NURS 8002 Assignment Doctoral Project

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NURS 8002 Assignment Doctoral Project

NURS 8002 Assignment Doctoral Project

In obtaining your DNP degree at Walden, you will complete a practicum/field experience and Doctoral
Project. Both of these program-of-study milestones are directly aligned to the achievement of the AACN
DNP Essentials.
The focus of your Doctoral Project will be on a quality improvement project that you would advocate for
to address a nursing practice gap or organizational need.

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In this first course, you will begin to consider the type of Doctoral Projects you might be interested in
pursuing for completion of your DNP degree. Similarly, the clinical hours you will complete in your
practicum/field experience will also align to the achievement of certain competencies as defined in the
AACN DNP Essentials. Consider how alignment between your future plans in completing your
practicum/field experience and your Doctoral Project will represent alignment to the DNP Essentials.
For this Assignment, reflect on the Discussion Forum from Week 4 and think about how the completion
of your Doctoral Project and practicum/field experience demonstrates alignment to the AACN DNP
Essentials.
To prepare:
 Review the Discussion Forum from Week 4.
 Review the AACN DNP Essentials document in the Learning Resources and reflect on how the
completion of your Doctoral Project and the completion of a practicum/field experience may
align to these Essentials.
 Select at least 3 AACN DNP Essentials to focus on for this Assignment.
The Assignment: (2–3 pages)
 Describe the 3 AACN DNP Essentials that most align to the completion of a Doctoral Project. Be
specific. Note: This is in general terms, not in relation to a particular quality improvement or
organizational goal.
 Explain how the AACN DNP Essentials will relate to the completion of a practicum/field
experience. Be specific.
Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction,
summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an
example of those required elements (available
at https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general#s-lg-box-20293632). All
papers submitted must use this formatting.
By Day 7 of Week 5
Submit your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 5.

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What’s Coming Up in Module 3?

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In the next module, you will analyze intra- and interprofessional collaboration and the DNP-prepared
nurse. You will also examine the role of the DNP-prepared nurse in fostering a community of practice in
responding to and addressing the needs/challenges of their communities.
Next Module

To go to the next module:
Module 3

Weeks 4–5: AACN Essentials for the Doctorally Prepared Nurse
[The AACN DNP] Essentials outline the foundational competencies that are core to all advanced practice
roles, including the four nationally-recognized Advanced Practice Registered Nursing roles: nurse
practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives.
— American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006)
What does it mean to be a DNP-prepared nurse? What core function of advanced nursing practice do
you hope to practice upon completion of your DNP? How will earning a DNP enhance your nursing
practice?
Questions such as these may represent some underlying consideration that led you to pursue a DNP. In
your role as a DNP-prepared nurse, you will likely be called upon to perform advanced nursing practice
skills that not only enhance patient care but will impact the delivery of healthcare, organizational
standards, and quality improvement initiatives.
This week, you consider the role of a nurse with a practice doctorate, including the expectations
associated with obtaining a DNP degree. You reflect on your personal motivations for pursuing a
doctoral degree and begin to examine how your proposed Doctoral Project and practicum/field
experience will align to the AACN DNP Essentials.
Reference:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). DNP essentials. https://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP/DNP-Essentials
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Analyze the role of a nurse with a practice doctorate
 Analyze expectations associated with obtaining the DNP degree
 Analyze personal motivations for pursing a doctoral degree
 Explain the role of the DNP-prepared nurse in meeting organizational quality improvement
needs

 Evaluate alignment between the AACN DNP Essentials and completion of Doctoral Projects
 Evaluate alignment between the AACN DNP Essentials and completion of a practicum/field
experience

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced
nursing practice. https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/Publications/DNPEssentials.pdf

Beeber, A. S., Palmer, C., Waldrop, J., Lynn, M. R., & Jones, C. B. (2019). The role of Doctor of Nursing
Practice-prepared nurses in practice settings. Nursing Outlook, 67(4), 354–364.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2019.02.006

Falkenberg-Olson, A. C. (2019). Research translation and the evolving PhD and DNP practice roles: A
collaborative call for nurse practitioners. Journal of the American
Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(8), 447–453. https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000266

Fiset, V. J., Davies, B. L, Graham, I. D., Gifford, W., & Woodend, K. (2019). Developing guideline-based
quality indicators: Assessing gaps in pain management practice.
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 17(2), 92–105.
https://doi.org/10.1097/XEB.0000000000000160

Giardino, E. R., & Hickey, J. V. (2020). Doctor of Nursing Practice students’ perceptions of professional
change through the DNP program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(6), 595–603.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.08.012

Hartjes, T. M., Lester, D., Arasi-Ruddock, L., McFadden Bradley, S., Munro, S., & Cowan, L. (2019).
Answering the question: Is the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Nursing
Practice right for me? Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(8), 439–442.
https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000273

Rew, L., Cauvin, S., Cengiz, A., Pretorius, K., & Johnson, K. (2020). Application of project management
tools and techniques to support nursing intervention research. Nursing Outlook, 68(4), 396–405.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2020.01.007

Tussing, T., Brinkman, B., Francis, D., Hixon, B., Labardee, R., & Chipps, E. (2018). The impact of the
Doctorate of Nursing practice nurse in a hospital setting. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(12),
600–602. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0000000000000688

Walden University. (n.d.). Field experience: College of nursing. Field Experience.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son

Document: DNP Project Process Guide (Word document)

Discussion: The Doctoral Degree and Professional Nursing Practice
A doctoral degree carries a certain set of expectations associated with the completion of advanced
educational attainment. Earning a DNP degree is no exception. What are the expectations associated
with a DNP-prepared nurse? How might these expectations differ among nursing staff without a DNP
degree?
The role of a DNP-prepared nurse is multifaceted; they can serve as nurse educators, policy and
legislation advocates, direct nursing care supervisors, or advanced practice nurses responsible for
tracking, installing, and monitoring initiatives aimed at improving nursing and healthcare delivery.
Regardless of the expectations associated with a DNP-prepared nurse, throughout your program of

study, you will hone the skills necessary to enact each of these roles. Consider which role you are most
excited about. What do you hope to accomplish in the realm of professional nursing practice with your
DNP degree?
For this Discussion, reflect on your personal motivations to pursue a DNP degree. Consider the
expectations associated with the DNP-prepared nurse, including how these may differ with a PhD-
prepared nurse. Reflect on the DNP degree requirements, including your practicum/field experience and
completion of your Doctoral Project. Then, think about how you will demonstrate the alignment of the
AACN DNP Essentials to the completion of these program-of-study milestones.
To prepare:

 Review the Learning Resources and reflect on the reasons you have chosen to pursue a
DNP degree. How do you anticipate that earning this degree will support your
professional goals?
 Reflect on the differences between DNP and PhD degrees. How may this relate to your
decision to pursue the DNP degree?
 Review the degree requirements for completing your DNP at Walden. Specifically,
consider the focus of the Doctoral Project and practicum experiences as discussed in
the DNP Essentials document. Keep in mind that you will be required to identify a site
or sites for completion of your DNP project and your practicum hours required for the
degree. You can refer to the Field Experience requirements presented in the Learning
Resources.

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 After reviewing the DNP Essentials document and the DNP Project Process Guide for the DNP
project, reflect on what it means to address an organization’s needs to attend to a gap in
practice or implement a practice change. What is the difference between a gap in practice and a
practice change? How does your role as the DNP-prepared nurse contribute to meeting a
stakeholder need?
By Day 3 of Week 4

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Post a brief explanation of the role of the nurse with a practice doctorate. Be specific. Explain the
expectations associated with obtaining this degree, including how these expectations might be different
for a nurse who holds a different degree. Then, explain how these considerations relate to your
motivation to pursue a DNP, including a brief description of how your role as a DNP-prepared nurse will
meet a potential organization’s need to address a gap in practice or implement a practice change.
Discuss any experiences you have had in addressing a gap in practice or a practice change within an
organization. Be specific.
By Day 6 of Week 4

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses and respond to at least two of your colleagues on two
different days by suggesting an additional perspective on what it means to be a nurse with a practice
doctorate, offer support to the expectations with obtaining the degree that your colleague posted, or
expand upon your colleague’s post.
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view
and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the "Post to Discussion Question" link and
then select "Create Thread" to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you
cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully
before clicking on Submit!
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Grading Criteria

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Excellent
90%–100%

Good
80%–89%

Fair
70%–79%

Poor
0%–69%
Describe the 3 AACN DNP Essentials 41 (41%) – 45 (45%) 36 (36%) – 40 (40%) 32 (32%) – 35 (35%) 0 (0%) – 31 (31%)

that most align to the completion of
a Doctoral Project. Be specific.

The response accurately and clearly
describes in detail 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most align to the
completion of a Doctoral Project.
The response provides accurate and
specific details that fully support the
selection of the 3 AACN DNP
Essentials described.

The response accurately describes 3
AACN DNP Essentials that most align
to the completion of a Doctoral
Project.
The response provides accurate
details that support the selection of
the 3 AACN DNP Essentials
described.

The response inaccurately or
vaguely describes 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most algin to the
completion of a Doctoral Project.
OR
The response describes < 3 AACN
DNP Essentials.
The response provides inaccurate or
vague details that may support the
selection of the AACN DNP
Essentials described.

The response inaccurately and
vaguely describes 3 AACN DNP
Essentials that most align to the
completion of a Doctoral Project, or
it is missing.
The response provides inaccurate
and vague details that do not
support the selection of the AACN
DNP Essentials described, or it is
missing.

Explain how the AACN DNP
Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience. Be specific.

36 (36%) – 40 (40%)
The response accurately and clearly
describes in detail how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience.
The response provides accurate and
specific details that fully support the
relationship between the AACN DNP
Essentials and a practicum/field
experience.

32 (32%) – 35 (35%)
The response accurately describes
how the AACN DNP Essentials will
relate to the completion of a
practicum/field experience.
The response provides accurate
details that support the relationship
between the AACN DNP Essentials
and a practicum/field experience.

28 (28%) – 31 (31%)
The response inaccurately or
vaguely describes how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience.
The response provides inaccurate or
vague details that may support the
relationship between the AACN DNP
Essentials and a practicum/field
experience.

0 (0%) – 27 (27%)
The response inaccurately and
vaguely describes how the AACN
DNP Essentials will relate to the
completion of a practicum/field
experience, or it is missing.
The response provides inaccurate
and vague details that do not
support the relationship between
the AACN DNP Essentials and a
practicum/field experience, or it is
missing.

Written Expression and Formatting –
Paragraph Development and
Organization:
Paragraphs make clear points that
support well-developed ideas, flow
logically, and demonstrate
continuity of ideas. Sentences are
carefully focused—neither long and
rambling nor short and lacking
substance. A clear and
comprehensive purpose statement
and introduction is provided which
delineates all required criteria.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity.
A clear and comprehensive purpose
statement, introduction, and
conclusion is provided which
delineates all required criteria.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity 80% of the
time.
Purpose, introduction, and
conclusion of the assignment is
stated, yet is brief and not
descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity 60%–79% of
the time.
Purpose, introduction, and
conclusion of the assignment is
vague or off topic.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Paragraphs and sentences follow
writing standards for flow,
continuity, and clarity < 60% of the
time.
No purpose statement,
introduction, or conclusion was
provided.

Written Expression and Formatting –
English writing standards:
Correct grammar, mechanics, and
proper punctuation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct grammar, spelling, and
punctuation with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1 or 2) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3 or 4) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) grammar,
spelling, and punctuation errors that
interfere with the reader’s
understanding.

Written Expression and Formatting –
The paper follows correct APA
format for title page, headings, font,
spacing, margins, indentations, page
numbers, parenthetical/in-text
citations, and reference list.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Uses correct APA format with no
errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Contains a few (1 or 2) APA format
errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)
Contains several (3 or 4) APA format
errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Contains many (≥ 5) APA format
errors.

Total Points: 100
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