NURS-322: Research and Evidence Based Practice

3 credit hours

This course stresses the role of the nurse as a researcher and a research consumer. It includes both quantitative and qualitative research. Skills necessary to critically read and evaluate nursing research and to use the results of research in practice are developed in this course. The historical, legal, and ethical aspects of nursing research are considered. This course also focuses on the evaluation and utilization of research and other sources of knowledge necessary to address the patient needs and provide quality care. Course content also covers methods, appraisal, and utilization of research findings toward the goal of implementing best practices. Barriers to the use of evidence-based practice as well as facilitating innovations within the workplace are addressed.