Course Description and Objectives
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings that inform
nursing knowledge relevant to the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Emphasis is placed on use of the
best available evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to improve healthcare quality.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge from the art and science of nursing, the natural/behavioral sciences and humanities to
nursing education, practice and research.
- Utilize theoretical frameworks as a basis for nursing and interprofessional practice, research, and
- Examine the assumptions and conceptual frameworks inherent in nursing’s core values that influence
the quality of health care for individuals and families.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in utilizing research evidence for nursing practice.
- Recognize the important leadership contributions that each nurse can make to implement EBP to
promote quality and safety.
- Explore the use of theory and evidence based knowledge to guide a systematic approach to nursing care.
- Analyze and evaluate selected nursing theories for translation into practice, research and nursing