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Nursing Strategies in the Prevention of Ventilator- Associated Pneumoniaincrease in nursing staff members to care for these patients, the statistics of VAP will be greatly reduced.RESEARCH DESIGNDesignA correlational design, which is an example of a quantitative approach, was used to determine the relationship between the care provided by nurses and the prevention of VAP in intubated patients. The aim of a quantitative research is to determine the relationship between an independent variable and an outcome variable (Hopkins, 2008), therefore making the use of this approach appropriate for this research. Using the correlation design, will determine the relationship between the two variables, which are the care provided by the nurses, and the patients who acquire VAP while intubated in the hospital, and will explore how the increase in the nurses' performance by using evidence-based practice (EBP) strategies, will decrease the frequency and occurrence of this disease. The research question “what is the correlation between the care provided by nurses and the prevention of VAP?" gives researchers a reason to use the correlational design for this research. The correlational design “clarifies understanding of important phenomena by identifying relationships among the variables" (Sanopao, 2013), which in this case, are the care provided by the nurses and the intubated patients who have acquired VAP. The research question posed above compels the researchers to use the quantitative approach, specifically the correlational design to conduct this research because it is the design that is best fitted for this research. Although extensive researches have been done regarding this topic, there are still ongoing researches conducted about the
8Nursing Strategies in the Prevention of Ventilator- Associated Pneumoniacorrelation between the care provided by nurses, and the prevention of VAP. It will therefore beappropriate to conduct further researches to add onto the already existing results of the research, to prove that there is re ally a direct correlation between these two variables.RecruitmentPrior to starting this research, permission and approval will be sought from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) whose role is to review the appropriateness of this research. Since permission cannot be sought from the patients on ventilators or intubated patients, their family members and caregivers will be contacted by mail, e-mail and by telephone, for their permission to conduct this research. Family members as well as caregivers, who are willing to give their permission to have this research conducted, will be met with in an exclusive area in the hospital to further discuss this research project. An informed consent will be given to the family members and caregivers, who are willing to allow their loved ones who are intubated to participate in the research.