Identify a clinical problem or topic that you wish to focus on
Safety Focused/Clinical Based Project
While at your first clinical rotation, you will identify a clinical problem or topic that you wish to focus on (see examples below). During this rotation you will utilize the clinical health care environment to explore and discuss this topic in the clinical setting.
During this rotation, you will collaborate with your clinical instructor and the facility staff regarding the facility or unit’s policies, procedures, and current practice guidelines on this topic. What you are looking for is “why we do things this way”, “what might be a better way to do this” and the research that supports the policy or procedure. (Evidenced Based Practice).
You will synthesize the evidence based on your research findings and present the most current information about your topic both in a written paper, and in a post conference presentation in clinical. In your paper and presentation, you should discuss how the policy/procedure and associated research impact the safety and quality of care delivered to your patient.
It will be critical for you to be thinking about this assignment at the beginning of your clinical rotation so that you can choose a topic to focus on and start your research.
You will individually prepare and write a 2-4 page, not including title and reference page, APA formatted evidence-based practice paper emphasizing best practices within your chosen topic.
Using your paper, you will create a presentation of your research findings and present them to your clinical instructor and peers during post conference. Some examples of past presentations have been a short power point presentation, teaching demonstration with handouts, poster boards and student made video clips. Have fun with it and be creative!
The paper must include a minimum of 2 nursing journal articles written within the past 5-7 years.
Objective/Criteria Performance Indicators
Unacceptable Needs Improvement Meets expectations
Quality of Evidence (15 points)
Evidence is based on less than 2 current (within the past 5 years) and using non-current (more than 5 years old) research articles (18 points)
Evidence is based on less than 2 current (within the past 5 years) or using non-current (more than 5 years old) research articles (20 points)
Evidence is based on 2 current (within the past 5 years) research articles
Focus of Evidence (10 points)
Evidence does not provide implication for nursing practice. (15 points)
Evidence provides some implication for nursing practice and integration into practice. (20 points)
Evidence provides implication for nursing practice.
Clear and Understandable (5 points)
Research argument is not clearly stated, supported and is not easy to follow, and paper is difficult to understand. (12 points)
Research argument is stated but not easy to follow. There is minimal support through nursing literature and application of concept into nursing. (25 points)
Research argument is clearly stated, supported and easy to follow and integration nursing literature found throughout the paper.
APA Style (5 points)
Major APA formatting errors with paper or reference page (10 points)
Minor APA formatting errors with paper or reference page (15 points)
Paper and reference page strictly adheres to APA style formatting
Spelling & Grammar (5 points)
Major spelling and grammar errors (8 points)
Minor spelling and grammar errors (10 points)
No spelling errors and no grammatical errors.
Presentation (2 points)
Student is uncomfortable with speaking about information. Reads from cards (6 points)
Student is at ease with information but is unable to elaborate or answer many questions (10 points)
Student demonstrates full knowledge of information and is easily able to answer questions and can elaborate