Beyond the Bar Graph: How to Interpret Graphs and Charts for Every Nurse

Author(s): Carlyle Sarah L

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Beacon, Evidence-Based Practice, Research

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session is for nurses who would like to improve their ability to interpret forest plot graphics, scatter plots and more. This session includes foundational principles for how to interpret research data, especially data presented in graphic/chart form. Graphs and charts from recent critical care nursing and medical literature are included. Participants get to practice and demonstrate their understanding of the graphs and charts using interactive audience polling.


  • Explain the key principles for interpretation of clinical research data.
  • Illustrate the utility of various graph and chart types used in nursing and medical literature.
  • Apply the concepts learned by interpreting relevant example graphs and charts.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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