NURS FPX4030 Trocaire College

Develop a 2-4-page scholarly paper that describes a quality or safety issue, or a chosen diagnosis, and then identify and analyze credible evidence that could be used as the basis for applying EBP to the issue.


The goal of using evidence-based research findings is to enhance the safety and quality of patient care and ensure optimal outcomes are achieved. It is not uncommon to hear a nurse say, “why to change it as we’ve always done it this way.” However, this is no longer acceptable in today’s practice environment. The profession of nursing has evolved, and the expectation is that the professional nurse has a scientific foundation to support the care that is provided. As the profession of nursing continues to evolve and engage in health care transformation, baccalaureate-prepared nurses are expanding taking on leadership roles that include incorporating EBPs. To be able to do this, the nurse needs to understand the criteria and makes a resource credible, as this is crucial when deciding if the research is valid and reliable for implementation into health care settings. The nurse will need to incorporate the use of evidence-based practice models. EBP models are designed to assist the nurse in developing a plan to gather evidence to answer a practice problem or question. It is a systematic approach to direct the user to incorporate scholarly findings into current practice. These EBP models lead the nurse through the decision-making process of evaluating the literature to determine the best practice evidence for the practice issue or question.

It would be an excellent choice to complete the Vila Health Determining the Credibility of Evidence activity prior to developing the report. The activity is a media simulation that offers an opportunity to review a scenario and work on determining the credibility of presented evidence. These skills will be necessary to complete Assessment 2 successfully. This media simulation is one potential source of context on which to base your assessment submission. This will take just a few minutes of your time and is not graded.


For this assessment, you may choose from the following options as the context for the quality or safety issue or chosen diagnosis for researching and completing this assessment:

The specific diagnosis      you identified in your previous assessment.

The simulation Vila      Health: Determining the Credibility of Evidence.

A personal practice      experience in which a sentinel event occurred.


  • The purpose of this analysis is to better understand what constitutes credibility of journal articles as well as websites. The role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in incorporating evidence-based research continues to growth in clinical practice. As quality improvement (QI) measures to reduce safety risks continue to be emphasized, the need for evidence-based models and evidence-based templates is growing. This type of systematic approach to incorporating evidence-based findings allows nurses to make clinical and operational decisions based upon the best available evidence. When the most up-to-date evidence-based findings are utilized, patient-centered care improves outcomes and enhances the patient experience.

For this assessment:

  • Explain the criteria      that should be used when determining the credibility of journal articles      as well as websites.

Support your explanations      with references to the literature or research articles that describe      criteria that should be used to determine credibility.

  • Your identification and       determination of credibility should be done within the context of your       chosen scenario for this assessment. For example, if you choose to use       the provided Vila Health scenario, your initial identification of       resources should be of resources that will best help address the       presented issue. However, if you are locating resources to help provide       evidence-based care for the diagnosis you identified in the first       assessment, you may want to begin your literature and evidence search       from the databases that identified. Any of the three scenario options are       acceptable. So, pick the one that most interests you.

Be sure to address the following in this assessment, which correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. Please study the scoring guide carefully so that you will know what is needed for a distinguished score.

Describe a quality or safety      issue, or a chosen diagnosis, that could benefit from an evidence-based      approach.

Explain criteria that should      be considered when determining credibility of resources such as journal      articles and websites.

Analyze the credibility and      relevance of evidence and resources within the context of a quality or      safety issue, or a chosen diagnosis.

This is where you are       selecting the specific resources to help address the issue in your chosen       scenario. 

Explain the importance of      incorporating credible evidence into an EBP model used to address a      quality or safety issue, or a chosen diagnosis.

Communicate using writing      that is clear, logical, and professional with correct grammar and spelling      using current APA style.

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