Research – NURS 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course expands upon research knowledge acquired at the baccalaureate level and focuses on in-depth study of the research process, theory-based research, data collection and analysis methods, and application of nursing and related research findings to nursing practice. The importance of evidence-based practice is emphasized. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are examined.


(Research Met (NURS 225) with a score of 3 and Stats Met (MATH 201) with a score of 3) or (BSN Met with a score of 3 and Stats Met (MATH 201) with a score of 3)


This course aims to improve patient outcomes by equipping the student with the knowledge and skills needed to provide advanced-practice nursing care based on a research and evidence-based approach.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Assess the environment for potential research utilizing a Christian worldview.
    2. Apply the research process to answer research questions in the area of nursing practice.
    3. Appraise the literature to determine evidence-based practices.
    4. Demonstrate ethical and Christ-like behavior when conducting research on human participants.
    5. Evaluate statistical tests used in the analysis of nursing.
    6. Incorporate nursing research findings into nursing practice.


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. There will be 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant, current course topics. Each thread must be at least 500 words, be supported by at least 2 scholarly sources, and include 1 biblical integration. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and be supported by at least 1 source. Acceptable sources include the textbook and peer-reviewed journal articles. Each reply must also include a biblical principle or Scripture. Threads and replies must be typed into the text box; attachments will not be accepted.

CITI Module Certificate

The student will complete 9 modules within the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program for Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research. This program is accessed through Liberty University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) website and is free of charge. The student will submit a completion certificate through Blackboard at the end of the course in order to receive credit.


Develop a clinical question using PICO format.

The student will have the opportunity to develop a clinical question to support an evidence-based practice or research project.

Research Proposal

The student will develop a proposal for a primary research study. This assignment will be broken down into 4 parts. The complete proposal will be 9–16 pages with proper APA formatting applied throughout. There will be 10–15 cumulative references included.

Part 1: Background, Significance, and Research Questions (Module/Week 3)

Part 2: Literature Review (Module/Week 4)

Part 3: Research Methodology (Setting, Design, Sampling, Ethics/IRB, and Data) (Module/Week 5)

Part 4: Measurement, Analysis, and Outcomes (Module/Week 6)

Research Article Critique

This assignment involves a detailed description and critique of a provided article, which will reinforce the student’s ability to critically analyze and utilize scientific research and related evidence. The critique, including title and reference pages, must not exceed 10 pages, and must be written in narrative form following current APA guidelines.