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Succeeding in Research Project Plans and Literature Reviews for Nursing Students

Succeeding in Research Project Plans and Literature Reviews for Nursing Students

Learning Matters
This book is a practical, user friendly text designed specifically for those undertaking dissertations or research projects in the final year of nursing programmes. Research forms a central part of nursing degrees, and final year dissertations are often based on literature searching and writing research project proposals. This book addresses the need for a clear and practical text to guide students from the initial stage of deciding on a research topic, completing a literature review and designing their research, through to choosing data collection and analysis methods, and finally writing up their project proposal or dissertation.
Getting Started on Your Final-Year Project
Planning and Undertaking a Literature Review
Planning Your Research Proposal or Dissertation
Using and Critiquing Research Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Using and Critiquing Research Methods: Questionnaire Surveys and Experimental Designs
Analyzing Quantitative Data and Understanding Basic Statistics
Using and Critiquing Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Writing up Your Literature Review and Documentary Analysis
Writing Your Research Proposal and Dissertation

'This book is a gem for students undertaking a research project or literature review in their last year of undergraduate nursing. It guides you through the necessary stages of preparing and writing. I think it will benefit nursing students enormously.' Fiona Burden, third year student, Canterbury Christ Church University

excellent book written at a level that student nurses can understand when they are novices at research

Sue Elson
Department of Nursing, Bradford University
October 9, 2013

Excellent text for use with students undertaking literature reviews.

Ms Cate Wood
Dept of health and soaical care, Bournemouth University
November 1, 2012

Excellent book whih guides and informs. Particularly good for post graduate nursing students who are embarking on research projects.

Mrs Jillian Phillips
HSC, Bournemouth University
October 19, 2012

a good basic book that provides the essential information needed for nursing students

Mr David Atkinson
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
October 17, 2012

Another easily accessible text in this excellent series 'Transforming Nursing Practice'. It is a gentle introduction to a subject many nurses find daunting.

Mrs Izzy Bowles
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
September 11, 2012

This book will be extremely useful for undergraduate students who are both reading research papers and writing assignments, including research dissertations. It will enahnce their understanding of the research process and support their evolving ability to critique research and synthesise the evidence. However, the inclusion of documentary analysis may cause some confusion where units of learning use the traditional literature review style.

Mrs Linda Milnes
Nursing , Manchester University
August 20, 2012

I think this is a great book for Undergraduate Nursing students who are new to writing literature reviews and planning research projects. It is very nicely structured, easy to read and very helpful for novice nursing students and researchers.

Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
August 8, 2012

This is an essential text in my view, for anyone embarking on a project plan or literature review and I particularly think that the use of case studies, activities and the knowledge reviews aid learning for the reader.

Mr David Blesovsky
School of Health Science, Swansea University
July 10, 2012

This is a very nicely presented book which allows for easy navigation throughout. It is more aimed towards degree students and therefore touches on angles of research (such as epistemological positions) which is a little too complex for Level 3 learners. However, there are sections within the book which may be valuable, for example detail on undertaking a literature review and questionnaire design. There is a well structured questionnaire included as an example which will give ideas about different forms of questions. These chapters will enable tutors to pass on some important information in their research module.

Mrs Christine Deeley
Access to Higher Education, Norfolk Adult Education Service
July 2, 2012

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G.R. Williamson

Dr Graham R Williamson is a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Plymouth. His clinical background is in acute medical nursing. His areas of teaching expertise are in evidence-based practice and research, as well as health policy. His research interests concern supporting students in clinical practice. He is a Core Team Member of the University’s Centre of Excellence in professional Placement Learning. More About Author

Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University. He has taught nursing students since the early-nineties and teaches research skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has worked in adult and child mental health and was the director of a mental health voluntary organization. More About Author