An essential component of nursing education is ensuring students develop the competencies in the use of empirical evidence in their clinical practice. The fundamental goal of statistics courses is to teach healthcare professionals the proper uses of statistical thinking to enable them to effectively evaluate the literature and integrate evidence into their practice” (Baghi & Kornides, 2014).

How are research methods used in nursing? What particular methods are used in your area of nursing practice? Over the last few weeks, you have been exploring these questions, and you will continue this exploration examining the specific tests and methods that may be used in your particular area of nursing practice. Why might different methods be used based on an area of practice? Why is it important for DNP-prepared nurses to be familiar with various research methods?

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For this Discussion, reflect on the tests and methods utilized in research studies, presented over the last eight weeks of the course, to consider the approach, impact, and purpose of these in conducting nursing research. Using a selected article, consider the approach used and reflect on how that approach might fits within your area of nursing practice.
Review the articles presented in this week’s Learning Resources and analyze each study’s use of statistical and nonparametric tests.
Select an article to focus on for this Discussion.
Ask yourself: Which method is most commonly used in research studies that pertain to my area of nursing practice, and why this might be so?

Post a critical analysis of the article that you selected by addressing the following:

What are the goals and purpose of the research study described by the article you selected?
How are nonparametric tests used in the research study? What are the results of their use? Be specific.
Why are parametric methods ( tests and ANOVA) inappropriate for the statistical analysis of the research study’s data? Be specific and provide examples.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the research study (e.g., study design, sampling, and measurement)?
How could the findings and recommendations of the research study contribute to evidence-based practice for nursing?


Gray, J. R., & Grove, S. K. (2020). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (9th ed.). Elsevier.
Chapter 25, “Using Statistics to Determine Differences” (pp. 687–698)

Kim, Y. H., Min, J., Kim, S. H., & Shin, S. (2018). Effects of a work-based critical reflection program for novice nurses Links to an external site.. BMC Medical Educa
tion, 18(30), 1–6. doi:10.1186/s12909-018-1135-0

Leigh, L., Taylor, C., Glassman, T., Thompson, A., & Sheu, J-. J. (2020). A cross-sectional examination of the factors related to emergency nurses’ motivation to protect themselves against an Ebola infection Links to an external site.. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 46(6), 814–826. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2020.05.002

Schober, P., & Vetter, T. R. (2020). Nonparametric statistical methods in medical research Links to an external site.. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 131(6), 1862–1863. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000005101

Wilson, D., Redman, R., Talsma, A., & Aebersold, M. (2012). Differences in perceptions of patient safety culture between charge and noncharged nurses: Implications for effectiveness outcomes and research Links to an external site.. Nursing Research and Practice, 2012, 1–7. doi:10.1155/2012/847626

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