NURS 310 Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing • 5 Cr.


This course examines the nature of inquiry, basic research concepts, language and processes. Content and process will focus on how research contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves nursing practice, and enhances professional development and professional accountability. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are compared. Students will critically appraise and interpret nursing research studies in order to enhance their understanding of the research process. Ethical and legal rights of human subjects are explored. Students will explore the considerations of nursing research related to diverse populations. Prerequisites: Acceptance into BSN program, associate degree in nursing from state approved program, and passed NCLEX.


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‚Äôs 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