APA 7th edition format
Introduction paragraph (one paragraph). Introduce a practice issue appropriate for a quality improvement project based on a neonatal icu topic facilitated by a MSN or DNP prepared nurse. The practice issue should be stated as a clear problem statement. There must be a thesis statement at the end of the paragraph that tells the reader the purpose of paper and what will be discussed.
Background and problem
Describe background/context of the identified local measurable practice issue. Quantify (measure) the local practice concern to establish a baseline for your work. State a project aim in a single sentence. Use evidence to further support the concern.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Change Theory
Discuss and apply one theoretical underpinning of change (Lewin, Rogers, Kotter, Havelock, Prochaska & Diclemente, Bandura) for the proposed quality initiative. Using the selected change theory, describe the profound importance of staff engagement, empowerment, commitment, and ownership of practice improvement initiatives/projects.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Quality Improvement Tool
Describe how at least one improvement tool (root cause analysis, fishbone cause and effect diagram, FMEA, etc.) can be used to better understand your identified practice issue. Describe how to apply the tool to the identified practice issue to understand and assess the concern before planning an intervention. Do not describe the solution, describe how you will investigate the problem using this tool.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Quality Improvement Model
Select a model (e.g., PDSA, FADE, Six Sigma, TCAB, TeamSTEPPs) for the quality improvement project. Describe the model and summarize the practice improvement initiative/intervention(s) using the steps of the model. This is the point in the paper where you describe the evidence based intervention
(with citation) based on the problem, background and investigation of the concern.
Quality Improvement Budget
Budget: Discuss briefly the revenue or savings associated with the project, expenses and identify if there will be a return on the investment.
Based on Donabedian’s work, identify and describe (a) the structure measures, (b) the process measures, and (c) the outcomes measures for the quality improvement intervention(s) for this project.
Qualitative and Quantitative Measures
What qualitative and quantitative measures will be identified to determine effectiveness of quality initiative? How would qualitative findings contribute to the evaluation of your specific quality initiative?
Improvement Visual Display
Identify and briefly describe at least two visual displays for reporting outcome data for your selected practice issue (e.g. histogram, run chart, pie chart, bar graph, etc.).
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conclusion
Conclusions: Summarize the essential points of paper (one paragraph).