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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 390 - Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the student to concepts of the research process and its application to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on students becoming knowledgeable consumers of research as they expand their nursing practice. (prereq: MA 315  or MA 340 , NU 3000 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Complete a review of the literature guided by a PICOT question (Level 3, Critical Thinking)
  • Display a pattern of personal accountability for one’s own learning while assuming a professional role through acts of integrity and mutual respect (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Examine the role of the nurse in research and development of evidence-based practice (Level 3, Professional Role)
  • Develop skill in accessing knowledge technology through appropriate selection of databases and strategies to search the literature to locate the best evidence (Level 3, Technology)
  • Explore techniques to promote evidence-based practice decisions in nursing practice (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)
  • Compare and contrast the purpose and methodologies of quantitative and qualitative research (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)
  • Analyze and disseminate knowledge grounded in nursing science through examination of nursing practice, nursing research, and published literature (Level 3, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction to nursing research and evidence-based practice
  • Understanding the research process and ethical Issues in nursing research
  • Understanding evidence-based practice
  • Searching the literature and developing evidence tables
  • Develop a PICO and PEO question to guide an integrative literature review
  • Selecting and defining a problem
  • Applying appropriate theories and conceptual models 
  • Formulating hypotheses and research questions
  • Selecting the sample and setting
  • Principles of measurement
  • Data collection methods 
  • Analyzing the data
  • Quantitative research design 
  • Qualitative research design
  • Interpreting and reporting research findings
  • Critiquing research as reported in the literature

Dr. Kathy Mussatto

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