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University of Illinois at Chicago

College of Nursing
Course Syllabus
Course Number & Title
Course Credit Hours

NURS 516
EBP 2: Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
3 semester hours
Summer 2016

Course Faculty
Section CRN 37201

Course Faculty: Catherine Ryan PhD, RN, APN, CCRN, FAHA

Office: CON Rm. 744
Phone: 312-996-2180
Office Hours: by appointment

Course Description

Using critical appraisal of the literature, clinical evidence, and health systems
to plan the implementation and evaluation of inter-professional strategies for
high quality, cost-effective health outcomes.

Course Prerequisites

EBP 1: Theoretical foundations for evidence-based practice


Course Objectives

Course Topic List

Synthesize available evidence to summarize and identify gaps in

nursing knowledge and determine appropriate application of
Integrate best evidence from nursing science and humanities as the
foundation for practice.
Incorporate patient values and ethics when designing and
implementing nursing care delivery.
Distinguish between dissemination and translation of evidence.
Communicate evidence-based practice changes to stakeholders.

I. Integrating quality and evidence processes

II. Selecting a Model for Evidence Based Practice
a. Available models
III. Information literacy
IV. Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice
a. Steps in Process
i. Identifying the clinical question
ii. Searching for evidence
iii. Appraising the evidence
iv. Interpreting the evidence
v. Applying the evidence
V. Designing an action plan for integrating evidence into practice
a. Systems issues
i. Facilitators
ii. Barriers
b. Patient issues

i. Preferences
ii. Goals

Resource Materials

Required Textbooks:

Grove, S.K., Burns, N., & Gray, J.R. (2013). The practice of nursing
research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence, 7th ed. St.
Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of
the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC:
Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011 or 2014). Evidencebased practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice (2nd
or 3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Supplemental Textbooks:
Murphy, F., & Smith, C. (2013). Nursing Theories and Models (3rd
ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
Bowers, D., House, A., Owens, D., & Bewick. (2014). Understanding
clinical papers (3rd ed.). Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell.
Harris, M., & Taylor, G. (2014). Medical statistics made easy (3rd ed.).
Banbury OX16 9UX, UK, Scion Publishing Ltd.
Additional required readings will be listed in the NURS 516 Course Schedule
posted on Bb. These reading are easily available for you to access online via
the library resources. If not, the reading will be posted for you.

Evaluation Criteria for

Student Performance

Grades for this course are based on the students performance on the
discussion questions/assignments. Each week(s) point distribution is shown on
the table below.

DQ (Discussion Question)
Article discussion
Statistical interpretation assignment
Table of evidence with references
Article Critiques (3)
Synthesis Project Paper (due 6/19/16)
Practice Guideline Review
Implementation Plan


Students are expected to complete all assignments, including the required
readings and learning activities by the due dates posted. All written
assignments must be typed following APA format and submitted by the due
date. Late assignments will receive a 10% deduction in points for each day
late. If you have an emergency, please contact the instructor for an extension.
The final course grade will be determined according to the following
grading scale:
180 - 200 = A
160 179 = B
140 159 = C
120 139 = D
<120 = F

HIPAA Requirement

The federal government's Privacy Rule became effective April 14, 2003. The
Privacy Rule provides the first comprehensive federal protection for the
privacy of health information. The College initiated the following course
requirements to ensure privacy compliance for all CON students.


You will be required to sign a confidentiality statement before you

access any patient information (paper, electronic and oral), and
your instructor will keep copies on file.
You will be required to keep all patient information confidential.
Patient information will be discussed only in private areas (no
elevator or cafeteria discussion).
You will not be allowed to take any patient information that is
identifiable from the hospital/clinic.
You will be required to follow all hospital/clinic policies and
procedures for patient privacy at your site of clinical placement.

Failure to protect patient health information is considered a federal offense,

and failure to comply with this College requirement may result in failure of
this course and possible disciplinary action.
Similarly, all participants in this course are expected to keep confidential
anything they may learn about other participants academic performance.

Course Policies

Policies are found in the College of Nursing Student Manual at
Note the particular section in the handbook regarding academic integrity, what
constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Standards of Practice

This course meets the standards for Evidence Based Practice for DNP outlined
in the ANCC DNP Essentials Guidelines and the standards for DNP set forth
by NONPF. The Professional Standards and Competencies used as resources
for course content are listed with the weekly course content on the course