Fall 2021

NURS 7304-001 Science of Knowledge Translational and Implementation II

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Welcome to NURS 7304: Science of Knowledge Translation and Implementation II! We look forward to meeting all of you. Our first class will be on-campus Tuesday, August 24th, 1 pm - 4 pm, ALTC Rm. 2.208

Note the required Finkelman (2022) textbook listed (a newly published textbook).


Wesley Richardson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

Email: Richardsonwf@uthscsa.edu

Office Phone: 210-567-5854

Office: NS 2.670

Office Hours: By Appointment


Kathryn Parke, DNP, APRN, CPNP

Email: ParkeK@uthscsa.edu

Phone: 210-567-3844

Office: NS 2-344

Office Hours: ByAppointment


In this course students will enhance their capacity to integrate research and knowledge into practice.Students will examine knowledge translation models, implementation designs, program evaluation methods, and analytical approaches to improve practice, patient, and system-level outcomes. Students will also be introduced to strategies that sustain and facilitate evidence-based interventions in complex healthcare delivery systems. Ethical issues related to knowledge translation and implementation will also be explored in this course. 


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


NURS 7303 Science of Knowledge Translation and Implementation 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 systematic strategies to translate knowledge into practice and implement innovations that improve healthcare delivery systems and processes impacting patient outcomes. (DNP Essentials I, III; NONPF Competencies:Health Delivery System 1, 2, 5, 6, Scientific Foundation 1, 3, 4) 


2.     Construct a plan to build an interprofessional team to implement an evidence-based intervention. (DNP Essential VI; NONPF Competencies: Health Delivery System 2, Leadership 1, 2, 4, 5, 6) 


3.     Develop a plan to evaluate contextual and organizational factors that impact knowledge translation and implementation. (DNP Essentials I, II, and III;NONPF Competencies: Health Delivery System 6, 7)


4.     Apply ethical principles to the implementation of an evidence-based intervention. (DNP Essential II; NONPF Competencies: Ethics 1, 2, 3)


5.     Develop a plan for facilitating and sustaining evidence-based interventions for knowledge translation. (DNP Essential III; NONPF Competencies: Health Delivery System 1)


6.     Develop a measurement plan to evaluate the impact of the evidence-based intervention. (DNP Essential III; NONPF Competencies: Quality 2,Scientific Foundation 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)


Student performance will be evaluated based on the following criteria:



Class Participation


State of the Science Paper




Implementation Paper






Class Meeting Dates: The class will meet on campus, Tuesdays, 1 Pm -4 pm, ALTC 2.208. 


August 24, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


August 31, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


September 7, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


September 14, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm)


September 21, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


September 28, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


October 5, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


October 12, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


October 19, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


October 26, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


November 2, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


November 9, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) EBQI Project Proposal Paper Due 


November 16, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


November 23, 2021 (Class Assignments Workday, 1 pm – 4 pm) 


November 30, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) EBQI Project Proposal Presentations 


December 7, 2021 (On-Campus Class, 1 pm – 4 pm) EBQI Project Proposal Presentations 


December 14, 2021 – Submit Grades (Letter grades A, B, C, D, F, or I (with an Incomplete Agreement) 



  1. On-Campus Class: Orange shaded rows indicate on-campus class meetings. 
  2. Class Assignment Workdays: Class Assignment Workdays are days and time dedicated for students to work on class assignments. Depending on class progress, faculty may periodically host online sessions. Students are expected to reserve the Class Assignment Workdays and attend all online sessions. 

Late Assignments: Late assignments will be penalized as listed below:

* 5% deduction for assignments submitted within 24 hours of the due date and time

* 15% deduction for assignments submitted 24-48 hours of the due date and time. 

* No credit will be given for assignments submitted beyond 48 hours of the due date and time. 

Extenuating circumstances as defined by the School of Nursing Graduate Handbook will be considered. 


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.


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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.


Below is the link to the UT Health Bookstore to purchase textbooks. 


Dlugacz, Y. D (2017). Introduction to Health Care Quality: Theory, Methods, & Tools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN  978-1118777916

Finkelman, A. (2022). Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 9781284225051

White. K.M., Dudley-Brown, S., Terhaar, M.F. (2021). Translation of Evidence into Nursing and Healthcare (3rd ed.). NY: Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8261-4736-3; ebook IBSN 978-0-8261-4737-0 


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)

Provost, L.P., & Murray, S. (2011). The Health Care Data Guide: Learning from Data for Improvement. (1st Ed.). San Francisco, CA.: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0470902585


Organizational Assessments to Support Improvement Activities


Theories and Frameworks to Guide Improvement and Implementation


DNP Project Design


Measurement and Analysis for Improvement and Implementation


Sustaining Improvement Activities

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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