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NUR 681 Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice
NUR 681 Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice
NUR 681
Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice
3 credit hours
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Table of Contents
NUR 681: Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice   3
Course Description                                                                                          3
Course Overview                                                                                              3
Learning Outcomes                                                                                         3
Professional Skills                                                                                        4
Critical Reasoning                                                                                        4
Theory Application                                                                                      4
Evidence-Based Practice                                                                           4
Resources                                                                                                            5
Required Texts                                                                                              5
Repeating Textbooks                                                                                  5
Supplemental Resources on Blackboard                                              5
Grading Guidelines                                                                                          6
Course Schedule                                                                                               7
Week 1                                                                                                            8
Week 2                                                                                                          12
Week 3                                                                                                          15
Week 4                                                                                                          18
Week 5                                                                                                          20
Week 6                                                                                                          23
Week 7                                                                                                          26
Course Expectations                                                                                     29
Academic Integrity                                                                                    30
SAU-MSN Academic Integrity (SafeAssign)                                       30
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities                               31
Attendance and Financial Aid                                                                32
Attendance and Participation Policy                                                   32
Blackboard Netiquette                                                                            32
Course Evaluation                                                                                     34
Discussion Boards (DB)                                                                            34
Faculty Interaction                                                                                    35
Faith and Learning                                                                                    35
Inclusivity Statement                                                                               35
Late Submission of Assignments                                                          36
Late Point Deductions by Calendar Day                                             36
Naming Convention                                                                                  36
Prayer Requests, Chapel, and Break Room                                       37
Quiz/Examination Settings                                                                     37
Rounding Policy                                                                                         37
Technical Support                                                                                     38
Writing Standard                                                                                       38
Right to Modify                                                                                          38
Rubrics                                                                                                               39
Discussion Board Assignments Rubric                                                40
Section A: (Week 1) Organizational Culture and Readiness Assessment Rubric                                                                                    41
Section B: (Week 2) Problem Description Rubric                            43
Section C: (Week 3) Literature Support Rubric                                45
Section D: (Week 4) Solution Description Rubric                            47
Section E: (Week 5) Change Model                                                     50
Section F: (Week 6) Implementation Plan Rubric                           52
(Week 7) EBP Proposal Final Paper Rubric                                        54
(Week 7) Presentation Discussion Board Rubric                             56
Revised October 2020
Syllabus Disclaimer: This syllabus is intended as a set of guidelines for NUR 681. Spring Arbor University and your instructor reserve the right to make modifications in content, schedule, and requirements as necessary to promote the best education possible within prevailing conditions affecting this course NUR 681 Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice.
NUR 681: Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice
Course Description
Students will examine the evidence base for resolving a current health problem, design and evaluate a project specific to their practice setting. Students will utilize evidence-based practice skills learned earlier in the program.
Course Overview
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in professional practice. Students identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention; search literature; propose a solution; and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcome(s), and disseminate the findings. Problems identified are those that are appropriate to students’ specialty tracks: adult – gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner.
Learning Outcomes
Each course in the MSN curriculum follows the Christ-centered mission of the SAU Nursing Department, which is to develop and empower advanced practice professional nurses. For SAU, the mission of graduate nursing education is devoted to integrating our faith and learning exemplified by the SAU Concept. This integration starts with the conviction that God is already in us and in the classroom, and we are engaged in blending or uniting our Christian beliefs with our intellectual pursuits of knowledge to interpret and inform our nursing practice NUR 681 Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice.
The SAU Model of Graduate Nursing Education incorporates Professional Skills, Critical Reasoning, Theory Application, and Evidence-Based Practice through application of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. The Essentials include: I. Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities, II. Organizational and Systems Leadership, III. Quality Improvement and Safety, IV. Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice, V. Informatics and Healthcare Technologies, VI. Health Policy and Advocacy, VII. Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes, VIII. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health, and IX. Master’s-Level Nursing Practice.
At the completion of NUR 681, the student will be able to meet the following learning objectives and AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing that align with the SAU Model of Graduate Nursing Education.
Professional Skills

Critically analyzes data and evidence for improving advanced nursing practice. Scientific Foundation – 1
Uses best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice. Quality – 1

Critical Reasoning

Develops new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory, and practice knowledge. Scientific Foundation – 1
Advances practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change. Leadership – 5

Theory Application

Applies clinical investigative skills to improve health outcomes. Practice Inquiry – 1
Integrates knowledge from the humanities and sciences within the context of nursing science. Scientific Foundation – 2

Evidence-Based Practice

Translates research and other forms of knowledge to improve practice processes and outcomes. Scientific Foundation – 3
Disseminates evidence from inquiry to diverse audiences using multiple modalities x. Practice Inquiry – 5

NUR 681 Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice 
Required Texts
Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health. ISBN-13: 978-1-4963-8453-9
Repeating Textbooks
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000
Supplemental Resources on Blackboard
American Journal of Nursing. (2020, February 4). Evidence-based practice, step by step.

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