Throughout the DNP program, you have engaged in the analysis of research literature to explore various healthcare issues. It’s time to reflect on a practice-related challenge in your field that deviates from the expected outcomes supported by existing literature. Consider instances where the literature suggests a decrease in nosocomial infections with the implementation of measures like hand washing, glove use, and isolation strategies, but your clinical experience indicates otherwise.

For Assignment 1, you will select an issue that will serve as the foundation for your complete EBP Assignment. Before proceeding, it is recommended to review the overview of the full EBP Assignment.

NURS 8410 Week 2: Application of Advanced Reasoning Strategies

Preparation Steps:

  • Reflect on your practicum setting and challenges in your specialty area.
  • Identify practice issues where outcomes differ from what is anticipated in the research literature.
  • Choose one issue that will be the focus for this assignment and the entire EBP project.
  • Ensure the selected issue allows for the development of new practice approaches. Consider discussing your choice with your Practicum Mentor.
  • Explore the research literature related to the chosen issue.

Application 1 Instructions:

Compose a 1- to 2-page paper addressing the following:

  • Present a summary of the selected practice issue where the observed outcome contrasts with the expectations set by the research literature. (Note: The chosen issue must be suitable for completing the entire EBP Assignment.)

Ensure that Application 1: Identification of a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Assignment is submitted by Day 7.

Submission and Grading Information:

Follow these steps to submit your Assignment:

  • Save your Assignment with the naming convention “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension).”
  • Review the Grading Criteria using the Week 2 Assignment Rubric.
  • Access the Week 2 Assignment link and click “View Rubric” for grading criteria.
  • In the Attach File area, click Browse My Computer, select your document, and click Open.
  • If applicable, agree to submit your paper to the Global Reference Database in the Plagiarism Tools area.
  • Click Submit to complete the submission for NURS 8100: Identification of a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Essay Assignment.

NURS 8410 Week 2: Application of Advanced Reasoning Strategies

In the realm of your day-to-day practice as a nurse, you consistently encounter situations demanding critical decisions, each carrying significant consequences. How you gather, assess, and interpret information, as well as the evaluation of its relevance, are crucial aspects of your role. As a DNP-prepared nurse, it becomes imperative to engage in self-reflection, fostering an acute awareness of your decision-making processes and the utilization of professional judgment to enhance effective practices in your specialized field.

This week initiates the commencement of your small-scale Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Assignment within your practicum setting. The first application, part of a series designed to articulate your insights and analysis of the EBP Assignment, requires you to identify a practice-related issue where observed outcomes deviate from expectations based on existing research literature. This identified issue forms the cornerstone for the subsequent development of the EBP project.

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Apply advanced reasoning strategies within a nursing specialty area.
  • Evaluate outcomes in a specialized practice area that diverge from the evidence presented in research literature.

Application 1: Identifying a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Project (6 points)

Dear Students,

In addition to the provided Learning Resources and guided discussions each week, your Application Assignments should incorporate articles from peer-reviewed journals to underpin and validate your positions and conclusions. Graduate-level scholarship forms the basis of your work, necessitating a higher standard of evidence than informal references. Avoid reliance on sources such as dictionaries, Wikipedia, general Internet sites, nursing newspapers, expert opinions, and the like. NURS 8100: Identification of a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Essay Assignment.

In a concise 1- to 2-page paper, please address the following:

  • Provide a summary of the selected practice issue where observed outcomes deviate from expectations based on research literature. Ensure that the chosen issue is appropriate for the comprehensive completion of the EBP Project. (6 pts)

Note: Up to 2 points may be deducted for grammar, spelling, and/or APA errors.

This Application is due by Day 7 of Week 2.

Assignment: Application 2: Establishing Foundations for Innovative Practice Approaches

In the context of this week’s exploration into the interconnection between theory, knowledge, research, and evidence-based practice, consider how evidence-based approaches rooted in theories from disciplines beyond nursing could guide your EBP Assignment.

To prepare:

  • Utilize the Walden Library and other scholarly resources to find evidence-based practice approaches based on theories from non-nursing disciplines.
  • Evaluate these approaches and determine if any could support your EBP Assignment.

You will incorporate this information into Application 2 as you continue its development next week.

By Day 7 of Week 5, Application 2 is due.

Practicum:

Please continue maintaining a time log and journal of your practicum experiences. Refer to the Practicum Guidelines in the Practicum area of the Course Overview page for a comprehensive understanding of practicum requirements. NURS 8100: Identification of a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Essay Assignment.

By Day 7 of Week 7, remember to submit your time log and a journal entry.

Week in Review:

This week, you explored evidence-based approaches based on theories from non-nursing disciplines and research designs addressing specific issues in your specialty area.

Next week, the focus will shift to examining evidence-based practice models and frameworks aiding in the adoption of novel practice approaches. NURS 8100: Identification of a Practice Issue for the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Essay Assignment.

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