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The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence, 6th Edition [Hardcover]

Susan K. Grove , Nancy Burns
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October 30, 2008 1416054685 978-1416054689 6th
With frequent examples from the best of the research literature, this authoritative textprovides you with a comprehensive foundation for appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence for clinical practice. This new edition features an enhanced focus on research as the foundation for evidence-based practice, along with improved readability and more background coverage of qualitative research. This textbook prepares you to understand and apply research, and to go on to conduct original research.
  • Includes all the information needed to help both beginning nurses and beginning nurse-researchers understand and applying research findings to practice and conducting research.
  • Includes frequent research examples from the best of the literature, strengthened with high-quality examples from the latest published studies, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Provides the most in-depth coverage of quantitative research methods of any nursing research text on the market.
  • Comprehensive EVOLVE teaching/learning package includes an Instructor's Resource Manual, an enriched Test Bank, a PowerPoint Collection, syllabi, Data Set Activities (qualitative and quantitative), and more.
  • Enhanced emphasis on research appraisal and synthesis for evidence-based practice equips students not just to generate research evidence but also to appraise and synthesize existing evidence for application to practice.
  • Carefully edited for a more student-friendly readability and active-voice writing style reduces barriers to learning the typically challenging research content.
  • In order to focus the text on the more "need to know” content most important for the majority of students, more in-depth content on conceptual models for those planning to lead research studies has been moved from the book to the companion EVOLVE website.
  • Fresh, new, full-color design provides a more "open” look that facilitates learning with Key Terms highlighted in color and color tabs for the Index and Glossary.
  • Research examples have been updated throughout to reflect the most current research from the published literature, including excellent examples of qualitative studies.
  • The coverage of qualitative research has been carefully revised to highlight examples of high-quality qualitative research and to present both qualitative and quantitative approaches as equally valuable.
  • EVOLVE website provides examples of both qualitative and quantitative research proposals.
  • Now focuses on the "how to's” of seeking research funding and provides a practical tool to help new researchers move from research proposal to funded research project.
  • UNIQUE! Authoritative coverage provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand from the leaders in the field.
  • UNIQUE! Separate chapter on the cost-driven field of outcomes research helps nurses to demonstrate that what they do results in positive healthcare outcomes.
  • UNIQUE! Provides a separate chapter on the emerging field of intervention research, which establishes "causal explanations" for nursing interventions in response to the growing difficulty of performing true experimental research on human participants.

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"This text text by Burns and Grove is a classic that continues to improve with each revision. It aims to increase the reader's skills in evaluating and carrying out research in evidence-based practice- and does this to perfection.This is a comprehensive, one-stop research text, and is highly recommended." Nursing Standard, July 2009

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 6th edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416054685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416054689
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Burns, RN, PhD, FAAN, Jenkins Garett Professor School of Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As I continue in graduate school for nursing, I am required to take multiple nursing research classes. In past required textbooks, I have not found Burns and Grove very readable. However, this book is an exception to my experience with them. It is written in an understandable manner with ample examples that enhance clarification. I also very much appreciate the end of chapter summary that is common to all of their books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Workbook for Nursing Research by Burns and Grove January 21, 2012
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The workbook / study guide is to be used in conjunction to the book with the same name. Nursing research is not an easy task to understand, let alone understake. Having the study guide to deepen the understanding of the book is extremely helpful. Doing my course is greatly enhanced with this excellent book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nursing research August 14, 2010
By Jo Ann
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Nursing research is complicated at best. This book breaks it down and makes it easier to understand. Research has complicated language and structure and this book helps organize the flow of research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Research Made Somewhat Interesting June 26, 2011
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I don't know about anyone else, but I find research a boring topic to write papers about. This book broke everything down well and when writing papers it was easy to find what I was looking up a definition or process for. I would recommend this book for someone taking a college nursing research course... but a book can only do so much for material that's so dry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good research book November 20, 2013
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This is a standard nursing research must-have for all levels of research.Hard back cover. Good item for the price as it was listed for 50 more dollars elsewhere. Product arrived on time, as described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will use for a long time to come...... November 20, 2013
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It served the purpose for my evidence based research course. I really did not read it much; as the professor often times made copies for the class session. However, I know it will be reused for many more courses to come.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 25, 2013
By T. Rae
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Not only for nurses: This book is great for all health care professionals who want to learn research. If you have this book, and the Polit and Beck, and the Qualitative research book by Creswell, you do not need any more books for Research if you are doing a post grad, these three will be enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use February 18, 2012
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Required for Nursing research in my masters program.

Well written and easy to use for a research text.

Contains helpful guidlines for writing lit reviews and critiques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even though its Research (ick) I liked it
We all hate the word research or cringe when we here nursing research. Actually though this book was very helpful in my research class. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gleasongirl
5.0 out of 5 stars MSN Degree
I used this book while in a masters program for nursing. It was a required book and was used though out the program. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chele
5.0 out of 5 stars Burns & Groves Practice of Nursing Research textbook
Required for completion of coursework, so I was glad to find this used. I lost or had my first copy stolen, so I was not interested in paying full price again.
Published 9 months ago by rob berding
1.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to read...
This textbook was very hard to read. It needs to be broken down in terms understandable to students. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Likestovacuumnow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide
Is very useful, have a lot of contributions and , is a good guide for those are starting in nursing research.
Published 16 months ago by Divane
3.0 out of 5 stars The Practice of Nursing Research Book
This book is sooooooooo boring!! I was already worried about taking this class and after I opened the book, saw the small writing and dull color of the pages-my heart sank. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Pinkard
4.0 out of 5 stars class book required
I found that renting books on line was the way to go, it kept my book shelves free of items that you would never get your money back on.
Published 18 months ago by Vicki451
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