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Capstone Documents:
DNP Capstone Resources NURS 8702 and NURS 8703

Doctor of Nursing Program Capstone Resources NURS 8702 and NURS 8703

For students enrolled in NURS 8702 or NURS 8703 using the updated DNP project management process to complete their DNP Project, all forms and documents needed to complete the DNP project are located in the NURS 8702 / 8703 courses in CANVAS.

1. Review DNP Project Process Guide and DNP Practicum Manual

2. During NURS 8302: Leading Organizations for Quality Improvement Initiatives

Preparation for project planning will begin during the clinical component of NURS 8302. Using the project management process outlined in the Project Process Guide and in the steps below, you will use a variety of checklist and forms to complete the project. Review the checklists below to identify the best approach for the project site’s gap in practice or practice change. You may also review the appendices in Dang, D., Dearholt, S., Bissett, K., Ascenzi, J., &Whalen, M.  (2022). Johns Hopkins evidence-based practice: Model and guidelines (4th ed.). Sigma.

Staff Education Program

Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Initiative

3. DNP Committee Request and Enrollment in DNP Project Classroom – NURS 8702/8703.

If you are in the updated DNP program NURS 8702 or NURS 8703 using the updated DNP project management process to complete the DNP Project and you do not have a DNP Project Committee or have questions about enrollment, please contact your student success advisor at  studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu.

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4. Phase 1 Design

    • Step 1: Faculty Advisor: during week 1 of NURS 8702, meet with the faculty advisor to review the requirements for the project.
    • Step 2: Appendix A PET Process
      • Complete Appendix A  and submit to project course classroom by day 7 of week 1 of the course​​​​​​​
    • Step 3: Team Meeting
      • Set up a meeting with the organization representative, and faculty advisor to clearly identify the practice problem and goal(s) to be achieved. Identify project mentor and any additional stakeholders. Discuss strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to the project. Present site approval for signatures. Complete minutes of the meeting using the site approval minutes template.

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  • Submit the completed forms to assess organization and stakeholders to the classroom

Have the site approval signed by the organization leader, project mentor, and faculty advisor:

    • Step 4: Approvals
      • MY DR: Upload and submit the completed site approval for committee and program director review once the faculty advisor confirms in the classroom that the site approval is ready for a formal rubric review.
    • Step 5: Question Development
      • Complete Question Development Tool  and submit to classroom
    • Step 6: Evidence Search
      • Complete a rigorous review of evidence. Review Appendix D, Evidence Level and Quality Guide, which will be used to grade the evidence. Your faculty advisor may request that you utilize the appraisal tools (Appendix E and Appendix F) below as you review the evidence for your project.

  • Upon completion of the evidence review submit the following documents into the classroom for faculty advisor approval.

5. Phase 2: Plan

    1. Step 1
      • Develop the core documents and submit to classroom for faculty advisor review
    • Review approved action plan with project mentor. Submit minutes of the meeting to the classroom.
 
      • MYDR:  Review approved action plan and other documents with your project mentor. When satisfied that the project planning documents (question development tool, individual evidence summary, synthesis process and recommendations tool, action plan, and GANTT chart) meet university criteria outlined in the Action plan checklist and DNP minimum standards rubric, the faculty advisor will authorize the student to submit the documents  to the committee for review. This review will document the faculty advisor and committee member’s endorsement of the documents. Instructions on how to place documents in a zip file are found in the DNP Project Process Guide.
 
  • Step 2
  • Work with the faculty advisor and project mentor to schedule a final action plan review meeting with all stakeholders. The goal of this meeting is to ensure that everyone is on the same page before the DNP Project moves forward to implementation. You may present at the site or virtually and must include the faculty advisor via a teleconference scheduled on Teams using the conference call request form. Requests should be made one (1) week in advance of your meeting with your committee.
 

​​​​​​​When confirmation of your completion of the online ethics pledge has been received from DNPethics@mail.waldenu.edu, you may begin Phase 3. Meet with the faculty advisor to review your final action plan prior to implementation at the partner site.

 

 

 

5. Phase 3: Implement

  • Meet with project mentor to review your action planning tool and make any adjustments. Submit minutes of this meeting to project course Confirm with faculty advisor. Implementation plans must follow the guidelines set forth in the appropriate DNP Project Checklist.

6. Phase 4: Monitor/Measure

  • Review the work plan on a regular basis to determine how the DNP Project is progressing in terms of timeline. Submit minutes of any meetings with project mentor to the project course. Revise Gantt chart as needed. 

7. Phase 5: Close/Project Evaluation

  • Complete project evaluation using the metrics identified during the planning process. The student will set up a meeting with the faculty advisor and project mentor to debrief and discuss results. The team will discuss the format for the final dissemination of results. 
  • The student will complete any materials needed for the final presentation to the stakeholders and submit into the project course for faculty advisor review. Upon faculty advisor approval, the student will share materials with the project mentor.
  • Select the template below that aligns with your DNP project. Complete the draft of the executive summary in the appropriate template and submit the executive summary draft and checklist into the project course for faculty review.
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  • MYDR: When satisfied that the executive summary meets university criteria outlined in the DNP executive summary checklist, the faculty advisor authorizes the student to submit the executive summary and checklist to the committee for the monitor committee review.
  • Upon approval from the committee, the executive summary will be forwarded to Form & Style Editors for review. Upon completion of Form & Style Review, the student may schedule the final presentation to stakeholders. 
  • F&S resources: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/formandstyle/process
  • Remember to check for any feedback and revisions from Form & Style.
  • Complete all recommended editing changes and provide clean edited copy to the faculty advisor to review before uploading to the final committee rubric analysis.
  • Questions? dnp@mail.waldenu.edu.

8. Phase 6: Disseminate

  • Work with the faculty advisor and project mentor to schedule the close out review and  presentation with all stakeholders.  Confirm the most appropriate method(s) of presenting the close out review and project presentation. All materials must be approved by the faculty advisor and project mentor. You may present at the site or virtually and must include the faculty advisor via a teleconference scheduled on Teams using the conference call request form. Requests should be made one (1) week in advance of your meeting with your committee.
  • Once the project advisor has approved your final dissemination you will receive an e-mail to upload your final executive summary into Taskstream.  Submit the final executive summary to Taskstream for committee review.
  • Once approved by the committee, the faculty advisor will upload the final executive summary for CAO approval.
  • CAO provides feedback and requests for revision or approves. Student completes revisions and resubmits as needed. CAO approval must be obtained in order for student to complete all program requirements.
  • Submit final executive summary with endorsement page and form and style updates to dnp.coordinator@mail.waldenu.edu

Questions? dnp@mail.waldenu.edu.

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