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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6803
Tracking Number - 2787

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 4/5/12, Course appd 4/11/12, to USF Sys 4/11/12, to SCNS 4/18/12; SCNS appd eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-02-21
  2. Department: Nursing
  3. College: NR
  4. Budget Account Number: 620100020
  5. Contact Person: Dewel Lindsey
  6. Phone: 8133969978
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: NGR
  9. Number: 6803
  10. Full Title: Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Research Evidence-Based Prac
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 20
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Theoretical and clinical knowledge to prepare the advanced practice nurse to engage in evidence-based practice. Development of skills needed to critically evaluate new information available from professional consensus statements and research findings.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required as part of MS program and graduate core, NP core, and Nurse Generalist core.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Knowledge of specific content area.
  29. Objectives: 1. Analyze the status of research utilization and evidence-based practice in nursing.

    2. Apply the steps of evidence-based practice.

    3. Critically appraise appropriate knowledge for clinical decision making.

    4. Evaluate evidence-based resources as support for decision making (i.e., introducing, disseminating, modifying or rejecting a change in practice).

    5. Appraise the readiness for adoption of evidence-based guidelines in a specific clinical setting, or environment with attention to both individual and organizational components .

    6. Critique the use of evidence-based practice guidelines in the clinical setting.

    7. Develop evidence-based practice plans pertinent to practice outcomes.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Describe evidence-based practice to include the components of research

    evidence, clinical expertise and patient/family values.

    2. Employ efficient and effective strategies to locate reliable sources of

    evidence and answer focused clinical questions.

    3. Identify principles that comprise appraisal of research evidence.

    4. Critically appraise original research and evidence summaries related to area of

    clinical practice.

    5. Analyze how the strength of available evidence influences the provision of care

    (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation).

    6. Participate in designing systems that support evidence-based practice.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Why evidence-based practice

    a. Compelling clinical questions

    2. Formulate a clinical question

    3. Levels of evidence

    4. Critically appraise knowledge for clinical decision making

    5. Quantitative evidence

    6. Qualitative evidence

    7. Clinical judgment

    8. Models and strategies

    9. Evidence-based practice guidelines

    10. Generating evidence: quantitative and qualitative

    11. General evaluation outcomes management

    12. Disseminating evidence

    13. Motivating change

    14. Ethical considerations for evidence implementation and evidence generation

  32. Textbooks: Melnyk, B., M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2010). Evidence-based practice in nursing &

    healthcare (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Papers

    Class Presentations

    Class Discussion

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Papers

    Class Presentation

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master's Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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