Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
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NU 503 - Nursing Research: Methods and Utilization for Evidence Based Practice

Emphasizes examination of the research process as scientific thinking. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods are studied. Stresses the evaluation of evidence from published research, including choice of research questions and adequacy of method and design for critical appraisal and application of findings to guide practice. Interrelationships between planning, implementing, and evaluating health-related research are analyzed. Standards of ethical conduct in research are examined. The availability and use of computer software for ethical conduct in research are examined. The availability and use of computer software for data analysis are also reviewed, and basic approaches to data collection and analysis are presented.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: NU 500 and undergraduate statistics course

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Identify and analyze researchable questions arising within nursing, including those within population-based practice, education, and/or administration. 
  • Describe relationships among theory development and quantitative and qualitative research. 
  • Utilize electronic databases to retrieve existing research evidence. 
  • Critique published qualitative and quantitative studies for quality and relevance. 
  • Integrate research findings on a given question to provide guidance for practice guidelines. 
  • Design measurement strategies for study variables, and collect and manage study data. 
  • Develop plans for the analysis of study findings. 
  • Develop and analyze strategies to implement research findings into practice. 
  • Apply the research process steps to develop a research proposal. 
  • Apply established procedures to safeguard the rights of human research subjects.

Credits: 3

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