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 that have been identified by nurses working at the bedside in local hospitals.

Guided by York College faculty members and mentored by WellSpan York Hospital and Memorial Hospital nurses, the students use the process of evidence-based inquiry to review resources on the topic and draw a conclusion that is shared with the nurses who originated the question.

Examples of real-life 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?