Week 1 discussion
Types of Nursing Models and Frameworks of EBP
What are some of the models and frameworks of EBP currently
in use? How does the strength of the evidence determine translation into
practice? Why is it important to integrate both evidence-based practice and
patient and family preferences? What is the nurse’s responsibility when EBP and
patient and family practice do not
Week 2 discussion
The Clinical Question and Systematic Reviews
Your capstone change project begins this week when you
identify a practice issue that you believe needs to change. The practice issue
must pertain to a systematic review that you must choose from a list provided
to you in Course Resources.
Choose a systematic review from the list of approved reviews
based on your interests or your practice situation.
Formulate a significant clinical question related to the
topic of the systematic review that will be the basis for your capstone change
Relate how you developed the question.
Describe the importance of this question to your clinical
practice previously, currently, or in the future.
Describe what a research-practice gap is.
Week 3 discussion
Feasibility of Your Design Proposal and Importance of
Now that you have identified your capstone change project,
it is time to look its feasibility.
What tangible and intangible resources will be needed to
implement your project?
What improved outcomes do you anticipate will occur that
could indicate the project produced a successful return on investment (ROI) of
How will you communicate your plan for change with key
decision makers so that they will support the allocation of the resources you
Week 4 discussion
Evaluating Quality Patient Outcomes
How can data provide information to evaluate quality patient
outcomes? Give an example of data that can reflect poor quality in care. How
can quality improvement be a daily task in patient care? Why does continuous
quality improvement need to be associated with change?
Week 5 discussion
Core Competencies for Nurses
Explore the website for the Quality and Safety Education for
Nurses (QSEN) initiative at http://www.qsen.org. How can the QSEN competencies
for nurses be implemented into your workplace or professional nursing setting?
If you are not currently employed as a nurse, consider a previous work setting
that would have benefited from implementation of the QSEN competencies.
Week 6 discussion
Implementing Change Despite Resistance
Change can be difficult to implement. Now that you are
almost finished with your change project, if you were to implement your project
in your clinical practice, what type of resistance do you expect from staff?
List at least three ways that you can lessen the resistance you may encounter
to help ensure the success of your project.
Week 7 discussion
Healthcare Policy: What You Need to Know About the
Affordable Care Act
Please go to
www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/03/23/look-six-years-affordable-care-act to read
the latest about the Affordable Care Act from the White House.
Respond to the questions below.
What are some benefits of the healthcare reform that has
been prompted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
Why is it important to be aware of changes in healthcare
Why do you believe we spend more on healthcare than any
other country but have the worst outcomes?
All about the Money! Is Money the Most Effective Means of Motivating and Keeping Employees Happy?
For this discussion activity, your scavenger hunt will be completed by finding two examples of where an organization and management excelled in ensuring employees were properly compensated, including benefit packages, and then provide two examples of where an organization failed in this area, along with the end result for the organization (even to the point where the organization takes advantage of employees during hard economic times). Think about examples from the past or from your organization where the employees had great benefits and describe what the work environment was like, compared to some of the examples where organizations are not doing much in these areas and perhaps are even reducing benefits or compensation. In addition, I want you to consider the significant part that healthcare costs play and some of the major issues employees and employers have to deal with in this area. Remember, these examples can come from any organization. If you do find applicable information on your own organization while working on this discussion, please use it where applicable in your SWOT analysis. These examples can be from current events, historical instances, or classic examples, in video or print.Conduct a web search seeking two examples where organizations are paying and compensating employees in new and innovative ways, and then provide two examples where this is not happening.