Metropolitan State University

NURS 335 : Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

A. Course Description
Credits: 3
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This course focuses on research as a basis for developing nursing as a discipline and for improving the practice of professional nursing. The historical development of nursing research and theory are reviewed. The usefulness of theory as a guide for practice and research is emphasized. Ethical issues surrounding the use of human subjects in research are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to become effective consumers of research, the process for utilization of research in practice, and the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
B. Course Effective Dates: 12/14/2016 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Critically examine nursing research to determine strength of evidence to improve patient outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models for applying evidence-based practice.
  3. Develop basic skills in computerized data base search methods including the evaluation of source credibility.
  4. Examine ethical issues related to nursing research and human subjects┬┐ protection.
  5. Explore research paradigms appropriate to examining the concepts of unconditional acceptance, holism, health, and caring.
  6. Explore the inter-relationships between theory, practice, and research.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information