MSN 563: Evidence-Based Practice for Scholarship and Practice

3 hours
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.
MSN 561


This course has been developed to meet the essential curriculum elements I. Background for Practice from Sciences 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-­based practice.
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 practice settings.
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.
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 healthcare 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.
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.
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]
To successfully complete this course, 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.
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.
As 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 are responsible 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 clearly documented. Other guidelines for acceptable student behavior are specified in the United States University Catalog.
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Week 8: Signature Assignment

Summary: The purpose of the Initial Steps for an Evidence-Based Project Template assignment is for students to apply the concepts they have learned in this course and develop the framework for the initial steps to the student’s capstone project. The assignment allows the student to initiate the steps for planning, researching and developing an evidence-based project. The template assignment includes the initial steps in planning for an evidence-based practice intervention project. This Week 8: Signature Assignment Initial Steps for an Evidence-Based Project Template will include the following:


The student will use the Template and complete the required items  

  1. Introduction (25 to 50 words) – Provide an introduction to your topic or project. The introduction gives the reader an accurate, concrete understanding what the project will cover and what can be gained from implementation of this project.
  2. Overview of the Problem (50 to 70 words) – Provide a synopsis of the problem and some indication of why the problem is worth exploring or what contribution the proposed project is apt to make to practice.
  3. Project Purpose Statement (20 to 40 words) – Provide a declarative sentence or two which summarize the specific topic and goals of the project.
  4. Background and Significance (50 to 100 words) – State the importance of the problem and emphasize what is innovative about your proposed project. Discuss the potential impact of your project on your anticipated results to the betterment of health and/or health outcomes.
  5. PICOt formatted Clinical Project Questions (No word limit) – Provide the Population, Intervention, Comparison, Expected Outcomes and timeframe for the proposed project.
  6. Literature Review (200 to 400 words) – Provide the key terms used to guide the search for the evidence and provide at least five (5) summaries of research studies to support the evidence.
  7. Critical Appraisal of Literature (200 to 400 words) – Provide information on the strength of the evidence, weaknesses of the evidence, what is known from the evidence, and what are the gaps in the evidence.
  8. Develop an EBP Standard (150 to 250 words) – List a bundle of care of two (2) to three (3) intervention from the evidence and discuss how individual patient’s preferences will be considered.
  9. Implications (150 to 250 words) – Provide a summary of the consequences from the proposed project on research, education and practice.
  10. References – Provide references used in the template using APA 6th ed. Manual.

MSN 563 Health Care Plan Case Study Assignment Prompt

Apply what you have learned about Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and demonstrate the ability to develop a holistic plan of care, incorporating Telehealth and defining assessment and intervention of specific population incorporating unique attributes of populations for health promotion, wellness preservation, and maintenance of function across the health-illness continuum.

Develop a case study and a plan of care, incorporating current mobile App technology:

Select a population. Define your population by gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, spiritual need, and healthcare need.  Apply concepts learned in course to identify healthcare needs specific to the population and access to care (Utilize your textbook Chapters 1-25, and identified Websites).  Also use at least two references within the five years.

Describe how Telehealth could impact the delivery of care to this population.

Identify PICO specific to the population you chose in #1. (apply PICOT statement developed in MSN 563)

Define a plan of care.

Hint: Concise, condensed information, with specifics and details about population and unique needs with a plan for meeting these needs should be considered. Incorporate the content you have learned in this course.

Length: 3 pages not including the title page and references page

Format: APA, 6th edition format is to be observed (12 pt., 1” margins, Times New Roman) for this MSN 563 Health Care Plan Case Study Assignment.

Research: Two references within the last five years.