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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 412
Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This theory course introduces the language and processes of research within the nursing profession. The research competencies to be examined include interpreting and using research in nursing practice, evaluating research, and conducting research. Course content focuses on retrieving, reading, evaluating, disseminating, and using research in nursing practice. This course will focus on current review of nursing literature and research utilization through evidence-based practice.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the RN to BSN program; MATH 250.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following: 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
By American Psychological Association (Washington, D.C.)
The Practice of Nursing Research
By Grove, S.K., Burns, N., Gray, J.R. (Mosby: Elsevier)
Course Objectives

• To examine areas of high priority for nursing research related to the health care consumer's health, safety and barriers to health.
• To examine the ethical dimensions of a research project/article/report.
• To examine how the process of scentific inquiry has contributed to the development of knowledge for nursing practice.
• To identify areas of high priority for nursing research to improve nursing practice.
• To use research for the purpose of advancing health potentials for groups of clients.

Measurable Learning

• Examine the significance of research in building an evidence-based practice for nursing.
• Discuss the historical development of nursing research.
• Explain the concepts relevant to quantitative and qualitative research.
• Examine the methods of formulating a research problem, developing objectives, reviewing relevant literature, identifying questions, writing hypotheses, assessing for variables, discussing methods for determining a sample population, examining principles of statistical analysis, and interpreting results.
• Appraise the implications of ethics in research.

Topical Outline:

  • Historical development and implementation of nursing research.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research concepts.
  • Research problem and purpose development.
  • Review of the literature.
  • Objectives, questions, hypotheses, and variables.
  • Ethics in research.
  • Outcomes and intervention-based nursing research.
  • Sampling.
  • Concepts of measurement.
  • Critical appraisal of nursing research.
  • Evidence synthesis and strategies for evidence-based practice.
  • Collecting and managing data.
  • Statistical analysis.
  • Interpreting research outcomes.
  • Proposing and seeking funding for research.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Joyce Gentry Date: November 11, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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