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NURS 465: Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs (Dunn)

Research guide for NURS 465 with Maureen Dunn at Penn State Shenango and Penn State Beaver.

Assignment & Objectives

jigsaw puzzle in the shape of a womanYour theory-based nursing practice project requires you to access the National Guideline Clearinghouse to research evidence-based practice standards, research the literature for a scholarly article related to your patient's identified disease process, and develop an interview guide based on this literature.

Today we will:

  • explore the National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • discuss the characteristics of an article from a peer-reviewed scholarly nursing journal
  • learn how to effectively find a relevant, recent scholarly article on a nursing topic

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From your assignment (see assignment for full details):

2. Present summary of the significant health problems

d. Access National Guideline Clearinghouse on

i. Research evidence based practice standards for your patient’s identified disease process.

ii. Explain these standards

e. Research the literature for a scholarly article on the PSU libraries website that discusses current treatments and protocols.
5. Case Management Responsibilities in Complex Adaptive Care Situations

a. Develop an interview guide based on the literature search and the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

Article Search Tips

Finding the best articles on your topic requires these steps.

  • Select an appropriate database.
  • Enter and combine terms appropriate to your topic
  • Scan the best items on the results list and look for new subject terms or keywords. Then revise your search using these new terms.
  • Save the journal title, volume, date, and page numbers.  This is all part of the "citation". 
  • Explore other databases and subject terms (which vary between databases) for more information.

Recommended Resources

Search Tip:

  • consider the term "nurse manager" as part of your research strategy

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Get the Full Text

Once you find the citation, try the Get It!   button to see if Penn State has the electronic or print version of the article you need. If the electronic version is available, it will appear as the first link on the Get it! menu. If the article is not available electronically, click on The CAT link to automatically search our catalog and see if Penn State has a print copy. If no other copy is available, you use the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) link to request it from another library.  ILL will get a copy of the article for you, typically at no cost; articles usually arrive within a week, often in as few as 2-3 days. Watch your PSU email for notification and further instructions.