Spring 2021

NURS 7381-001 Nursing: Synthesis & Application of Clinical Research

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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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We look forward to seeing you on Teams -- we will be posting the Teams link through CANVAS

Date: January 14th, 2021
Time: 1 - 3:50p Room: Virtually on Teams       

AssignmentDue: Bring required text


Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Vice Dean for Faculty Excellence
Email: mcgrathj@uthscsa.edu
Office: 210.567.5883 
Cell: 804.754.6278
Office hours by appointment

Yan Du, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor
Email: duy@uthscsa.edu
Office: 210.567.2170
Office hours by appointment


This course integrates the dynamic elements of clinical practice, theory, and research to prepare doctoral students to function effectively in the synthesis and application of clinical research. This course provides guided direction in the processes used for dissertation development and grant application proposals. Students will be actively involved in the critique and analysis of published literature and other students’ dissertation proposals, grant applications, and manuscripts.


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. Identify relevant original research articles within peer-reviewed health care related journals in a selected clinical research topic area.
  2. Conduct a focused review of original research literature in selected topic area.
  3. Apply critical analysis skills in reviewing quantitative research literature in the topic area.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills in reviewing qualitative research literature in the area.
  5. Synthesize the literature prior to writing a critical review of the literature.
  6. Write a competent review of original research in the selected clinical research topic area.




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:
15% - Participation in Discussion Seminars
15% - Assignment #1 Identification of Relevant Original Research Articles in Selected Topic - Search Strategy
- potential peer participation? Review and Analysis of Selected Articles (Table format and PPT presentation)
15% - Assignment #2 Outline of Manuscript
15% - Assignment #3 First Draft - Synthesis of Reviewed and Analyzed Literature with Table included
10% - Assignment #4 Presentation of Paper in Class - 20 minutes/10 minutes questions
30% - Assignment #5 Research Synthesis Paper (Manuscript format)

·  Development of logical rationale to support need for study of identified research
·  Critique of published research
·  Literature synthesis
·  Integrative review and/or state of the science paper 



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

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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.


Galvan, J.L. & Galvan, M. (2017). Writing literature reviews:A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (7th ed.). Glendale,CA: Pyrczak Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-0415315746            ISBN-10: 04 153 15743


Garrard,J. (2017). Health Sciences Literature Review made Easy: The Matrix Model (5thed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishing.


Other readings can be found on CANVAS


  1. Complete a guided multistep critical review of original health-care related research literature.
  2. Select relevant articles from appropriate databases.
  3. Conduct critical analyses of selected articles.
  4. Synthesize the reviews into a logical whole and write a competent review of the literature.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Date: January 14th
Time: 1 - 3:50p
Room: AltC 2.212
Assignment Due: Bring required text

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