Undergrad Nursing Projects
Catch the spirit of inquiry!
Nursing students use evidence-based practice:
- Ask a clinical question in focused, structured format
- Locate relevant research studies, articles, guidelines
- Appraise the quality of the evidence
- Summarize the findings of the best evidence
- Consider patients' preferences and experts' opinions
- Determine the best plan for patient care
- Implement and evaluate the plan
- Publicize the results of the project
Students work in small groups to investigate clinical questions. They use the process of evidence-based inquiry to review resources on the topic and determine the best practices for effective nursing care.
Examples of questions recently investigated by York College nursing students:
- Does a hospital’s implementation of an electronic medication administration record increase patient safety?
- What is the impact of nurse-to-patient ratio in the intensive care setting?
- Does overcrowding in the emergency department affect patient care and outcomes?
- Can thermoregulation be maintained on a newborn during the admission bath without the use of a radiant warmer?
- Do nurses with specialty certification have fewer adverse outcomes than nurses without specialty certification?
- What are the best practices to promote compliance and reduce barriers to standard precautions for hospitalized patients?
- What length of time is optimal for pre-operative smoking cessation to reduce post-operative complications?
- What are the most effective nursing strategies for management of urinary retention in the post-op patient?