Inspiring a Spirit of Inquiry in Undergraduate Nursing Students

Maria Escalera, Faculty Advisors: Dr. Pamela Joplin-Gonzales Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Department of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, 5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue Dallas, Texas 75235

Purpose: To measure the effectiveness of a student-developed self-directed module and rubric on pre-nursing students’ evidence table (ET) scores over one semester. Background: Engaging undergraduate nursing students is challenging and intricate. Students often struggle to understand how research and evidence-based practice (EBP) impact clinical practice. Nurses' ability to implement EBP relies greatly on their skills to appraise research. However, nursing students struggle to understand its role in advancing the profession.  A nursing honors course employed a student-developed self-study module and a low-stakes approach to foster independence and a spirit of inquiry. Methodology: Pre-nursing students completed five ET assignments, receiving feedback scores on 12 elements instead of grades. Two researchers scored assignments for interrater reliability. RANOVA was performed to measure changes in scores over the semester. Results: The incremental increase in ET scores during the semester was statistically significant F = 17.031 (4, 80), p < .001. Conclusion: The student-developed self-study module assisted novice students in independently mastering this skill. Student feedback in course evaluations provided additional support for continuing the ET module, rubric, and low-stakes feedback structure to facilitate a spirit of inquiry. Faculty may utilize this innovative module to develop student-friendly strategies, engaging nursing students in research while fostering a spirit of inquiry and independence with research skills.


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Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Maria Escalera, Pamela Gonzales, Jennifer Wilson

Institution: Texas Woman's University

Type: Poster

Subject: Nursing & Public Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6068