Selecting a research problem is the initial step in the research process. Research problems may evolve from clinical experience, quality improvement efforts, nursing literature, social issues theories, or ideas from external sources. Chapter 4 in Polit and Beck (2017) will be a good guide for this discussion. Develop a research problem of interest related to the chosen specialty track (education, informatics, administration or practice) and include the following criteria.
- Describe the research problem in 2-3 sentences
- Develop a problem statement
- Develop one (1) research question related to the research problem
- Propose whether a quantitative or a qualitative research design could be used for this research question