Focuses on the acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of information designed to link nursing theory and science as a foundation for advanced practice nursing. Working from a body of literature related to broad and middle range theoretical frameworks, the student is actively involved in a program of research critique with emphasis on applications to and implications for nursing practice. Focus is on development of skills necessary for the ethical conduct of nursing research related to vulnerable populations and including the critique of research studies, identification of research problems, communication of research findings, and application of research-based knowledge in advanced practice nursing.