Psychiatric Nursing Research

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 4575
Semester Length
Max Class Size
25 (on line)
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will begin to understand and critique psychiatric nursing research in such a way as to demonstrate the ability to integrate research and practice from an Evidenced-Informed Practice paradigm. In addition, students will develop a beginning understanding of the various research methodologies used in conducting research which informs evidenced based psychiatric nursing practice.
Course Content

The focus of this course is to introduce the student to research concepts and methods. The student will gain an understanding of research utilization to guide, inform, and support evidenced-based psychiatric nursing practice. Course concepts are addressed in the context of primary health care, health promotion, psychosocial rehabilitation, and the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework.

Course Concepts include:

  1. Research Process
    • Self as researcher
    • Ethics (beneficence, respect for human dignity, justice, informed consent, review processes)
    • Research steps
    • Dissemination of research findings
    • Informatics to support research inquiry – literature reviews and program analysis (SPSS, Nudist)
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration research
  2. Research Design
    • Basic and applied research
    • Data collection, triangulation
    • Data analysis
  3. Research Methodology
    • Qualitative (phenomenology, ethnography, case study, grounded theory, participatory action research, interpretive descriptive)
    • Quantitative (descriptive, relationships [correlational, explanatory {experimental & quasi-experimental]})
    • Mixed Methods- combination of qualitative and quantitative methods
  4. Concepts of Rigor
    • Qualitative - trustworthiness, auditability, significance
  5. Concepts of Measurement
    • Quantitative - measurement, reliability, validity, significance
  6. Critical Analysis
    • Analysis and synthesis of psychiatric nursing research literature
    • Psychiatric nursing refereed and non-refereed literature
    • Analysis of primary and secondary theoretical sources
    • Psychiatric nursing evidence-based practice
    • Evaluation research and quality assurance
  7. Research Dissemination
    • Criteria related to application and implementation of psychiatric nursing research findings to clinical practice contexts
    • Research strategies to support research dissemination in clinical practice contexts


Methods Of Instruction

Learners will have opportunities to develop research knowledge by reflective writing to identify research questions relevant to psychiatric nursing practice and apply research findings, critical appraisal of refereed psychiatric nursing articles, participant presentations, classroom discussions, and guest speakers.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Develop their knowledge of research concepts and applications to holistic health care needs
  • Examine qualitative and quantitative research methodologies as applied to health care research
  • Demonstrate application of research findings to guide and inform psychiatric nursing practice in order to support health outcomes.


Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.