Nursing 800

NURS 800: Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice

Prerequisites: NURS 702; Undergraduate Nursing Research; Undergraduate Statistics

Cross-Listed: NURS 650

Credit Hours: (3)

In depth examination of the process of developing evidence-based advanced nursing practice.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

1. Nursing and the role of research

  • Historical evolution of nursing research
  • Nursing research in advanced practice
  • Utilizing technology

2. Overview of the research process
3. Research Ethics
4. Selecting and defining a nursing research problem
5. Locating the evidence for practice
6. Theories, conceptual models in nursing, and state of the discipline in framing research
7. Writing a research proposal

  • Overview of proposal preparation
  • Institutional Review Board approval
  • Sources of funding for nursing research

8. Communicating the research problem
9. Selecting a design

10. Sampling techniques
11. Measurement

12. Analysis of data
13. Research Utilization

  • Dissemination of findings
  • Using research in nursing practice
  • Policy implications


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This online course may include but is not limited to seminar discussions (faculty and student led), lectures, guest speakers, case studies, and written projects and other teaching-learning strategies as appropriate.  Because the course is online, audio or video presentations/lectures, discussion boards, chat rooms, and other instructional technology strategies may be used.


Goals and Objectives of this Course

By the end of the course the student will be able to:                

1. Examine the role of research in establishing a scientific base for the practice of advanced nursing.
2. Explain the components of the research process.
3. Analyze the interrelationships among the components of the research process.
4. Incorporate the use of theory or conceptual models in defining research problems.
5. Discuss the relationship of research designs to types of research problems.
6. Analyze ethical issues related to nursing research.
7. Critique research at a level necessary to utilize research outcomes in advanced nursing practice.
8. Generate a research proposal as specified in course guidelines


Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to: testing, class participation, papers or proposals, critiques, abstracts, and presentations.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Approved: April 2010