|Course:||NSG 415, Research in Nursing
Fall Semester 2001
|Credit Hours:||2 Semester Hours|
|Time Allocation:||2 Learning Hours Per Week|
|Placement:||Fall Semester, Senior Year|
|Prerequisites:||NSG 362, NSG/NSGL 370
RN Students: NSG/NSGL 389
|Prerequisite OR Corequisite:||NSG 410, STT 210 (or an introductory statistics course)|
|Course Description:||Examines the research process as applied to nursing. Introduces research terminology and selected computer applications. Emphasizes methodology and application of research principles, responsibility, and accountability in the research process. Requires development of a preliminary proposal for a nursing research project of limited scope or a nursing research utilization project .|
Relates to Level Objectives
|Upon completion of the course, the student will:||Prelicensure||RN|
|1.||Describe the research process.||1, 3, 5, 12||1, 3, 5, 12|
|2.||Evaluate research findings for their applicability in nursing practice.||
|3.||Select nursing problems which may be appropriate for clinical research.||
6, 12, 14
|4.||Discuss the role of the nurse in nursing research.||
6, 7, 12
|5.||Describe responsibility and accountability as they pertain to nursing research.||
8, 12, 13
|6.||Relate the outcomes of nursing research to change within the profession.||
|7.||Identify own strengths and limitations in involvement in nursing research.||
|8.||Indicate the importance of communicating research findings.||
|9.||Utilize a clinical organizing framework as the basis of nursing research.||
1, 11, 12
|3.||Read and React Writing Activities||20%|
|4.||Research Article Critique||15%|
|5.||Research Project Proposal or |
Research Utilization Project
|Total Points||100 points|
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington requires that all students develop competency prior to graduation in basic computer skills including knowledge of campus use policies, facility with standard applications, and awareness of legal and ethical issues. Students in each major must satisfy the requirements in computer competency as specified by that major.
Nursing 415 is designated as the course in the nursing major which satisfies the University computer competency requirement because: students must possess basic computer skills to satisfactorily progress through the on-line course; all research drafts, article critiques and final proposals are computer generated and submitted electronically, and legal/ethical issues are contained within the course content.
Students are required to have a university e-mail address which is available through the Computing Center.
The School of Nursing grading scale follows.
|Numeric Range||Letter Grade|
|95 - 100||A|
|90 - 94||A-|
|87 - 89||B+|
|84 - 86||B|
|80 - 83||B-|
|77 - 79||C+|
|74 - 76||C|
|66 - 73||D|
|0 - 65||F|
A grade of C or above is required in each nursing course.
Students are referred to the complete Grading Policies in School of Nursing Student Handbook
American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC: Author.
Lobiondo-Wood, G., & Haber, J. (1998). Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal and Utilization, 4th Ed., St. Louis: Mosby.
|Research Proposal||Research Utilization Project|
|The Research Proposal is most appropriate for the prelicensure student who generally has limited clinical experience. The activity consists of developing a standard research proposal of limited scope for a clinical nursing problem. Students who plan to collect and analyze data for their research proposal during NSG 416 (a spring semester elective) MUST complete the Research Proposal option.||The Research Utilization Project is most appropriate for the RN student who traditionally comes from varied clinical backgrounds, and will not be collecting and analyzing data and writing a final report based on a research proposal.|
RESEARCH UTILIZATION PROJECT GUIDELINES
Example: You are working on a medical-surgical unit and observe that clients who undergo certain surgical procedures are not achieving effective pain relief with regularly prescribed pain medication. What nursing interventions, other than administering prescribed analgesics, might be used to promote effective pain relief in post-operative clients?
In the clinical problem cited above, the dependent variable is postoperative pain.
For the above clinical problem, you would focus on research that addresses the effects of various nursing interventions on postoperative pain.
An example for the above clinical problem would be a study that seeks to answer the following question: "What is the effect of guided imagery on postoperative pain?"
- The summary is succinct, yet included sufficient information about the cited studies; also includes your opinion (and rationale) about whether the findings are ready to be implemented in clinical practice.
- Limitations are accurately identified and related to application of findings in clinical practice. (Mark any identified limitations on copies of articles turned in).
- The paper reflects clarity of thought and logical progression of ideas and is grammatically correct.
- The paper adheres to the most recent APA guidelines.
RESEARCH PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
DIRECTIONS: Develop a research proposal using APA format and the following elements. Please include each as a specific heading. Please note: NO CONTACT CAN BE MADE WITH ANY CLINICAL AGENCY WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZAITON OF THE COURSE COORDINATOR.
Variables: List the independent and dependent variables. Give examples of possible extraneous or confounding variables.
NOTE: The proposal is written in present and future tense until the project is completed. Then past tense is used.
Subjects: Describe who the subjects are and where they are located, but do not name the actual institution or agency.
Sampling Plan: Indicate how you plan to select the sample of subjects. Be specific.
Instrumentation: If you are utilizing a testing instrument such as a questionnaire that you developed of that someone else has developed, describe the instrument. Be brief, but concise. You must have written permission to use the instrument which has been developed by someone else, even if you modify it. If you are developing your own instruments, describe each section.
Procedure: Indicate how you plan to go about doing the study. BE SPECIFIC.
Note: The remainder would be completed in Spring Semester in NSG 416.
Use of a microcomputer to prepare the manuscript is required. The Course Coordinator wil assist you if you need help to do this.
- All elements of the research proposal are satisfactory [???] and presented in the following format:
- Problem Statement
- Definition of Terms
- History of the Issue
- Review of the Literature
- Purpose of the Study
- Research Question (specifies variables)
- Sampling Plan
- Data Collection Procedure
- Data Analysis Proposed
- The paper reflects clarity of thought, logical progression of ideas, and is grammatically correct.
- The paper adheres to the most recent APA guidelines.