Critically analyze current practice to formulate researchable problems. 2.Evaluate research as the basis for decision-making to improve outcomes through translation into evidence-based practice. 3.Synthesize an understanding of the research process through development of a proposal to address a nursing problem or focus area identified in nursing practice. 4.Investigate ethical issues related to the conduct of scientific research, including informed consent, data management, data analysis, and protection of human subjects. 5.Explore national and international initiatives and research priorities.