NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-informed Practice (8)

Students undertaking this subject will develop their capacity to appreciate the importance of nursing and midwifery research to inform practice and health care. The significance of being able to appraise research and apply it to practice is highlighted. This subject focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the research process, research designs, and major data collection and analytical methods. Skills necessary to understand published research are introduced. It includes ethical and cultural considerations to research, how to critique the literature and how to inform and change practice based on evidence.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS328. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course and Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).


NRS313 or NRS193

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the relationships between research, theory and evidence-based practice for nursing (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 2.6, 3.4, 9.2).
  • be able to apply the principles of ethical research and cultural competence in critically appraising research articles (NMBA 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 9.3, 9.5).
  • be able to describe the research process and explain its components (NMBA 4.1, 7.3, 10.4).
  • be able to critically evaluate research articles and their applicability to nursing practice (NMBA 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 5.1, 7.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.2, 10.4).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Introduction to Research. Origins of knowledge in nursing and the relationship of science, theory and research. Introduction to research methodology; quantitative and qualitative.
  • Module 2: Ethical and Cultural Considerations. Social justice and equity principles. Protecting the rights of individuals and groups. Apply legal and ethical frameworks to research.
  • Module 3: The Search Process. Use appropriate technologies to search for high-quality information for academic use. Apply concepts of academic research critique. Appraising guidelines for research.
  • Module 4: Introduction to Research Data and Analysis. Distinguish between research designs. Identify sections of a research article. Discuss reliability and validity. Explore sources of error.
  • Module 5: Applying Evidence to Practice. Utilisation of research findings in nursing practice. The role and application of evidence based practice in nursing. How to be a change agent.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS328 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Nursing research terminology online test
Critical evaluation of a research article
Evaluation of a clinical issue

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.