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Psychiatric Nursing Research

Course Code: PNUR 4575
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students will begin to understand and critique psychiatric nursing research in such a way as to begin 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 learner to research concepts and methods. The learner 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 Curriculum Coceptual Framework adopted from the Neuman Systems Model of nursing. Course concepts include:

  1. Research Process
    • Self as researcher
    • Ethics (beneficence, respect for human dignity, justice, informed consent, review processes)
    • Research stages
    • 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]})
  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

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Development and Approval Policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. There will be a minimum of three assessments which will include: written assignments, exams, participation, and classroom presentation.

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, learners will have opportunities 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.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.