NU 401

Module 9 Assignment Questions

1. Zoey is a new nurse on this unit and appeared genuinely shocked that her stethoscope attachment could cause patient harm. Has anything like this ever happened to you? How did you find out that what you did could cause a detriment to patient care?

1. How do you feel that the nurse manager handled this situation? Was this handled well or not? In what ways?

1. If you were the nurse manager, how would you suggest Zoey research her patient care error?

1. After this encounter, Zoey talks about creating some performance improvement for her floor. One of the nurse educators talks to her about research on nosocomial infections, including using a t-test, a correlational study, or a chi-squared test. From your reading and experience, how could Zoey look to frame her question in these different ways?

1. Zoey finds several articles based on best practice to reduce nosocomial infections. She examines tables, figures, and graphs in the data of the studies and she sees few frequency distributions. Zoey knows that frequency distributions are important for what reason?

1. Zoey is looking through her research and notices that most of the studies that she is seeing use inferential statistics rather than descriptive statistics. Why would this be?

1. From this experience, Zoey came to the conclusion that her stethoscope frog could increase nosocomial infections in the patients that she cares for. She believes she has her hypothesis from the literature review. What are the steps of hypothesis testing?

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