Fall 2011

NURS 7381-01 Nursing: Synthesis & Application of Clinical Research

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Course packet will be distributed the first day of class. Other materials will be provided as needed.


Carrie Jo Braden, PhD, RN, FAAN
E-mail: mailto://bradenc@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-5808
Office Fax: (210) 567-3120
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Office Room: NS 2.392/2.404
Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:00-1:00 or by appointment 
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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:
20% - Class participation and assigned class activities
10% - Critique of 2 articles
20% - Focused Review of Literature (Grant Proposal)
40% - Integrative Review of Literature (Dissertation Proposal)
10% - Presentation of Intergrative Review of Literature
100% - Total

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




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.

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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. (2009). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (4th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.


Review and Select one of the following based on your preference:

Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write, and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. Palgrave Study Guides Series.

Mauch, J.E., Park, N. (2003). Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty. (5th ed.). Florence, KY: Marcel Dekker

Piatanida, M., & Garman, N. (2009) Second Edition. A qualitative dissertation: A guide for students and faculty. London, UK: Sage Publications, Inc.

Rudestam, K., & Newton, R. (2007) Third Edition. Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage Publications.


  1. Discuss the interrelationships among clinical practice, research, and theory.
  2. Determine methods of applying theory to clinical research and practice.
  3. Discuss and apply the techniques and strategies involved in the critiquing of published health care research literature and grant proposals.
  4. Plan strategies for creating a collaborative research team.
  5. Write drafts of Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the dissertation proposal.
  6. Prepare a grant application for submission.
  7. Find possible research funding sources.
  8. Discuss appropriate journals for manuscript submission.
  9. Using a review of the literature, prepare a manuscript that is submitted for possible publication.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Room: 2.200
Assignment Due: Check e-mail from faculty for assignment & Class Schedule.

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