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NU 703 Analysis and Utilization of Research


NU 641 Statistics for Health Care

Discover the power of research.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Research is a fundamental aspect of health care. From medications to medical procedures, research asks the questions and finds the answers, advancing the effectiveness of nursing practice. NU 703 Analysis and Utilization of Research identifies the many aspects of research, and teaches you how to analyze data to promote new discoveries and life-changing practices.

Throughout this course, you’ll participate in timely discussions on styles of research, effectiveness of techniques, and ethical questions regarding controversial findings. Your readings and assignments will sharpen your data-gathering skills and your ability to analyze your finding. You’ll advance your own knowledge as you discover how to advance ideas that will benefit patients and procedures.

What You’ll Learn in NU 703

This course focuses on critical analysis of nursing and health care research (quantitative and qualitative), and its application to nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing administration. It emphasizes research as the foundation for evidence-based practice via strategies to access current and relevant data, to synthesize data, and to translate new information into practice.

You will examine ethical issues in design, conduct, and utilization of research. You’ll also explore the relationship between research, health care policy, quality and safety, and quality improvement. Prerequisite: undergraduate nursing research course.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Overview of Nursing Research / Ethics in Research
  • Research Process: Problem & Purpose; Review of Literature; Frameworks; Objectives, Questions, Hypotheses, and Variables
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Methodology / Outcomes Research / Intervention-Based Research
  • Sampling / Measurement Concepts / Measurement Methods Used in Developing Evidence-Based Practice
  • Collecting and Managing Data / Using Statistics in Quantitative Research Studies
  • Interpreting Research Outcomes / Disseminating Research Findings

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 703, you will be able to:

  • Analyze nursing and health care research for applicability to nursing practice, education, and leadership (administration).
  • Examine ethical issues in the design, execution, and utilization of research.
  • Update or develop an evidence-based policy, procedure, or protocol.
  • Identify a practice problem and explain to a diverse audience the evidence base and the credibility of the evidence to confront the problem.
  • Evaluate outcome data to develop strategies to mitigate risks and improve outcomes.
  • Examine the relationship between research, health care policy, quality and safety, and quality improvement.
  • Develop and present a plan to translate research to nursing practice (patient/client care, education, or administration).

Get Started

To learn more about Analysis and Utilization of Research or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.