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  1. Referring to Chapter 2 Table 2-2 Research Question Format, create 4 research questions (one of each type) related to your nursing clinical practice area and/or role.
  2. Choose 1 of the research questions and, referring to Chapter 2 Table 2-3 Components of Research Questions and Related Criteria, map out the independent and dependent variables, the population, and the testability.
  3. Why is this research question of most interest to you?

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post must be at least 500 words, formatted, and cited in current APA style with support from at least two academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
  • You should respond to at least two of your peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts and supporting your opinion with a reference. Response posts must be at least 150 words. Your reply posts are worth 2 points (1 point per response).
  • Quotes “…” cannot be used at a higher learning level for your assignments, so sentences need to be paraphrased and referenced.
  • Acceptable references include scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions), journal articles, and books published in the last five years—no websites to be referenced without prior approval.
  • Discussions must be posted in CANVAS to be graded. Uploaded documents will not be accepted.
  • Please post your initial response by 11:59 PM ET Thursday, and comment on two posts by 11:59 PM ET Sunday.
  • You can expect feedback from the instructor within 48 to 72 hours from the Sunday due date.

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Grading Rubric


Your assignment will be graded according to the grading rubric.

Discussion Rubric
Criteria Ratings Points

Identification of Main Issues, Problems, and Concepts

Distinguished – 5 points
Identify and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the issues, problems, and concepts.

Excellent – 4 points
Identifies and demonstrate an accomplished understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

Fair – 2 points
Identifies and demonstrate an acceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

Poor – 1 point
Identifies and demonstrate an unacceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

5 points

Use of Citations, Writing Mechanics and APA Formatting Guidelines

Distinguished – 3 points
Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Exceptional use of citations and extended referencing. High level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

Excellent – 2 points
Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. Moderate level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

Fair – 1 point
Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need more precision and attention to detail.

Poor – 0 points
Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. An unacceptable use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need serious attention.

3 points
Response to Posts of Peers

Distinguished – 2 points
Student constructively responded to two other posts and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal to each.

Fair – 1 point
Student constructively responded to one other post and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal.

Poor – 0 points
Student provided no response to a peer’s post.

2 point

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