Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

School of Nursing (SON)

Courses and Deliverables

SPRING 2019

NURS 606. Evaluating Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes

Course Objectives: 

  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.

Course Deliverables:

  1. Critical Appraisal – Critical Appraisal of a Qualitative Study
  2. Final Paper – HTN and the APRN Final Paper

NURS 607. Epidemiology and Population Health

Course Objectives: 

  1. Utilize epidemiological approaches to address a specific population health issue at regional, national and global levels.
  2. Interpret population-specific health data as they relate to care delivery and quality patient outcomes.
  3. Appraise culturally-sensitive, interdisciplinary, evidence-based nursing interventions that support positive health outcomes in a selected population.
  4. Apply a population health model and epidemiological methods to develop a population-specific evidence-based nursing intervention to improve quality patient outcomes.
  5. Examine the business, legal, regulatory and ethical issues that influence population health initiatives.

Course Deliverable:

  1. Population Health-Related Program and Evaluation Plan – Screening Older Adults Final

NURS 664. DNP Residency: Mentored Practicum

Course Objectives: 

  1. Integrate, synthesize, and translate theory-based nursing and interdisciplinary knowledge to demonstrate advanced nursing expertise in a defined content area.
  2. Apply culturally-sensitive, holistic approaches in providing evidence-based health care.
  3. Evaluate and apply the best evidence to implement and disseminate research into practice.
  4. Use knowledge and innovations in technology and practice for the purpose of transforming delivery of healthcare to maximize quality health care outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate leadership, consultation, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  6. Utilize an advanced level of systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating cost-effective, evidence-based care to improve health care quality, safety, and health outcomes.
  7. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  8. Educate and influence policy makers through active participation on committees, boards, or task forces at the organizational, regional, state, national, and/or international levels to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  9. Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice.

Course Deliverable:

  1. DNP Project Plan – DNP Project Plan Final

FALL 2018

NURS 701. Statistical Methods for Nursing Research

Course Objectives: 

  1. Describe differences between point estimators, interval estimates and tests of hypotheses.
  2. Describe hypothesis testing and the role of the null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, Type I error, Type II error and power.
  3. Explain the basic structure of a database, how to set up a database, and how to access data in a database.
  4. Demonstrate how to use statistical software, calculate descriptive statistics such as mean, standard error, frequencies, percentages, correlations, etc. and report them in tables.
  5. Create effective statistical graphics and tables to display results of analyses
  6. Conduct the following statistical tests: contingency table analysis, one- and two-sample t-tests, one- and two-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA), simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA).
  7. Explain the concepts of interaction, adjusted means (and variances) and statistical models.

Course Deliverables:

  1. Module 4 Assignment – Module 4 Assignment POWER
  2. Module 14 Assignment – Module 14 Assignment Demographics

NURS 610. Health Information and Emerging Health Care Technologies

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain health information technology terminology and concepts currently used and evolving in health care.
  2. Examine the impact of regulatory policies and health care data standards on data management, quality outcomes and fiscal resources.
  3. Identify cultural, ethical, and legal implications of health information technology in healthcare.
  4. Evaluate sources of consumer healthcare information for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness and their impact on patient safety.
  5. Analyze clinical information systems designed to promote safe, quality, and cost effective care.
  6. Develop a patient centered and quality outcomes evaluation plan using extracted data from clinical information systems

Course Deliverables:

  1. PICOT-D Assignment-A Tech Assisted Focused Reentry Program PICOT D
  2. Data Set Download Checklist – Data Set Check List
  3. Gap Analysis Presentation-Gap Analysis Presentation E
  4. Gap Analysis: Utilization of a Heart Failure Order Set-Paper