Using the Walden Library 

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Using the Walden Library 

Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore databases available through the Walden Library. 

Note: Unless otherwise noted, initial postings to Discussions are due on or before Day 3, and response postings are due on or before Day 6. You are required to participate in the Discussion on at least three different days (a different day for main post and each response). It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting. In addition, you are expected to respond to questions directed toward your own initial posting in a timely manner. 

Using the Walden Library 
Using the Walden Library

 

To Prepare: 

  • Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources. 
  • Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and interests you. 

By Day 3 of Week 4 

Post the following: 

Using proper APA formatting, cite the peer-reviewed article you selected that pertains to your practice area and is of particular interest to you and identify the database that you used to search for the article. Explain any difficulties you experienced while searching for this article. Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Explain why or why not. Would you recommend this database? Explain why or why not. 

By Day 6 of Week 4 

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database from your own experience, or offering ideas for using alternative resources. 

Click on the Reply button below to reveal the textbox for entering your message. Then click on the Submit button to post your message. 

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: Using the Walden Library 

Title: Using the Walden Library 

Cheryl Chisolm  

Initial Discussion Post – Week 4 

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               I’ve decided to pursue a career as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. After 28 years of working as a mental nurse, I made the decision to advance my career. The peer-reviewed article used is entitled. “How PMHNP Program Directors Facilitate Psychotherapeutic Skill Acquisition by the authors Wesemann, Convoy, Goldstein, and Melino. I looked for this article by typing “PMHNP” into the Walden library tab. Next, I selected the “peer-reviewed” link on the left and entered the keyword “psychotherapeutic,” I then restricted my search. A list of articles from the Thoreau/EBSCO search engine appeared, and I chose this particular one. 

               Finding this peer-reviewed article was not difficult for me. The library database at Walden University is quite trustworthy. Yes, I would recommend this database, because it is accessible, and the full articles are available for usage. “A good database should begin with valuable metadata and data”, (Siyavula. n.d.). Criteria used for selecting a good database is using one that is a reliable monitoring and alerting system, (Guo, 2022). This database will be very helpful to my colleagues for the reasons stated above. My search was able to be limited by a large number of alternatives. The Walden library’s EBSCO database has excellent themes and a big selection of articles, therefore I would definitely recommend it. 

 

 

References 

Guo, L. (2022). How to efficiently choose the right database for your applications. PingCAP. Retrieved from https://www.pingcap.com/blog/how-to-efficiently-choose-the-right-database-for-your-applications/ 

Siyavula. (n.d.). Characteristics of a good database. Retrieved from https://www.siyavula.com/read/it/grade-12-it/database-design-concepts/02-database-design-concepts 

 

Wesemann, D., Convoy, S., Goldstein, D., & Melino, K. (2022). How PMHNP Program Directors Facilitate Psychotherapeutic Skill Acquisition. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 10783903221091980. https://doi.org/10.1177/10783903221091980 

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2 months ago 

Kimberly Purcell-houck WALDEN INSTRUCTORMANAGER 

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Thank you for sharing. This is an area that I personally could not pursue. However, I admire those who do. We need providers in this area. Kim 

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2 months ago 

Maria Ham  

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Hello Cheryl,
 

I am very excited for you to pursue a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) career, and I wish you the very best of luck!  

      Your article references psychotherapy and how it is underutilized in PMHNP practice. The abstract talks about how the reduced use of this skill has potentially led to an under-emphasis in the PMHNP curriculum. This prompted me to search Walden’s curriculum and see whether it would be a skill we would acquire. Reviewing the course catalog, it appears that we will have opportunities to learn about this skill in psychotherapy with individuals and with groups and families (Walden University, n.d.). 

      I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and study psychotherapy in the future. I feel that one new area our learning may address is telepsychotherapy. Markowitz et al., report that as practitioners, the differences between treating patients with psychotherapy via video or phone rather than in person may be alarming. The researchers reported concerns that these forms of therapy can impede emotional engagement and lead to an under-display or underreporting of symptoms or behaviors by the client (Markowitz et al., 2020). 

      Regarding the article you found and coming from a place of wanting to learn more about suggestions or strategies for improving database searches, I have a question for you. I could not find access to the full text, which I feel happens often for me. Do you have any tips on how to do this when searching in a database? I have honestly encountered this issue a few times for articles I would like to read and utilize. I was able to find something called ResearchGate, and I was able to make an account. I requested permission to read the full text, but I do not know how long this will take. When I created my account with ResearchGate, it brought up a few prompts to verify my identity. There were many articles by several people who go by M. Ham, and I was asked to select myself as the author of the work in question or decline that I was the author. It was definitely something you could skip, but I got a kick out of seeing how many M. Ham’s that exist and wondered if I would ever have research published. 
 

      This inspired me to learn more about ResearchGate, an investor-funded start-up and global community to connect researchers who share and put forth science (ResearchGate, n.d.). One of their dreams is that world leaders look to scientific advisors before corporate donors, and I feel that my heart and professional goals resonate with that. Have you heard of ResearchGate?
 

Happy Week 4, Cheryl!    

 

References 

ResearchGate.(n.d.). About researchgate. https://www.researchgate.net/about 

Markowitz, J. C., Milrod, B., Heckman, T. G., Bergman, M., Amsalem, D., Zalman, H., Ballas, T., & Neria, Y. (2020). Psychotherapy at a Distance. American Journal of Psychiatry, 178(3), appi.ajp.2020.2. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20050557 

Walden University. (n.d.). Catalog search – Walden University – Acalog ACMSTM. Catalog.waldenu.edu. https://catalog.waldenu.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=196&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=33&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=PMHNP 

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2 months ago 

Essie Richardson  

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Hi Cheryl, 

Thank you for your post. I totally agree with you about the easy process involved in finding these peer reviewed articles at Walden University Library. I am glad you did not face any dificulty in finding these resources at the Walden Library due to it’s easy access and user-friendly nature. One can see that the Walden Library was built with students in mind. Being a student is hard enough and having such resources as support go a long way. I really appreciated the study of how you looked up your peer-reviewed article in the Walden database. I’ll have to make an effort to follow your instructions step by step. I thought this discussion forum was quite beneficial because it helped a great deal. It is a genuine academic and professional networking initiative geared toward success. I’m grateful. Professional networking, according to Jain, D’Souza, and Shukri (2011), is “the process of creating a relationship with other professionals that is beneficial to both parties.” This is incredibly helpful, so I’m going to give it a shot and hope it works. 

References 

Jain, A. G., D’Souza, R. Q. P., & Shukri, R. (2011). Personal and professional networking: A way forward in achieving quality nursing care. 

International Journal of Nursing Education(1), 1-3. 

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/resource-types/journals