Research in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5023  Spring 2013

Location: Online

Course Attachments

Syllabus  SYLLABUS NURS5023 Graduate ResearchSP 13-20130115-094112.pdf

Calendar  Calendar ResearchSP 13-20130115-094137.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jane Leach   
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Course Objectives

  Faculty: Jane Leach PhD, RNC

Midwestern State University                      Wilson School  of Nursing                               Bridwell Hall 319

Email: Web CT is the preferred method of communication for this class and will be used for faculty updates and announcements. If you are unable to access Web CT you may contact me by campus email at jane.leach@mwsu.edu                                                    Phone appointments available

 COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course prepares students to critique research literature for appropriateness and utilization in nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on increasing knowledge and skills related to the development and evaluation of research proposals. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are explored.

 PREREQUISITES:

Undergraduate statistics course

 CREDIT HOUR ALLOCATION:

3 semester hours (3 classroom and 0 clinical clock hours)

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

 

 

Objectives

Relation to AACN Essentials:

1. Synthesize selected research findings to determine applicability of the findings to nursing practice.

I: 1,2,6

2. Evaluate the appropriateness of selected quantitative and qualitative research designs relative to research problems, purposes, questions, and/or hypotheses.

I: 6

3. Compare and contrast salient features of qualitative and quantitative research, such as rigor, validity, and reliability.

I: 6

4. Analyze proposed research procedures with regard to ethical and human subjects’ protection issues.

III: 3,5

5. Use available technology to access databases and to analyze quantitative and qualitative data.

I: 3,4,5

 


Course Expectations

 

LEARNING EXPERIENCES:

The students will engage in a variety of learning experiences including online discussions, quizzes, readings, and preparation of a review of literature pertinent to the question(s) to be answered in their Evidence Based Practice Project.

 REQUIRED TEXTS

 

 

 Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing &  healthcare : A guide to

 best practice . Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED RESOURCEs

Polit, D.F. & Beck, C. T.  (2012). Nursing Research Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice 9th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

 APA Manual (6th Edition)

 

MSU NURSING DEPARTMENT GRADING SCALE

 

GRADING RANGE

LETTER GRADE

90 – 100

A

80-89

B

74-79

C*

65 – 73

D*

64 or lower

F*

* A grade of B or greater is required for successful completion of all graduate courses.

 

Note: Special considerations for students:

  1. Conditional status are not permitted to withdraw from the class if it is within the first 12 hours of graduate work
  2. Provisional status – NURS 5023 is a course that must be completed for removal of the provisional status and are a) not permitted to drop the course, b) not permitted to withdraw from the course, and c) required to complete it successfully (with a B or better) on the first attempt.
  3. RN to MSN students must earn a B or greater in order to receive graduate credit for this course.  A grade of C will result in credit awarded toward the undergraduate degree, and the student will be moved from the RN to MSN program into the RN to BSN program if continuation at MSU is desired. 

  

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Graduate students are held to the highest standard of academic honesty. Plagiarism is any assignment will earn a grade of 0. The best way to avoid plagiarism, or the appearance thereof, is to reference all quotations or paraphrased material in accordance with APA 6th edition. Material that is not cited should represent the student’s own work. This includes the Appraisal Table.

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HONOR CREED

“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

 As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

 Thus, we, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

 We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one’s own work, work or ideas which are not entirely one’s own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

 We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

 Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate

 


Grading Standards

Course grade will be calculated as follows

 Discussions/activities on Blackboard                                     20 %      

PICO question                               Appendix A                             06 %

NIH Research Ethics Training                                                     10 %      

4 Online quizzes                                                                             04 %     

Assignment – Appraisal Table   Appendix B                           20 %      

Evidence Based Final Paper         Appendix C                         35 %      

Comprehensive Quiz                                                                     05 % 

                                                                                                          100%

 Please Note:

Each week starts on Saturdays and ends on Friday. Assignments are due Fridays at 10 pm unless noted otherwise


Submission Format Policy

 

Evidenced Based Practice Final Paper

 Ideas for Selection of an Evidence-Based Intervention for Practice

 

  1. Describe a Clinical Problem that you see or have seen in your practice. It can be any patient care problem or issue that is of interest to you in your current practice, or for your future role as an administrator, nurse practitioner, or educator. A way to identify an area of interest may be to ask yourself or colleagues questions such as: Is there a better way of doing something? Would another intervention be more effective and improve patient outcomes? Give some data (at least one rate, ratio or cost) from your agency or from the health care literature that supports the fact that this is a patient care problem. Share your final PICO question you have developed.

 

  1. Review recent research and practice literature and select an intervention that might address this patient care issue. The intervention may be in the form of a new policy, protocol, algorithm or procedure that would change patient care. What evidence-based intervention exists to improve current care in terms of patient, provider, or health care agency outcomes? Try to identify something for which you really want an answer. You might also get ideas from Research for Practice, an ongoing section in AJN, or research articles from nursing specialty journals.

 

  1. Review a variety of evidence-based websites such as those in your textbook and on our course Web link site.

 

  1. Summarize what is known and not known about the problem area selected.

 

  1. Appraise the quality of the existing research on the problem/intervention. This is done through your appraisal table and through your discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of available research.

 

  1. Identify, revise, or develop a policy, protocol, algorithm or procedure to be used in your practice site.

 

  1. Provide a copy of the policy, protocol, algorithm, or procedure with its references.

 

  1. Provide a reference list for your paper.

 

Grade Sheet and Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice Paper

 

10     I.      Introduction to the Evidence-Based Practice Project: Identify the problem in practice and the intervention to be used to address the problem. Use references to substantiate claims made in your introduction.

20     II.        Review of relevant sources. Summary/Synthesis of Current Research Knowledge (what is known and not known). Summary must be documented. Summary provides the knowledge base or evidence for making a change in practice.

                            (15 points) A. What is known?                       (5 points) B. What is not known?

 

      50      III.     Appraisal of relevant research-Use textbook and the AJN Article 5 (in the media                      library of the WEBCT) course site to guide you in explaining why you believe the research on your EBP topic is strong or weak.  Include an appraisal table with at least 10 articles concerning your EBP topic.

 

      10      IV.      Protocol, Algorithm, or Standardized Guideline for Evidence-Based Project

 

A. Provide a copy of the documented protocol, algorithm, or standardized guideline.

B. Discuss the protocol, algorithm, or standardized guideline you might use in your later EBP project . Indicate if you will develop the protocol or algorithm; revise it from an agency document; use a document that was previously published; or use a national standardized guideline found in the literature or on the WEB.  If it is based on existing document, include a copy of this document. Briefly identify any revisions you anticipate making to the existing document.         

 

     10        V.      Reference Lists: APA Format

Limit the paper to 10 pages (including references).  Use font size 12, one inch margins, and double spacing.  Add your appraisal table at the end of your paper.  It will not count in your maximum 10 pages.

 

You need a title page; no Table of Contents; and may include subject headings. Please save as a word document and save as Your LastName. EBP Paper

 

 Grading rubrics and criteria for written assignments are found in D2L. Assignments need to be uploaded to the Dropbox.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 

SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: Please save all documents as a word document and save as (Your Name. name of assignment) Example:  Leach EBP Paper.

Timely submission of all assignments is required. In the event that a student needs an extension due to compelling circumstances, this is to be discussed well in advance of the due date. Late assignments will receive a 5 point per day reduction in score except in emergent circumstances; it is important to note that a late submission date must be negotiated in advance except in an emergent circumstances.

It is likely you will be asked to submit the work completed to date so that faculty can see that an effort has been made to complete the assignment and that the emergency is not poor planning.    


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Rubric for Assignments on the Discussion Board for Asynchronous Discussions
DQ are assignments in which you post your own idea/work and others critique it and make suggestions 

 

Criteria

Unacceptable

50

Acceptable

70-80

Good

80-90

Excellent

90-100

Content
Contribution

Does not post own assignment

Posts own work but does not critique or make suggestions regarding the work of others.

Posts information own work and gives superficial feedback to classmates.

Posts factually correct, reflective and substantive assignment and critiques and provides useful information to classmates

References & Support

Includes no references or supporting experience.

Uses personal experience, but no references to readings or research.

Incorporates some references from literature and personal experience.

Uses references to literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments.

Clarity & Mechanics

Posts long, unorganized or rude content that may contain multiple errors or may be inappropriate.

Communicates in friendly, courteous and helpful manner with some errors in clarity or mechanics.

Post work and Contributes valuable information with minor clarity or mechanics errors.

Contributes with clear, concise comments formatted in an easy to read style that is free of grammatical or spelling errors.

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.