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RESEARCH APPRAISAL 1Research Article Appraisal, Part One AssignmentUniversity of Texas ArlingtonNURS 5366: Principles of Research in NursingDr. Denise Cauble, PhD, RN, CWOCNJanuary 25, 2020Research Article Appraisal, Part One Assignment
RESEARCH APPRAISAL 2The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical evaluation of the research study titled “Reducing nurses' stress: A randomized controlled trial of a web-based stress management program for nurses” by Hersch, et al, (2016). All contributing authors are PhD prepared and two are Registered Nurses. Their combined educational credentials and clinical expertise make them qualified to conduct this study. This analysis will include identification and explanation of the research problem, purpose, research question, hypothesis, theoretical framework, variables, and research design. Additionally, the paper will also provide a literature review. Literature ReviewThe title of the study is not clear and concise because it does not identify the type of study. However, the title does provide, Variables: Stress and Population Identification: Nurses (Hersch et al., 2016). The abstract provides the study’s purpose : to evaluate the effectiveness of the web-based BREATHE: Stress Management for Nurses program; Method: A Randomized control trial of 104 nurses; and Results: program group displayed significant reduction than control group on the Nurse Stress Scale (Hersch et al., 2016).The clinical problem identified in the study is the high levels of stress nurses are subject to while working (Hersch et al., 2016). Being consistently exposed to high levels of stress leads to damaging effects on nurse’s health and well-being (Hersch et al., 2016). Several primary sources from the past 25 years were cited in support of the negative impact of high stress levels in nursing (Hersch et al., 2016). The sources revealed high level of stress is associated with poor health and absenteeism (Hersch et al., 2016). The source of stress in nursing was identified as work shift, death of a patient, heavy workload, powerlessness, and work environment (Hersch et al., 2016).
RESEARCH APPRAISAL 3The significance of stress in clinical nursing practice is the impact it has on job performance by causing decreases productivity, retention, and quality of patient care (Hersch et al., 2016). The referred to sources provided a clear summary of the harmful impact of work-related stress (Hersch et al., 2016). There was a gap in knowledge regarding the use of technology to educate nurses on stress management techniques. The major topic in the background elaborated on negative impact of stress on the profession of nursing because it contributes to burnout and nursing shortage (Hersch et al., 2016).The review of literature did not elaborate on the use of technology to teach stress management but accentuated the adverse impact of stress. Additionally, the mentioned sources emphasized that the work scheduled, and fast paced work environment of nursing make it difficult to attend live workshops (Hersch et al., 2016). Furthermore, the review of literature