Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, initial postings to Discussions are due on or before Day 3, and response postings are due on or before Day 6. You are required to participate in the Discussion on at least three different days (a different day for main post and each response). It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting. In addition, you are expected to respond to questions directed toward your own initial posting in a timely manner NURS 6003 Discussion: Using the Walden Library.
- Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
- Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and interests you.
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post the following:
Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not.
By Day 6 of Week 4
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for using alternative resources.
Discussion: Using the Walden Library
The peer reviewed article that I selected pertains to the effects of dialysis modality choice on cognitive functions in patients with end-stage renal failure. As a dialysis nurse for the majority of my nursing career, I know this is an important topic for dialysis patients. Patients must be educated on the various modalities available to them, so it is equally important that the dialysis nurse remain updated on studies regarding dialysis modality choices. In this particular study, a protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluate cognitive function in peritoneal dialysis versus hemodialysis patients (Gao, Ji, & Wang, 2021). I have worked in both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis so I was curious to see if the study’s conclusion coincided with my own experience in the field. The conclusion of the study hypothesized that patients on peritoneal dialysis demonstrated a lower chance of cognitive dysfunction compared to those on hemodialysis (Gao, Ji, & Wang, 2021). I wholeheartedly agree with this conclusion based on my own patient evaluations between modalities NURS 6003 Discussion: Using the Walden Library.
The database I used to search for this article was MEDLINE with Full Text. MEDLINE includes “millions of references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine; indexed with the National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings” (Walden University Library, n.d.). I did not encounter any difficulties while searching for a peer reviewed article using this site. I utilized the Boolean/Phrase search mode to find the article. I typed “hemodialysis AND peritoneal AND peer reviewed” into the search fields which narrowed it down to a choice between four peer reviewed articles pertaining to my topic.
I believe MEDLINE would be a useful database to my colleagues. This was my first time using this particular database and I found what I was looking for immediately and with ease. I would highly recommend this database for my colleagues to use because it is listed as one of the top 15 databases for nursing. With millions of articles to choose from, MEDLINE covers all the bases, including peer reviewed journal articles pertaining to a wide degree of nursing subjects. You can utilize many types of searches to find what is needed, including publication years to search for more recent articles. All research in MEDLINE is peer-reviewed and permits you to see who conducted the research, who wrote the results, and even where the research was conducted (Swails, Lyons, & Ibarra, 2007) NURS 6003 Discussion: Using the Walden Library. Overall, MEDLINE is a very reliable database that can be used with ease.
Gao, T., Ji, Y., & Wang, Y. (2021). The effects of dialysis modality choice on cognitive functions in patients with end-stage renal failure: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 100(22), e26209. https://doi.org/10.1097MD.0000000000026209.
Swails, D., Lyons, L., Ibarra, S. (2007). Finding the resources for an excellent paper. Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/tutorials/excellent_tutorial/medline.html
Walden University Library. (n.d.) Databases A-Z: Nursing. Retrieved December 7, 2021 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/az.php?s=19981 NURS 6003 Discussion: Using the Walden Library