NUR 315: Nursing Research and Expanded Evidence-Based Practice

Course Description

This course examines sources of evidence, the nature of inquiry, and research concepts. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are compared and applied. Skills needed to select, critique and apply nursing research are developed. Levels of evidence are explored and applied to developing an evidence based practice brief in the student’s area of clinical interest.

(4 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • MAT 105: Statistics
  • NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Identify and analyze sources of evidence relevant to the type of research inquiry.
  2. Describe the research process utilizing applicable concepts and terminology.
  3. Differentiate between evidence, theory and research in nursing practice.
  4. Compare qualitative and quantitative methodologies in nursing research and the appropriate application of each.
  5. Apply skills of research critique and interpretation of studies to determine application of research to practice.

  6. Apply levels of evidence to explore approaches to inquiry related to a clinical practice question/issue.

  7. Describe rationale for research addressing diverse groups for generalizability of results and application to practice.

  8. Design an evidence based practice project that demonstrates appropriate application of research to practice.
  9. Identify and investigate a clinical nursing problem of interest to develop and present a current, comprehensive evidence-based practice brief.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

20%

Group Assignments (Weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)

15%

Assignments (Weeks 1(x2), 2, 5, 6, 7)

15%

Selecting An Evidence-Based Practice, Topic: Week 2

Pass /Fail

Quiz (Week 3)

3%

Quantitative Critique (Week 3)

10%

Qualitative Critique (Week 4)

10%

Integrative Review Paper

10%

PowerPoint Presentation

12%

Capstone Practicum Related Assignments:

Planning for Capstone Practicum (Week 5)

Preparation for NUR495 Capstone

 

5%

Pass /Fail

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Melnyk, B.M., & E. Fineout-Overholt. (2019). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 978-1496384539

 

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

2,9

Topics: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Developing Searchable Clinical Questions

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 1 & 2
    • AJN articles:
      • “Igniting a Spirit of Inquiry: An Essential Foundation for Evidenced-Based Practice: Igniting a Spirit of Inquiry: An Essential Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice”

      • "The Seven Steps of Evidence-Based Practice”

      • “Asking the Clinical Question: A Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice”

  • Video:
    • “Evidence-Based Practice, Step 1: Asking the Clinical Question”

  • Read assigned chapters & articles
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch video
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit assignment
    • Picot Question Template Assignment

2

1,2

1,3,7

Topics: Searching the Literature for Supporting Evidence, Commonly Used Healthcare Databases & Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Evidence

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 3
    • AJN articles:
      • “Searching for Evidence”

      • Research Articles to Support PICOT Question

  • Videos:
    • “Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, & Nursing Research”

    • “Levels of Evidence”

  • Read assigned chapters & articles
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit assignments
    • Practice Literature Search Case Study

3

1,2

2,6,7,8

Topics: Appraisal of Quantitative Studies Synthesizing Quantitative Research findings

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 5
      • Use Chapter 21 for further insight into designing quantitative research

      • Review “Hierarchy of Evidence for Intervention Questions” in text

    • AJN articles:
      • “Critical Appraisal of the Evidence: Part I An introduction to gathering, evaluating, and recording the evidence”

      • “Critical Appraisal of the Evidence: Part II Digging deeper - examining the “keeper” studies”

  • Read assigned chapters & articles
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take the Quiz on Quantitative Research
  • Complete Wiki assignment
  • Submit assignments
    • Quantitative Critique Tool Assignment

4

1,2

2,4,6

Topic: Appraisal of Qualitative Studies

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 6
      • Use Chapter 21 for further insight into designing quantitative research
  • Videos:
    • “Qualitative vs. Quantitative”

    • “Grounded Theory”

    • “Ethnography Research”

    • "Phenomenology Research”
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch videos
  • Participate in discussion
  • Post to blog
  • Submit assignments
    • Week 4 Homework Assignment

    • Qualitative Critique Tool Assignment

5

 2,7

5,8

Topics: Ethical Considerations for EBP Implementation and Evidence Generation

Implementing and Sustaining EBP in Clinical Settings

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 23 & 9
  • Video:
    • "Synthesis for Literature Reviews"

    • "Implementing EBP"

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch videos
  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit assignment
    • Implementation Plan Assignment

6

 2,7

1,2,9

Topics: Quality Improvement and Outcomes and Models for Implementing EBP

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 10 & 14
    • AJN articles:
      • "Implementing an Evidence-based Practice Change"

  • Read assigned chapters & article
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit assignments
    • Homework assignments 1 and 2

7

 2,7

5

Topics: Creating a Vision and Motivating a Change to EBP in Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 15
    • AJN articles:
      • “Evaluating and Disseminating the Impact of an Evidence-Based Intervention: Show and Tell”

  • Read assigned chapters & articles
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Submit to wiki
  • Submit assignments
    • Application of Research and Nursing

    • Theory Assignment
    • Evaluation Table Assignment

8

 1,27

5,9

Topic: Disseminating Evidence

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 20
  • Video:
    • "Powerpoint Presentation Design Tips"

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Post PPT presentation to blog
  • Submit assignments
    • Powerpoint Presentation of EBP Project (submit to instructor and to blog)
    • Integrated Evidence-Based Practice Paper

Late Work Policy

Due to the accelerated nature of the NUR 300 & 400 courses, late work severely limits meaningful engagement with students, peers, and faculty, and jeopardizes collaboration and exchange of ideas.

The following standards relate to late submission of any assignment in this and all other NUR 300 & 400 courses:

  • All Discussion Posts must be posted by the due date/time deadline. Those posted late will be given a grade of zero.
  • All Other Papers/Projects: Failure to turn in, post, or in any way fail to meet the due date/time deadline, will result in a deduction of 10% per day of the total assignment value from the actual grade earned, for up to seven days.
  • Students who submit an assignment eight days late will receive a grade of zero for the assignment
  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline for any assignment regardless of the reason, they should contact the course faculty immediately.

Emergencies/Extenuating Circumstances: The Faculty and Program Director appreciate that emergencies come up in life. Emergencies/ Extenuating Circumstances are not planned activities and/or are not normally work-related.

  • Students will be required to submit reasonable documentation of emergencies/extenuating circumstances to the course faculty.
  • Any request(s) relating to emergencies/ extenuating circumstances requires documentation and approval of the course faculty, the Program Director, and other college personnel as necessary.

The following conditions acknowledge unexpected circumstances that impact students’ ability to submit an assignment by the due date:

  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline due to an emergency/extenuating circumstance, they should contact the course faculty immediately.
  • Students may turn in one assignment up to 7 days after the due date except for a discussion board assignment, a final course project, or other final course assignments, no questions asked.
  • Subsequent late submissions will be managed in accordance with the standards outlined above.

*Note: Students with accommodations in place may not receive an extension that is related to their disability

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