In NR 500, you developed a PICOT question.  Select a nursing theory that you find useful in nursing practice.  Discuss each of the following selected elements of the PICOT format by applying your selected nursing theory to the element.  Be sure to include a scholarly reference within 5 years.  Must use APA format and include atleast 300 words or more.

  • Population/ Patient Problem:  Consider how your selected nursing theory may guide you in selecting the population and/or patient problem
  • Intervention:  Does your selected nursing theory identify a possible intervention?  If not, how is your selected intervention consistent with your selected nursing theory?
  • Outcome:  How would the outcome of your PICOT study contribute to your selected nursing theory?  Would it add new information?  Would it confirm some part of the theory?  

Nursing Theory to use:        From Novice to Expert – Patricia E Benner

NR 500 PICOT question:    What education/method can be implemented by the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses in order to prevent bloodstream infections from central line venous catheters (CVLs) in critically ill patients in the ICU?

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P (Population) – ICU patients with CVLs

I (Intervention) – Education for nurses to prevent bloodstream infections

C (Comparison) – CVL bloodstream infection caused by lack of education/proper care by ICU nurses

O (Outcome) – Decreased number of infections, decrease in cost of care and length of stay, and decrease in number of deaths in ICU patients with CVLs

T (Timeframe) – Immediate with continuous monitoring of outcomes

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