Spring 2018

NURS 3375-001 Research and Evidence Based Practice

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

Research and Evidence Based-Practice involves a level of critical thinking that goes beyond textbook readings and power point slides. To facilitate your learning experience, this course will involve small and large group discussions. Please prepare appropriately by completing assigned readings, videos, and other preparation activities as assigned prior to each class. It is expected that every student will participate in these discussions. Because of this, we have a 1 strike policy for cell phone use and if a student is non compliant, the student will lose the class participation point for that day.

Some weeks there will be guest lectures given by prominent nurse researchers with national and international reputations, it is expected that all laptops will be closed and put away and that all cell phones will be on silent and out of site. 

Many activities in this course will involve group work and projects. Effective teamwork in healthcare and scientific inquiry is associated with improved productivity, high innovation, and rapid translation of findings into practice. Thus, it is essential to build teamwork skills as you progress through your coursework.  If you are having problems within your groups, it is expected that you will notify the course instructors so we can remedy and resolve any problems as soon as possible. A peer evaluation will be done at the end of the semester that will have implications on your final grade. 

If you are confused or have any questions regarding any content or assignments given in this class, you are encouraged to speak directly with the faculty because you are all working on different topics, class mates may receive different feedback. Your faculty give topic specific feedback to your classmates and thus what is said to one group may not apply to all groups. Therefore, please come directly to faculty with questions you have.

Finally, some components of this course are web-based with some interactions taking place on Canvas. It is your responsibility to check the course schedule for web-based activities and assignments.


Darpan I. Patel, PhD
Assistant Professor/Research
Email: pateld7@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: 210-567-0362 
Office: 2.666
Office Hours: By Appointment 

Carolyn E.Z. Pickering, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Email: pickeringc@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: 210-450-8372
Office: 2.140
Office Hours: By Appointment

We strongly encourage you to ask questions. It is encouraged that if you are having trouble with any content in this course, that you
schedule an appointment with one of the faculty members to visit them during their office hours. Appointments are encouraged as we understand and are appreciative of heavy course load and schedules you carry as a 2nd semester student. You faculty are here to support you and assist you in being successful in this course. 

Email is the preferred mode of communication. However, please plan ahead. Technology has a tendency to fail at times. We will respond back to your emails manner, but do not expect responses outside of business hours. 


This course addresses the role of research in professional nursing practice including conduct of research, research sources utilization and dissemination, and principles and models of evidence-based practice. 


 semester hours (3 hours theory)


Successful completion of Semester 5


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


  1.   Acknowledge role in protection of human subjects in the conduct of research. (Essential III, IV, VIII, IX)
  2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models of applying evidence to practice. (Essential I, III, IV, VIII, IX)
  3.   Evaluate the credibility of sources of information, including but not limited to databases and internet resources. (Essential II, III, IX)
  4.   Explain the interrelationship among theory, practice, and research. (Essential I, III, IV, VIII, IX)
  5.   Identify practice discrepancies between identified standards and practice that may adversely impact patient outcomes. (Essential II, III, IX)
  6.   Participate in the process of retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence to improve patient outcomes. (Essential III. IV, V, VIII, IX)
  7.   Collaborate in the collection, documentation, and dissemination of evidence. (Essential III, IX)


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade Percentages:
20% - Class Participation
20% - Quizes (4 total)
15% - Exam
30% - Group Assignments (6 total)
15% - Final Group Scholarly Poster and Presentation

100% - Total

All students are expected to contribute in the Discussion Board in Canvas and complete assessments (quizzes or exams) and assignments, by their due date. PLEASE SEE COURSE CALENDARS FOR DETAILS

The opportunity to take a makeup exam is at the discretion of the Course Faculty and must be done within 5 days of the exam date. Consideration for the opportunity to take a makeup exam requires that the student notify the Course Faculty PRIOR to the scheduled time of assessment.  
In class quizzes can not be made up.

Written projects and assignments may be accepted after the due date with PRIOR approval from the Course Faculty, but will incur deduction of 
10% of total project score per 24-hour period that it is late. 



  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Canvas.
  7. Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams. 
  8. Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors.  If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers.  No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
  9. When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor.  Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location.  During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
  10. Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams.  Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
  11. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
  12. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  13. Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.  


  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 75% on all graded activities.
  2. Students must make a "C" (75) or higher in all nursing courses to progress in the program.


The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series®, RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams, and the ATI Virtual "greenlight" program to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam. Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students will take the non-proctored (Practice A and B) tests individually, as often as they wish with a minimum of a 24 hour wait period between attempts. The student should engage in a minimum of one hour focused review on missed topics and/or identify three critical points to remember. Achievement of a 90% or higher individual score is required prior to taking the proctored test. Students may be required to show documentation by submitting a printed copy of the individual student transcript to the faculty prior to testing. Non-proctored tests are pass/fail.

To strengthen the review method, if students did not achieve a 90% or greater on the practice exam, students should understand the rationales for each distracter. It is recommended that students review 5-15 questions at a time with ample time given to review each of the rationales. When the student logs in again, the exam will continue from where the student had stopped previously.

Content Mastery Exams will comprise 15% of the total course grade. The following provides guidelines for inclusion of the CME in the course grade.

                   Content Mastery Examinations Requirements


 1st ATI Exam  (15% of Course Points)

2nd ATI Exam      (15% of Course Points)


100% of points  

85% of points


90% of points

80% of points    


*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

Less than Level 1

*0% of points, develop focused review** and must retake exam

0% of points

*Level 1 and below: An individualized student success plan will be developed and implemented in conjunction with faculty to help student attain content mastery.

* Focused review consists of printing out the specific proctored “report” and using either the available ATI templates or a plain piece of paper to handwrite all of the missed items under “Topics to Review” and label each missed item with the topic descriptors. This handwritten remediation will be stapled with the student’s proctored “report”. 

The RN Comprehensive Predictor will be given in Nurs 4420 (traditional BSN program) or Nurs 4423 accelerated BSN program).


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. (2014). Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice. Elsevier (8th ed). ISBN 978-0-323-10086-1

LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. (2014). Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice. Study Guide. Elsevier (8th ed). ISBN 978-0-323-22643-1.

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Author: Washington, D. C.

Additional required readings for assignments will be distributed through Canvas.


Selected journal articles to be assigned. Please review the course schedule and Canvas for the reading to complete prior to class each week.


1. Systematic inquiry - research questions and hypotheses; literature reviews; theoretical frameworks

2. Ethics and human subject protection in research - ethical conduct of research; Institutional Review Boards (IRB); Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

3. The research process - study designs; data collection; data analysis, data interpretation and statistics

4. Using research to inform practice - systematic reviews; clinical practice guidelines; evidence-based practice; organizational assessments; quality improvement; implementation research

5. Dissemination - technical writing; manuscript preparation; peer review; presentations.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Room: ALTC 3.302
Topic/Assignment Due: Please check Canvas


Readings (to be completed prior to class): 

LoBiondo-Wood & Haber: Chapters 1 & 2

Study Guide: Chapters 1 & 2

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