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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Karen Smith Studies at Joanna Briggs Institute, Australia
Karen explained that when researching a topic or a question, there is a specific methodology that must be followed. To do a systematic review, you must first find a topic that needs exploration. Secondly, you turn to the literature to see what has already been written relating to the topic to assist in answering the question. After reviewing all of your findings to ensure credibility, the next step is to correlate and synthesize your findings. Lastly, you present your findings through a systematic approach providing a summary of the question or topic and a recommendation for further research. This process can take anywhere from 6 months to a year. The goal is to publish your findings so that others can benefit from a comprehensive approach to the synthesis of the literature.
During her visit to Australia she was also able to do some sight seeing! Karen saw kangaroo, wombat, and a koala. "The knowledge I gained is vast, the friendships I made priceless, and the ability to lead change through innovative nurse practice ......life changing!"