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- Jul 13, '11 by GM2RNQuote from SweetOldWorldI don't quite agree with this. Having a basic understanding of statistics allows you to read the nursing literature intelligently and can only improve your practice as a nurse. You don't have to actually conduct research in order to benefit from it. Some nursing research is good. Some is junk. Knowing a little about statistics helps you make that determination. A basic statistics class isn't going to give you the tools to really use it anyway, but it will help you understand it.Quote from hiddencatRNIt was required for my BSN program and we used it whenever we did evidence based practice stuff. I second a basic understanding of statistics as important in healthcare. It's just part of being scientifically/medically literate.
I have to add my vote to these to comments. An understanding of statistics and how ethical, unbiased research should be conducted is essential to EBP. Without it, you will be lead by the nose anywhere that a writer wants to take you when reading scientific literature.
- Jul 13, '11 by dishesIt is important not only to read and understand research to engage in EBP, but also to further your education, as many graduate nursing programs require a minimum of a B in stastics to be accepted into their program.
- Jul 13, '11 by anonymousstudentAside from figuring out what portion of your cohort is going to fail out, I haven't seen much use of it around here. lol
I agree with the others that it is generally good to learn to look at things in a different way. While you may not implement the mathematical calculations, you will always need to be able to address patient problems in new ways. So stats forces your brain to stretch a bit and it benefits you. I believe this argument is weak at best, but it's something. GL