Skip to Main Content

NURS 470: SEWS Research: Home

APA Video Tutorial

Locating Articles and Websites for Your SEWS Paper

Citing Websites

What if my sources have the same author?  See APA 9.46

Arrange chronologically.

What if my sources have the same author and date?  See APA 8.19 and 9.47

Arrange alphabetically by title, then add suffix a, b, c, etc., to date.


Tennessee Department of Health. (2018a). Applications.

Tennessee Department of Health. (2018b). Licensure.


(Tennessee Department of Health, 2018a)

What if my source has no page numbers?  See APA 8.28--Provide the reader with another means of locating the quoted material, such as a paragraph number or section/heading name:  (Smith, 2020, para. 4)

Helpful Resources

Helpful Websites

HCAHPS Fact Sheet

Hospital IQR Program:


HCAHPS survey questionnaire:

Medicare’s Hospital Compare:

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

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems:

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

Suggested Search Strategies

WorldCat (Limit: last 5 years)

  • improve hcahps score
  • hcahps nurs*

Google Scholar (Set date range on left-hand side of results screen)

  • hcahps impact on hospitals
  • nurse role hospital quality
  • (nursing OR nurses) hcahps

CINAHL (Limits: 2016-2021; Academic Journals)

  • ("nursing management") AND ("quality of health care" OR "patient satisfaction")  AND SB usa
  • nurs* AND ("quality of health care" OR "patient satisfaction") AND SB usa 

PubMed (Limit: 5 years)

  • (hcahps OR "hospital consumer assessment") AND nurs*
  • "patient satisfaction" survey AND hcahps[Text Word] AND nurs*
  • “patient readmission” nurs* prevent*

SEWS Paper Checklist

APA Checklist

This list links to sections of the very helpful "APA Style and Grammar Guidelines", courtesy of the APA Style website:


Title page format (see Student Title Page):

Headings (esp. see section 'Headings in the Introduction'; the SEWS paper may have Level 1 and Level 2 headings; there should be no Level 3, 4, or 5 headings):

Sample Paper:

APA In-text Citations (see table):

Formatting the References page: see Sample Paper linked above

Sample References

      Journal article: