NURS 8002 The Doctoral Degree and Professional Nursing Practice DQ

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NURS 8002 The Doctoral Degree and Professional Nursing Practice DQ

NURS 8002 The Doctoral Degree and Professional Nursing Practice DQ

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

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!
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 4 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 of Week 4 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 4

To Participate in this Discussion:
Week 4 Discussion
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)

Module 2: Professional Standards for the DNP-Prepared Nurse
Much like any other professional licensure credential, the DNP-prepared nurse must aptly demonstrate
the skills and knowledge that align to the AACN DNP Essentials. These are the set of foundational
competencies that will be structured and emphasized throughout a DNP degree program’s curriculum.
As a future DNP-prepared nurse, you will exemplify the DNP Essentials and the core set of competencies
necessary for advanced nursing practice. Throughout your program of study, you will apply the DNP
Essentials with the completion of your DNP program’s milestones, including your practicum/field
experience and Doctoral Project.
What's Happening This Module?
Module 2: Professional Standards for the DNP-Prepared Nurse is a 2-week module—Weeks 4–5 of the
course—in which you analyze the role of a nurse with a practice doctorate. In the Discussion for Week 4,
you will engage with your colleagues as you consider the expectations associated with earning the DNP
degree and reflect on your personal motivations for pursing a doctoral degree. In the Assignment for
this module, you will examine the role of the DNP-prepared nurse in meeting organizational and quality
improvement needs. This is an important area of focus in that quality improvement will be the theme of
your Doctoral Project. As you engage with the content for this module, you will also examine the
alignment between the AACN DNP Essentials and the completion of your Doctoral Project and your
practicum/field experience.
What do I have to do?     When do I have to do it?

Review your Learning Resources Days 1–7, Weeks 4 and 5

Discussion: The Doctoral Degree and Post by Day 3 of Week 4 and respond to your

Professional Nursing Practice colleagues by Day 6 of Week 4.

Assignment: Linking Areas of Focus Into
Future Plans for the DNP Submit your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 5.

Go to the Week's Content

Week 4-5
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Excellent
90%–100%

Good
80%–89%

Fair
70%–79%

Poor
0%–69%

Main Posting:

Response to the Discussion
question is reflective with
critical analysis and
synthesis representative of
knowledge gained from the
course readings for the
module and current credible
sources.

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Thoroughly responds to the
Discussion question(s).
Is reflective with critical

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analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course
readings for the module and
current credible sources.
No less than 75% of post has
exceptional depth and
breadth.
Supported by at least three
current credible sources.

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to most of the
Discussion question(s).
Is somewhat reflective with
critical analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course
readings for the module.
50% of the post has
exceptional depth and
breadth.
Supported by at least three
credible references.

31 (31%) – 34 (34%)
Responds to some of the
Discussion question(s).
One to two criteria are not
addressed or are superficially
addressed.
Is somewhat lacking reflection
and critical analysis and
synthesis.
Somewhat represents
knowledge gained from the
course readings for the
module.
Cited with fewer than two
credible references.

0 (0%) – 30 (30%)
Does not respond to the
Discussion question(s).
Lacks depth or superficially
addresses criteria.
Lacks reflection and critical
analysis and synthesis.
Does not represent knowledge
gained from the course
readings for the module.
Contains only one or no
credible references.

Main Posting: 6 (6%) – 6 (6%)

Written clearly and concisely.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Written concisely.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Written somewhat concisely.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Not written clearly or

Writing

Contains no grammatical or
spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA
manual writing rules and style.

May contain one to two
grammatical or spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA
manual writing rules and style.

May contain more than two
spelling or grammatical errors.
Contains some APA formatting
errors.

concisely.
Contains more than two
spelling or grammatical errors.
Does not adhere to current
APA manual writing rules and
style.

Main Posting:

Timely and full participation

9 (9%) – 10 (10%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.
Does not post main
Discussion by due date.

First Response:

Post to colleague's main
post that is reflective and
justified with credible
sources.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed
by faculty.
The use of scholarly sources
to support ideas demonstrates
synthesis and understanding
of learning objectives.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth
and may exhibit critical
thinking or application to
practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

First Response:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise
opinions and ideas that are
supported by two or more
credible sources.
Response is effectively written
in standard, edited English.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas
that are supported by few
credible sources.
Response is written in
standard, edited English.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Response posed in the
Discussion may lack effective
professional communication.
Response to faculty questions
are somewhat answered, if
posed.
Few or no credible sources
are cited.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions
are missing.
No credible sources are cited.

First Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.

Posts by due date. Posts by due date. Does not post by due date.

Second Response:
Post to colleague's main
post that is reflective and
justified with credible
sources.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed
by faculty.
The use of scholarly sources
to support ideas demonstrates
synthesis and understanding
of learning objectives.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth
and may exhibit critical
thinking or application to
practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

Second Response:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise
opinions and ideas that are
supported by two or more
credible sources.
Response is effectively written
in standard, edited English.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions
are mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas
that are supported by few
credible sources.
Response is written in
standard, edited English.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Response posed in the
Discussion may lack effective
professional communication.
Response to faculty questions
are somewhat answered, if
posed.
Few or no credible sources
are cited.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions
are missing.
No credible sources are cited.

Second Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts by due date.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts by due date.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements
for full participation.
Does not post by due date.

Total Points: 100
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