Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Nurse Practitioner students have the option of completing a Thesis (NURS 6997) or a Synthesis Paper
(N6995) with a focus on implementation of the NP role within a primary health care environment. Students
graduating from the MN Program in the NP stream are prepared as generalists in Primary Health Care (PHC) to
offer “comprehensive and continuous care to clients across the health continuum and throughout the client’s
lifespan. The client is defined as individual, family, groups and community. The nurse practitioner provides
comprehensive primary health care services including health promotion, disease and injury prevention, curative,
rehabilitative and supportive services to clients in all health settings. As a member of the interdisciplinary health
team, the nurse practitioner role is both autonomous and collaborative in nature”1

The synthesis paper is the capstone project of the NP stream. The topic of the paper is to be chosen by the
student and should reflect a practice issue or challenge relevant to NPs practicing in a Primary Health Care context.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
The synthesis paper is to be submitted as a completed manuscript prepared for a target journal. The target journal
will be chosen, based on the topic of the paper, by the student and approved by the supervisor.

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The synthesis paper supervisor will be included as the second author on the paper, related abstracts and presentations.
In writing the manuscript the student will:
• Introduce the topic, clearly situating the topic/issue within the context of NP practice in Primary Health
Care,
• Conduct a comprehensive review of the evidence about the issue to identify the current level of knowledge
about the topic and any apparent gaps in the literature,
• Provide clear recommendations for NP practice to address the issue within a Primary Health Care context.
Recommendations should extend what is currently published in professional literature,
• The paper will be formatted according to the requirements of the target manuscript.
• The length of the synthesis paper will depend on guidelines for authors established by the journal. It is
expected that the paper be at least 3000 words. The guidelines for authors must be attached to the
manuscript when it is submitted to the internal reader.
Synthesis papers are to be submitted to the Internal Readers by the end of the first week in April 2 prior to
entering NURS 6219: Final Clinical Practicum. This will allow the Internal Reader the required ten working days
to review the paper. Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.Synthesis papers will be formally presented in a 30 minute presentation to the wider university audience at MN Day in April. These presentations will be advertised to the university in the same way that thesis
defences/reports and the public presentations for the NE students are advertised.
Final papers will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the target journal by May 30.
Guidelines for timely completion: January 30th topic and supervisor selection; February 28th selection of
target journal, Spring MN Day outline prepared for discussion, Fall MN Day literature review complete, abstract for
Nursing Research Day submitted by February, submission to Internal Reader end of first week of April prior to
beginning NURS 6219 Final Clinical Practicum, formal presentation Spring MN Day or Research Day.
1 NANB (nd). Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.Competencies and standards of practice for nurse practitioners in primary health care. Fredericton: Author. P.2 2 Note that this is 15 months after the topic and journal are selected by the student and approved by the supervisor.
Passed at GAU March 21, 2012
Timelines for completion of synthesis paper:
Topic and supervisor selection: January of first year NP study for full-time students, third year for parttime students.
Selection of target journal: February 28th
Outline prepared for discussion,
and submitted to supervisor: Research Day, Spring.
Literature review completed: MN Day, Fall
Abstract submitted to Nursing
Research Day: February
Submission to Internal Reader: End of first week of April
Presentation at MN Day or
Research Day: Late April/Early May
Submission to School of Graduate
Studies and Target Journal: May 30
Synthesis Papers for NP Students
Nurse Practitioner (NP) students will be required to complete a capstone project
which is a synthesis paper (NURS 6995). The synthesis paper will focus on the
implementation of the NP role within a Primary Health Care environment. The topic
of the paper, prepared as a completed manuscript for a target journal, is to be
chosen by the student and approved by the supervisor, and should reflect a practice
issue or challenge relevant to NPs practicing in a Primary Health Care context. NP
students who wish to complete a thesis (NURS 6997) shall also complete an
additional Independent Study in Nursing Research course.
Supervision of Synthesis Papers
• The student selects a single faculty member from the GAU who will supervise
the writing process.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
• Once the student has reached agreement with a faculty member to
supervise, the student will complete the Synthesis Proposed Topic form
(http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/nursing/graduate/forms.html), obtain the
supervisor’s signature, and submit it to the Assistant Dean Graduate and
Advanced RN Studies. This form may be completed in January of the first
year of NP study for full time students or January of the third year of study
for part time students.
• The synthesis paper supervisor will be included as the second author on the
paper, related abstracts and presentations.
• Students are expected to follow the timeline for completion of the synthesis
paper outlined on the Synthesis Proposed Topic form.
• Papers are to be submitted to the Assistant Dean for review by the Internal
Reader no later than the end of the first week of April of the graduating year.
• The decision of when to submit the completed synthesis paper for review by
the Internal Reader is the responsibility of the student in consultation with
the supervisor. If there is a discrepancy in the readiness of the paper for
submission between the student and the supervisor, the student may consult
with the Assistant Dean.
• The student will provide the Assistant Dean with two (2) copies of the
synthesis paper for an Internal Reader and the Assistant Dean. The Assistant
Dean will appoint an Internal Reader. The following statement shall
accompany requests for Internal Readers.
“Submission of a completed thesis or a Synthesis Paper is the decision
of the student, in consultation with the supervisor. The Internal Reader
shall judge whether the synthesis paper is acceptable for credit or not
based on the merit of the paper.”
• The Internal Reader shall be given 10 working days to read and determine
whether the synthesis paper is acceptable.
• If the Internal Reader does not consider the synthesis paper acceptable for
credit, a meeting shall be held with the supervisor and the Assistant Dean
identifying changes that are required. The Assistant Dean shall then meet
with the supervisor and student to review the required changes and
determine the process for re-submission.
• It is the responsibility of the supervisor to work with the student to ensure
that the revisions requested by the Internal Reader are complete. The
student shall not consult the Internal Reader about requested changes to the
synthesis paper. Questions will be fielded via the supervisor or through the
Assistant Dean.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
• Normally Synthesis papers may be re-submitted to the Internal Readers only
once for review.
• Final Papers, approved by the Internal Reader, will be submitted to the
School of Graduate Studies and the target journal by May 30th.
• Deadlines for completion for graduation will be the same as those established
by the School of Graduate Studies.
• Students should be aware the NANB does not permit writing of the Canadian
Nurses Association NP Registration exams until all requirements for the
degree are completed.
Internal Reader
The internal reader is selected by the Assistant Dean and is a member of the
GAU who has not been consulted or involved in the preparation of the synthesis
paper. The expertise of the internal reader is related to some aspect of the paper,
however, he or she is not necessarily a NP faculty member. The role of the internal
reader is to read the synthesis paper from a fresh perspective and to determine
whether the paper is acceptable for credit based on the merit of the paper. The
internal reader will examine the paper according to the approved Description of the
Synthesis Paper. The internal reader will submit written comments and a
recommendation of whether the synthesis paper is acceptable for credit or if
revisions are required.

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If revisions are required, it is the responsibility of the supervisor, not the
internal reader, to work with the student to make relevant changes. Internal
readers are not expected to be involved in revising returned papers. Papers
resubmitted at the request of the internal reader will be reviewed only once. The
internal reader will normally have 5 working days to review resubmitted papers.
Normally, if papers are not considered acceptable aft
NURS 6995: Synthesis Paper
Assessment Rubric
Outcome Meets Criteria Meets
Criteria
Partially
Meets
Criteria
Does not Meet
Criteria
Critical Reading and Thinking
1.1 Critically appraises literature by questioning assumptions, considering alternative
viewpoints, determining credibility of the evidence and discerning the relevance to the discipline of nursing.
Presents a comprehensive review of literature that is both relevant and timely.
Incorporates literature from different disciplines, considering different points of view.
Clearly discerns contribution 0f evidence to chosen topic.
1.3 Constructs arguments that clearly justify one position as superior to other alternatives
Clearly identifies gaps in literature and uses this analysis to establish significance of topic to NP practice.
Presents succinct and focused thesis statement.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
Communication
2.2 Composes text to present complex issues and reasoned arguments using concrete, concise and scholarly language appropriate to the intended audience
Manuscript carefully written with attention to sentence structure, grammar and
spelling.
Presents a logical flow of ideas.
Demonstrates sophisticated and clear writing.
Follows manuscript guidelines and formatting requirements.
Carefully and accurately referenced. Accurate interpretation of all evidence. Professional Sensibility
3.1 Uses a variety of competing forms of
“knowledge” to construct a philosophy of nursing that provides a lens for developing advanced nursing practice Clearly and accurately summarizes literature relevant to the topic.
Able to assess contribution of experiential, anecdotal and evidence based literature to the topic.
Clearly analyzes evidence to determine its contribution to decision making in advanced nursing practice.Evidence-Based Practice
4.2 Distinguishes the major designs in qualitative and quantitative research methods and appraises appropriateness of the method of decision making.
Chooses appropriate and relevant types of data to inform decisions and support conclusions.
4.3 Demonstrates the ability to analyze, assess and weigh the evidence in considering the credibility of the conceptual basis for decision making in nursing.
Clearly analyzes evidence related to the topic to determine its contribution and relevance to decision making in advanced nursing
practice.
4.4 Uses a variety of evidence to inform and modify practice (current research, theoretical knowledge, expert opinion, best practice guidelines and prior experience)
Uses broad array of multidisciplinary evidence relevant to the topic to support recommendations and influence advanced practice nursing.
Practice Excellence
6.3 Analyzes current and potential issues within nursing and health care considering contextual factors that impact clients, nurses and organizations Situates topic within the context of Primary Health Care and NP practice, identifying pertinent issues for clients, health care providers and/or organizations.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Consider the following scenario:

 

Marcus recalls the beginning of his career, when he started as a nurse at Grand View Hospital. He had heard the organization was soliciting proposals from various companies so they could weigh the pros and cons associated with adopting a new health information technology system. He has been curious about the request for proposal (RFP) process ever since. Now, as he looks forward to new professional opportunities, he would like to ensure that he develops the skills and expertise needed to formulate an RFP.

What are your professional aims? How can you apply what you have learned in your coursework to your practicum setting? How will you leverage your experiences in the practicum to facilitate your development as a nurse leader-manager or informaticist?

 

In this Discussion, you reflect on your aspirations and consider the transitions that may be required to achieve them. You identify professional development objectives and evaluate opportunities for achieving them through your experiences in the practicum.

Think about the professional role changes you have been undergoing or that you may undertake following completion of this MSN program.

Review the information related to professional development and role change in the Learning Resources, and conduct additional research as necessary to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Consider the following questions:

What types of professional positions interest you? Are they significantly different from the types of positions you have held in the past? If so, how?

What challenges are you likely to encounter as you transition into a new role?  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

What resources could help you to manage this change? Consider your inner resources (e.g., drawing on previous experiences, stress management), resources available to you through your relationships with others, and institutional supports.

Consider how you could use this Practicum Experience to apply what you have learned and enhance or acquire specialization skills and knowledge, regardless of whether you intend to change roles or stay in your current position for the time being.

Review the NURS 6600 Course Outcomes listed in the Syllabus. Determine how your experiences in the practicum could help you to achieve one or more of these outcomes.

Review the information in the Introduction to the Practicum (in this week’s Practicum area) and the School of Nursing Practicum Manual as necessary to ensure you have a clear understanding of the practicum requirements.

Review the suggestions for developing effective learning objectives provided in the Learning Resources.

Think of two or three objectives that could help guide your professional development during your practicum. These objectives, referred to as your practicum professional development objectives, must be:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Results-focused

Time-focused

Reflective of the higher-order domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy (i.e., Application level and above)

Select one or more practicum professional development objectives to focus on for this Discussion. (You may continue to hone these objectives as you work on this week’s Application Assignment.)

Reflect on how you could achieve each objective through your Practicum Experience.

Post an explanation of your professional aspirations and how you intend to use the Practicum Experience to promote career change and/or enhance your performance. Describe at least one objective to facilitate your professional growth, and explain the steps you could take to achieve the objective(s) during your Practicum Experience. Support your response with examples from the literature.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

 

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, using one or more of the following approaches:

Suggest strategies for using the Practicum Experience to deepen or broaden their knowledge.

Offer suggestions for refining their practicum professional objective(s).

 

Required Readings

 

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Cipriano, P. F., & Murphy, J. (2011). The future of nursing and health IT: The quality elixir. Nursing Economic$, 29(5), 286–289.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

“Technology tools will continue to revolutionize how we plan, deliver, document, review, evaluate, and derive the evidence about care” (p. 289). This article examines how nurses can use information technology to transform nursing and redesign the health care system. It focuses on the use of technology to promote quality and notes that technology can also be used to address challenges in education, research, leadership, and policy.

McKimm, J., & Swanwick, T. (2009). Setting learning objectives. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 70(7), 406–409.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article clarifies the terminology associated with learning objectives and explains how learning objectives relate to professional development and the transformation from novice to expert. It also introduces common pitfalls when setting learning objectives and provides suggestions for avoiding them.

Murphy, J. (2011). The nursing informatics workforce: Who are they and what do they do? Nursing Economic$, 29(3), 150–153.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The author examines the nursing informatics workforce, explaining that professionals in this well-established specialty area can play an integral role in transforming health care.

Sørensen, E. E., Delmar, C., & Pedersen, B. D. (2011). Leading nurses in dire straits: Head nurses’ navigation between nursing and leadership roles. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(4), 421–430.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

“Successful nursing leaders navigate between nursing and leadership roles while nourishing a double identity” (p. 421). In this article, the authors examine how individuals in key professional roles negotiate between and apply nursing and leadership skills.

Warm, D., & Thomas, B. (2011). A review of the effectiveness of the clinical informaticist role. Nursing Standard, 25(44), 35–38.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors investigate the application of specialized knowledge and expertise to facilitate the appropriate use of emerging technologies in clinical settings. They argue for informaticists’ involvement in strategic development and delivery of information management and technology initiatives to promote patient-centered outcomes.

Wilkinson, J. E., Nutley, S. M., & Davies, H. T. O. (2011). An exploration of the roles of nurse managers in evidence-based practice implementation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 8(4), 236–246.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this article, the authors examine the role nurse managers should play in leading and facilitating evidence-based practice.

Armstrong, P. (2013). Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/pedagogical/blooms-taxonomy/

Vanderbilt University provides this overview of Bloom’s taxonomy. This site also presents the original and updated versions of the taxonomy along with verb suggestions for each level.

Clark, D. (2013). Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains. Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

This article addresses three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.

University of Central Florida, Office of Experiential Learning (n.d.). Writing SMART learning objectives, Retrieved from http://explearning.ucf.edu/registered-students/tips-for-success/writing-smart-learning-objectives/195

This blog post focuses on the distinction between learning outcomes and objectives. Consider this information as you develop your practicum professional development objectives this week.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Center for Teaching & Learning. (2013). Writing objectives using Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from http://teaching.uncc.edu/articles-books/best-practice-articles/goals-objectives/writing-objectives-using-blooms-taxonomy

This resource outlines elements of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Document: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (Word Document)

Use this form to develop your Practicum Professional Experience Plan as outlined this week.

Document: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (Word Document)

Use this form to develop your Practicum Professional Experience Plan as outlined this week.

Document: Practicum Journal (Word Document)

During your Practicum Experience, you are  required to submit your time log and three journal entries. You will use this  form to complete your journal reflections.

Document: School of Nursing Practicum Manual: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Quarter-Based Programs (PDF)

This comprehensive manual outlines all of the requirements for the Practicum Experience.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Clinical Resources

Document: Introduction to Clinical Experiences (PowerPoint)

Document: Practicum Manual (PDF)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Professional behavior in the practicum setting [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this audio presentation, Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses topics that demonstrate professional behavior in the practicum setting, such as dressing professionally, punctuality, and communication.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012b). Professional best practices [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this audio segment, Dr. Jeanne Morrison provides an overview of best practices and tips for students engaged in the Practicum Experience. She discusses what activities are included in practicum hours, the importance of staying in touch with your Preceptor, and strategies for dealing with stress.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012c). Professionalism and the practicum experience [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

What is the Practicum Experience all about? What are the roles of the Faculty Member and the Preceptor? In this media presentation, Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses these and other critical aspects of the Practicum Experience. She also provides an overview of the professional demeanor expected of all students throughout the Practicum Experience.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).

Attachments:   Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

 

 

Nurse Practitioner students have the option of completing a Thesis (NURS 6997) or a Synthesis Paper
(N6995) with a focus on implementation of the NP role within a primary health care environment. Students
graduating from the MN Program in the NP stream are prepared as generalists in Primary Health Care (PHC) to
offer “comprehensive and continuous care to clients across the health continuum and throughout the client’s
lifespan. The client is defined as individual, family, groups and community. The nurse practitioner provides
comprehensive primary health care services including health promotion, disease and injury prevention, curative,
rehabilitative and supportive services to clients in all health settings. As a member of the interdisciplinary health
team, the nurse practitioner role is both autonomous and collaborative in nature”1

The synthesis paper is the capstone project of the NP stream. The topic of the paper is to be chosen by the
student and should reflect a practice issue or challenge relevant to NPs practicing in a Primary Health Care context.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
The synthesis paper is to be submitted as a completed manuscript prepared for a target journal. The target journal
will be chosen, based on the topic of the paper, by the student and approved by the supervisor. The synthesis paper
supervisor will be included as the second author on the paper, related abstracts and presentations.
In writing the manuscript the student will:
• Introduce the topic, clearly situating the topic/issue within the context of NP practice in Primary Health
Care,
• Conduct a comprehensive review of the evidence about the issue to identify the current level of knowledge
about the topic and any apparent gaps in the literature,
• Provide clear recommendations for NP practice to address the issue within a Primary Health Care context.
Recommendations should extend what is currently published in professional literature,
• The paper will be formatted according to the requirements of the target manuscript.
• The length of the synthesis paper will depend on guidelines for authors established by the journal. It is
expected that the paper be at least 3000 words. The guidelines for authors must be attached to the
manuscript when it is submitted to the internal reader.
Synthesis papers are to be submitted to the Internal Readers by the end of the first week in April 2 prior to
entering NURS 6219: Final Clinical Practicum. This will allow the Internal Reader the required ten working days
to review the paper. Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.Synthesis papers will be formally presented in a 30 minute presentation to the wider university audience at MN Day in April. These presentations will be advertised to the university in the same way that thesis
defences/reports and the public presentations for the NE students are advertised.
Final papers will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the target journal by May 30.
Guidelines for timely completion: January 30th topic and supervisor selection; February 28th selection of
target journal, Spring MN Day outline prepared for discussion, Fall MN Day literature review complete, abstract for
Nursing Research Day submitted by February, submission to Internal Reader end of first week of April prior to
beginning NURS 6219 Final Clinical Practicum, formal presentation Spring MN Day or Research Day.
1 NANB (nd). Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.Competencies and standards of practice for nurse practitioners in primary health care. Fredericton: Author. P.2 2 Note that this is 15 months after the topic and journal are selected by the student and approved by the supervisor.
Passed at GAU March 21, 2012
Timelines for completion of synthesis paper:
Topic and supervisor selection: January of first year NP study for full-time students, third year for parttime students.
Selection of target journal: February 28th
Outline prepared for discussion,
and submitted to supervisor: Research Day, Spring.
Literature review completed: MN Day, Fall
Abstract submitted to Nursing
Research Day: February
Submission to Internal Reader: End of first week of April
Presentation at MN Day or
Research Day: Late April/Early May
Submission to School of Graduate
Studies and Target Journal: May 30
Synthesis Papers for NP Students
Nurse Practitioner (NP) students will be required to complete a capstone project
which is a synthesis paper (NURS 6995). The synthesis paper will focus on the
implementation of the NP role within a Primary Health Care environment. The topic
of the paper, prepared as a completed manuscript for a target journal, is to be
chosen by the student and approved by the supervisor, and should reflect a practice
issue or challenge relevant to NPs practicing in a Primary Health Care context. NP
students who wish to complete a thesis (NURS 6997) shall also complete an
additional Independent Study in Nursing Research course.
Supervision of Synthesis Papers
• The student selects a single faculty member from the GAU who will supervise
the writing process.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
• Once the student has reached agreement with a faculty member to
supervise, the student will complete the Synthesis Proposed Topic form
(http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/nursing/graduate/forms.html), obtain the
supervisor’s signature, and submit it to the Assistant Dean Graduate and
Advanced RN Studies. This form may be completed in January of the first
year of NP study for full time students or January of the third year of study
for part time students.
• The synthesis paper supervisor will be included as the second author on the
paper, related abstracts and presentations.
• Students are expected to follow the timeline for completion of the synthesis
paper outlined on the Synthesis Proposed Topic form.
• Papers are to be submitted to the Assistant Dean for review by the Internal
Reader no later than the end of the first week of April of the graduating year.
• The decision of when to submit the completed synthesis paper for review by
the Internal Reader is the responsibility of the student in consultation with
the supervisor. If there is a discrepancy in the readiness of the paper for
submission between the student and the supervisor, the student may consult
with the Assistant Dean.
• The student will provide the Assistant Dean with two (2) copies of the
synthesis paper for an Internal Reader and the Assistant Dean. The Assistant
Dean will appoint an Internal Reader. The following statement shall
accompany requests for Internal Readers.
“Submission of a completed thesis or a Synthesis Paper is the decision
of the student, in consultation with the supervisor. The Internal Reader
shall judge whether the synthesis paper is acceptable for credit or not
based on the merit of the paper.”
• The Internal Reader shall be given 10 working days to read and determine
whether the synthesis paper is acceptable.
• If the Internal Reader does not consider the synthesis paper acceptable for
credit, a meeting shall be held with the supervisor and the Assistant Dean
identifying changes that are required. The Assistant Dean shall then meet
with the supervisor and student to review the required changes and
determine the process for re-submission.
• It is the responsibility of the supervisor to work with the student to ensure
that the revisions requested by the Internal Reader are complete. The
student shall not consult the Internal Reader about requested changes to the
synthesis paper. Questions will be fielded via the supervisor or through the
Assistant Dean.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
• Normally Synthesis papers may be re-submitted to the Internal Readers only
once for review.
• Final Papers, approved by the Internal Reader, will be submitted to the
School of Graduate Studies and the target journal by May 30th.
• Deadlines for completion for graduation will be the same as those established
by the School of Graduate Studies.
• Students should be aware the NANB does not permit writing of the Canadian
Nurses Association NP Registration exams until all requirements for the
degree are completed.
Internal Reader
The internal reader is selected by the Assistant Dean and is a member of the
GAU who has not been consulted or involved in the preparation of the synthesis
paper. The expertise of the internal reader is related to some aspect of the paper,
however, he or she is not necessarily a NP faculty member. The role of the internal
reader is to read the synthesis paper from a fresh perspective and to determine
whether the paper is acceptable for credit based on the merit of the paper. The
internal reader will examine the paper according to the approved Description of the
Synthesis Paper. The internal reader will submit written comments and a
recommendation of whether the synthesis paper is acceptable for credit or if
revisions are required.
If revisions are required, it is the responsibility of the supervisor, not the
internal reader, to work with the student to make relevant changes. Internal
readers are not expected to be involved in revising returned papers. Papers
resubmitted at the request of the internal reader will be reviewed only once. The
internal reader will normally have 5 working days to review resubmitted papers.
Normally, if papers are not considered acceptable aft
NURS 6995: Synthesis Paper
Assessment Rubric
Outcome Meets Criteria Meets
Criteria
Partially
Meets
Criteria
Does not Meet
Criteria
Critical Reading and Thinking
1.1 Critically appraises literature by questioning assumptions, considering alternative
viewpoints, determining credibility of the evidence and discerning the relevance to the discipline of nursing.
Presents a comprehensive review of literature that is both relevant and timely.
Incorporates literature from different disciplines, considering different points of view.
Clearly discerns contribution 0f evidence to chosen topic.
1.3 Constructs arguments that clearly justify one position as superior to other alternatives
Clearly identifies gaps in literature and uses this analysis to establish significance of topic to NP practice.
Presents succinct and focused thesis statement.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.
Communication
2.2 Composes text to present complex issues and reasoned arguments using concrete, concise and scholarly language appropriate to the intended audience
Manuscript carefully written with attention to sentence structure, grammar and
spelling.
Presents a logical flow of ideas.
Demonstrates sophisticated and clear writing.
Follows manuscript guidelines and formatting requirements.
Carefully and accurately referenced. Accurate interpretation of all evidence. Professional Sensibility
3.1 Uses a variety of competing forms of
“knowledge” to construct a philosophy of nursing that provides a lens for developing advanced nursing practice Clearly and accurately summarizes literature relevant to the topic.
Able to assess contribution of experiential, anecdotal and evidence based literature to the topic.
Clearly analyzes evidence to determine its contribution to decision making in advanced nursing practice.Evidence-Based Practice
4.2 Distinguishes the major designs in qualitative and quantitative research methods and appraises appropriateness of the method of decision making.
Chooses appropriate and relevant types of data to inform decisions and support conclusions.
4.3 Demonstrates the ability to analyze, assess and weigh the evidence in considering the credibility of the conceptual basis for decision making in nursing.
Clearly analyzes evidence related to the topic to determine its contribution and relevance to decision making in advanced nursing
practice.
4.4 Uses a variety of evidence to inform and modify practice (current research, theoretical knowledge, expert opinion, best practice guidelines and prior experience)
Uses broad array of multidisciplinary evidence relevant to the topic to support recommendations and influence advanced practice nursing.
Practice Excellence
6.3 Analyzes current and potential issues within nursing and health care considering contextual factors that impact clients, nurses and organizations Situates topic within the context of Primary Health Care and NP practice, identifying pertinent issues for clients, health care providers and/or organizations.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Consider the following scenario:

 

Marcus recalls the beginning of his career, when he started as a nurse at Grand View Hospital. He had heard the organization was soliciting proposals from various companies so they could weigh the pros and cons associated with adopting a new health information technology system. He has been curious about the request for proposal (RFP) process ever since. Now, as he looks forward to new professional opportunities, he would like to ensure that he develops the skills and expertise needed to formulate an RFP.

What are your professional aims? How can you apply what you have learned in your coursework to your practicum setting? How will you leverage your experiences in the practicum to facilitate your development as a nurse leader-manager or informaticist?

 

In this Discussion, you reflect on your aspirations and consider the transitions that may be required to achieve them. You identify professional development objectives and evaluate opportunities for achieving them through your experiences in the practicum.

Think about the professional role changes you have been undergoing or that you may undertake following completion of this MSN program.

Review the information related to professional development and role change in the Learning Resources, and conduct additional research as necessary to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Consider the following questions:

What types of professional positions interest you? Are they significantly different from the types of positions you have held in the past? If so, how?

What challenges are you likely to encounter as you transition into a new role?  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

What resources could help you to manage this change? Consider your inner resources (e.g., drawing on previous experiences, stress management), resources available to you through your relationships with others, and institutional supports.

Consider how you could use this Practicum Experience to apply what you have learned and enhance or acquire specialization skills and knowledge, regardless of whether you intend to change roles or stay in your current position for the time being.

Review the NURS 6600 Course Outcomes listed in the Syllabus. Determine how your experiences in the practicum could help you to achieve one or more of these outcomes.

Review the information in the Introduction to the Practicum (in this week’s Practicum area) and the School of Nursing Practicum Manual as necessary to ensure you have a clear understanding of the practicum requirements.

Review the suggestions for developing effective learning objectives provided in the Learning Resources.

Think of two or three objectives that could help guide your professional development during your practicum. These objectives, referred to as your practicum professional development objectives, must be:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Results-focused

Time-focused

Reflective of the higher-order domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy (i.e., Application level and above)

Select one or more practicum professional development objectives to focus on for this Discussion. (You may continue to hone these objectives as you work on this week’s Application Assignment.)

Reflect on how you could achieve each objective through your Practicum Experience.

Post an explanation of your professional aspirations and how you intend to use the Practicum Experience to promote career change and/or enhance your performance. Describe at least one objective to facilitate your professional growth, and explain the steps you could take to achieve the objective(s) during your Practicum Experience. Support your response with examples from the literature.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

 

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, using one or more of the following approaches:

Suggest strategies for using the Practicum Experience to deepen or broaden their knowledge.

Offer suggestions for refining their practicum professional objective(s).

 

Required Readings

 

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Cipriano, P. F., & Murphy, J. (2011). The future of nursing and health IT: The quality elixir. Nursing Economic$, 29(5), 286–289.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

“Technology tools will continue to revolutionize how we plan, deliver, document, review, evaluate, and derive the evidence about care” (p. 289). This article examines how nurses can use information technology to transform nursing and redesign the health care system. It focuses on the use of technology to promote quality and notes that technology can also be used to address challenges in education, research, leadership, and policy.

McKimm, J., & Swanwick, T. (2009). Setting learning objectives. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 70(7), 406–409.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article clarifies the terminology associated with learning objectives and explains how learning objectives relate to professional development and the transformation from novice to expert. It also introduces common pitfalls when setting learning objectives and provides suggestions for avoiding them.

Murphy, J. (2011). The nursing informatics workforce: Who are they and what do they do? Nursing Economic$, 29(3), 150–153.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The author examines the nursing informatics workforce, explaining that professionals in this well-established specialty area can play an integral role in transforming health care.

Sørensen, E. E., Delmar, C., & Pedersen, B. D. (2011). Leading nurses in dire straits: Head nurses’ navigation between nursing and leadership roles. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(4), 421–430.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

“Successful nursing leaders navigate between nursing and leadership roles while nourishing a double identity” (p. 421). In this article, the authors examine how individuals in key professional roles negotiate between and apply nursing and leadership skills.

Warm, D., & Thomas, B. (2011). A review of the effectiveness of the clinical informaticist role. Nursing Standard, 25(44), 35–38.

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Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors investigate the application of specialized knowledge and expertise to facilitate the appropriate use of emerging technologies in clinical settings. They argue for informaticists’ involvement in strategic development and delivery of information management and technology initiatives to promote patient-centered outcomes.

Wilkinson, J. E., Nutley, S. M., & Davies, H. T. O. (2011). An exploration of the roles of nurse managers in evidence-based practice implementation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 8(4), 236–246.

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this article, the authors examine the role nurse managers should play in leading and facilitating evidence-based practice.

Armstrong, P. (2013). Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/pedagogical/blooms-taxonomy/

Vanderbilt University provides this overview of Bloom’s taxonomy. This site also presents the original and updated versions of the taxonomy along with verb suggestions for each level.

Clark, D. (2013). Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains. Retrieved from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

This article addresses three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.

University of Central Florida, Office of Experiential Learning (n.d.). Writing SMART learning objectives, Retrieved from http://explearning.ucf.edu/registered-students/tips-for-success/writing-smart-learning-objectives/195

This blog post focuses on the distinction between learning outcomes and objectives. Consider this information as you develop your practicum professional development objectives this week.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Center for Teaching & Learning. (2013). Writing objectives using Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from http://teaching.uncc.edu/articles-books/best-practice-articles/goals-objectives/writing-objectives-using-blooms-taxonomy

This resource outlines elements of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Document: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (Word Document)

Use this form to develop your Practicum Professional Experience Plan as outlined this week.

Document: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (Word Document)

Use this form to develop your Practicum Professional Experience Plan as outlined this week.

Document: Practicum Journal (Word Document)

During your Practicum Experience, you are  required to submit your time log and three journal entries. You will use this  form to complete your journal reflections.

Document: School of Nursing Practicum Manual: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Quarter-Based Programs (PDF)

This comprehensive manual outlines all of the requirements for the Practicum Experience.  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Clinical Resources

Document: Introduction to Clinical Experiences (PowerPoint)

Document: Practicum Manual (PDF)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Professional behavior in the practicum setting [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this audio presentation, Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses topics that demonstrate professional behavior in the practicum setting, such as dressing professionally, punctuality, and communication.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012b). Professional best practices [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this audio segment, Dr. Jeanne Morrison provides an overview of best practices and tips for students engaged in the Practicum Experience. She discusses what activities are included in practicum hours, the importance of staying in touch with your Preceptor, and strategies for dealing with stress.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).  Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012c). Professionalism and the practicum experience [Interactive media].

Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

What is the Practicum Experience all about? What are the roles of the Faculty Member and the Preceptor? In this media presentation, Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses these and other critical aspects of the Practicum Experience. She also provides an overview of the professional demeanor expected of all students throughout the Practicum Experience.

Please click here for the Transcript (PDF).

Attachments:   Capstone Synthesis Practicum Assignment Paper.

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