Describe some of the key attributes/characteristics of this sample of the nursing workforce.

Discussion: Samples and Data Collection (graded)
Purpose
This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcomes (COs).

CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (PO 4 & 8)
CO 4: Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and significance related to evidence-based practice. (PO 4 & 8)
CO 5: Recognize the role of research findings in evidence-based practice. (PO 7 & 8)
Due Date
Answer post due by Wednesday 11:59 PM MT in Week 5
Two replies to classmates and/or instructor due by Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 5
Directions
Discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In discussions students:
Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
Integrate scholarly resources
Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates
Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner
Use the rubric on this page as you compose your answers.
Discussion Questions
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American Nurses Association. (2014). Fast facts: The nursing workforce 2014: Growth, salaries, education, demographics & trends. ANA. Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/globalassets/practiceandpolicy/workforce/fastfacts_nsgjobgrowth-salaries_updated8-25-15.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Review the data presented in the ANA Fast Facts and describe some of the key attributes/characteristics of this sample of the nursing workforce.
Discuss some of the data that you found interesting; include what you believe the purpose (intent) of ANA sharing these results.
The instruments and tools that we use to collect data need to be reliable and valid. Define these terms and explain the importance of each. Share one way that can be used to collect data that you were not aware of or familiar with.
Grading
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