Feasibility of your Capstone Project (graded)
Now that you have identified your capstone project. What is the cost involved to implement your project? Remember that cost isn’t always just money but also time and resources (both tangible and intangible). Will the initial cost pay off in the long run with improved outcomes?
Communication Errors (graded)
Have you ever played the telephone game when you were younger? Communication can take on a life of its own and the content can often be distorted over time. Give an example in your clinical practice where miscommunication was the root cause of an error. How could this communication error have been prevented?
Patterns of Nursing Care (graded)
Your lesson this week discussed patterns of nursing care delivery. In your opinion, what is the most effective nursing care delivery model and why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen nursing care delivery model? Give specific clinical examples.
Discussion of Articles (graded)
Discuss the two articles that you read from the Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses website. Give the title and the URL address for each article. How is the information in each article applicable to your practice?
Health Rights and
This Course Project gives you the opportunity to
select a relevant healthcare topic with legal and/or ethical implications and
analyze it in greater depth in a written format. The paper should critically
analyze the issues related to the topic within the context of the current
healthcare environment. Both web references and professional journals should be
considered as references. Don’t overlook the Keller Online Library as an
important source of information for your paper.
The Course Project has two deliverables due in
Week 7: a final paper and a PowerPoint presentation.
Specifically, the final paper should provide
a description of your
chosen issue and how it affects the delivery of healthcare;
a discussion of the
impact of this issue on the healthcare consumer and the healthcare institution;
a critical analysis of
the issues related to the topic;
proposed solutions for
improving or alleviating the issue, including recommended policy changes; and
a discussion of how the
healthcare administrator or manager can effectively be involved in or impacted
by this issue.
See the more detailed Grading Rubric below.
The length of the final paper should be
approximately 8–10 pages, double-spaced in MS Word 2007 (or later versions,
e.g., MS Word 2010).
The PowerPoint presentation is based upon the
content of the final paper. The student is responsible for developing a
professional presentation that highlights the content of the paper and the
course. The delivery of the presentation should reflect the highest form of
professionalism. The importance of rehearsing the presentation multiple times
in advance cannot be emphasized enough. See the more detailed Grading Rubric
Possible Course Project
Describe and evaluate
the ethical issues involved in Medicare-funded organ transplants.
Assess the intent and
impact of publicity-oriented legal challenges to physician-assisted suicide.
Identify the potential
impact of genetic engineering on the future course of a selected chronic
disease or group of diseases.
Evaluate the changes in
clinical research protocols that have been promoted by AIDS activists, and
identify the potential implications of these changes.
Develop a position paper
on which to base a public policy imposing restrictive criteria upon publicly
funded renal dialysis cases.
effectiveness of society’s delegation of ethical standards and the supervision
of professional conduct to the professions of medicine and nursing.
Assess the medical
profession’s compliance in honoring patients’ living wills and durable powers
Evaluate the relative
merits of the traditional indemnity insurance system versus the managed care
system with regard to quality of care and efficiency.
Assess the pros and cons
of our acceptance of entrepreneurial and for-profit organizational structures
for the provision of healthcare in the United States, with special attention to
the characteristics of access and quality.
Describe the current
healthcare cost milieu and evaluate the need to ration the availability of
effectiveness of the Adverse and Sentinel Events reporting program developed by
the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to
provide a safe, effective, and efficient environment of care.
Analyze the recent
legislation outlining minimum safe staffing standards for healthcare
organizations; suggest follow-up strategies.
Develop a position paper
on the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for the establishment of a
centralized system for tracking medical errors; suggest follow-up strategies.
Choose one particular
form of complementary medicine and describe an ethical or legal issue regarding
its use in treatment and what it brings to healthcare providers.
Analyze the legal and
ethical impacts that managed care practices have had on quality and access to
NOTE: Other topics related to course content and TCOs will be
considered, but only as approved in advance by your instructor.
The course project is worth 200 points (100
for the final paper and 100 for the presentation) and is due in Week 7. See the
Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date
Introduce the issue.
Define the problem.
Search the literature.
Analyze the problem.
Propose a single
Justify why and how your
solution will solve the identified problem.
Your paper must include, but is not limited to,
the following sections.
Background (5 possible
Describe the problem, organization, or situation
you selected; identify the specific issues of interest or controversy; and
present the background or facts of the problem, organization, or situation that
will enable the reader to clearly understand the issue.
Define the Problem (5
Identify and clearly state the problem or the
management issue in which an element of the identified problem or situation is
not meeting expectations. Remember that what appears to be the problem may
actually just be a symptom of a bigger problem—dig deep to be sure you’ve
identified the real problems. If there appears to be more than one problem or
issue, decide if they are separate or related issues.
State the problem in the form of a question. For
example, if a work group is not performing effectively, an effective problem
statement might be, “How can the staff shortage be improved?” rather
than simply “Short staff problems.”
Literature Review (15
Present what you discovered in your search of
the literature. Review issues, theories, concepts, and studies discussed in
class and in our textbook. Also review what other writers and researchers have
to say about the subject of your analysis. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or
insights that are most valuable in helping you make sense of your project. What
theories can you use? What writers say something of value? Why is it of value?
What models are the least helpful? Why? What theories or concepts will you
challenge or criticize because your findings are different? In short,
demonstrate an understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the
problem. This is not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical
intelligence is important, especially in the application stage.
A literature review is like playing a video game
in which you are in a chamber with many doors. As you open each door, you
uncover clues to help you progress to the next level. Similarly, in a
literature review, your objective is to open the doors that can point the way
to solving your business problem. Begin your literature review with a broad
look at your field of interest, then narrow your focus until you zero in on the
essential issue(s) of concern.
NOTE: A literature review is a required element of this
assignment. A good rule of thumb is to review at least 10 resources, beyond the
textbook and class readings, to ensure the effectiveness of your research.
SUGGESTION: Begin your literature survey by accessing Keller’s online
library at .devry.edu/”>http://library.devry.edu/.
Problem Analysis (20
This section should provide a detailed analysis
of the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s) you identified in Section II. A
major objective is to clearly illustrate how you are using the healthcare
course concepts (as well as what your learned from your literature review) to
better understand the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s). Show that you are
applying course material!
(Note: Use subheadings to identify each factor
Possible Solutions (15
Explore three solutions that could be
appropriate ways to solve the identified problem or issue. Be sure these
solutions are logical, based on your analysis, and effectively treat the
problem, not the symptoms. Also, discuss the anticipated outcomes (both positive
and negative) of implementing each of the possible solutions you identified.
Solution and Its
Implementation (20 possible points)
Outline your recommended solution to the problem
or issue, one of the alternatives explored in Section V, or a combination of
those alternatives. State your solution clearly and specifically. Describe
exactly what should be done and how it should be done, including by whom, with
whom, and in what sequence. Here are some points to keep in mind as you write
o Have you indicated an awareness of the problem
of implementation (the “how” aspect)?
o Have you been specific enough? For example, a
general solution might state, “The healthcare manager needs to realize
that his or her style should match the situation.”
o A specific solution would state what style is
most appropriate for the situation and how you will attempt to have the manager
realize the appropriate style.
o What aspects of the problem remain unresolved by
o Does your recommended solution and its implementation
plan address the problems or issues and their causes identified in the previous
o Does your solution consider and resolve the
identified pros and cons?
o How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the
implemented recommended solution?
o What process checks or procedures will you put
in place to institutionalize the improvement?
o Could your solution cause other problems or
issues? What risks are inherent in the solution you recommend? What contingency
plans do you recommend?
o Assess the realism of your proposed action plan.
For example, is there adequate time, money, or other resources for your
solution? In addition, does your solution place too much reliance on other
people being reasonable, on what you think is reasonable?
Justify why your recommended solution and its
implementation will solve the identified problem or issue in the organization
or unit you selected. An important element of this section is to show very
clearly how you applied course concepts to arrive at a workable solution and a
successful implementation. Apply appropriate course material; support your
conclusions with appropriately referenced facts, quotes, and readings; and be
sure your justification addresses identified pros and cons.
References (10 possible
All citations in the paper must appear in the
reference list, and all references must be cited in the text of the paper.
Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately. Citations of an
author’s work in the text of your work briefly identifies the source for
readers and enables readers to locate the source of information in the
alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper. To use the ideas or words
of another without crediting the source is plagiarism.
Plagiarism in its purest form involves copying
of entire passages, either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct
acknowledgment of the source. The most common (and unconscious) form of
plagiarism is when a direct quotation is simply paraphrased. Paraphrasing does
not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source
data. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or
conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your text.