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NUR302: Caring Approaches to Practice

Developing a Clinical Question

An effective research question for evidence-based nursing:

  • has been asked and researched before by someone else;
  • focuses on an issue in health care "that can be measured or described in some consistent manner";
  • discusses what nurses need or want to do about the issue.

For example: "What is the impact of an educational program on violence in the workplace in an emergency department setting?"



Using AND narrows your search. Using OR expands your search. (put OR terms on the same line).

If one of your search terms is an abbreviation (for example, CHF), use the full term (congestive heart failure) instead.

Be patient! Using CINAHL effectively takes practice and time.

Searching CINAHL

Once you have written your research question, use CINAHL to find research articles. CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the premier nursing database. It indexes journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and more.

Printing Your Results

After you have completed your search and are satisfied that you have the best results for your assignment, print out the results. Follow the steps below carefully.

  1. At the top of your search results, click Share:

CINAHL article record

     2.  Click on Results (1-20) then go to Folder at the top of the page.

     3.  Once in the Folder, click the box next to Select All.

     4.  Click the Print icon on the far right.

     5.  Uncheck HTML Full Text. Leave Current Search History checked:

CINAHL printing instructions

      6.  Click Print on the left.