Nursing Research DQ # 6 student reply Martha Gomez


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I would undertake survey research, which is a fundamental tool in the quantitative research category. Survey research can be useful in collecting information on how patients think about services offered by nurses. It can also be used to assess and understand the fear that nurses have or how they view their work in given situations. Through a survey, it is possible to present multiple survey questions (Polit & Beck, 2017). Data collection on the plight of nurses and their relationship with patients and other healthcare stakeholders can be collected to develop numerical results.

Surveys can be administered in various ways, for instance, paper questionnaires and online surveys, among others. Face to face approach way of presenting survey has traditionally been very popular. Surveys are also administered through social media platforms and emails, among others. The latter is convenient and economical to administer (Polit & Beck, 2017). Personally, I would prefer one on one administration of survey questionnaires; this is because it presents a chance to probe or clarify on issues for respondents where necessary

Selecting a sample size for a survey is necessary as it may be impossible or very difficult to conduct a survey on an entire population. The process however, can be tricky as the sample size selected have to reflect and represent the population in the best way possible. Too small samples may fail to present a true picture of the population covered hence erroneous. I would ensure that my sample size is not too big, which might lead to excessive resources (Polit & Beck, 2017). In order to have a representative sample size and enhance the accuracy of the data corrected, I would employ the measure of marginal error.  This is designed to test the level of deviation that research can accommodate.


Polit, D. & Beck, C. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health. ISBN-13: 978-1496300232

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