318 Research for Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical, Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice, and Learning Strategies; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisite for RNs: Concepts of Professional Nursing and pre-nursing Stats course or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course focuses on the research process and the use of evidence as an integral component of professional nursing. Prior learning from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing coursework serves as a basis for the assimilation of new knowledge and skills related to research and evidence-based practice. Terminology, concepts and constructs specific to research; types of research methodologies; and the steps in the research process are discussed. Levels of evidence are introduced to guide clinical decision making. Emphasis is given to locating reputable sources of evidence and determining applicability of the information to professional nursing practice.