Spring 2018

NURS 5307-001 Translational Research for Advanced Nursing Practice

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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
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Please note that this course has 2 class sections, with different classrooms  and instructors. Please note your section accordingly. 

Section 1: Friday, January 12, 2018, 4:00-6:50 pm, ALT-C 1.105

Please familiarize yourself with Canvas resources.
Read Chapters 1 & 2 of your textbook (Polit & Beck, 2017). Please bring your own laptop.


Bluhm, Maria Danet Lapiz, PhD, RN, MSCI   
Associate Professor
Roger L & Laura D. Zeller Professor in Nursing
E- mail: lapiz@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5790
Office Fax: (210) 567-5822
Office Room: 2.644
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10am – 2pm or by appointment
School of Nursing


In this course students learn the application of research in nursing and healthcare.  Emphasis is placed on interpreting, evaluating and translating research to improve practice and healthcare outcomes.


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


Graduate Standing


Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) students will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences, including genetics and genomics, into the delivery of advanced nursing care to populations in diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to assure ethical and critical decision-making at all systems’ levels for quality and patient safety.
  3. Incorporate performance improvement strategies for quality, safety, and patient-centered care delivery.
  4. Use improvement science to achieve optimal patient care and care environment outcomes.
  5. Integrate meaningful and usable information systems and healthcare technologies to support safe, quality patient care and healthcare systems effectiveness.
  6. Advocate for policy changes that influence healthcare at appropriate levels.
  7. Lead interprofessional teams using collaborative strategies to effect quality patient care and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze and incorporate broad ecological and social health determinants to design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population healthcare and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  9. Integrate the advanced competencies expected of a master’s prepared nurse to design, deliver, and evaluate outcomes of systems of care for individuals, families, and diverse populations.


1.   Recognize major types of research methods to include Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods and the implication of using evidence derived from these methods.

[Essential I, III, VIII]

2.   Apply the frameworks for the evaluation of evidence. [Essential IV]

3.   Judge scholarly works for conceptual and methodological rigor and adequacy of evidence (outcomes). [Essential I, III, VIII]

4.   Conduct a systematic search to explore a phenomenon of interest. [Essential IV]

5.   Summarize evidence related to a phenomenon of interest. [Essential IV]

6.   Explain legal and ethical considerations in the research process. [Essential I, &IV]




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)


Grading Criteria:
15% - Agree II Evaluation
30% - CPG Appraisal/Application
20% - CITI Certification
25% - Online Assignments
10% - Class Participation
100% - Total

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

All students are expected to actively participate in all class activities including, but not limited to, group work, discussion boards, assignments, and assessments. Activities must be completed by the published due date. PLEASE SEE COURSE CALENDARS FOR DETAILS.

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

The opportunity to take a makeup quiz or 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. 


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.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

Netiquette guidelines provide information for behaving properly online, when using email, tweets or texts so that you may successfully communicate your thoughts in a manner that is respectful and avoids misunderstandings with others.


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.


Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN-13- 978-146300232 or ISBN-10- 1496300238

American Psychological Association (2011). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Author: Washington, D. C. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

APA online resource: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/



Content outline as per AACN Master's Essentials (2011, pages 16-17)

1. Advocacy in research

2. Evidence-based practice - Translating evidence into practice, Clinical Practice Guidelines

3. Implementation/improvement science

4. Knowledge acquisition

5. Research ethics

6. Research methods - Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods

7. Research process - Developing research questions (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time or PICOT), research problems, hypotheses, 

8. Scholarship - Applying research to clinical settings, Health Services Research, Resolving clinical problems, Quality improvement models/methodologies

9. Translational science

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Section 1: Friday, January 12, 2018, ALT-C 1.105, 4:00 - 6:50 pm

Assignment: Read Chapters 1 and 2 of your textbook. Please introduce yourself in Canvas, preferably prior to class. Check Week 1 resources

Please make sure to be present on the first  class for your course orientation. Please bring your own laptop. 

For full calendar and course details, please refer to information posted in Canvas.

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