QUANT or QUAL in the blanks below to indicate whether each of the following research questions is from a QUANTITATIVE study or a QUALITATIVE study:
________18.What is the experience of living in a rescue mission?
________19.What effect does room temperature have on colonization rate of bacteria in Foley bags?
________20.What is the experience of caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease?
________21.Is the job performance of nurses affected by salary or perceived job
autonomy?
________22.What is the effect of the level of lighting on sleep in ICU patients?
________23.What is the lived experience of parenting a child with autism?
________24.Is there a relationship between job satisfaction and the level of nursing education among hospital nurses?
________25.What is it like to be a newly-hired RN working in a hospital’s emergency
room?

Section IV: Independent and Dependent Variables
Underline the independent variable(s) and circle the dependent variable(s) in each of the following research questions:

26.What effect does room temperature have on colonization rate of bacteria in Foley bags?

27.Does massage alleviate pain and anxiety in cancer patients?

28.Is the job performance of nurses affected by salary or perceived job autonomy?

29.What is the effect of noise levels on postoperative pain in ICU patients?

30.How do caffeine and nicotine...
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