Spring 2021

NURS 7303-001 Science of Knowledge Translation and Implementation I

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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.

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Welcome to NURS 7303-01:Science of Knowledge Translation and Implementation I.

We will meet on Thursdays via CANVAS CONFERENCE. 

Come prepared to actively participate in the discussion. Please see CANVAS for readings for classes on January 14, along with questions for discussion. 

Please note that there will be required CANVAS conferences. Please see course calendar in Canvas (Course Information) for details. 


Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm, PhD, RN, MSCI, FAAN

Associate Professor

Director of International Programs

School of Nursing

E-mail: lapiz@uthscsa.edu 

Office phone: 210-567-5790

Office location: 2.360 NS*

Office hours: by appointment*

(*Note: Working remotely due to the COVID pandemic, please use CANVAS email to book an appointment)

For more faculty information: see link.


This course builds a foundation for advanced clinical scholarship, preparing students to conduct a systematic search of the literature to address a research-practice gap, critically appraise the identified literature, and synthesize this body of literature to identify an evidence-based intervention(s) to address this gap.Students will analyze various models of evidence-based practice (EBP) and knowledge translation to guide the implementation of knowledge into practice. They will critically appraise and synthesize primary research, systematic reviews, and best practice guidelines to address clinical questions. 


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


NURS 6320 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 


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.     Select a research-practice gap and formulate a clinical question to guide a systematic search of the literature to address the gap. (DNP Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, 2, 3, Practice Inquiry 3)


2.     Compare models for EBP and knowledge translation that guide implementation of research into practice. (DNP Essentials I, VIII;NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, Practice Inquiry 6)


3.     Appraise primary research and systematic reviews.(DNP Essentials I, III, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1,Practice Inquiry 3)


4.     Compare quality improvement and research designs.(DNP Essentials III, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1, Quality1)


5.     Appraise knowledge translation tools including practice guidelines for improving interprofessional practice and the practice environment.(DNP Essentials III, VI, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 1,Quality 1)




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 on Assignments and grading criteria are found in the course CANVAS. 


Due Date


Discussion Board 1 (initial post)



Introduction to Scholarly Communication Modules



Discussion Board 2 (initial post)



Scholarly Paper (Research Practice Gap)



Discussion Board 3 (initial post)



Appraisal of Quantitative Studies (Group presentations)



Systematic Review Appraisal (Group representations)



Evidence Summary Table (Group)



Draft of Synthesis Paper



Literature Synthesis Paper+Peer evaluation



Literature Synthesis Presentation

4/22, 4/29


Discussion Board 4. Model for EBP and Knowledge Translation










*All dues are 11:59 PM of the designated date

Group will elect who should post/submit group work.

Each group can request a CANVAS CONFERENCE with the instructor by sending her an email



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 7th 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.


Melnyk, B.M.& Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019).Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice,4th Ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.


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


Additional readings for each module and weekly learning activities will be assigned through CANVAS


Polit, D. F.& Beck, C. T. (2012). Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice (9th Ed.).Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN-10:1605477087

Burns, N., &Grove, S. K. (2009). The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence(6th Ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders Elsevier. ISBN-10:1416053685

Saver, C. (2014).Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses (2nd Ed.). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International. ISBN: 978-1-938835-42-1

Bradley, L., Noble, N., & Hendricks, B.(2020). The APA Publication Manual: Changes in the Seventh Edition. The Family Journal28(2), 126-130.

American Psychological Association (2020).Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.).Washington, DC: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. ISBN:1433832178. 


Please see full content outline in CANVAS.

MODULE 1: Overview of Methods for Knowledge Translation and Implementation

Jan 14   Introduction and overview of course and links to DNP Essentials; Overview of evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, dissemination and implementation; 

            Quality improvement vs. research

              Setting the stage for the DNP scholarly project; identifying practice gaps; clinical and searchable questions; inclusion/exclusion criteria to guide search 

Jan 21    Searching the literature for best evidence – identification of appropriate data bases and overview of their function (discussion board)

MODULE 2: Searching for and Appraising the Evidence

Jan 28    Performing a systematic search to gather the evidence

Feb 4     Independent search of the literature; establishing a reference management system and a systematic approach to appraising the literature (discussion board)

Feb 11   Designs for quality improvement – strengths and limitations of various designs(teachers)

Feb 18   Quantitative research study designs (discussion board)

Feb 25   Strengths and limitations of various quantitative research designs to inform evidence-based practice (group presentations)

MODULE 3: Synthesizing the Evidence

Mar 4     Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and meta-syntheses; tools for appraisal of reviews

Mar 18    Appraisal of systematic review of the literature (group presentation)

Mar 25   Approaches to summarizing and synthesizing evidence; review of evidence tables 

MODULE 4: Next Steps in Knowledge Translation                  

Apr1      Independent work on synthesis paper

Apr 8     Models for evidence-based practice and knowledge translation (discussion board)

Apr 15    Guidelines and evidence-based protocols; where to find them, how to appraise them 

Apr 22/29   Literature Synthesis 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.

Please see January 14 class plan posted in CANVAS for materials that will be covered during this class.

The class will meet January 14 9 AM-11:50AM via Canvas conference.  
For full calendar and details, please refer to information posted in CANVAS.

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