NU-123 Writing Research in Nursing Lab

Course Description: 
This lab course applies the research process to nursing topics.  Introduces access to common print and web-based nursing and health related resources.  Introduces writing academic papers in APA format.

  • Prerequisite Courses:Admission to Level I nursing courses.  Corequisite: NU 125

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 

  1. Model personal and professional actions based on self-reflection, core nursing values, and lifelong growth integrating new knowledge, ethical principles, and legal standards for safe, quality nursing practice.
  2. Incorporate nursing knowledge to assess, plan, deliver, and evaluate care within the context of the interprofessional health team.
  3. Make evidence-based nursing judgments in the delivery of safe, holistic nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry to manage and improve the quality of care and outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  5. Practice relationship-centered communication and incorporate health technology as a member of the interprofessional team.
  6. Advocate for a caring, culturally safe, and flourishing environment that reflects the values and needs of Micronesian families and communities.
  7. Practice and contribute to the primary care and public health care systems in Micronesia to promote family and community wellness.

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:

  1. Employ logical search techniques to access professional nursing information in the library and on the Internet.
  2. Identify and access appropriate library references for professional nursing.
  3. Document accurately and ethically using APA format.
  4. Develop an organized process of writing a research paper for nursing.
  5. Integrate concepts of contemporary Micronesian education such as the importance of reflection and seeking information before forming an opinion.
  6. Apply principles of critical reading to nursing and health literature.
  7. Use Standard Edited Written English in personal and professional writing.

SLO

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PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

PLO 6

PLO 7

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC: 

The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Employ logical search techniques to access professional information in the library and on the Internet.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1. Identify search engines, websites, and library references that access professional nursing and health information

Individual and group  assignments
Information competency measured by rubric

1.2.  Utilize search engines, websites, and library references that access professional nursing and health information.

Individual and group  assignments
Information competency measured by rubric

General SLO 2.  Identify and access appropriate library references for professional nursing.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1. Identify commonly used library references for professional nursing.

Group assignments

2.2.  Utilize professional nursing library references appropriately to develop a professional paper.

Professional paper measured by rubric

General SLO 3. Document accurately and ethically using American Psychologocial Association (APA) format.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1. Identify the appropriate parameters for documentation using APA format.

Group assignments

3.2.  Incorporate APA format into professional nursing papers.

Professional paper measured by rubric
Information competency measured by rubric

General SLO. 4.  Develop an organized process of writing a research paper for nursing.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1.  Submit components of an organized process of writing a research paper for nursing.

Professional paper components (problem statement, outline, literature review, draft, final paper) measured by rubric

General SLO 5. Integrate concepts of contemporary Micronesian education such as the importance of reflection and seeking information before forming an opinion.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

5.1. Gather information from two or more perspectives when developing a topic for a professional paper.

Individual ssignment

5.2.  Reflect on Micronesian values regarding knowledge and evidence in forming opinions.

Journal or individual assignment

General SLO 6.  Identify principles of critical reading to nursing and health literature.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

6.1. Outline the principles of critical reading in nursing and health literature.

Group assignment

6.2. Examine selected professional literature and interpreted research utilizing principles of critical reading.

Individual and group assignment 
Professional paper measured by rubric

General SLO 7.  Use Standard Edited Written English in personal and professional writing.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

7.1.  Write and edit a paper using Standard Edited Written English.

Individual and group assignment.

D.  COURSE CONTENT

  1. The writing process/ introduction to the 6 traits
  2. Writing, reading, and critical thinking
  3. The research paper
  4. Generating ideas and research questions
  5. Planning and managing a research project
  6. Finding nursing sources: library, databases, and the Internet
  7. Writing a thesis statement
  8. Creating a reference page
  9. Organizing ideas
  10. Avoiding plagiarism
  11. Writing an introductory paragraph
  12. Integrating resources
  13. Writing the draft
  14. Documenting sources with American Psychological Association (APA) format
  15. Revising the draft
  16. Writing a conclusion
  17. Peer review
  18. Writing an abstract
  19. Editing the draft
  20. Completing the research paper
  21. Proofreading the final draft
  22. Information competency

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

  1. Mini-lecture.
  2. Focused library orientation to nursing related periodicals, references, and databases.
  3. Online activities.
  4. Interactive group activities.
  5. Guest speaker/panel.
  6. Independent study.

F.  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed.).  Washington, DC: Author. (or most recent edition).
Class handouts.

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
General and medical dictionaries.

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None.

I.   EVALUATION
All nursing courses must be passed with a “C” or better to progress to the next semester.

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None.

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