Category Archives: How-To

Five Tips for Writing Your Nursing School Application Essay

This month my post theme has focused on issues surrounding advancing your nursing career. Getting an advanced nursing degree has its challenges and writing the nursing school application essay is probably one of those areas with which people struggle. As someone who has read many application essays, in this post, I’ll give

Getting an Advanced Degree in Nursing: What Type of Nursing Program is Right for You?

Last week we started talking about advancing your nursing career by deciding to go back to school for an advanced nursing degree – be it BSN, MSN, or PhD/DNP. That post covered the types of questions to ask to see if you are ready to go back to school. This post will outline

Career Advice: Making the Decision to Get an Advanced Degree in Nursing

Wow, it’s August already! Of course, that means we’re nearing the end of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and getting ready to go back to school. Nursing students may have taken the summer off, but many take classes through the shortened summer semester or summer quarter sessions.  For many nurses,

Sleep: Life’s Rejuvenator

Guest Author: Debra A. Wolff I’m very excited to welcome my colleague Debra A. Wolff, DNS, PCNP, RN as a guest author for the last post of the month.   Dr. Wolff is the president/chief executive officer of NURSES-Ready for the Next Step, a business to help prepare nurses for

Practice Mindfulness for Personal Wellness

This month’s blog theme is personal health and wellness and this post is about being present in the moment — whether you are sharing that moment with family or friends or having some time to yourself — being mindful of the moments of our lives leads to greater satisfaction and greater

How to Craft a Search Strategy to Answer Clinical Questions

This is part two of two posts to foster your ability to systematically frame your questions to craft a search strategy that will offer you the best chance at finding the relevant and valid evidence you need to answer those questions, in the most time-efficient manner possible.  The first post

Identifying and Building a Clinical Question for Research and Evidence-Based Practice

This post is the first of two parts for crafting an efficient search strategy for research studies and for evidence-based practice (EBP) projects. In this post, I’ll provide 4 steps to get you halfway to writing a search strategy. I’ll show you how to identify a clinical question and your knowledge

What Does “Grading the Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

When reviewing a clinical practice guideline (CPG) or systematic review (SR) with practice recommendations, you’ll notice two scales that are used in conjunction with each practice recommendation offered: a levels of evidence scale and a grading scale.   I talked about levels of evidence (LOE) hierarchies in last week’s post. This

What Does “Levels of Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

In evidence-based practice (EBP), we talk a lot about “Levels of Evidence.”  You will see levels of evidence (LOE) ratings on critically appraised topics or synopses of original research, or in the methodology section or evidence table of a clinical practice guideline or systematic review. But what does an LOE

Using the 6S Pyramid to Find the Best Evidence

  Whether you’ve got a research paper to write or you are looking for best evidence for a specific intervention, you’ve got to search for the evidence to make or back up your arguments, right? Presumably, you’ve answered your background questions and have your foreground question in a PICO format.

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