As a current or future nursing researcher and professional, your ability to draw reasonable conclusions from research findings will determine the effectiveness of proposed solutions for clinical nursing practice. As you continue to develop your skill set to become a nursing leader, your exposure to a multitude of research designs, research findings, and evidence-based practice will likely inform how you will absorb this knowledge into meaningful clinical practice. Throughout this course and program, your exposure to different research questions, research study designs, and approaches to addressing serious issues in both nursing and health care confirms the ever-changing landscape in which you have elected to practice. While this is in its own right challenging, it also offers several opportunities to create new knowledge, improve upon current nursing practice, and exercise research skills
for positive patient outcomes.
For this assignment, review the research methods and findings of the Kollstedt, Fowler, and Weissman (2019) study. The purpose of this descriiptive, exploratory design is to identify distractions impacting patient-centered care. You should draw your own conclusions in how they directly impact patient care.
In a 2- to 3-page, double-spaced paper, describe three conclusions you have drawn from the findings in this study, taking into consideration the limitations of the study. Next describe three implications for clinical practice.
Use the Week 6 Assignment template from this week’s resources.
Writing Conclusions to Nursing Studies
Definition: The conclusions are the statements that synthesize the findings from the
study. They are used to tell the reader how the purpose of the study has been met.
Characteristics of Conclusions: When the conclusions are developed, consider the following:
 Restate the purpose of the study, and discuss why the study was completed.
 Summarize what the study found: Think about how the results might help staff
nurses provide a better quality of care
 Identify the limitations of the study: Most results are limited to groups that are
very similar to the sample in the study
 Identify implications for future research: Where do we go from here?
 Avoid cause and effect statements: Even in tightly controlled clinical trials it is
very difficult to conclude there was a 1:1 cause and effect result. Studies rarely prove anything, but the findings do add to what is known about a topic.
Examples of Conclusions
Research Question
Does drinking diet soda contribute to obesity in adolescents?
The results of the study found adolescents who drink diet soda weigh on average 5.4 lbs. more than the adolescents who do not drink diet soda in this sample of 100 junior high students in a Midwestern U.S. city. The study did not measure dietary patterns or activity levels, and these variables would need to be included in a follow-up study.
What is the relationship of nursing fatigue and patient outcomes on critical care units?
There was a weak correlation between the results of the nursing fatigue survey and the incidence of pressure ulcer development and central line infections in this study of 30 nurses in a surgical intensive care unit. The data seem to indicate there are other factors that contribute to the development of these patient- care outcomes, and further research will need to be conducted to explore additional factors.
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