Improving health care to women with gestational diabetes

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CAPSTONE PROJECT

For your final capstone project submission you will synthesize the work you completed in the Unit 2, 4, 6, and 8 assignments. Please make sure that you have made relevant revisions as suggested by your instructor and colleagues, as well as relevant additions that you uncovered during your practicum experience. The only brand-new content that you will need to create for this assignment is an Abstract and an Introduction.

This final submission will be graded using the seven program outcomes (POs) for the Master’s of Science in Nursing program. As a reminder they are:

  1. Lead organizational change to improve the experience of care, population health, and professional work life while decreasing cost of care.
  2. Evaluate the best available evidence for use in clinical and organizational decision making.
  3. Apply quality improvement methods to impact patient, population, and systems outcomes.
  4. Design patient- and population-centered care to improve health outcomes.
  5. Integrate interprofessional care to improve safety and quality and to decrease cost of care.
  6. Evaluate the ability of existing and emerging information, communication, and health care technologies to improve safety and quality and to decrease cost of care.
  7. Defend health policy that improves the experience of care, population health, and professional work life while decreasing cost of care.

Additionally, you will be assessed on how well you incorporated feedback you received from your instructor and peers on your previous work in this course via the following criterion:

  • Integrate writing feedback to improve the clarity and quality of final product.

Please carefully review the outline below to see which parts of the final submission will align to which program outcomes. (Note: The bullet points in the outline correspond to the grading criteria from your previous assignments. If may be worth putting in some extra revisions on the material related to criteria on which you did not previously score as well as you would have liked. You may also wish to read the Guiding Questions: Final Project Submission document to better understand how each aspect of your submission will be assessed.) It is important to remember that if you do a quality job addressing the points below, you will meet all of the program outcomes. The alignment is provided for transparency, but do not become preoccupied with how each point will feed into the scoring guide.

Abstract

  • Summarize the purpose, approach, and any relevant findings of the final capstone project submission (PO #1).

Introduction

  • Summarize your need, target population, and setting (PO #1).
  • Provide a high-level overview of your intervention plan (PO #4).
  • Justify the importance of your need and intervention plan (PO #1).
  • Provide a high-level overview of your implementation plan (PO #4).
  • Provide a high-level over view of your evaluation plan (PO #4).

Part 1: Problem Statement (PICOT)

Need Statement

  • Analyze a health promotion, quality improvement, prevention, education, or management need (PO #1).

Population and Setting

  • Describe a target population and setting in which an identified need will be addressed (PO #4).

Intervention Overview

  • Explain an overview of one or more interventions that would help address an identified need within a target population and setting (PO #3).

Comparison of Approaches

  • Analyze potential interprofessional alternatives to an initial intervention overview with regard to their possibilities to meet the needs of the project, population, and setting (PO#5).

Initial Outcome Draft

  • Define an outcome that identifies the purpose and intended accomplishments of an intervention for a health promotion, quality improvement, prevention, education, or management need (PO #4).

Time Estimate

  • Propose a rough time frame for the development and implementation of an intervention to address an identified need (PO #1).

Part 2: Literature Review

  • Analyze current evidence to validate an identified need and its appropriateness within the target population and setting (PO #2).
  • Evaluate and synthesize resources from diverse sources illustrating existing health policy that could impact the approach taken to address an identified need (PO #7).

Part 3: Intervention Plan

Intervention Plan Components

  • Define the major components of an intervention plan for a health promotion, quality improvement, prevention, education, or management need (PO #4).
  • Explain the impact of cultural needs and characteristics of a target population and setting on the development of intervention plan components (PO #4).

Theoretical Foundations

  • Evaluate theoretical nursing models, strategies from other disciplines, and health care technologies relevant to an intervention plan (PO #6).
  • Justify the major components of an intervention by referencing relevant and contemporary evidence from the literature and best practices (PO #2).

Stakeholders, Policy, and Regulations

  • Analyze the impact of stakeholder needs, health care policy, regulations, and governing bodies relevant to health care practice and specific components of an intervention plan (PO #7).

Ethical and Legal Implications

  • Analyze relevant ethical and legal issues related to health care practice, organizational change, and specific components of an intervention plan (PO #1).

Part 4: Implementation Plan

Management and Leadership

  • Propose strategies for leading, managing, and implementing professional nursing practices to ensure interprofessional collaboration during the implementation of an intervention plan (PO #5).
  • Analyze the implications of change associated with proposed strategies for improving the quality and experience of care while controlling costs (PO #1).

Delivery and Technology

  • Propose appropriate delivery methods to implement an intervention which will improve the quality of the project (PO #3).
  • Evaluate the current and emerging technological options related to the proposed delivery methods (PO #6).

Stakeholders, Policy, and Regulations

  • Analyze stakeholders, regulatory implications, and potential support that could impact the implementation of an intervention plan (PO #5).
  • Propose existing or new policy considerations that would support the implementation of an intervention plan (PO #7).

Timeline

  • Propose a timeline to implement an intervention plan with reference to specific factors that influence the timing of implementation (PO #1).

Part 5: Evaluation Plan

  • Define the outcomes that are the goal of an intervention plan (PO #4).
  • Create an evaluation plan to determine the impact of an intervention for a health promotion, quality improvement, prevention, education, or management need (PO #3).

Part 6: Discussion

Advocacy

  • Analyze the nurse’s role in leading change and driving improvements in the quality and experience of care (PO #1).
  • Explain how the intervention plan affects nursing and interprofessional collaboration, and how the health care field gains from the plan (PO #5).

Future Steps

  • Explain how the current project could be improved upon to create a bigger impact in the target population as well as to take advantage of emerging technology and care models to improve outcomes and safety (PO #6).

Reflection on Leading Change and Improvement

  • Reflect on how the project has impacted your ability to lead change in personal practice and future leadership positions (PO #1).
  • Reflect on the ways in which the completed intervention, implementation, and evaluation plans can be transferred into your personal practice to drive quality improvement in other contexts (PO #3).

Address Generally Throughout

  • Integrate resources from diverse sources that illustrate support for all aspects of the project as appropriate throughout the final submission (PO #2).
  • Clearly, concisely, and cohesively articulate a health care need, population, setting, stakeholders, supporting evidence, intervention, and evaluation (PO #6).
  • Integrate writing feedback to improve the clarity and quality of final product.

Submission Requirements

  • Length of submission: 20–25 pages (including references).
  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of 12–18 resources.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

 

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