Research in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 5023  Spring 2014

Location: Online

Days & Times:

Research Class / Class Schedule Spring 2014

Week

Date

Topic/Event

Comments / Assignments

1

January 13

Chapter  1  Quantitative Research

Improved Science Research Network video

*Discussion Board

 Reflective Activity 1

2

20

Chapter  2  Qualitative Research

Quiz 1

3

27

Chapter  3  Mixed Methods Research

Discussion Board

4

February 3

Chapter  4  Data Analysis

Reflective Activity 2

5

10

Chapter  5  Navigating the Institutional Review Board Process

NIH Ethics Training Due Feb 16 @ 11pm

Quiz 2

6

17

Chapter  6  Critical Appraisal of Research-Based Evidence

Discussion Board

7

24

Chapter  10  Quality Improvement and Safety Science: Historical and Future Perspectives
Chapter  11  Quality Improvement Science

Discussion Board

8

March  3

Chapter  13  Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives Guiding Inquiry

Chapter  14  Introduction to Evidence-Based Research

PICO Assignment 9th @ 11 pm

9

March  10

Chapter  15  Technology Supporting the Search for Evidence

Search for 5 peer reviewed nursing research articles for your Review of Literature

10 Off

17

Spring Break (15-23)

 

11

24

Conduct your critical appraisal of the research

Appraisal Table 1 Due 30th  @ 11 pm

12

31

Chapter  16  A Synthesis Project

Discussion Board

13

April   7

Chapter  17  Integrating Evidence-Based Research into Clinical Practice

Find 5 new peer reviewed nursing research articles for your Review of Literature

Discussion Board

14

14

Easter (17-20)

Chapter 18 Dissemination of the Evidence / Conclusion: Collaborating for Clinical Scholarship through Integration of Evidence-Based Practice

Discussion Board

 

Quiz 3

15

21

MSU Sigma Theta Tau Research Day (22nd)

Extra Credit Poster Presentation @ MSU

16

28

Last week of classes

Research Utilization in Practice Paper & Table 2 Due

May 3 Saturday at 11 pm

*DB-Check weekly for initial responses and comments due on Discussion Board



Course Attachments

PDF Syllabus  SYLLABUS NURS5023 Graduate Research Spring 2014-20140116-153727.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jane Leach   
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Course Objectives

Faculty: Jane Leach PhD, RNC                jane.leach@mwsu.edu

Online office hours and appointments available                 940.397.3286 MSU Contact

           

Email: D2L is the preferred method of communication for this class and faculty will use D2L for updates and announcements. If you are unable to access D2L, you may contact faculty via campus email. Campus and phone appointments are available upon request.

 

PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate statistics course

 

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.

 

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

AACN Essentials: For further information regarding the AACN Essentials identified for each

Course objective, refer to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf.


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) addressed in a Research Utilization in Practice Paper.

 

REQUIRED TEXT:

Hall, H., & Roussel, L. (2014) Evidence-Based Practice: An Integrative Approach to Research, Administration, and Practice, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

 

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. 

 

Evaluation Methods: There will be no rounding of grades

Discussions questions                                                        21 %   

PICO Assignment                                                                 04 %

NIH Research Ethics Training                                           10 %   

Appraisal Table 1 Assignment                                           20 %   

Online quizzes                                                                       06 %

Reflective Activity Homework                                              04%     

Research Utilization in Practice Paper & Table 2          35 %   

Total                                                                                       100%

 

SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: Please save all documents as a word document and save as (Your LAST Name & Name of assignment) Example:  Leach Final Paper

 

Timely submission of all assignments is required. In the event that a student needs an extension due to compelling circumstances, communicate with faculty 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 circumstance. A graduate student must notify the instructor to request any extensions. Students will be required to submit your work completed to date so faculty can see that an effort has been made to complete the assignment and that the emergency is not poor planning. 

Each week starts on Mondays and ends on Sundays. Most assignments are due Sundays at 11 pm unless noted otherwise (See course calendar)


Grading Standards

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

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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! Do not cut and paste!

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


Submission Format Policy

Grading Rubric for Assignments on the Discussion Board

Discussion Questions are assignments in which you post your own ideas/work and others comment on it and make suggestions.  Discussion question assignments provide an opportunity to apply the weekly-required readings and to build on and add to course content. Please do the readings prior to posting your responses.

In order to receive an A on the discussion board you need to meet the requirements of excellence that includes an (initial posting by Thursday) and at least 2 quality responses to classmates (by Sunday) that excel in content contribution, provides references to support your thesis and communicates clearly with minimal grammatical errors. Engagement in course content is an expected and important component of the graduate online learning experience. Initial responses posted late, do not provide enough time for classmates to engage in the content and will be awarded less points.

Criteria

Unacceptable

50

Acceptable

70-80

Good

80-90

Excellence

90-100

Content
Contribution

Does not post own assignment

Posts own work but does not analyze or make suggestions regarding the work of others. Often posts responses late that do not add to the discussion.

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.

 

 

Research Utilization in Practice Paper

 

Ideas for Selection of a Research Utilization Topic for Clinical Practice

 

  1. Describe a clinical problem that you have observed in your workplace. The clinical issue 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. Be sure your idea is in your current scope of clinical practice to ‘keep it real’. For example, avoid an intervention regarding a prescribed medication since that is not likely part of your current clinical practice and you are unlikely to have influence over such a change. 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. Put your issue into a final PICO question you have developed.

 

  1. Review recent research, practice literature, and select an intervention that might address this patient care issue. The intervention may be in the form of a new or improved clinical practice guideline, a new policy, a new or amended protocol, an algorithm or improved procedure that would improve patient care or outcomes. You must be able to support your evidence-based intervention 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.

 

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

 

  1. Based on your readings and your work on the appraisal table, 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 process is evident through your appraisal table and through a narrative discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of available research related to your issue.

 

  1. Identify, revise, or develop a policy, protocol, algorithm, clinical practice guideline, or procedure you would recommend in your practice site.

 

  1. Provide a copy of the clinical practice guideline, policy, protocol, algorithm, or procedure with its references. (This may be uploaded as an extra attachment if needed)  Example: Leach Attachment A 

 

  1. Provide an appropriately APA reference list for your paper. This reference list is different than the one on your Appraisal Table.

 

 



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.

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.

Other Policies

Grading Rubric Grade Sheet and Guidelines for Research Utilization in Practice Paper

 

Paper Component

Possible

Points

Below Expectations

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

Introduction       

5

Fails to provide adequate background and significance of problem to be solved

Provides background and significance of the problem to be solved

Provides background and significance using strong evidence specific to the problem to be solved

PICO Question    

5

Poses a question but not in PICO format

Poses a question in correct PICO format with minor errors

Poses a question in correct PICO without error

Review of Literature

What is known  

15

Lists and describes studies and  findings

Describes and summarizes study findings

Summarizes study findings and makes generalizations about state of our knowledge on the topic

Review of Literature

What is not yet known                  

5

Gives a superficial listing of potential questions

Suggests unanswered questions in PICO format

Suggests unanswered questions in PICO format specifically based on weaknesses or lower levels of previous evidence

Appraisal of Evidence Table 2

 

Incorrectly identifies parts of research report

Correctly identifies parts of research report

Correctly identifies parts of research reports and succinctly determines the usefulness for solving own problem

Design                 

10

Variables           

10

Measurements 

10

Analysis              

10

Results               

10

Protocol

10

Includes a copy

Includes a copy and discusses origin and strength of evidence base

Includes a copy and discusses origin, strength of evidence base, and implications for own problem, PICO question, and setting

APA Format of Citations and References      

5

Cites within text and in reference list with numerous errors

Cites within text and in reference list with some errors

Consistently cites correctly within text and in reference list

Grammar         

5

Numerous spelling, grammar and format errors

Some spelling, grammar and format errors

Paper virtually free of spelling, grammar, and format errors

Total Points

100

- 5 points / day late

 

 

 


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