7018.1.1: Communication and Building Relationships – The graduate utilizes effective communication and relationship-building practices at all levels of interaction in the healthcare environment.
7018.1.2: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment – The graduate utilizes public and organizational policies, nursing standards, evidence from research for best practice, and quality improvement to evaluate and improve the healthcare environment.
7018.1.3: Leadership – The graduate demonstrates a leadership role by effectively designing and implementing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of transprofessional care guided by evidence for best practice.
7018.1.4: Collaboration – The graduate effectively designs and implements a contemporary, organizationally relevant initiative within the context of transprofessional care.
7018.1.5: Organizational Business Administration – The graduate designs plans to implement appropriate business practices within a healthcare organization.
Task 1: Project Proposal
You will design and develop an evidenced-based practice change, quality improvement, or innovation that demonstrates the synthesis of WGU graduate competencies. This project is not primary research but should be focused on scholarly evidence in support of practice improvements, innovation, or general practice change. It will not require an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. You will be required to conduct a comprehensive literature review that defines the evidence in support of your project. The literature review represents a collection of primary research studies that have already been conducted and that provide guidance for best practices. Once your project plan is complete, you will create a professional presentation that outlines your plan and then present it to your stakeholder group and preceptor.
Before you start your project, you will first need to secure organizational approval and obtain a letter of agreement from your preceptor. In this task, you will be required to develop a plan for your capstone project that describes your problem and proposed solution.
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. Use the Turnitin Originality Report available in Taskstream as a guide for this measure of originality.
Professional Communications is a required aspect to pass this task. Completion of a spell check and grammar check prior to submitting your final work is strongly recommended.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
A. Submit a completed approval letter from the organization where your project will be conducted using the attached “Organizational Approval Letter Template,” including the following:
• all required information
Note: Forms must be completed in the time specified on the approval letter.
I will complete this Approval letter
B. Submit a legible, signed copy of the attached “Preceptor Agreement” including the following:
• preceptor professional credentials
• preceptor educational credentials
• preceptor job title
• date by preceptor
Note: All “Preceptor Agreements” must be signed by a qualified nurse.
I will complete this Preceptor Agreement
This is where I will need you to START writing
C. Summarize your project by doing the following:
1. Identify the clinical or organizational problem.
2. Describe why the problem you have identified requires a practice change, quality improvement, or innovation, including supporting evidence.
Note: Evidence can be internal, based on clinical expertise, and/or from scholarly literature.
3. Explain the causes of the problem.
4. Identify the stakeholders.
a. Discuss each stakeholder’s interest, power, and influence in relation to the project.
D. Explain the purpose of your project.
E. Explain your proposed solution for your project.
F. Provide an evidence summary to support your proposed change.
1. Provide a reference list for your evidence summary in APA format that includes a minimum of five scholarly, peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years.
Note: This reference list refers specifically to your evidence summary only.
G. Explain your proposed implementation plan, which includes the following:
1. plan of action
3. needed resources and personnel
4. proposed change theory
5. barriers to implementation
H. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.