Humboldt State University ® Department of Nursing

Richard A. Paselk

Nursing 495
Introduction of Research &
Scholarship for Professional
Nursing Practice

T 1000-12:50, GH 124

Tentative Syllabus - Fall 2009

Office: SA560a & GH 122c
Office Hours:
Phone: x 5719 & x 5136
Home: 822-1116

Course Information & Learning Outcome Goals

Catalog Description:

NURS 495. (3) FS. Introduces students to application of nursing research for evidence based practice. Course focus is on accessing and analyzing current nursing research literature to enable the professional nurse to apply research to current practice and issues. Beginning with the basics of research, the student becomes a critical consumer of professional nursing research. [Prereq: NURS 268.]

Learning Outcomes:

NURS 495 addresses the following Department of Nursing learner outcomes. Successful students will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to synthesize knowledge, nursing theory and practice with biophysical, psychological, and socio-cultural sciences and the humanities to gain an understanding of individuals of all ages, families, groups, and communities
  • accountability for the provision and evaluation of nursing care which conforms to professional standards of quality care and considers the legal parameters and ethical responsibilities of the nurse, as well as rights of clients
  • the ability to interpret and apply research findings to nursing practice and relate the research process to theory development in nursing
  • the ability to establish professional relationships and collaborate with other health care professionals with an awareness of present and developing roles in nursing and health care
  • competent, independent problem-solving skills, autonomy, and self-directed learning

NURS 495 also addresses the following Humboldt State University learner outcomes, in which the learner outcome is included implicitly or occasionally:

  • critical/creative thinking, information acquisition and application and
  • social justice, environmental responsibility,  and economic improvement.

Texts, Required Materials etc.:

  • Burns, N. and Grove, S.K. (2007) Understanding Nursing Research, 4th ed. W.B. Saunders: Philadelphia.

General Information

I plan to base much of our work this semester on your text - make sure you have it, read it and bring it to class. A significant portion of this course is going to be centered around discussion and analysis, frequently based on text examples.

Lecture Notes

I will post copies of my lecture notes on the course web site after each lecture.

Recommended Learning Strategies:

Time Commitment:

The standard study time for most courses at most universities is three hours a week per unit taken. Translated to this course, that means you should plan on studying 9 hours each week for this course in order to pass it with the minimum grade allowed, which
is a C (3 units X 3).



Lecture Calendar: See Introduction to Research & Scholarship for Professional Nursing Practice on my Web Page (

Grading Information


Attendance in lecture will taken via via sign-up sheet on an irregular basis, and will contribute to your grade . You are most strongly urged to attend every "lecture" participate and to take thorough notes to aid your learning.

Exams: Note the final exam date and be certain you can make it:

Final Exam (Comprehensive): Tuesday 15 December 1020-1210


There will be quizzes about every other week and a must be completed on-line during the specified period.

Lecture Points

100 pts
100 pts.
100 pts
100 pts.

10 @ 10 pts each

  100 pts.

Final exam:  

  200 pts.


 Total =

500 pts.

Grading Rubric

  • Your grade is determined on your total "lecture" points based on the percentage cut-offs listed below:
    A= 95
    A-= 90
    B+= 87
    B= 84
    B-= 80
    C+= 75
    C= 70
    C-= 65
    D+= 58
    D= 50
  • The actual distribution will be adjusted at the end of the semester with 100% set to a number less than the total number of points based on class performance. In the past I have often used the percentage of total points achieved by the top student as 100%. For example, if the top student received 90% of total points, then an "A" would be 95% of 90% = 85.5%.

Withdrawal/Drop Policy (from HSU Academic Senate):

You may drop this course for any reason without record up through the fourth week. After the 4th weekand until the 13th week withdrawal requires a "serious and compelling reason (see below) and will be recorded as a "W." After the 13th week only catastrophic withdrawals (see below) will be given - a grade of "WC" will be recorded.

When contemplating a Withdrawal, you should also be aware of the new CSU policies (Executive Order 1037; August 1, 2009) that place significant new restrictions on course repeats and withdrawals for undergraduate students. As a summary:

  1. Students may withdraw from no more than 18 semester-units (between census and the final 20% of instruction, with a serious and compelling reason).
  2. Students may repeat courses only if they earned grades lower than a C.
  3. Students may repeat up to 16 semester-units with grade forgiveness.
  4. Students may repeat up to an additional 12 semester-units with grades averaged.

Incompletes (from CSU Executive Order 1037)

"The “I” symbol shall be used only when the faculty member concludes that a clearly identifiable portion of course requirements cannot be met within the academic term for unforeseen reasons. An Incomplete shall not be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend a major portion of the class when it is next offered."

"A student may not re-enroll in a course for which he or she has received an “I” until that “I” has been converted to a grade other than “I”; e.g., A-F, IC."

Campus Resources for Students

Disabilities may interfere with your success in this class. If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact our campus Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) and follow up with me as soon as possible. Our campus SDRC can assist you with the accommodation process and can be reached at (707) 826-5392 (TDD). The SDRC is located in House 71 (Little Apartments) off Library Circle.

Students with Disabilities

  • Disabilities may interfere with your success in this class. Students who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD).  Such accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. <>
  • Students needing accommodations should also contact the lecture instructor as soon as possible to facilitate/optimize their situation.
    • The Midterm exams are both designed to be 50 min exams, ALL students will be given the full period, that is time and on-half to complete them.
    • All quizzes are designed so the ALL students get double-time to complete them.

Student Support organizations

  • The Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP) is a student support program designed for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students pursuing degrees in the natural resource and science disciplines under the College of Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS) at Humboldt State University (HSU). <>

HSU Add/Drop Policy

Emergency Evacuation

Academic Honesty

Attendance and Disruptive Behavior

© R A Paselk

Last modified 28 August 2009