NURS 320 Foundations of Scholarly Inquiry • 3 Cr.


Examines basic research concepts, language and processes. Content focuses on research contributions to development of knowledge, improving practice, and enhancing professional development/accountability. Research methods are compared, critically appraised and interpreted. Ethical and legal rights of human subjects are explored. Students will explore the considerations of research related to diverse populations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into BSN program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Appraise interrelationships of nursing theory, practice, and research. Evaluate the credibility of sources of information, including but not limited to databases and internet resources. Evaluate the nurse's role in protection of human subjects in the conduct of research. Utilize the research process to evaluate evidence focusing on planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care. Analyze principles and models of evidence-based practice. Identify practice discrepancies between identified standards and practice that may adversely impact patient outcomes. Utilize evidence-based research findings to evaluate and address nursing practice problems