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Advanced Nursing Research

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course applies a variety of methods used for practice improvement through synthesis of the literature. The use of these methods, such as action research, program evaluation, and quality improvement will be explored through critical analysis of each.





The research process is foundational to the DNP program. This course will provide a baseline for the research process at an advanced level. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for success with completion of the scholarly project that culminates at the end of the program. Concepts to be covered in this course include: evidence based practice, research process, and program evaluation/outcomes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

A. Describe evidenced-based practice, program evaluation, and quality improvement and their impact on health care.

DNP Essentials I; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1,2,3; Quality 1, 3 & 5, Practice Inquiry 1-5 Policy 1, 3 & 4; Health Delivery 1, 4, & 6, PLO 1-4

B. Analyze the literature to determine quality indicators of evidence based care.

DNP Essentials I, II,; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1-3, Practice Inquiry 1, 5 & 6, PLO 1 & 6

C. Evaluate an existing program to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the healthcare setting.

DNP Essentials III, IV, V; NONPF Health Delivery 1, 4, 6; Quality 2 & 3 PLO 1-3, 5, 6

D. Analyze various forms of data through case study analysis and evaluation of research studies.

DNP Essentials I, IV; NONPF Scientific Foundations 1 & 3; PLO 1 & 6

E. Value evidence based practice through the integration of a Christian worldview.

DNP Essentials V; NONPF Ethics 1-3; Policy 2 & 3; PLO 1, 6 & 7

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Murphy, Staffileno, & Foreman (2018). Research for advanced practice nurses: From evidence to practice (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Springer. ISBN: 978-0-8261-1826-4

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

Written Assignments (3)

The student will write three research-based papers in current APA format that focus on a selected topic. Each paper should be a minimum of 5 pages, exclusive of title and reference pages. The use of at least five references is required, which may include the course textbook and the Bible.

Research Article Critique

The student will write a 7–10-page Research Article Critique in current APA format that focuses on the topic selected. The page minimum is exclusive of the title and reference pages. The paper must include at least 5 references, which may include the course textbook and the Bible.

Overview of Research: Parts I & II

The student will complete web-based modules reviewing research concepts and case studies. The assignment will be completed in two parts.

Annotated Biblography

The student will retrieve and summarize ten to fifteen peer reviewed research studies.

Summary and Synthesis Assignment

The student will complete a table addressing the studies retrieved for the annotated bibliography. Articles will be analyzed in depth for quality and application to practice. This assignment should be placed in the student’s portfolio in Typhon after incorporating instructor feedback.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 100 pts ea)


Written Assignments (3 at 75 pts ea)


Research Article Critique


Overview of Research (2 at 100 pts ea)


Annotated Bibliography


Summary and Synthesis Assignment





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.


NURS 700

Textbook: Murphy et al., Research for Advanced Practice Nurses, (2018).



Reading & Study




Overview of Research

Murphy et al.: chs. 7–10

1 presentations

Research Tutorials 1–3

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Overview of Research: Part I





Locating the Evidence

Murphy et al.: ch. 2

1 presentation

Research Tutorials 4–5

Written Assignment 1

Overview of Research: Part II




Evaluating a Single Research Article

Murphy et al.: ch. 5

1 presentation

1 website

Research Article Critique



Program Evaluation

Murphy et al.: ch. 15

2 presentations

Written Assignment 2

Discussion Board One: Ethics and Research





EBP/Quality Improvement

Murphy et al.: chs. 1, 3–4, 16

1 presentation

Discussion Board Two:

EBP & Quality Improvement




Evaluation Methods/Statistical Analysis

Murphy et al.: 8–9

1 presentation

1 PowerPoint

Written Assignment 3



Evaluation of Research: First Look

Murphy et al.: ch. 14

1 presentation

Annotated Bibliography



Evaluation of Research: A Closer Look

Murphy et al.: ch. 16,

Review chs. 20–21

1 presentation

Summary and Synthesis Assignment





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.