DNP 801 A RS 3 Selecting Practice Problem
Use the steps on this worksheet to outline the details for the patient practice problem at your practice site that you are proposing for your future DPI Project. Use the “PICOT-D Selection Guidelines,” located in the DC Network, to evaluate your proposed patient practice problem. If it does not meet these criteria, you must select a different topic.
1. Complete the licensure information. Your practice problem and intervention must fall within the scope your licensure.
Licensure APRN RN
Is this practice change within the scope of your nursing practice?
By submitting this form, I am attesting I have read my state’s Nurse Practice Act and the project is within the scope of my practice.
2. Describe the type and focus of your proposed project site (e.g., Adult medical surgical unit in rural Nebraska; pediatric primary care clinic in urban Illinois).
3. Describe a patient practice problem occurring at your proposed project site that you would like to address for your DPI Project. Explain why this is a patient problem. Provide data that support the patient problem (e.g., heart failure readmission rates 21%). If you have not asked for these data yet, how would you go about obtaining the data needed?
4. Describe the evidence-based intervention proposed for addressing the patient practice problem at your site and how the proposed intervention is different from what is currently in place for the practice problem (intervention must be a new change, not something already in place or “noncompliance” from staff). Explain why the intervention is realistic and feasible for your practice site.
5. Describe the team that will be implementing your DPI intervention. (Remember, as the project manager, you may not have any interaction with the patients. You are 100% hands-off and require nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, or other interdisciplinary team members to participate in the implementation of the project.)
6. Discuss the expected measurable patient outcome based on implementing the intervention and explain how the new proposed process/intervention will improve the measurable patient outcome. Include, where you will get your descriptive demographic data on your patient sample population and where will you get your measurable patient outcome data (e.g., electronic health record, quality department, evidence-based survey/measurement tool that is valid and reliable).
7. The timeframe for all DPI Projects is 8 weeks. Explain how your DPI Project can be implemented within that timeframe.
8. Search for two original (primary quantitative) research articles that support your proposed intervention. Refer to the “Levels of Evidence in Research” chart, located in Class Resources, as needed for assistance in your search. If your intervention is a clinical practice guideline, or is coming from a clinical practice guideline, include the relevant original (primary quantitative) research that supports your intervention. In addition, include the clinical practice guideline as one of your references.
9. Using APA format, list your primary quantitative research below. Include working links for each article. Ensure each link works as your instructor will use these links to access your articles.
Supporting Primary Quantitative Research
(Include the clinical practice guideline, if applicable)
Discussion Questions (DQ)
• Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
• Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
• One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
• I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
• Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
• In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
• Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
• Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
• Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
• Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
• I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
• I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
• As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
• It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
• For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
• Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
• Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
• Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
• The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
• Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
• If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
• I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
• As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
• Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
o Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
o Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.