What potential barriers do you foresee and what strategies do you envision to prevent or overcome these barriers?

Week 1 -Assignment 2
Discussion
Melynk and Fineout-Overholt (2011) note that there are seven
steps to the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. The first step is to
cultivate a spirit of inquiry. To encourage this spirit of inquiry, you are
asked in this discussion to:
Identify a problem or issue from within your specialty area
that you feel needs to be improved upon. The Doctor of Nursing Practice site
(http://www.doctorsofnursingpractice.org/resources/dnp-scholarly-projects/)
provides many examples of these projects. The list below may help focus your
thoughts.
Educational program
Evidence-based healthcare policy change
Evidence-based clinical issue or protocol for specific
disease/condition
Discuss the relevance of the issue from your perspective
(not the literature at this juncture) in relation to your selected advanced
role option.
What piqued your interest about this issue or problem?
How does it relate to your area of specialization?
What gave you the idea that evidence exists to support this
change? See “note” below.
Provide a rationale as to why this will be an evidence-based
project to improve outcomes and not generate new evidence (research).
Please remember that the project will not be implemented
during this course and no data will be collected. The outcome of this course is
to complete a project proposal only.

Week 2 – Assignment 1
Discussion
Melynk and Fineout-Overholt (2011) note that there are seven
steps to the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. The first step is to
cultivate a spirit of inquiry. To encourage this spirit of inquiry, you are
asked in this discussion to:
Briefly describe the problem or issue that you have decided
to be the topic for your project proposal in order to orient your classmates
and faculty
Indicate how it relates to your area of specialization
State your PICOT question. Indicate in parentheses after
each segment, what part of PICOT the preceding words represent. For example: In
patients recently discharged from the hospital following care for heart failure
(P), do hand-off calls by the nurse to the primary care provider using the SBAR
format (situation, background, assessment, recommendation) (I) compared to no
calls (C) decrease readmission rates (O) over a one year period (T).
Discuss which process model resonates with you and will help
keep you focused during the project. Process models included in your text
(Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011) are:
Clinical scholar model
Stetler model of evidence-based practice
Iowa model of evidence-based practice to promote quality
care
Model for evidence-based practice change by Rosswurm and
Larrabee
Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice (JHNEBP) Model
Provide feedback to your classmates that focuses on:
The use of correct PICOT format for the question to guide
the literature search.
Does the question reflect a clinical research question or
one appropriate for an evidence-based practice project?

Week 3 – Assignment 1
Discussion
In this discussion, you will share your search strategies
that you have employed to find evidence for your study. For this discussion:
State your PICOT question. Did using the terms used in this
question lead you to useful research studies?
What MESH terms have you tried? Did they help you find
additional studies? Are you finding MESH terms useful to expand or delimit your
search?
Are you finding relevant articles? If not, how did you
modify your search to increase productivity?
Indicate which databases you usedthose you found useful and
those that were not.
What levels of evidence do the studies you are finding
represent?
Post any questions or concerns you may have and provide
feedback and recommendations to your classmates. Working together and sharing
search strategies is very helpful.
Use the Search Tracker to keep track of search terms.
Using the appropriate Rapid Clinical Appraisal (RCA) Tools,
appraise one or two articles and add the information to your Evaluation Table
to receive feedback from faculty. At this juncture, your table is a work in
progress. You will complete it in Week 4. The RCA Tools and Evaluation Table in
Word for you to complete can be found in the Week 3 Overview section.

Week 4 – Assignment 1
Discussion
Discuss your experience completing the rapid critical appraisal
process.
Was it really rapid or was it more of a laborious process?
Did reading the abstract help you make quick decisions about
including or excluding the study?
What worked best for you in terms of the approach you
decided to use to complete the appraisal and Evaluation Table? What didnt
work?
Post any questions or concerns you may have and provide
feedback and recommendations to your classmates. Working together and sharing
search strategies is very helpful.

Week 5 – Assignment 1
Discussion
This week the discussion focuses on creating a Synthesis
Table(s) as a means to summarize and organize the body of evidence from the
Evaluation Table. The Synthesis tables will be included in your formal proposal
in the Appendix. In the body of the paper, you will describe the keeper
studies in narrative format.
For this discussion, include the following:
Share your approach to synthesizing the evidence. What were
the variables of interest you identified?
Learning to write in a scholarly fashion requires that you
are able to succinctly summarize an article in a sentence or two and cite it
appropriately using APA format. In this discussion, practice summarizing 2
articles you have identified from the Synthesis Table as pertinent to your
proposal. Include the level of evidence, study design, and evidence of rigor.
Use appropriate APA citation in text and references. Incorporate feedback from
peers and faculty in your Dropbox assignment for this week.
In addition to research studies, patient preference and
clinical expertise should also be considered. Discuss how you will incorporate
these important perspectives into your project proposal.

Week 6 – Assignment 1
Discussion
For this weeks discussion, please address the following:
Briefly describe the clinical issue or problem for your
project, the setting, and population of interest to orient classmates and
faculty
Write your clinical question
Describe the intervention you plan to test
What type of study will you conduct? Will it be
experimental? Quasi-experimental? Provide a rationale for your answer.
Provide feedback on the clinical questions of your
colleagues

Week 7 – Assignment 1
Discussion
This discussion will focus on the measurement tools you will
use to evaluate change from the intervention. The purpose of this discussion is
to fine-tune your thinking about evaluation by receiving feedback from
colleagues and faculty. Include in your discussion:
Write a brief description of your project that starts by
stating your clinical question and succinctly explaining your planned
intervention in order to orient everyone.
Will you need to develop your own evaluation tools or are
valid and reliable tools available?
If you create your own tools, what are your thoughts on
pilot testing them? How will you go about this?
Will you gather baseline data? Will you use pre- and
posttests? How will you measure change?
How will you identify the participants for your study? How
does the sampling method chosen further define the type of study you will be
doing?
How will you ensure confidentiality of study participants?

Week 8 – Assignment 1
Discussion
The discussion for this week will revolve around the
analysis phase of your project. Include the following points in your discussion:
Begin with a brief description of your project that includes
your clinical question, your planned intervention, the type of study you will
conduct and how you plan to evaluate the outcomes.
What type of statistical analysis will be done?
What is a reasonable timeline for your project?
What expenses should be considered? Include both obvious
expenses, such as materials, as well as those that are hidden, such as time,
which equates to part of your salary.
Will you need to consider a funding source for your project?

Week 9 – Assignment 1
Discussion
Although you will not implement your project during this
course, it is important that you understand the various steps that are
necessary to do so. As you begin to formulate your strategic plan for
implementing your change project, discuss the following specific to your
proposed project:
Who are the stakeholders? Please identify them by role or
job within the organization, not by name. Can you identify any champions or
people within your organization that you can convert to champions?
What potential barriers do you foresee and what strategies
do you envision to prevent or overcome these barriers?
What change theory will you use to guide you?

Week 10 – Assignment
1 Discussion
For this discussion question, you are asked to review the
student learning outcomes for this course and discuss how you met these
outcomes. The intention here is to provide you an opportunity to reflect on
the learning achieved during this term and how you successfully met these
learning outcomes. If you do not feel you successfully met the objective,
discuss your plans to successfully complete the objective in the future.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
Demonstrate synthesis of the knowledge and skills acquired
in preceding graduate nursing core and specialty curriculum content.
Evaluate current health policy and legal and ethical
considerations in addressing the health promotion and disease prevention of a
target population.
Integrate this synthesis in the creation of a scholarly
project of either an evidenced-based practice proposal or a research proposal
that generates new nursing knowledge.
Disseminate significant components of the project through a
written paper and oral presentation.Week 1 -Assignment 2
DiscussionMelynk and Fineout-Overholt (2011) note that there are seven
steps to the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. The first step is to
cultivate a spirit of inquiry. To encourage this spirit of inquiry, you are
asked in this discussion to:Identify a problem or issue from within your specialty area
that you feel needs to be improved upon. The Doctor of Nursing Practice site
(http://www.doctorsofnursingpractice.org/resources/dnp-scholarly-projects/)
provides many examples of these projects. The list below may help focus your
thoughts. Educational programEvidence-based healthcare policy changeEvidence-based clinical issue or protocol for specific
disease/conditionDiscuss the relevance of the issue from your perspective
(not the literature at this juncture) in relation to your selected advanced
role option.What piqued your interest about this issue or problem?How does it relate to your area of specialization?What gave you the idea that evidence exists to support this
change? See “note” below.Provide a rationale as to why this will be an evidence-based
project to improve outcomes and not generate new evidence (research).Please remember that the project will not be implemented
during this course and no data will be collected. The outcome of this course is
to complete a project proposal only.Week 2 – Assignment 1
DiscussionMelynk and Fineout-Overholt (2011) note that there are seven
steps to the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. The first step is to
cultivate a spirit of inquiry. To encourage this spirit of inquiry, you are
asked in this discussion to:Briefly describe the problem or issue that you have decided
to be the topic for your project proposal in order to orient your classmates
and facultyIndicate how it relates to your area of specializationState your PICOT question. Indicate in parentheses after
each segment, what part of PICOT the preceding words represent. For example: In
patients recently discharged from the hospital following care for heart failure
(P), do hand-off calls by the nurse to the primary care provider using the SBAR
format (situation, background, assessment, recommendation) (I) compared to no
calls (C) decrease readmission rates (O) over a one year period (T).Discuss which process model resonates with you and will help
keep you focused during the project. Process models included in your text
(Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011) are:Clinical scholar modelStetler model of evidence-based practiceIowa model of evidence-based practice to promote quality
careModel for evidence-based practice change by Rosswurm and
LarrabeeJohns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice (JHNEBP) ModelProvide feedback to your classmates that focuses on:The use of correct PICOT format for the question to guide
the literature search.Does the question reflect a clinical research question or
one appropriate for an evidence-based practice project?Week 3 – Assignment 1
DiscussionIn this discussion, you will share your search strategies
that you have employed to find evidence for your study. For this discussion:State your PICOT question. Did using the terms used in this
question lead you to useful research studies?What MESH terms have you tried? Did they help you find
additional studies? Are you finding MESH terms useful to expand or delimit your
search?Are you finding relevant articles? If not, how did you
modify your search to increase productivity?Indicate which databases you usedthose you found useful and
those that were not.What levels of evidence do the studies you are finding
represent?Post any questions or concerns you may have and provide
feedback and recommendations to your classmates. Working together and sharing
search strategies is very helpful.Use the Search Tracker to keep track of search terms.Using the appropriate Rapid Clinical Appraisal (RCA) Tools,
appraise one or two articles and add the information to your Evaluation Table
to receive feedback from faculty. At this juncture, your table is a work in
progress. You will complete it in Week 4. The RCA Tools and Evaluation Table in
Word for you to complete can be found in the Week 3 Overview section.Week 4 – Assignment 1
DiscussionDiscuss your experience completing the rapid critical appraisal
process.Was it really rapid or was it more of a laborious process?Did reading the abstract help you make quick decisions about
including or excluding the study?What worked best for you in terms of the approach you
decided to use to complete the appraisal and Evaluation Table? What didnt
work?Post any questions or concerns you may have and provide
feedback and recommendations to your classmates. Working together and sharing
search strategies is very helpful.Week 5 – Assignment 1
DiscussionThis week the discussion focuses on creating a Synthesis
Table(s) as a means to summarize and organize the body of evidence from the
Evaluation Table. The Synthesis tables will be included in your formal proposal
in the Appendix. In the body of the paper, you will describe the keeper
studies in narrative format.For this discussion, include the following:Share your approach to synthesizing the evidence. What were
the variables of interest you identified?Learning to write in a scholarly fashion requires that you
are able to succinctly summarize an article in a sentence or two and cite it
appropriately using APA format. In this discussion, practice summarizing 2
articles you have identified from the Synthesis Table as pertinent to your
proposal. Include the level of evidence, study design, and evidence of rigor.
Use appropriate APA citation in text and references. Incorporate feedback from
peers and faculty in your Dropbox assignment for this week.In addition to research studies, patient preference and
clinical expertise should also be considered. Discuss how you will incorporate
these important perspectives into your project proposal.Week 6 – Assignment 1
DiscussionFor this weeks discussion, please address the following:Briefly describe the clinical issue or problem for your
project, the setting, and population of interest to orient classmates and
facultyWrite your clinical questionDescribe the intervention you plan to testWhat type of study will you conduct? Will it be
experimental? Quasi-experimental? Provide a rationale for your answer.Provide feedback on the clinical questions of your
colleaguesWeek 7 – Assignment 1
DiscussionThis discussion will focus on the measurement tools you will
use to evaluate change from the intervention. The purpose of this discussion is
to fine-tune your thinking about evaluation by receiving feedback from
colleagues and faculty. Include in your discussion:Write a brief description of your project that starts by
stating your clinical question and succinctly explaining your planned
intervention in order to orient everyone.Will you need to develop your own evaluation tools or are
valid and reliable tools available?If you create your own tools, what are your thoughts on
pilot testing them? How will you go about this?Will you gather baseline data? Will you use pre- and
posttests? How will you measure change?How will you identify the participants for your study? How
does the sampling method chosen further define the type of study you will be
doing?How will you ensure confidentiality of study participants?Week 8 – Assignment 1
DiscussionThe discussion for this week will revolve around the
analysis phase of your project. Include the following points in your discussion:Begin with a brief description of your project that includes
your clinical question, your planned intervention, the type of study you will
conduct and how you plan to evaluate the outcomes.What type of statistical analysis will be done?What is a reasonable timeline for your project?What expenses should be considered? Include both obvious
expenses, such as materials, as well as those that are hidden, such as time,
which equates to part of your salary.Will you need to consider a funding source for your project?Week 9 – Assignment 1
DiscussionAlthough you will not implement your project during this
course, it is important that you understand the various steps that are
necessary to do so. As you begin to formulate your strategic plan for
implementing your change project, discuss the following specific to your
proposed project:Who are the stakeholders? Please identify them by role or
job within the organization, not by name. Can you identify any champions or
people within your organization that you can convert to champions?What potential barriers do you foresee and what strategies
do you envision to prevent or overcome these barriers?What change theory will you use to guide you?Week 10 – Assignment
1 DiscussionFor this discussion question, you are asked to review the
student learning outcomes for this course and discuss how you met these
outcomes. The intention here is to provide you an opportunity to reflect on
the learning achieved during this term and how you successfully met these
learning outcomes. If you do not feel you successfully met the objective,
discuss your plans to successfully complete the objective in the future.By the end of the course, the student should be able to:Demonstrate synthesis of the knowledge and skills acquired
in preceding graduate nursing core and specialty curriculum content.Evaluate current health policy and legal and ethical
considerations in addressing the health promotion and disease prevention of a
target population.Integrate this synthesis in the creation of a scholarly
project of either an evidenced-based practice proposal or a research proposal
that generates new nursing knowledge.Disseminate significant components of the project through a
written paper and oral presentation.

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