Spring 2018

NURS 7323-002 Design & Analysis for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Translational Science II

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Welcome to NURS 7323: Design & Analysis for Evidence-Based Practice Translational Science II! We look forward to meeting all of you. Our first class will be face to face on Sunday, January 14 from 1:00 - 4:50 pm. Please bring your laptop to class to ensure that you can access all online content and materials.


Frank Puga, PhD

Email: pugaf@uthscsa.edu

Office Phone: 210-567-5846

Office: NS 2.668

OfficeHours: By Appointment


Wesley Richardson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

Email: Richardsonwf@uthscsa.edu

Office Phone:  210-567-5854

Office: NS 2.670

Office Hours: By Appointment


This course extends Evidence-Based Practice Translational Science I to refine the student’s ability to integrate research and knowledge into practice and evaluate impact on healthcare quality and safety and patient outcomes. Students will use advanced program evaluation research approaches and analytic methods to design and evaluate innovations in systems of care in terms of care processes and patient outcomes. The course emphasizes appropriate design and analytic approaches in translational science and explores ethical issues in translational science.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 7301 Methods for EBP Translational Science I


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Design evidence-based improvements that promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
  2. Critically appraise knowledge translation tools including practice guidelines for improving interprofessional practice and the practice environment.
  3. Analyze nurse-specific and interprofessional mechanisms to translate evidence into practice, transform health care organizations, and inform policy.
  4. Apply program evaluation and cost-effectiveness approaches to evaluate system and patient outcomes of evidence-based improvements.
  5. Utilize ethical principles in conducting investigations in improvement and organizational science.
  6. Examine strategies for sustaining evidence-based practice changes to improve healthcare and outcomes.




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)








Further details and information on assignments and grading criteria are contained in the course information packet on CANVAS.



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. 


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.


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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.


Brownson, R. C., Colditz, G.A. & Proctor, E.K. (2012). Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-97518-7.


Grol, R., Wensing, M., Eccles, M., & Davis, D. (2013). Improving Patient Care:The Implementation of Change in Health Care, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-67338-6


Ovretveit, J. (2015). Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9781308619743


Straus, S., Tetroe, J., & Graham, I.D. (2013). Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-BMJ Books. ISBN 978-1-118-41354-8


Additional Resources:

Moran, K., Burson, R., & Conrad, D (2017). The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project, 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 9781284079685 

Kruger, R.A. & Casey, M.A. (2009). Focus Group: A Practical Guide for Applied Research, 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publishers. ISBN# 978-1-4129-6947-5 (spiral)


Module I: Organizational Assessments to Support Improvement Activities


Module II: Theories and Frameworks to Guide Improvement and Implementation


Module III: DNP Project Design


Module IV: Measurement and Analysis for Improvement and Implementation


Module V: Sustaining Improvement Activities

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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