Kellie Porter Essay

1303 words - 6 pages


Models of Capstone Projects:
A Conversation
Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
© Weaver, 2012

Jane M. Kirkpatrick, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB
Head, School of Nursing
Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
Purdue University

Objectives for this session
 Discuss the intent and scope of the DNP
capstone scholarly project:
– Differentiating from the PhD thesis
– How the project demonstrates competencies

 Determine similarities and differences among
multiple forms of DNP projects/capstones in
terms of scope and expected deliverables
 Examine the issues that surround the DNP
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 Design and evaluate new models of care
 Design and evaluate programs
 Provide leadership of interprofessional and or intraprofessional collaborative projects to implement
policy, evaluate care models, transitions, etc.
 Collaborate with researchers to answer clinical
 Collaborate on legislative change using evidence
 Work with lay and or professional coalitions to develop,
implement or evaluate health programs (such as health
promotion and disease prevention programs for
vulnerable patients, groups or communities).

“Abstract” for DNP Inquiry
 Aim: Organizational or institutional evaluation –
performance, productivity, quality, utilization of evidence
in clinical care, policy, testing care delivery models
 Conceptual Model: Donabedien; PICO(T) framework
(Population; Intervention/Issue; Comparison/Outcome;
Time) (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011)
 Methodology: Survey, interview, data mining
– Partnerships with health care organizations, schools, community
agencies, or groups (Ahmed, et al., 2013)

 Statistics: Organizational analytics; system evaluation
and analysis; epidemiology
 Implementation: Plan for real time actualization

Systematic Approach and Translation
of Evidence into Practice
1. Description of innovation or clinical inquiry
2. Application of best evidence from literature

3. Collection of data using methods or tools that
are standard and acceptable
4. Definition of outcomes to be measured
pertinent to implementation
5. Implementation outcomes and/or analysis of
Ahmed, et al., 2013

UIC Synthesis Project
Faculty-guided scholarly experience
that provides evidence of student’s
critical thinking and ability to

translate research into practice

through problem identification,
proposal development, implementation,
and evaluation

UIC Synthesis Project
 Identification of problem/issue
 Design and implement processes to evaluate
outcomes of practice, practice patterns,
systems of care within practice setting, health
care organization or community against national
benchmarks to determine variances in practice
 Design, implement and evaluate new evidencebased interventions designed to improve quality
of patient or system centered care

UIC Synthesis Project
Final Product Components
 Abstract
 Executive summary of the project
 Introduction to the project
 Description of the problem and how it is
defined, the clinical setting or environment and
the target population
 Data supporting the existence of the problem
 Development/description of a creative approach
to resolving the problem

UIC Synthesis Project
Final Product Components

Analysis of the fiscal and systems impact of
the project itself (optional)
Methods/procedures including processes, data
collection, use of consultants
Findings and outcomes
Discussion - Implications for practice

Various DNP capstone...

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