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The process for affecting positive change to improve practice outcomes can start with either the identification of an area of interest or the identification of a potential or existing practice problem. Selecting an area of interest helps to define a direction of further inquiry. The purpose of this assessment is for students to identify and discuss an area of interest specific to their selected specialty track. Students will identify a common practice problem related to the selected area of interest and provide a recommendation to affect positive change.

Course Outcomes

Through this assessment, the student will meet the following Course Outcomes.

CO 1: Examine roles and competencies of master’s-prepared nurses essential to performing as leaders and advocates of holistic, safe, and quality care.

CO 3: Analyze essential skills needed to lead within the context of complex systems.

CO 4: Explore the process of scholarship engagement to improve health and healthcare outcomes in various settings.

Total Points Possible

This assessment is worth 175 points.

Due Date

Submit your file(s) by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday at the end of Week 5.

Requirements

Criteria for Content

Review literature or reflect on an experience that is related to common concepts and topics specific to your identified specialty track. Information on common topics for specific specialty tracks is located in Course Resources. Reflect on an area of passion that facilitated your specialty track selection. Identify a common issue/concern related to your identified area of interest.

1. In a PowerPoint Presentation, address the following:

a. Introduction to presentation

b. Explain the importance of master’s-prepared nurses conducting evidence-based projects related to nursing practice and profession.

c. Discuss a model for developing an evidence-based project

i. Include illustration (diagram) of model

d. Identify specialty track and reasons for selecting this area of study

e. Introduce area of interest

i. Discuss what is known about the concept or topic

ii. Provide common themes, ideas, or facts found in literature

f. Identify a common issue/concern related to your identified area of interest. Provide a recommendation for positive change related to the identified issue/concern.

g. Consider factors that might influence the recommended change

i. Identify at least two (2) internal factors that have the potential to influence the change.

ii. Identify at least two (2) external factors that have the potential to influence the change.

h. Identify two (2) AACN Master’s Essentials that address or support an evidence-based project related to your area of interest.

i. Conclusion to presentation

j. Provide references

Preparing the paper

Submission Requirements

1. Application: Use Microsoft Word 2013™ to create the PowerPoint presentation.

2. Length: The PowerPoint presentation must be 12 total slides (excluding title and reference slides).

3. Speaker notes are used and include in-text citations when applicable.

4. A minimum of four (4) scholarly literature references must be used.

5. Submission: Submit your file: Last name_First initial_Wk5Assessment_Area of Interest.

Best Practices in Preparing the Project

The following are best practices in preparing this project:

1. Review directions thoroughly.

2. Follow submission requirements.

3. Make sure all elements on the grading rubric are included.

4. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.

5. Review the Creating a Professional Presentation located in Course Resources.

6. Ideas and information that come from scholarly literature must be cited and referenced correctly.

7. A minimum of four (4) scholarly literature references must be used.

8. Abide by CCN academic integrity policy.

Grading Criteria

Category Points % Description
Introduction

(1 slide)

9 5% Slide

Identify key concepts that will be presented. Identify sections of the PowerPoint presentation.

Speaker Notes

Provide general information on key concepts that will be addressed in the presentation.

Evidence-Based Projects

(1 slide)

17 10% Slide

Outline the importance of master’s-prepared nurses conducting evidence-based projects related to nursing practice and profession.

Speaker Notes

Explain the importance of master’s-prepared nurses conducting evidence-based projects related to nursing practice and profession. Support with scholarly literature.

Conceptual Model

(1 slide)

9 5% Slide

Provide illustration (diagram) of model

Speaker Notes

Discuss the model for developing an evidence-based project. Include the different steps or components of the model. Support with scholarly literature.

Area of Interest

(2 slides)

35 20% Slide

Identify specialty track. Introduce the area of interest concept or topic. Identify key themes related to the area of interest.

Speaker Notes

Discuss your specialty track. Provide rationale for selecting this area of interest. How is the area of interest important in to your future professional practice role/setting? Discuss what is known about the concept or topic. Discuss common themes, ideas, or facts found in literature. Support with scholarly literature.

Issue or Concern/ Recommendation for Change

(2 slides)

26 15% Slide

Identify an issue/concern related to your identified area of interest. Provide a recommendation for positive change related to the identified issue/concern.

Speaker Notes

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