(Answered) NR660 Week 2 Assignment:Project Literature Review Guidelines

The purpose of this assignment is to

  • Provide learners with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program
  • Provide learners with the opportunity to communicate a scholarly project in a professional manner

 Total Points Possible: 150


Complete database search on your project and compile results. Focus on most relevant articles or studies that address your problem/concern or discuss resolutions to the problem; include any studies that do not support your projected resolution or take a different approach.  In addition, search for systematic reviews about the problem/concern.  Write a review of the literature that includes:

  • Comprehensive review of the current evidence-based (EB) literature from nursing and related disciplines as appropriate
  • Application of evidence-based literature to project
  • Analysis of the literature: if it supports (or does not support) your resolution; alternative solutions; how existing literature affected your proposal

For assistance with literature review, see websites in Course Resources.

Preparing the Paper
  • Page length: 5-6 pages, excluding reference and title pages
  • Minimum number of articles/studies = 10
  • APA format 6th edition
  • Correct reference citation format
  • Reference page


Project Literature Review

Evidence-based literature search and evaluation is a systematic search for existing published data for the identification of references and development of a deeper and improved understanding in light of a specific research topic. According to Booth, Sutton, and Papaioannou (2016), undertaking literature search, synthesis and evaluation significantly facilitate in drawing insights for establishing evidence-based guidelines as well as research methodologies. In addition, literature review enables the discovery of existing statistical knowledge in relation to the project topic, gaps, errors and limitations of existing research, generation of original ideas, and justification of the project topic (Booth et al., 2016). Taking this into consideration, this paper seeks to identify, apply and evaluate current evidence-based literature in relation to development and improvement of leadership and managerial skills in practicing nurses through alignment of nurses’ activities with their career goals and demonstration of their propensity to apply healthcare concepts in healthcare settings. The literature was retrieved from Cochrane Library, Medline, PubMed, PsychINFO, EMBASE, CINAHL, and Google Scholar following a thorough search. Medical subject heading (mesh) terms, multiple terms, and phrases such as leadership skills, managerial skills, nursing practice, nursing activities, career goals, and health care concepts for identification and retrieval of pertinent and current (not older than 5 years).

Current Evidence-Based Literature from Nursing and Related Disciplines

The literature search process identified a total of ten current existing evidence-based literature related to the improvement of leadership and managerial skills in practices through various approaches. To begin with a study by Roche, Duffield, Dimitrelis, and Frew (2015) aimed at examining the specific aspects of nursing leadership related to nurses’ intention to leave in public acute care health centers. A study by Risman, Erickson, and Diefendorff (2016) aimed at evaluating the degrees to which nurses feel the healthcare focus on profit, biomedicine, customer service, and efficiency as compatible to their personal caring and goals in the development of leadership and managerial skills.  In addition, a study by Weng, Huang, Chen, and Chang (2015) explored the influence of transformational model of leadership on nurses’ innovation as well as the mediating role of healthcare organizational atmosphere.

Another pre‐post longitudinal intervention study by Leggat, Balding, and Schiftan (2015) focused on determining the effectiveness of the formal mentoring program in assisting candidates of nursing practice to develop leadership competencies required for the nurses’ roles in advanced practice. A study by Pihlainen, Kivinen, and Lammintakanen (2016) used systematic reviews to describe management and leadership attributes of competent healthcare leaders and managers. It assessed the competent by evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and abilities for enabling management and leadership roles.

A qualitative study by Pool, Poell, Berings, and ten Cate (2015) used semi-structured interviews from a biographical view for exploration of the strategies for continued professional development among younger, middle-aged and older nurses. A further study by Laschinger and  Fida (2015) tested the model linking supportive professional practice atmosphere, structural empowerment, and authentic leadership to the perceptions of nurses on quality of patient care and job satisfaction. A cross-sectional national survey by Laschinger, Borgogni, Consiglio, and Read (2015) tested the model linking mental health, burnout, occupational coping self-efficacy, work-life areas and authentic leadership among new graduate nurses. A descriptive, exploratory study by Tyczkowski et al. (2015) aimed at determining the level of the relationship between nurse manager emotional intelligence and leadership style.

A further study by Hafsteinsdóttir, van der Zwaag, and Schuurmans (2017) systematically reviewed literature to investigate leadership and mentoring programs for post-doctoral nurse researchers and influence of leadership and mentoring on the productivity of a research, research career development, health and well-being of nurses, staff relationship, leadership skills, and work culture and collaboration.

Application of Evidence-Based Literature

The evidence-based literature identified was highly applicable in the development of the project particularly in the identified healthcare problem and intervention development. While some were used in guiding the study in the study sample and design selection, others were used in providing insights in light of leadership and managerial skill development strategies. In addition, the existing literature was used in the identification and discovery of existing statistical knowledge and production of new original ideas related to leadership and managerial skills in practicing nurses.

With the literature review, the study project was able to avoid duplication of results from existing studies and thus ensured study validity and reliable. Considering the studies, the study by Roche et al. (2015) as well as the study by Risman et al. (2016) identified the need to improve nurses’ leadership and managerial skills for enhancement of nursing profession. On the other hand, the study by Weng et al. (2016) was applied in the project for evaluation of transformational leadership. Further, the study by Leggat et al. (2015) was applied in identifying and measuring the impact of formal mentoring program enhancement of nursing leadership skills. The study by Pihlainen et al. (2016) was applied in project development in light of identifying and measuring the leadership and managerial characteristics of competent nurse leaders and managers. The study by Pool et al. (2016) was used in the development of leadership and management skill development strategies…..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5