Data Sources and Nursing Contributions

For this discussion, you will:

  • Select a particular patient care issue in your practice area that you would like to research at some point in your career. (TOPIC- Pediatric home health care. In the home setting there is only one nurse available, so apart from calling 911, the nurse is essentially on her own.)
  • Use that particular patient care issue as a point of reference for this discussion.
  • Identify 4–6 data elements that you have access to as a clinician or as an employee of the organization.
  • Identify the scales of measurement for each of the data elements that you have mentioned (for example, blood pressure data from the patient record would be ratio measurement; gender of the patient would be nominal measurement). If you are uncertain, use the definitions in the Understanding Nursing Research text, Chapter 10, as your guide.
  • Describe which of the data elements might be dependent upon various types of technologies, such as monitoring devices, telecommunications, or data archives.
  • Conclude your post with your view on how nurses at the bedside can participate in data collection, and what bedside nurses would need to be in-serviced about in order to participate with a Nurse Researcher on a team to carry out a study involving direct patient care.

Your initial post should be about 150 words. Use at least one APA-formatted reference