Consider how you could reach this target population to gather data.

Review this weeks media presentation and consider Dr. Pothoffs comments on sampling.

Recall the research problem, question, and hypothesis you developed in Week 2s Discussion which is about Medical errors and ethical issues. With this in mind, ask yourself: What population is most relevant, and accessible, for exploring my research problem?

Consider how you could reach this target population to gather data. What are some challenges you might encounter?

Determine a data collection approach for your target population. Develop an informed rationale for selecting that approach.
Write a cohesive response that addresses the following questions:

What are the researchable populations in your area of practice? Which would be most appropriate for use in your research study?

What are the challenges of obtaining a sample from this population? How could you address those challenges?

What approach would you use to collect data from the sample? Provide a rationale for the approach you choose based on this weeks Learning Resources.

Readings

Course Text: The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence
Chapter 15, “Sampling”

Chapter 15 introduces key concepts and components of sampling theory and the sampling process. The chapter discusses several important sampling considerations, including target population, hypothetical population, accessible population, elements, subjects, participants, and generalizability of research findings based on sampling methods.
Chapter 20, “Collecting and Managing Data”