NURS 6001: Foundations of Graduate Study
Week 4 Discussion
Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Articles and Journals
In the past, the main resource that I relied on for researching topics has been the search engine google. However, this week it was required to have a peer-reviewed article. Peer reviewed or scholarly articles are written by professionals who are considered experts in their field, and most often publish their results and submit their articles to be reviewed by other scholars in the field (Engle, 2015). One way to easily distinguish if the article is peer reviewed or not is to look for the abstract and also look for affiliations with universities or research institutions (Engle, 2015). Also, the information from the research or experiment is reported in a somber or technical way.
To prepare for this, I spent some time using and familiarizing myself to the online resources through the Walden library. The setup of the online library system is very easy to use. To begin my process of finding an article I selected the subject of nursing and selected the CINAHL PLUS database to search for my article. This database is great in the fact that it has a variety of options, such as I was able to select articles that were only peer reviewed in the field of nursing. I am interested in the interaction and relationships between family physicians and nurse practitioners in the rural setting since I am from Kansas. The key words I used to find my article in the CINAHL PLUS database was rural family nurse practitioners, which resulted in 40 different articles related to these key words.
Characteristics of Family Physicians working with Mid-Level Providers
The growth of the aging population and increased number of Americans now covered by insurance due to the Affordable Care Act is causing concern in that there will not be enough physicians to cover the demand, especially in rural areas (Peterson, 2014). Because of the...