Syllabus: NURS 3503 Nursing Research
Basic concepts of research and related terminology are studied. Steps involved in conducting useful and sound research studies are explored. Focus is on analysis and evaluation of research report/studies as they apply to nursing practice.
Faculty information: Marcy Beck, RN, MSN
Regional Simulation Center
Office hours: Virtual via Blackboard
Prerequisites: NURS 3243, statistics (statistics can be taken concurrently)
Credit hours: Three (3) credit hours (45 clock hours)
Learning experiences: Reading assignments, discussion board, and tutorials.
AACN Essentials: For further information regarding the AACN Essentials identified for each course objective, refer to http://www.aacnnce.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf
DEC Competencies: In the DEC Competencies below, the following designations apply: I: Provider of Patient Centered Care, II: Coordinator of Care, III: Patient Safety Advocate and IV: Member of the Health Care Team. For further information regarding the competencies identified for each course objective, refer to http://www.bon.texas.gov/about/pdfs/delc-2010.pdf
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Coded AACN Essentials
Coded DEC Competencies
1. Discuss the essential components of the research process.
2. Differentiate application of selected research designs.
3. Discuss the ethical and legal aspects of research.
III, IV, V, VIII
4. Critique selected research projects relevant to healthcare providers.
1D, 11A, 1VE
5. Demonstrate ability to apply research findings to clinical practice issues.
Burns, N. & Groves, S.K. (2011)
Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice
64 and below
Online Assessment Quizzes (5% each)
Critique of a quantitative article
Critique of a qualitative article
Evidence Based Practice Presentation
Evaluation of Group Participation by Group Members
There will no rounding of grades.
The syllabus quiz will be administered during course orientation on Monday, September 27 at 1800, DB323. This will follow your Family Health I class. Failure to complete the quiz at this date and time will result in a 50% reduction in grade. You will need to take the quiz which will be posted on Blackboard under Assessments icon on the home page and due by August 31, 2012 by 1700. If you attend orientation you do not need to take the syllabus quiz on blackboard.
1. For each of the five units of instruction, students will complete an online quiz.
2. The quizzes are located under the Assessment icon on the homepage.
3. The quizzes are open book and students may collaborate with other students in completing them.
4. Students will be required to answer questions derived from the content of the chapters assigned for that unit of instruction. The quizzes will also consist of questions from the assigned journal article(s) for that unit of instruction.
5. There is a focus sheet for each chapter. Students should use these to focus their reading and comprehension of the content. You can find the focus sheets under the Learning Module icon.
6. The assessment (Quiz) schedule is:
Unit of Instruction
Date Quiz Due
Unit I: Types of Nursing Research
Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 14
September 7, 2012 by 1700
Unit II: Evidence-Based Practice
Chapters 8, 12, and 13
September 28, 2012 by 1700
Unit III: Review of the Literature
Chapters 6 and 7
October 19, 2012 by 1700
Unit IV: Ethics in Nursing Research
November 02, 2012 by 1700
Unit V: Data Collection and Analysis
Chapter 5, 9, 10, and 11
November 16, 2012 by 1700
7. Students will receive a zero for any quizzes not submitted by the due date and time.
8. Students may enter and exit the quiz as much as desired until the quiz is submitted.
9. If a student accidently submits a quiz prior to the due date, the student may request that the Course Instructor reset the attempt. The request should be made by e-mail via Blackboard and the quiz must have unanswered questions or the Course Instructor will not reset it. The only quizzes that will be reset are ones submitted at least 24 hours prior to the due date and time.
1. There are two examinations for the course.
2. The first examination is on Monday, October 08, 2012 and the second examination is on Monday, November 26, 2012 both at 1800 in DB 323.
3. The content of the first examination includes Unit I and II. The content of the second examination includes unit III, IV and V.
4. The examinations will be individual work.
5. Each student is to submit two Nursing Parscore Scantrons (blank with no markings) to the Course Instructor by October 08, 2012 prior to the examination.
6. Makeup exams will be October 19, 2012 and December 07, 2012 at 1300 in room BH 108. These exams will not be the same exams administered on the exam dates. They may be essay.
Critique of Quantitative/Qualitative Article
Evidence Based Clinical Presentation:
2. Groups will come to a consensus on one clinical issue identified during their clinical experiences.
3. The group will identify one (1) peer reviewed research article that addresses the identified clinical issue. You may use either a quantitative or qualitative research article.
4. The group will prepare a powerpoint presentation about their findings from the article chosen and indicate the impact on the selected clinical issue utilizing the PICO format.
5. Presentations will be December 03, 2012 at 1800 in DB 323. Each group will present their clinical issue and the article they chose. Also upload the powerpoint under the assignment icon by midnight, December 03, 2012.
Evaluation of Group Participation by Group Members
Quick Reference for Due Dates
August 27, 2012, 1800 in class, DB 323
Unit I quiz
Unit II quiz
October 08, 2012 at 1800, DB 323
Critique of a Quantitative article
October 12, 2012 by 1700
Last Day for “W”
October 18, 2012
Unit III quiz
Unit IV quiz
Critique of Qualitative article
November 09, 2012 by 1700
Unit V quiz
November 26, 2012 at 1800, DB 323
Evidence Based Practice Presentations
December 03, 2012 at 1800, DB 323
Evaluation of Peer Participation by Group Members
December 07, 2012 by 1700
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Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following: Bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.)
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