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NURS 606 Evaluating Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Advanced Nursing Practice,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: DNP


Course Open to: all

Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University

Pre-requisites: none

Course Description: Provides essential skills for using research evidence to support and promote practice change. Collaboration between nursing and other disciplines in problem identification will be explored. Ethical dimensions of quality improvement research and research evidence will be reviewed. Students will formulate a clinical question, search for supporting evidence, apply appraisal principles to evaluate the evidence, and derive practice specific recommendations for implementation.


Method of Instruction: asynchronous

Delivery Platform: Blackboard

Campus visits required: 0

Course Contact: Fonda Neal



Tuition: $825/credit hour


Other considerations: COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will: 1. Identify a practice problem or clinical question and search the inter-professional literature for effective current practices used to address the problem/question. 2. Compare quality improvement research to the research of discovery, including ethical and design implications. 3. Synthesize the evidence and identify best practices to address a clinical problem of interest using the Structure-Process-Outcomes format. 4. Analyze research evidence, including primary sources, reviews, and meta-analyses to develop a systematic review of the student-identified practice problem. 5. Develop practice-specific recommendations for implementation of evidence-based practice change.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: C01
Instructor:Debra Shockey, DNP
Credits: 3 / Semester

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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