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NR326 Mental Health Nursing

RUA: Scholarly Article Review Guidelines

NR326 RUA Scholarly Article Review Guideline 1

The student will review, summarize, and critique a scholarly article related to a mental health topic.

Course outcomes: This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.

(CO 4) Utilize critical thinking skills in clinical decision-making and implementation of the nursing process for
psychiatric/mental health clients. (PO 4)

(CO 5) Utilize available resources to meet self-identified goals for personal, professional, and educational
development appropriate to the mental health setting. (PO 5)

(CO 7) Examine moral, ethical, legal, and professional standards and principles as a basis for clinical decision-making.
(PO 6)

(CO 9) Utilize research findings as a basis for the development of a group leadership experience. (PO 8)

Due date: Your faculty member will inform you when this assignment is due. The Late Assignment Policy applies to
this assignment.

Total points possible: 100 points

Preparing the assignment
1) Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Speak with your faculty member if you have questions.

a. Select a scholarly nursing or research article, published within the last five years, related to mental health
nursing. The content of the article must relate to evidence-based practice.
• You may need to evaluate several articles to find one that is appropriate.

b. Ensure that no other member of your clinical group chooses the same article, then submit your choice for
faculty approval.

c. The submitted assignment should be 2-3 pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages.
2) Include the following sections (detailed criteria listed below and in the Grading Rubric must match exactly).

a. Introduction (10 points/10%)
• Establishes purpose of the paper
• Captures attention of the reader

b. Article Summary (30 points/30%)
• Statistics to support significance of the topic to mental health care
• Key points of the article
• Key evidence presented
• Examples of how the evidence can be incorporated into your nursing practice

c. Article Critique (30 points/30%)
• Present strengths of the article
• Present weaknesses of the article
• Discuss if you would/would not recommend this article to a colleague

d. Conclusion (15 points/15%)
• Provides analysis or synthesis of information within the body of the text
• Supported by ides presented in the body of the paper
• Is clearly written

e. Article Selection and Approval (5 points/5%)
• Current (published in last 5 years)
• Relevant to mental health care
• Not used by another student within the clinical group
• Submitted and approved as directed by instructor

f. APA format and Writing Mechanic

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