The first step of the evidence-based practice process is to evaluate a nursing practice environment to identify a

nursing problem in the clinical area. When a nursing problem is discovered, the nurse researcher develops a

clinical guiding question to address that nursing practice problem.

For this assignment, you will create a clinical guiding question know as a PICOT question. The PICOT question must

be relevant to a nursing practice problem. To support your PICOT question, identify six supporting peer-reviewed

research articles, as indicated below. The PICOT question and six peer-reviewed research articles you choose will

be utilized for subsequent assignments.

Use the "Literature Evaluation Table" to complete this assignment.

1. Select a nursing practice problem of interest to use as the focus of your research. Start with the

patient population and identify a clinical problem or issue that arises from the patient population. In

200–250 words, provide a summary of the clinical issue.

2. Following the PICOT format, write a PICOT question in your selected nursing practice problem area of

interest. The PICOT question should be applicable to your proposed capstone project (the project

students must complete during their final course in the RN-BSN program of study).

3. The PICOT question will provide a framework for your capstone project.

4. Conduct a literature search to locate six research articles focused on your selected nursing practice

problem of interest. This literature search should include three quantitative and three qualitative

peer-reviewed research articles to support your nursing practice problem.

Note: To assist in your search, remove the words qualitative and quantitative and include words that narrow or

broaden your main topic. For example: Search for diabetes and pediatric and dialysis. To determine what research

design was used in the articles the search produced, review the abstract and the methods section of the article.

The author will provide a description of data collection using qualitative or quantitative methods. Systematic

Reviews, Literature Reviews, and Metanalysis articles are good resources and provide a strong level of evidence

but are not considered primary research articles.  Therefore, they should not be included in this assignment.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and

documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA

Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. 

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with

the expectations for successful completion.

You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.