GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project Papers

GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

Evidence-Based Practice Project



4 Credits

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for learners to complete their evidence-based practice (EBP) project proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in their specialty area of professional practice. Learners previously identified a problem amenable to a research-based intervention, searched the literature, and proposed a solution. Now learners will explore implementation considerations and various evaluation methodologies, complete the project proposal by developing a plan to implement the solution into the intended practice area, and design an evaluation plan that will assess the EBP project proposal’s intended outcome(s). Prerequisite: NUR-550. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

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NUR-590 Course Objectives

In this course, the learner will:

  1. Explore research articles, nursing and related theories, applying levels of evidence, and theoretical frameworks to identify quality research studies.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry, knowledge generation, utilization, and dissemination in advanced nursing practice.
  3. Evaluate the evidence for potential solutions/innovations that can potentially solve a health care issue and improve patient outcomes.
  4. Identify gaps in nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice that can potentially be resolved by planning and implementing a practice change project proposal.
  5. Evaluate health policy and advocacy iss

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Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice

Tappan, R. M. (2016). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice (2nd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 9781284048308 GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

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Library Walk Through Tutorial

View the “Library Walk Through Tutorial.”


Reading a Scientific Article

Read “Reading a Scientific Article,” located on the GCU Library website.


Writing Center

Refer to the resources located in the Writing Center for PowerPoint guidelines, APA style, writing and library tutorials, and research and writing assistance.


GCU Library: Persistent Links

Review “Persistent Links,” located on the GCU Library website, to learn how to locate persistent links for library articles, videos, etc. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project



Refer to the LopesWrite webpage for guidance regarding assignments requiring submission to LopesWrite.


Evaluating Sources: What Is a “Scholarly” Source? GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

Read “Evaluating Sources: What Is a ‘Scholarly’ Source?” located on the GCU Library website.


APA Writing Checklist

Use the “APA Writing Checklist” to act as a checklist for each paper you will write throughout your GCU graduate program.

MSN-APA Writing Checklist-Student.docx

GCU Library Research Guides: Citing Sources

Reference the “GCU Library Research Guides: Citing Sources” resource, located on the GCU Library website, for information on how to cite sources properly. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project


Optional: ThinkingStorm

For additional information, the following is recommended:

ThinkingStorm is an online tutoring resource that provides flexible support to supplement traditional educational environments. The tutoring center is remotely accessible to GCU learners with a computer and an Internet connection and offers convenient hours for learners with busy schedules. ThinkingStorm tutoring includes a writing center that offers 24/7 submission-based writing support, as well as live writing support across the curriculum.

If you are interested in utilizing ThinkingStorm’s writing support, submit your documents chapter by chapter, rather than as a full manuscript. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

To assist learners with thei

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Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare : A Guide to Best Practice

Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 9781496384539

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Optional: Grammarly

For additional information, the following is recommended:

Grammarly is an online writing assistance app that reviews written submissions and suggests context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, word usage, wordiness, style, punctuation, and plagiarism. The reasoning for each suggested correction is provided, allowing users to make informed decisions about how to correct writing issues.

Grammarly can be installed as free browser extension, though Grammarly Premium requires an annual subscription. This subscription is not a GCU-required purchase.


Academic Integrity

Read the “About LopesWrite” and “Plagiarism” sections of the Academic Integrity page of the GCU website. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project


University Policy Handbook

Read the Code of Conduct and Academic Standards section of the University Policy Handbook.


The Writing Process

View “The Writing Process” media presentation for information on how to strengthen your writing for future assignments.


GCU Library: General Research Guide

Review the “General Research” guide, located on the GCU Library website.


Discussion Forum Guidelines and Example

Review the “Discussion Forum Guidelines and Example” document for your weekly discussion forum participation.


Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession

DeNisco, S. M. (Ed.). (2021). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 9781284176124

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APA Writing Style

APA Style is required for all writing assignments in this course, where indicated. Please prepare these assignments according to the APA Style Guide, located in the in the Student Success Center.

You may want to consider purchasing a copy of the APA style guide as this will be a useful resource throughout your program.

Evidence-Based Practice Project Proposal –Assignment Overview

Learners are required to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal. The project begins in NUR-550 and culminates in NUR-590. The project will be completed in sections throughout both courses and culminate in NUR-590, during which the project elements are synthesized into a final written paper that details the evidence-based practice project proposal.

Refer to the “Evidence-Based Practice Project Proposal – Assignment Overview” document for an overview of the evidence-based practice project proposal assignments. This document serves only to provide context for the overall project and how the assignments interact. Refer to each assignment in the classroom for GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

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NUR-550-590-RS-EBP Project Proposal – Overview.docx

RefWorks and EndNote: RefWorks and EndNote Login

Manage your citations with the RefWorks tool, located on the GCU Library website. RefWorks automates the creation of your reference lists in the format of your choice (APA, MLA, etc.).


Topic 1: Evidence-Based Practice

Aug 12, 2021 – Aug 18, 2021

Max Points:80


  1. Present a PICOT for the evidence-based practice project proposal.
  2. Examine the role of the advanced registered nursing in evidence-based practice.

Topic 2: Making the Case for Evidence-Based Practice

Aug 19, 2021 – Aug 25, 2021

Max Points:130


  1. Describe effective strategies to create an evidence-based practice culture within a health care setting.
  2. Identify stakeholders needed for the evidence-based practice project.
  3. Assess organizational readiness for the evidence-based practice project.

Topic 3: Theoretical Framework and Models for Change

Aug 26, 2021 – Sep 01, 2021

Max Points:130 GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project


  1. Apply a change model or framework to the evidence-based practice project proposal.
  2. Describe the relationship between bias and a framework or model.

Topic 4: Data Collection and Data Analysis

Sep 02, 2021 – Sep 08, 2021

Max Points:30


  1. Select a research design for the evidence-based project proposal.
  2. Select a statistical test for the evidence-based project proposal

Topic 5: Evidence-Based Practice Implementation

Sep 09, 2021 – Sep 15, 2021

Max Points:150 GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project


  1. Propose an implementation plan for the evidence-based practice proposal.
  2. Propose strategies for overcoming barriers to the implementation of the evidence-based practice proposal

Topic 6: Evaluating Practice Change

Sep 16, 2021 – Sep 22, 2021

Max Points:150


  1. Develop an evaluation plan for the evidence-based project proposal.
  2. Identify gaps in the literature based on findings.
  3. Evaluate evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.

Topic 7: Disseminating Evidence

Sep 23, 2021 – Sep 29, 2021

Max Points:150 GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project


  1. Propose strategies used to disseminate evidence to influence health care outcomes.

Topic 8: Evidence-Based Practice Appraisal

Sep 30, 2021 – Oct 06, 2021

Max Points:180


  1. Propose strategies for incorporating evidence-based practice into a personal practice.

Participation Requirements

Participating in classroom discussion is paramount to the learning experience. Participating in the weekly discussions allows students and instructors to share experiences, investigate complicated subject matter, share expertise, and examine the content from new perspectives. The qualitative participation requirements are:

  • Follow-up responses to classmates’ initial answers or responses that integrate course theories with a practical application of the subject, offering a personal observation or experience, or referencing real-world examples, current events, or presenting current research on the topic.
  • Classroom interaction demonstrating deeper or broader thoughts beyond rephrasing what the textbook has presented on the topic.
  • Responses encouraging further discussion and ongoing dialogue with other students and the instructor in the class.
  • Asking additional, relevant questions about the week’s topic.
  • Communications that are presented in a professional and supportive manner, and with respectful tone. GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project

The participation expectations in this class are:

  • Number of Required Substantive Posts Each Day: 1
  • Number of Required Days: 3

Course Grade Scale

GCU NUR-590 Evidence-Based Practice Project