Summer 2020

NURS 7377-001 Mixed Research Methods for Clinical Nurse Scientists

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Carrie Jo Braden,PhD, RN

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This course will cover the use of mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative, to address complex research questions in nursing and health care. Problems of trying to merge methods and practical strategies for accomplishing this successfully, as well as paradigmatic issues, will be discussed. Prior products developed in quantitative and qualitative methods classes to devise a mixed method proposal that that integrates readings on mixed methods with the student’s own research interests will be used.


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



Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program students will:

  1. Advance the discipline of nursing through the generation of new knowledge and theory.
  2. Demonstrate excellence as a clinical researcher in the health sciences in a focal area of nursing.
  3. Synthesize theories from natural and/or behavioral sciences for application to a specified area of nursing.
  4. Advance evidence-based clinical practice.
  5. Assume nurse scientist roles within academic health centers and other health centers and other interdisciplinary health sciences and educational institutions.
  6. Evaluate the value and knowlege components of philosophical and ethical dimensions of issues confronting healthcare and nursing.


  1. Evaluate the paradigmatic debate around mixed methods designs.
  2. Discuss how mixed methods design contribute to the development of nursing knowledge and practice.
  3. Critique a mixed methods research study in a published journal article.
  4. Examine completed quantitative and qualitative research projects and discuss whether and how a mixed methods design would have enhanced the studies.
  5. Use appropriate search terms for locating mixed methods research studies in computerized databases.
  6. Draw a visual model of a mixed method design.
  7. Develop a mixed methods proposal by expanding previous work in methods courses.
  8. Develop a mixed methods proposal that will culminate in scholarly paper and seminar presentation.
  9. Participate in peer and self evaluation of mixed methods proposals.




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 
25% Panel Presentation 
30% Scholarly Paper: Written Mixed Methods Proposal 
10% Critical Review: Primary & Secondary Reviews 
15% Oral Seminar Presentation of Mixed Methods Proposal
100% - Total 

Learning Activities

Written Activities

Research Critiques 
Student Proposal critiques

Oral Presentations
Panel Presentation: Issues
Mixed Methods Proposal

Class Activities
Seminar Discussions
Joint Research Critiques


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  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.
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  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


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Creswell, J.W., Clark, V.L. (2011). Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Creswell, J.W. (2015) A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research, 1st Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


  • Introduction to Mixed Methods
  • Paradigmatic & Other Major Issues in Use of Mixed Methods
  • Mixed Methods Design & Methods Triangulation
  • Utility of Mixed Methods Design & Status of Mixed Methods in Nursing Research
  • Critique of Mixed Methods Studies
  • Research Design Issues (Collecting, Analyzing and Reporting of Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Use of Visual Models with Mixed Methods Design Research
  • Proposal Requirements using Mixed Methods
  • Mixed Methods: Obstacles and Strategies
  • Mixed Methods Proposals
  • State of Mixed Methods: What is Next?

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