NURS 6003 Using the Walden Library Discussion

NURS 6003 Using the Walden Library Discussion

NURS 6003 Using the Walden Library Discussion

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Discussion: Using the Walden Library

Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.

To Prepare this 

  • Review the information presented in the Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
  • Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you.

By Day 3

Post the following:
Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for use of alternative resources.

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

NURS 6003 Using the Walden Library Discussion

To access your rubric:

Week 4 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:

Week 4 Discussion

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Al-Jundi, A., & Sakka, S. (2017). Critical appraisal of clinical research. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR, 11(5), JE01–JE05.

Shellenbarger, T. (2016). Simplifying synthesis. Nurse Author & Editor, 26(3). Retrieved from

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A-Z: Nursing. Retrieved October 4, 2019 from

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Instructional media: Fundamentals of library research. Retrieved October 4, 2019 from

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Retrieved October 12, 2018, from

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Common assignments: Synthesizing your sources.

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Scholarly writing: Overview. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from

Walden University. (n.d.). Subject Research: Nursing. Retrieved November 9, 2018, from

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Webinars: Technical information. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Document: Introduction to scholarly writing: Tips for success (PDF)

 Required Media

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Evidence [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2018). Introduction to Scholarly Writing: Tips for Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Using the Walden Library Sample Approach

Decision-making in healthcare necessitates the use of evidence to inform thoughts and scholarly writing. I understand the role and relish the impact of an evidence-based approach to care on patients’ health outcomes and the healthcare system as a whole. As a registered nurse (RN), I am frequently confronted with multiple scenarios daily that require me to explore ideas, stimulate my thinking, and seek insights from people or scholarly articles. The latter has proven to be extremely useful in my practice, and learning how to locate scholarly articles was most likely the source of my seamless practice. In keeping with the use of the Walden library, the following discussion provides an example of a database I frequently use, the difficulties I encounter, and whether or not I recommend the same databases to colleagues.

Peer-Reviewed Article Selected

As an RN, I perform the duties outlined by the American Nurses Association. In addition, as a psychiatric mental health nursing practice enthusiast and aspiring psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I care for adult patients with a variety of mental health care needs. I work as an RN at Wellpath South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center while also pursuing my MSN PMHNP program. In keeping with the clinical setting and my interests, I chose an article about caring for elderly patients who require mental health care. Flint et al. (2020) investigate the impact of Covid19 on the care of elderly patients. The elderly population is growing as a result of (1) improved medical care for the elderly, which increases life expectancy, and (2) improved medical care for children and youth, which lowers mortality among that age group (WHO, 2021). Why is this population group important in my line of work? Older adults are at a higher risk of severe infection and death in the Covid19 era due to the likelihood of multiple comorbidities and waning immunity, as well as, to some extent, a lack of adequate social support (loneliness) and low financial support. It is my responsibility as an RN and PMHNP enthusiast to understand the population and design appropriate interventions to assist patients with mental health care needs.

Database Used and Difficulties Encountered

I used the PubMed search engine to find the article. PubMed is a reputable medical and nursing database that contains over 34 million biomedical literature citations and abstracts (Frandsen et al., 2019). When I entered the keywords ‘ impact of Covid19 on mental healthcare’ into the PubMed search box, several articles appeared. In addition, I customized the year so that only articles published within the last five years (since 2018) appeared. The challenge I encountered was that there were several articles to choose from, and deciding on one, in particular, was difficult.

Is the Database useful to my Colleagues and would I recommend it?

PubMed is a free resource for searching biomedical and life sciences literature. The primary goal of the literature search is to obtain information that can be used to improve global healthcare practice as well as personal practice (Tucker et al., 2021). Since medical and nursing practice relies heavily on evidence, the database is extremely beneficial to my colleagues. Furthermore, because healthcare professionals are obligated to improve patient health outcomes, I recommend the database to my colleagues to obtain credible information that will inform practice.


Flint, A. J., Bingham, K. S., & Iaboni, A. (2020). Effect of COVID-19 on the mental health care of older people in Canada. International Psychogeriatrics, 32(10), 1113–1116.

Frandsen, T. F., Eriksen, M. B., Hammer, D. M. G., & Christensen, J. B. (2019). PubMed coverage varied across specialties and over time: a large-scale study of included studies in Cochrane reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 112, 59–66.

Tucker, S., McNett, M., Mazurek Melnyk, B., Hanrahan, K., Hunter, S. C., Kim, B., Cullen, L., & Kitson, A. (2021). Implementation science: Application of evidence-based practice models to improve healthcare quality. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 18(2), 76–84.

World Health Organization. (2021). Ageing and health.

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