New Release – Learning Evidence-Based Research Skills the Peak Practice Way: A Beginner’s Guide by Debra R. Hanna

New Release – Learning Evidence-Based Research Skills the Peak Practice Way: A Beginner’s Guide by Debra R. Hanna

San Diego, CA – February 26, 2024 – Cognella Academic Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Learning Evidence-Based Research the Peak Practice Way: A Beginner’s Guide by Debra R. Hanna.

The text is the first book in a three-volume series designed to help nurses develop evidence-based research skills. The series leverages Dr. K. Anders Ericcson’s peak practice principles of purposeful practice, adaptability, mental representations, and deliberate practice. The first book in the series focuses on the language and research context of nine basic skills.

In Part I, readers learn how to find evidence and tell an evidence story. The chapters also provide a brief history of evidence-based practice, introduce the scientific research process, and discuss ethics, health equity, and social determinants of health. Part II focuses on readers’ understanding and development of nine basic skills, including posing precise PICO questions, building search strategies, selecting evidence, creating evidence table shells, developing critical appraisal skills, synthesizing evidence, fostering evidence-based advocacy, and sharing findings. The final part provides useful appendices to help readers apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the guide. The appendices furnish readers with a blank basic evidence display table shell, blank critical appraisal table shell, and summary of the critical appraisal process.

Featuring coverage and exercises related to the AACN domains, Learning Evidence-Based Research Skills the Peak Practice Way is an ideal resource for students with limited knowledge of research or evidence-based practice.

The book is supplemented by Cognella Active Learning, which provides students with dynamic online learning activities to reinforce key concepts from the text, provide engaging educational experiences, and support various learning styles. The content for this title includes:
  • Digital flashcards
  • Practice exercises
  • Assignments
  • Student resources
  • Video tutorial

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About the Author

Debra R. Hanna is a professor of nursing in the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Molloy University. She holds a Ph.D. in nursing and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Boston College, an M.S. in nursing from CUNY, Lehman College, a B.S. in nursing from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. She is a board-certified adult clinical nurse specialist and is a registered professional nurse with APRN privileges in New York State.