"Caring is the essence of Nursing"
Commonly Used Terms
Conceptual framework &Conceptual Model: Interrelated concepts or abstractions that are assembled together in some rational scheme by virtue of their relevance to a common theme.
Evidence-based Nursing Practice: solves problems encountered by nurses by carrying out four steps:
Research Utilization: The use of some aspect of a scientific investigation in an application unrelated to the original research.
Literature review: A critical summary of research on a topic of interest, often prepared to put a research topic in context or as a basis for an implementation project.
Nursing process: A model commonly used for decision making in nursing.
Theoretical base of nursing practice:
Integrative literature review: Integration of a body of research findings (including theory, statistics) which concludes by addressing issues for future research
Systematic literature review: Comprehensive, unbiased analysis of research findings on a specific topic which uses a strict scientific design to select and assess various related scientific studies
Meta-analysis: A technique for quantitatively combining and thus integrating the results of multiple studies on a given topic.
Clinical Decision-making: drawing conclusions based on EBN, clinical expertise, patient preference, and other factors such as cost-benefit analysis, availability of alternatives, etc. 
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