Research Process for Professional Nursing

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Course Description:
This introductory course will assist students in conceptualizing both the basic research process and the importance of research to nursing and will enable students to understand and use published healthcare research.


Course Details


Annamarie Johnson, DNP, MSN, RN


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Grove & Gray (2018). Understanding Nursing Research. 7th edition Elsevier, ISBN: 9781455770601

Previously purchased APA Manual (7th Edition) ISBN: 9781433832161


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high-quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Employ research findings to customize application of the nursing process.
  • Apply the steps in the research process to support customized therapeutic care to promote protect, and restore health for patients.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in evaluating the usefulness of research studies in clinical practice.
  • Describe the role of research on the practice of professional nursing.
  • Describe the role of the professional nurse in knowledge generation.
  • Discuss the role of nurses in the ethical and legal conduct of research.

 N1-N6 for all

DB, W, Proj. for all


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

On-line lectures, on-line discussions, projects, selected readings, on-line documents, audio-visuals, portfolios, and/or computer lab. Assessment of evidence-based research through a proctored assignment (research paper) along with a critique of a quantitative research article and a qualitative research article.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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