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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Research Guide: NURS 470 SEWS


NURS 470: SEWS Resources

APA Tutorials

Citing Websites

Cite the HCAHPS Fact Sheet and Hospital Compare profile as a Nonperiodical Web Document/Data Set (see Purdue OWL:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of document. Retrieved from http://Web address

What if my sources have the same author and date?  See APA 6.16

If author and date are the same (example: both sources were created by the CDC in 2014) add suffixes a, b, c, etc. to the date to distinguish one source from another.

Examples in-text:

(CDC, 2014a)

(CDC, 2014b)

The source with suffix a is the first listed in your References list, based on alphabetizing by the first letter in the title of the source.

Helpful Websites

Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Fiscal Year 2017 Reference Checklist:

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems:

HCAHPS is the national standard for collecting and reporting patients’ perspectives on care received.

HCAHPS Fact Sheet:

HCAHPS survey questionnaire

Medicare’s Hospital Compare:

Provides survey results for specific hospitals and compares the results to state and national averages

Hospital IQR Program:

Suggested Search Strategies

WorldCat (Limit: Article peer-reviewed; last 5 years)

  • improve hcahps score
  • hcahps nurs*
  • "quality improvement" AND nurs* AND "hospital readmission"

Google Scholar (Limits date to Since 2013)

  • hcahps impact on hospitals
  • (nursing OR nurses) hcahps

CINAHL (Limits: 2012-2017; Academic Journals)

  • initiat* AND nurs* AND improv* AND outcomes AND SB usa
  • nurs* AND "patient satisfaction" AND SB usa
  • readmission AND reduc* AND nurs*
  • ("nursing management" OR "nursing administration") AND "quality improvement" AND "patient care" 
  • ("outcome assessment" OR hcahps) AND nurs* AND SB usa
  • nurs* AND "quality improvement" AND "patient outcomes"
  • readmi* AND “quality improvement” AND nurs*

PubMed (Limit: 5 years)

  • hcahps scores
  • ("patient outcome assessment" OR hcahps) AND nurs*
  • “patient readmission” nurs* prevent*

APA-Style Table

Sample table from "The Grammar of Mathematics: Percent or %," by T. McGoo, 2011, APA Style Blog. Retrieved from