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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 253 - Nursing Research
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NUR 203 and STA 220 or PSY 300 or permission of instructor.

Catalog Description: Introduction to principles of scientific inquiry and analytical thinking common to problem solving in nursing. Research process and implications to knowledge development, utilization and evidence based practice are explored.

Course Goals & Outcomes

This course introduces students to the principles of scientific inquiry and analytical thinking useful in solving nursing problems for client care. The research process, implications of knowledge development, and the use of evidence for nursing practice is explored.

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Know the terminology of research.
  2. Describe the research process used for exploration of clinical nursing questions.
  3. Identify and locate nursing research studies to examine clinical practice questions.
  4. Effectively evaluate research studies using the principles of research design.
  5. Compare and contrast evidence from various research studies in making clinical nursing care decision.
  6. Discuss ethical principles of conducting research including appropriate informed consent of participants.
  7. Assist clients in understanding research findings.
  8. Use knowledge of research in developing evidence based nursing practice.
Course Syllabus

This is a lecture course that uses selected activities to promote student learning. Students demonstrate knowledge of course content through course exams that include the ability to read and evaluate selected nursing research studies.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to Nursing Research
  • Overview of the Research Process
  • Defining and Selecting a Research Problem
  • Conceptual & Theoretical Basis of Research
  • Reading a Literature Review
  • Ethical Considerations in clinical Research
  • Elements of Quantitative Research
  • Elements of Qualitative Research
  • Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

This is a required course in the nursing program that lays the foundation for decisions related to client care. Nursing research is essential content for professional nursing. It assists the nurse in identifying new and best nursing care practices for clients experiencing healthcare challenges. The ability to analyze and appropriately apply scientific evidence is fundamental to critical thinking in nursing practice. A hallmark of the baccalaureate prepared nurse is the ability to understand the research process that supports knowledge development needed to direct both current and future nursing practice.

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