Course Description and Objectives

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings that inform nursing knowledge relevant to the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Emphasis is placed on use of the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to improve healthcare quality.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge from the art and science of nursing, the natural/behavioral sciences and humanities tonursing education, practice and research.
  2. Utilize theoretical frameworks as a basis for nursing and interprofessional practice, research, andeducation.
  3. Examine the assumptions and conceptual frameworks inherent in nursing’s core values that influencethe quality of health care for individuals and families.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in utilizing research evidence for nursing practice.
  5. Recognize the important leadership contributions that each nurse can make to implement EBP topromote quality and safety.
  6. Explore the use of theory and evidence based knowledge to guide a systematic approach to nursing care.
  7. Analyze and evaluate selected nursing theories for translation into practice, research and nursingeducation.