This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse for utilization of existing knowledge to provide high-quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of research and evidence, problem identification within the practice setting, awareness of practice outcomes, and the clinical application of evidence-based practice. Reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to explore qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Understanding of common statistical methods and critical analysis of data for validating evidence will be integrated into course content. Integration of knowledge from the humanities and science within the context of nursing science will be discussed. The student will select a clinical problem and identify an evidence-based practice project approach that will be further developed in MSN 600 Evidence-Based Capstone Project.

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COURSE CREDITS

3 hours

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse for utilization of existing knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of research and evidence, problem identification within the practice setting, awareness of practice outcomes, and the clinical application of evidence based practice. Reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to explore qualitative and quantitative research methods. Understanding of common statistical methods and critical analysis of data for validating evidence will be integrated into course content. Integration of knowledge from the humanities and science within the context of nursing science will be discussed. The student will define a clinical problem and identify the evidence based practice project approach that will be developed in MSN 600 Evidence Based Capstone Project.

PREREQUISITES

MSN 561

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course has been developed to meet the essential curriculum elements I. Background for Practice fromSciences and Humanities, III. Quality Improvement and Safety, and IV. Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Family Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies defined by the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1.Describe the foundations of nursing research and evidence-­basedpractice.

2.Demonstrate the understanding for generating compelling clinical questions.

3.Advocate for protection of human subjects through applying legal and ethical principles to guide research and scholarly work.

4.Outline the steps toward implementing and sustaining evidence into practicesettings.

5.Appraise evidence and research for rigor and applicability to improve outcomes.

6.Synthesize evidence generated from Watson’s Theory of Human Caring in practice.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLO)A student who completes this program will be able to:

PLO 3 –Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing and related disciplines to develop and integrate new approaches for nursing practice of the whole/healthy human being.

PLO 5 –Analyze socio-­cultural, spiritual, ethical, economic, and political issues to improve

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

This course assures learning by engaging the student using strategies that may include face-­to-­face meetings and/or online lectures, demonstrations, case studies, simulations, discussions, and other interactive and group activities.Practicing personal and professional reflection are core principles of Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory. Reflective practice allows us to grow and to develop a better understanding of ourselves and our practices. Setting weekly goals provides purposeful planning and consequential reflection upon the evaluating the journey and achievement of those goals at the end of the week.

REQUIRED TEXTS

Melnyk, B.M., Fineout-­Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-­based practice in nursing and healthcare. A guide to best practice. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4963-­5129-­6] or eText [ISBN: 978-­1-­4963-­7492-­9]

Polit, D. F. & Tatano Beck, C. (2017). Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice. (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4511-­7679-­7]

America Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4338-­0561-­5]

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete thiscourse, you will need access to appropriate technology with reliable Internet access and the appropriate system and software to support the D2L learning platform. The technical requirements for users can be found in the D2L course shell.

DOCUMENTATION

Any material not original to the student must be cited in the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Deliberate use of information or material from outside sources without proper citation is considered plagiarism and can be grounds for disciplinary action. See the explanation of Academic Integrity below

ATTENDANCE POLICY

USU is an attendance taking university;; attendance is taken at each face-­to-­face class meeting and weekly for each online course. Requirements for students’ attendance and participation are based on the following policy:

●Monday of the first week is considered the first day of class. Students must be in attendance in both campus and online classes by the seventh day of the session. If the student does not attend or participate in the classroom, by the seventh day of the session, the student may be dropped from the course and/or administratively withdrawn from the university.

●Each course will have an initial weekly assignment that must be submitted on-­time to be considered in attendance for that week.

●Students must complete the first requirement/assignment within the first week to be considered incompliance with attendance.

●In addition, if at any time after the first week of class a student is absent from the university for 14 school days, excluding holidays and scheduled breaks of five calendar days or more, and no contact has been made by the student indicating intent to continue, the student may be dropped from the course and/or administratively withdrawn from the University.

●Regular attendance is expected for student success. If a student misses more than one onsite class or one week of engagement in an online class, the student may, at the discretion of the instructor, fail the course

CourseSyllabus

ASSIGNMENT POLICY

●All course assignments must be completed and submitted for successful completion of the course. Prior approval is required for submission of late assignments. With appropriate rationale, a revised due date may be negotiated. Assignments submitted without prior approval up to 48 hours after the due date will have a 10% reduction ingrade. Assignments submitted without approval >48 hours after the due date will be noted as turned in but will not receive a grade.

●Instructor will respond to assignment submissions within 1 week, during business days (Monday-­Friday). Instructors may inform the student if additional response time is needed for assignments that require a significant level of feedback.

●Assignment completion may be measured/graded using a variety of tools including: grading rubrics, quizzes/exams, clinical observation and self-­reflection and mentorevaluation.

●Learners must receive a grade B or higher in all Masters of Science in Nursing courses to progress through the program.

●The American Psychological Association (APA) Editorial Format is to be used for all written assignments.

●Learners are expected to adhere to USU’s ‘netiquette’ expectations for online discussions, email, and other forms of communication with peers and instructors. Expectations include: o Be polite and respectful of oneanother.oAvoid personal attacks. Keep dialogue friendly and supportive, even when youdisagree or wish to present a controversial idea or response.oBe careful with the use of humor and sarcasm. Emotion is difficult to sense through text.oBe helpful and share your expertise. Foster community communication and collaboration.oContribute constructively and completely to each discussion. Avoid short repetitive “I agree” responses and don’t make everyone else do the work.oConsider carefully what you write. Re-­read all e-­mail and discussion before sending or posting.oRemember that e-­mail is considered a permanent record that may be forwarded to others.oBe brief and succinct. Don’t use up other people’s time or bandwidth.oUse descriptive subject headings for each e-­mailmessage.oRespect privacy. Don’t forward a personal message without permission.oCite references. Include web addresses, authors, names of articles, date of publication, etc.oKeep responses professional and educational. Do not advertise or send chainletters.oDo not send large attachments unless you have been requested to do so orhave permission from all parties.o2 word postings (e.g.: I agree, good point, Oh yeah, No way, Me too) do not “count” as postings

CourseSyllabushealthcare outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.PLO 6 –Apply the process of scientific inquiry to validate and contribute knowledge relevant to improving healthcare outcomes within a dynamic healthcare environment.PLO 8 –Demonstrate expertise in a culture of caring and engage in critical dialogue a vision for advanced nursing practice.INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIESThis course assures learning by engaging the student using strategies that may include face-­to-­face meetings and/or online lectures, demonstrations, case studies, simulations, discussions, and other interactive and group activities.Practicing personal and professional reflection are core principles of Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory. Reflective practice allows us to grow and to develop a better understanding of ourselves and our practices. Setting weekly goals provides purposeful planning and consequential reflection upon the evaluating the journey and achievement of those goals at the end of the week.REQUIRED TEXTSMelnyk, B.M., Fineout-­Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-­based practice in nursing and healthcare. A guide to best practice. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4963-­5129-­6] or eText [ISBN: 978-­1-­4963-­7492-­9]Polit, D. F. & Tatano Beck, C. (2017). Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice. (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4511-­7679-­7]America Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. [ISBN: 978-­1-­4338-­0561-­5]TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTSTo successfully complete thiscourse, you will need access to appropriate technology with reliable Internet access and the appropriate system and software to support the D2L learning platform. The technical requirements for users can be found in the D2L course shell.DOCUMENTATIONAny material not original to the student must be cited in the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Deliberate use of information or material from outside sources without proper citation is considered plagiarism and can be grounds for disciplinary action. See the explanation of Academic Integrity below.ACADEMIC INTEGRITYAs a learning community of scholars, United States University emphasizes the ethical responsibility of all its members to seek knowledge honestly and in good faith. Students areCourseSyllabusresponsible for doing their own work, and academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation of information in oral or written form. Such violations will be dealt with severely by the instructor, the dean/director, and the standards committee. Plagiarism means presenting someone else’s idea or writing as if it were your own. If you use someone else’s idea or writing, be sure the source is clearlydocumented. Other guidelines for acceptable student behavior are specified in the United States University Catalog.DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONSAccording to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, an individual with disability is defined as having functional limitations resulting from a diagnosed disability and applies to an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one ormore of the individual’s major life activities;; has a record of such an impairment;; or is regarded as having such an impairment. In compliance with ADA guidelines, students who have any condition, either permanent or temporary, that may impair or impact their ability to successfully complete assignments, tasks or satisfy course criteria are requested to notify the Dean’s Office in order to understand how to apply for Student Disability Services. It is highly suggested that the student contact their professor to discuss the accommodations during the first week of the session. The granting of accommodations will not be retroactive and cannot jeopardize the academic standards or integrity of the course.ATTENDANCE POLICYUSU is an attendance taking university;; attendance is taken at each face-­to-­face class meeting and weekly for each online course. Requirements for students’ attendance and participation are based on the following policy:●Monday of the first week is considered the first day of class. Students must be in attendance in both campus and online classes by the seventh day of the session. If the student does not attend or participate in the classroom, by the seventh day of the session, the student may be dropped from the course and/or administratively withdrawn from the university.●Each course will have an initial weekly assignment that must be submitted on-­time to be considered in attendance for that week.●Students must complete the first requirement/assignment within the first week to be considered incompliance with attendance.●In addition, if at any time after the first week of class a student is absent from the university for 14 school days, excluding holidays and scheduled breaks of five calendar days or more, and no contact has been made by the student indicating intent to continue, the student may be dropped from the course and/or administratively withdrawn from the University.●Regular attendance is expected for student success. If a student misses more than one onsite class or one week of engagement in an online class, the student may, at the discretion of the instructor, fail the course.CourseSyllabusASSIGNMENT POLICY●All course assignments must be completed and submitted for successful completion of the course. Prior approval is required for submission of late assignments. With appropriate rationale, a revised due date may be negotiated. Assignments submitted without prior approval up to 48 hours after the due date will have a 10% reduction ingrade. Assignments submitted without approval >48 hours after the due date will be noted as turned in but will not receive a grade.●Instructor will respond to assignment submissions within 1 week, during business days (Monday-­Friday). Instructors may inform the student if additional response time is needed for assignments that require a significant level of feedback.●Assignment completion may be measured/graded using a variety of tools including: grading rubrics, quizzes/exams, clinical observation and self-­reflection and mentorevaluation.●Learners must receive a grade B or higher in all Masters of Science in Nursing courses to progress through the program.●The American Psychological Association (APA) Editorial Format is to be used for all written assignments.●Learners are expected to adhere to USU’s ‘netiquette’ expectations for online discussions, email, and other forms of communication with peers and instructors. Expectations include: o Be polite and respectful of oneanother.oAvoid personal attacks. Keep dialogue friendly and supportive, even when youdisagree or wish to present a controversial idea or response.oBe careful with the use of humor and sarcasm. Emotion is difficult to sense through text.oBe helpful and share your expertise. Foster community communication and collaboration.oContribute constructively and completely to each discussion. Avoid short repetitive “I agree” responses and don’t make everyone else do the work.oConsider carefully what you write. Re-­read all e-­mail and discussion before sending or posting.oRemember that e-­mail is considered a permanent record that may be forwarded to others.oBe brief and succinct. Don’t use up other people’s time or bandwidth.oUse descriptive subject headings for each e-­mailmessage.oRespect privacy. Don’t forward a personal message without permission.oCite references. Include web addresses, authors, names of articles, date of publication, etc.oKeep responses professional and educational. Do not advertise or send chainletters.oDo not send large attachments unless you have been requested to do so orhave permission from all parties.o2 word postings (e.g.: I agree, good point, Oh yeah, No way, Me too) do not “count” as postings.SOCIAL MEDIA POLICYPlease refer to the Nursing Student Handbook and review Social Media Policy. This policyCourseSyllabusis also posted in D2L course for your convenience.ASSESSMENT AND MEASUREMENTGrading ScalePointsLetter GradeIndicator95-­100ASuperior90-­94A-­87-­89B+Above average84-­86BMSN requirement80-­83B-­77-­79C+74-­76CBSN requirement70-­73C-­Failure0-­69FFailureGrading Percentage AllocationCLO(s)AssignmentAppendixWeight1-­5Signature Assignment (Week 8)A101-­3Student Introduction Video (Week 1)B51-­5Part 1: Introduction and Problem Statement Template (Week 3)C51-­5Part 2: Project Purpose Statement, Background & Significance and PICOt Template (Week 5)D51-­5Part 3: Literature Review and Critical Appraisal Template (Week 7)E51-­6Discussion Board (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8)F202-­4Critical Appraisal (Week 5)G103NIH Human Subjects Protection Training and Certificate (Week 6)H101, 2Midterm Examination –Open Book (Week 4)I101-­6Final Examination –Open Book (Week 8)I101-­6Reflection in Action (Week 7)J51-­6Synchronous Class Attendance (Weeks 1,7)K5Total100