Literature Search Worksheet - NUR 443
Examples 1 & 2

Select a literature search topic relevant to your practice. The topic must be sufficiently delineated in scope without being trivial. You will revisit this article in the Week Five presentation. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Nonpharmacological pain relief with childbirth
  • Effects of shift work and fatigue on medication errors
  • Best practices for pin site care
  • Nurse satisfaction in magnet hospitals
  • Accurate temperature assessment methods in neonates
  • Pain assessment in the cognitively impaired
  • Childhood type II diabetes and obesity
  • Complementary and alternative therapies for control of menopausal symptoms
  • Best practices in nurse-led smoking cessation classes
  • Thermoregulation in the operating room
  • Best practices for pain assessment and management in specified area of practice

Complete the table below for Literature Search Worksheet:

Example 1

Which topic did you choose? Best practices for pain assessment and management in Geriatrics.

Which three databases will you use?

  • 1. EBSCOhost
  • 2. Gale PowerSearch
  • 3. ProQuest

Search each database, using key words, for relevant research on this subject. What key words did you use in the Search Strategy fields? Include all attempts and limitations used to refine your search.

  • 1. EBSCOhost- Best Practices, Pain management and assessment, and elderly
  • 2. Gale PowerSearch- Pain management, pain assessment, and elderly
  • 3. ProQuest- best practices, pain assessment and management, and elderly

Note: I had to change the search criteria from “Geriatrics” to “elderly” due to the amount of hits returned for each database. Some of the databases returned with no results when I utilized the word “Geriatrics”.

Report the number of citations identified from each database in the number of articles found field for the Literature Search Worksheet.

  • 1. EBSCOhost- Three results were found.
  • 2. Gale PowerSearch- Three results were found.
  • 3. Proquest- Four results were found.

Select one article from a peer-reviewed nursing journal published within the last three years—or a germinal article which may contain an earlier publication date—and provide the citation in APA format for the Literature Search Worksheet.

Jablonski, A., & Ersek, M. (2009). Nursing home staff adherence to evidence-based pain management practices. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(7), 28-34. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Answer the following questions using your selected research article for the Literature Search Worksheet:

1). Is this qualitative or quantitative? The quantitative approach was utilized in the research article. The reason for my assumption is based on the study deriving meaning from statistical analysis of numerical data obtained from... [continues]

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Example 2

Which topic did you choose?

Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting

Which three databases will you use?

1.EBSCOHost

2.CINHAL

3.Gale Power Search

Search each database, using key words, for relevant research on this subject. What key words did you use in the Search Strategy fields? Include all attempts and limitations used to refine your search.

1.PONV

2.Post-operative nausea and vomiting

3.PONV, nursing study, quantitative

Report the number of citations identified from each database in the number of articles found field.

1.1886

2.100

3.75

Select one article from a peer-reviewed nursing journal published within the last three years—or a germinal article which may contain an earlier publication date—and provide the citation in APA format.

Pellegrini, J, DeLoge, J, Bennett, J, & Kelly, J. (2009). Comparison of inhalation of isopropyl alcohol vs promethazine in the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in patients identified as at high risk for developing PONV. AANA Journal, 77(4),

Answer the following questions using your selected research article:

Is this qualitative or quantitative? What is the study design? What criteria did you use to determine the study design?

-Quantitative -Cross-sectional because it uses results of medical intervention

How did you confirm that the journal you selected was peer-reviewed or germinal?

Researching the... [continues]

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