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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

Welcome

Welcome to the DNP Project Website for students enrolled in NURS 8702 or NURS 8703. This site is for students using the updated DNP project management process to complete their DNP Project. You must be enrolled in NURS 8702 or NURS 8703 to use the processes described on this site.

 

Step-by-Step Process to Completing Your DNP Project

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. After successful completion of NURS 8302, you will be registered the following term in your NURS 8702 DNP Project Mentoring classroom or NURS 8703, Project Completion classroom.

  • Start working with your faculty advisor on your DNP project 
  • Use the Writing Center Resources (Grammarly, webinars, paper reviews, etc.)
  • Use the Walden Library Resources (Doctoral research appointments, webinars, subscription databases, Ask a Librarian service)

 

DNP Project Committee Matching Request Form

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: Term Plan
    • 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. Complete minutes of the meeting.
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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 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. Utilize the appraisal tools 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.

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE A MININIMUM OF PHASE 1 TO OBTAIN A SATISFACTORY GRADE IN THE FIRST ENROLLMENT OF THE PROJECT COURSE

4. Phase 2: Plan

    1. Step 1
      • Develop the core documents and submit to classroom for faculty advisor review
    • Work Breakdown Structure or GANTT chart (see textbooks: White 209-216; Sipes 86-88)
    • Review approved action plan with project mentor. Submit minutes of the meeting to the classroom.
 
      • MYDR: When satisfied that the project planning documents (question development tool, 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 and the readiness for presentation to the University Research Review (URR) member assigned to the committee.
 

Step 3

  • 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.

 

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE a MINIMUM OF PHASE 2 TO OBTAIN A SATISFACTORY GRADE IN THE SECOND  ENROLLMENT OF THE PROJECT COURSE

 

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

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  • 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. Submit revised documents to project course.  

7. Phase 5: Close/Project Evaluation

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  • 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. Submit minutes of this meeting to project course.
  • 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.
  • The student will complete a draft of the executive summary and submit project course for faculty advisor 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 URR, 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 chair to review before uploading to the final committee rubric analysis.
  • Questions? dnp@mail.waldenu.edu.

8. Phase 6: Disseminate

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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.

Conference Call Request Form

9. 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 URR will upload 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.

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Questions? dnp@mail.waldenu.edu.

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