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NURS340 - Science of Evidence-Based Practice

Course Details

Course Code: NURS340 Course ID: 4205 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. This course reviews evidence-based practice, the history of this movement, and the challenges to implementation in the practice setting. Students will further develop their skills with efficiently finding, reading, and comprehending published research and determine applicability to clinical practice. Students continue to explore means to assess, monitor, and develop cultures of safety in their own organizations and will become familiar with several national safety initiatives. (Prerequisites: NURS300 and MATH120)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine evidence-based practice in the framework of professional nursing practice. (PO 1, PO 3)
  2. Describe the difference between quality improvement, research and evidence-based practice. (PO 5)
  3. Analyze the components of quality research and the use of research in development of evidence-based practice. (PO 3)
  4. Evaluate current nursing and other healthcare quality initiatives and safety measures, including their development and validation processes (PO 3, PO 6).
  5. Appraise safety initiatives that are in place in clinical nursing practice and their impact on patient safety. (PO 6, PO 7)
  6. Apply research principles to evaluate published research (PO 3).
  7. Explore opportunities and barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practice in differing healthcare settings. (PO 2, PO 7)
  8. Appraise the research process in discovery of the best evidence. (PO 9)
  9. Analyze ethical considerations related to human subjects research and the implementation of evidence-based practice. (PO 8)
  10. Conduct an electronic database search to assess the current body of knowledge on a selected topic. (PO 4)

*Also please see weekly course objectives.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the weekends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:59 pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • You must cite a scholarly source to support your response. This must be referenced at the end of your post, just as you would in a paper.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:59 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to forum being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:59 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Health Links--University of Washington

UCSF – Center for Nursing Resource & Innovation

AHRQ--Evidence-based practice

Lippincott's Nsg Center--Resources for better care

NIH - Protecting Human Research Participants

National Institute of Nursing Research

St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA nursing research blog

MEDLINE Plus--Guide to healthy web surfing

Nursing resources for Evidence-based practice--VCU

McMaster University--EBP resources

Poster Presentations – Designing Effective Posters - University at Buffalo/State University of New York

IHI--Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Duke University introduction to evidence-based practice

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.