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Discussion: DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies
Course Description
This course introduces learners to the skills and mindset necessary for success on the
doctoral journey. These skills include critical thinking and analysis, navigating resources,
academic writing for the doctoral level, identifying and understanding scholarly research, and
the role of the practitioner-scholar.
Class Materials
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Class Resources
Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style
View the "Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style & quot; tutorial, located on the
American Psychological Association (APA) website. You will use this resource throughout the
course for assignments and discussions.

https://extras.apa.org/apastyle/basics-7e/?_ga=2.128488908.1153078724.1596866222-
1012012210.1596866222#/
DC Network and DNP PI Workspace
The DNP Practice Immersion (PI) Workspace is a dynamic online learning community designated
specifically for scholars in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program as a forum in which to
communicate, create, collaborate, and share information with other DNP learners and faculty
members at Grand Canyon University throughout the program. It is located within the DC Network
and is a page dedicated to the DNP program and its learners.
The DNP PI Workspace is where you will find all the required programmatic resources for this and
all courses in the program. You will need to access this essential course component as soon as
you are provided your GCU email and password, as you will be
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http://dc.gcu.edu/dnp
DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations

Review the "DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations" PowerPoint, located in
the DC Network, as it describes the DPI project for DNP learners.

DNP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Project Assessment Tool
Review the "DNP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Project Assessment Tool," located in the DC
Network.
You will use this resource to guide the focus of your Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project.
The focus of the DPI Project in the GCU DNP Program is the application of strong evidence-based
research to improve population/patient outcomes. As such, learners are highly encouraged to
select a project topic that is anchored in either quality improvement (QI). This focus will result in
the most actionable outcomes (i.e., "real-time" results). Learners need to be cautious of the scope
and target population for their project or it may result in unforeseen delays in IRB
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Direct Practice Improvement Project Groups and Associate Milestones
Review the "Direct Practice Improvement Project Groups and Associate Milestones" resource,
located in the DC Network, which provides an important overview of the development of
components of your Direct Practice Improvement Project, where they are located in the program,
and submission information.

Discussion Forum Philosophy
Introduction
Online classroom discussion is a vital learning activity that enhances writing, critical thinking, and
scholarly development. These skills establish the foundation for self-reflection and unbiased
consideration of other perspectives that enhances the long-term development of the doctoral
learner.
The successful doctoral learner engages faculty and colleagues in substantive conversations by
reflecting on other’s perspectives while articulating their own views. More importantly, doctoral

learners demonstrate the disposition to critically and reflectively consider new information, facts,
and perspectives in the enhancement of their own knowle
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Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar
Attend the live "Doctor of Nursing Webinar." Information on the webinar, and the registration link,
are located in the DC Network under the DNP Calendar.

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Utilize the resources on the "Doctor of Nursing Practice" page, located on the GCU Library, to
assist in completing your assignments.

https://libguides.gcu.edu/DNP
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Doctoral Community Getting Started Guide
Read the "Doctor of Nursing Practice – Doctoral Community Getting Started Guide," located in the
DNP PI Workspace section of the DC Network.
This resource includes essential information about developing your online presence in the
program.

Exempt Assignments
Exempt assignments are included in the DNP program. Exempt assignments are worth 0.01 points
each; however, like all DNP assignments are required to be submitted, all exempt assignments are
required submissions that must be completed to pass the course.

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Learner Dissertation Page

All DNP learners are required to set up their own Learner Dissertation Page (LDP) housed in the
DC Network. Throughout the program, learners will upload all completed assignments (including
all practicum and practice immersion materials/assignments/hours) to their LDP to ensure
availability for future use. This responsibility is in addition to the requirement of submitting
assignments to dropbox in the LMS. This space will allow learners and the DPI committee,
including faculty members, chair (assigned in DNP-955A), and the mentor/content expert, to
communicate regarding the DPI Project privately. Learners are required to keep the following in
their LDP under the "Portfolio" fol
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Levels of Evidence in Research
Refer to the "Levels of Evidence in Research" document as needed in this course.

DNP-RS-Levels-of-Evidence-Chart.docx
Library Walk Through Tutorial
If you have not already done so, view the "Library Walk Through Tutorial."

https://www.gcumedia.com/lms-resources/student-success-center/?mediaElement=C08DFB75-
69DE-E611-A9AE-005056BD1ABC
Lopes Activity Tracker
Lopes Activity Tracker is used to track all direct practice immersion hours. All direct practice
immersion hours are entered into Lopes Activity Tracker by the learner and submitted within 48
hours of the practice immersion experience. After the practice immersion hours have been
submitted, the preceptor/mentor will verify the practice immersion hours. To submit practice
immersion hours, the learner will download an electronic summary of practice immersion hours
and upload it to the assignment dropbox. The practice immersion hours will be reviewed and given
final approval by the faculty through the submission.
Document your practice immersion hours using the Lopes Activity Tracker
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Lopes Write
Refer to the Lopes Write webpage for guidance regarding assignments requiring submission to
Lopes Write.

https://support.gcu.edu/hc/en-us/articles/201277380-LopesWrite
Optional: Grammarly
For additional information, the following is recommended:
Grammarly is an online writing assistance app that reviews written submissions and suggests
context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, word usage, wordiness, style, punctuation, and
plagiarism. The reasoning for each suggested correction is provided, allowing users to make
informed decisions about how to correct writing issues.
Grammarly can be installed as free browser extension, but Grammarly Premium requires an
annual subscription. This subscription is not a GCU-required purchase, but it is strongly
recommended to DNP learners.

https://www.grammarly.com/premium
Optional: Thinking Storm
For additional information, the following is recommended:
ThinkingStorm is an online tutoring resource that provides flexible support to supplement
traditional educational environments. The tutoring center is remotely accessible to GCU learners
with a computer and an internet connection and offers convenient hours for learners with busy
schedules. ThinkingStorm tutoring includes a writing center that offers 24/7 submission-based
writing support, as well as live writing support across the curriculum.
If you are interested in utilizing ThinkingStorm's writing support, submit your documents chapter by
chapter, rather than as a full manuscript.
To assist learners with thei

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https://www.thinkingstorm.com/GCUinfo.aspx
Practice Immersion Hours Information: Purpose of Practice Immersion Experience
Practice immersion is an essential component of the GCU Doctor of Nursing Practice educational
program, combining scholarly activities with practice immersion environment experiences
designed to provide in-depth, application-based learning. Practice immersion experiences are
designed to help learners build and assimilate knowledge for advanced specialty practice at a high
level of complexity.
Refer to individual courses for required practice immersion hours. Courses have specific practice
immersion hour requirements.
The final work product at the end of the program, the DPI Project, can account for an additional
100 practice immersion hours. These practice immersion hours ar
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Requirements for Successful Course Completion
All DNP learners are required to have and are responsible for maintaining a mentor from DNP-
815A until graduation. The mentor is expected to work with the learner on the Direct Practice
Improvement (DPI) Project. The collaboration is necessary for the learner to build the Individual
Success Plan (ISP), work on assignments that build the foundation for the DPI Project, and
maintain frequent communications with faculty. Because this requirement must be adhered to, if a
learner loses the mentor, the learner must immediately contact the Office of Field Experience to
resolve the issue before the course ends. If there is no mentor, there is no mentor evaluation, and
therefore practice immersi
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice Essentials: A New Model for Advanced Practice Nursing

Zaccagnini, M. E., & Pechacek, J. M. (2021). The doctor of nursing practice essentials: A new
model for advanced practice nursing (4th ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13:
97811284079708
This text will be used as a resource throughout your program. Download the book in this
course so it can be accessed as needed in subsequent courses.

View Resource
The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations
Read:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2015). Doctor of nursing practice: Current issues
and clarifying recommendations.
This document will be reviewed periodically throughout the DNP Program.

https://www.pncb.org/sites/default/files/2017-02/AACN_DNP_Recommendations.pdf
The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice
Familiarize yourself with the following resource. The essentials discussed in it will be reviewed
periodically throughout your DNP program.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for
advanced nursing practice.

http://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP/DNP-Essentials
Topic 1: Becoming a Doctoral Learner

Objectives:

1. Propose strategies that support success as DNP learner.
2. Explain how the future role as a DNP leader serves the profession and the local
community.
3. Propose strategies for self-care.

Class Introductions
Assessment Description
Take a moment to explore your new classroom and introduce yourself to your fellow classmates.
What are you excited about learning? What do you think will be most challenging?
Topic 1 DQ 1
Assessment Description

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Canyon
University. Earning a DNP is a major milestone for you personally and a significant contribution to
your community and profession. In keeping with the expectations of DNP professionals, learners
enrolled in this program are expected to display courteous and professional conduct and develop
strong scholarly skills. This course will begin to prepare you for your professional journey.
In a few words, explain how your future role as a Doctor of Nursing Practice leader will serve your
profession and your personal community. On a personal level, what do you expect to achieve from
this program? (This response does not require research support.)
Review the "Discussion Forum Philosophy" located in the Class Resources. You are expected to
post in the forum according to these guidelines without further prompting for the duration of the
program.
Topic 1 DQ 2

Assessment Description
The rigor of a DNP program requires that each learner maintain personally developed strategies
that can be used to minimize stress in order to maintain a healthy balance. One important area to
consider is self-care. Discuss ways in which you will recognize signs of imbalance or stress as a
DNP learner. Explain what type of self-care routines or activities you can use in these instances to
help you better achieve balance. (This response does not require research support.)

In response to your peers, discuss what strategies they are using that could work for you or
provide suggestions to peers for self-care.

Important information for writing discussion questions and participation

Hi Class,

Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Important information on Writing a Discussion Question

  • Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
  • There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
  • Include in-text citations in your response
  • Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
  • Follow APA-7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed

Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor

  • A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
  • Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
  • Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
  • Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
  • Follow APA 7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed

Welcome to class

Hello class and welcome to the class and I will be your instructor for this course. This is a -week course and requires a lot of time commitment, organization, and a high level of dedication. Please use the class syllabus to guide you through all the assignments required for the course. I have also attached the classroom policies to this announcement to know your expectations for this course. Please review this document carefully and ask me any questions if you do. You could email me at any time or send me a message via the “message” icon in halo if you need to contact me. I check my email regularly, so you should get a response within 24 hours. If you have not heard from me within 24 hours and need to contact me urgently, please send a follow up text to.

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I strongly encourage that you do not wait until the very last minute to complete your assignments. Your assignments in weeks 4 and 5 require early planning as you would need to present a teaching plan and interview a community health provider. I advise you look at the requirements for these assignments at the beginning of the course and plan accordingly. I have posted the YouTube link that explains all the class assignments in detail. It is required that you watch this 32-minute video as the assignments from week 3 through 5 require that you follow the instructions to the letter to succeed. Failure to complete these assignments according to instructions might lead to a zero. After watching the video, please schedule a one-on-one with me to discuss your topic for your project by the second week of class. Use this link to schedule a 15-minute session. Please, call me at the time of your appointment on my number. Please note that I will NOT call you.

Please, be advised I do NOT accept any assignments by email. If you are having technical issues with uploading an assignment, contact the technical department and inform me of the issue. If you have any issues that would prevent you from getting your assignments to me by the deadline, please inform me to request a possible extension. Note that working fulltime or overtime is no excuse for late assignments. There is a 5%-point deduction for every day your assignment is late. This only applies to approved extensions. Late assignments will not be accepted.

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If you think you would be needing accommodations due to any reasons, please contact the appropriate department to request accommodations.

Plagiarism is highly prohibited. Please ensure you are citing your sources correctly using APA 7th edition. All assignments including discussion posts should be formatted in APA with the appropriate spacing, font, margin, and indents. Any papers not well formatted would be returned back to you, hence, I advise you review APA formatting style. I have attached a sample paper in APA format and will also post sample discussion responses in subsequent announcements.

Your initial discussion post should be a minimum of 200 words and response posts should be a minimum of 150 words. Be advised that I grade based on quality and not necessarily the number of words you post. A minimum of TWO references should be used for your initial post. For your response post, you do not need references as personal experiences would count as response posts. If you however cite anything from the literature for your response post, it is required that you cite your reference. You should include a minimum of THREE references for papers in this course. Please note that references should be no more than 5 years old except recommended as a resource for the class. Furthermore, for each discussion board question, you need ONE initial substantive response and TWO substantive responses to either your classmates or your instructor for a total of THREE responses. There are TWO discussion questions each week, hence, you need a total minimum of SIX discussion posts for each week. I usually post a discussion question each week. You could also respond to these as it would count towards your required SIX discussion posts for the week.

I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!

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DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Doctoral Strategies Essay and Attestation

Assessment Description

The doctoral learning process is uniquely autonomous and requires self-imposed initiative to investigate, gather information and orient yourself to the expectations of the program. In order to be successful, it is important to develop strategies to maintain a healthy balance in your academic, professional, and personal life.

The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar,” the doctoral dispositions, and the resources introduced to you in this topic in order to prepare a plan to be a successful learner DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies.

General Requirements:

  • Attend the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar.”
  • Read the “Doctoral Dispositions and Acknowledgement of Review” document attached in the assignment.
  • Read the “Direct Practice Improvement Project Groups and Associated Milestones,” “DNP Learner Expectations,” and “DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations,” located in the DC Network.
  • Explore the APA resources, including the APA Style Guide, located in the Writing Center in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.
  • Learners will submit this assignment using the assignment dropbox in the digital classroom. In addition, learners must upload this deliverable to the Learner Dissertation Page (LDP) in the DNP PI Workspace for later use.

Directions:

After attending the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar,” reading the doctoral dispositions, and reviewing all of the resources indicated, write a 500-750-word paper including the following:

  1. Discuss what concerns you have about matriculating through a DNP program, and insights you gained from the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar” that helped mitigate those concerns.
  2. Describe what your expectations are for the program and what challenges you might anticipate. Identify personal strengths and explain how these will help you persevere in the DNP program.
  3. Outline a plan that you can use to be successful as a DNP learner. Include strategies for time management, autonomy, and self-directed learning. Explain how you can utilize the resources introduced in this topic to help you become more proficient DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies.

Provide confirmation that you have attended the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar,” read the “Doctoral Dispositions and Acknowledgement of Review,” and familiarized yourself with all the listed resources, by completing the “Acknowledgement of Review” statement below and copying/pasting it to the bottom of your reflection paper.

Acknowledgement of Review:

I, (INSERT NAME), verify that I have reviewed doctoral dispositions, attended the Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar, and have accessed and reviewed the Direct Practice Improvement Project Group and Associated Milestones, DNP Learner Expectations, DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations, and the APA, PowerPoint, and writing resources in the Writing Center of the Student Success Center. I agree to uphold the doctoral dispositions and comply with the expectations of the program.

Attachments

DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Preconference Evaluation: Individual Success Plan (ISP)

 Assessment Description

The Individual Success Plan (ISP) assignment in this course requires your collaboration with the course faculty early on to establish a plan for successful completion of mutually identified and agreed-upon specific deliverables for your programmatic requirements. Programmatic requirements are: (1) completion of required practice immersion hours, (2) completion of work associated with program competencies, and (3) work associated with completion of your Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project.

A preconference meeting is required for DNP-815A, 840A, 830A, 955A, 960A, 965A. A preconference meeting is intended for the learner and preceptor/mentor to review course- and learner-specific learning objectives: the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the learner and preceptor/mentor during this practice immersion experience. All faculty and preceptor/mentor information will be given to each party by the learner. Any course or program information requested by the preceptor/mentor will be provided by the learner. During this meeting, the learner and preceptor/mentor will discuss the course and practice immersion goals, including any projects that are to take place. The faculty will review the submitted document and must approve proposed projects at this time. The faculty will also send an introductory email to the preceptor/mentor.

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General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment as it pertains to deliverables due in this course.

  • Locate and download Individual Success Plan (ISP) and Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) timeline documents in the DNP PI Workspace.
  • Review the DNP Program Milestones document in the DNP PI Workspace and identify which domains, competencies, and milestones apply to this course. Note: Not all courses have milestones.
  • Determine what practice immersion experiences you plan to seek in order to address each competency. Include how many hours you plan to set aside to meet your goals. Learners will apply concepts from each of their core courses to reflect upon, critically examine, and improve current practice and are required to integrate scholarly readings to develop case reports that demonstrate increasingly complex and proficient practice.
  • Use the ISP to develop a personal plan for completing your practice immersion hours and how competencies will be met. Show all of the major milestones and deliverables in the timeline.
  • Within the ISP, ensure you identify specific deliverables which can include the following: individualized DNP practice immersion contracts; comprehensive log of practice immersion hours applied to doctoral-level learning outcomes; learner evaluations; preceptor/mentor evaluations; current and updated CV; scholarly activities; GCU DNP competency self-assessment; reflective journal; course goals and plan for how competencies and practice immersion hours will be met; faculty and preceptor/mentor approvals of course goals and documented practice immersion hours; and DPI Project milestones.
  • While an ISP is required, unless you have a mentor, a mentor signature is not required for DNP-801A, 805A or DNP-810A. A preconference and a postconference/evaluation between learners and preceptors/mentors are mandatory for all learners enrolled in all DNP courses (from DNP-815A on). Conferences may be conducted face-to-face or via technology. A copy of the wet-ink or digitally (digital identifier) signed document must be uploaded into the classroom no later than the end of Topic 1.
  • Overall course- and learner-specific objectives: These objectives should be discussed during each conference, as learners are responsible for completing all experiences as mandated for the program.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment uses a rubric DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies. Review the rubric prior to the beginning to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.
  • Learners will submit this assignment using the assignment dropbox in the digital classroom. In addition, learners must upload this deliverable to the Learner Dissertation Page (LDP) in the DNP PI Workspace for later use.

Directions:

  1. Identify the specific deliverables you will complete throughout this course from those defined above with your faculty. Update your faculty/chair with any revisions or changes to the ISP.
  2. List the challenges you expect to encounter as you continue the practice immersion hour and competency requirements throughout this course. How might you overcome these challenges?
  3. Complete the Contact Information table at the beginning of the ISP resource, and type in your signature (learner only) and the date on which you completed the table. Read the information in the ISP document, including the following: Learner Expectations, Derivation of the ISP, and Instructions for Completing the ISP.
  4. Follow the instructions and complete the ISP.

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Topic 2: Introduction To Academic Learning

Objectives:

  1. Identify a valid patient practice problem at an assigned practice site.
  2. Propose strategies to become proficient with scholarly writing.
  3. DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies

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DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Topic 2 DQ 1

Assessment Description

Learners in the DNP program are required to develop a Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project. Describe your proposed practice site and a potential patient practice problem that you are interested in exploring for your project. Explain why this is a valid topic for your practice site. How do you believe this project will contribute to the body of knowledge in your field?

To ensure that the proposed practice problem is viable, refer to the “DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations,” located in the DC Network, and answer these questions: DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Why is this a valid issue at my practice site? Why is this a patient practice problem? Will there be enough current research on this topic, or is it still being investigated by researchers?

DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Topic 2 DQ 2

Assessment Description

Learners are expected to demonstrate scholarly writing throughout the program in all written work (discussion forum, assignments, final project). Reflect on writing your Scholarly Writing Using Research paper and consider which of the standards of scholarly writing are most challenging for you:

  • Identifying appropriate evidence for support (peer-reviewed and scholarly sources).
  • Writing in one’s own words and properly citing authors for ideas, findings, etc.
  • Writing in APA style.

Describe which is most challenging for you and why. What tools or sites did you use to address the challenges? What strategies will you use to become more proficient? DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies (This response does not require research support.)

You are expected to use the principles of scholarly writing throughout the program without further prompting. Refer to the writing resources in the GCU Library and Student Success Center for ongoing assistance.

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DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies Scholarly Writing Using Research

Assessment Description

“Scholarly writing” is a term that indicates a set of standards are used or required for professional writing. In the DNP program, learners are expected to use scholarly writing for all coursework and in the development of their Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project. Standards for scholarly writing for this program are:

  • Develop a clear thesis.
  • Maintain an objective or unbiased perspective.
  • Incorporate appropriate evidence for support (peer-reviewed research and other scholarly sources).
  • Present original writing (written in one’s own words and properly citing authors for ideas, findings, etc.).
  • Write and synthesize in an organized and logical manner.
  • Format in APA style. DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies

The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize the learner with the overall expectations of scholarly writing and the tools available to help you succeed. Learners in this program are expected to demonstrate scholarly writing throughout the program.

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General Requirements:

  • Review the topic Resources prior to completing this assignment.
  • Use the “Searching Nursing Databases,” located on the Doctor of Nursing Practice page in the GCU Library, to assist you in completing this assignment.
  • Refer to the “DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations,” located in the DC Network, to assist in completing the assignment.
  • A minimum of one peer-reviewed research article, published within 5 years of your anticipated graduation date, is required to complete this assignment.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use
    • APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
    • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
    • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
    • Learners will submit this assignment using the assignment dropbox in the digital classroom. In addition, learners must upload this deliverable to the Learner Dissertation Page (LDP) in the DNP PI Workspace for later use.

    Directions:

    The GCU DNP program requires learners to develop a Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project for successful completion of the program. The purpose of the DPI Project is to identify a valid patient practice problem at your practice site and propose an evidence-based intervention shown by current and authoritative research to improve the nursing practice problem. DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies

    Write an essay of 750-1,000 words, address the following:

    1. Discuss the differences between quality improvement and research.
    2. Explain why your DPI Project for this program is considered quality improvement and not research.
    3. Describe a patient practice problem at your practice site that you are considering for your DPI Project. Explain why this would be considered a patient practice problem, how it can be addressed though a quality improvement intervention, and why it would be appropriate and feasible for your practice site.
    4. Provide support for your proposed intervention with at least one peer-reviewed research article from the GCU Library. The article must be published in the United States and within 5 years of your anticipated graduation date DNP-801A Introduction to DNP Studies.

Rubric Criteria

Total20 points

Criterion

1. Unsatisfactory

2. Less Than Satisfactory

3. Satisfactory

4. Good

5. Excellent

Self-Assessed Domains and Competencies

Self-Assessed Domains and Competencies

0 points

Description of self-assessed domains and competencies is not included.

1.6 points

Description of self-assessed domains and competencies is incomplete or incorrect.

1.76 points

Description of self-assessed domains and competencies is included but lacks sufficient detail.

1.84 points

Description of self-assessed domains and competencies is complete and includes sufficient detail.

2 points

Description of self-assessed domains and competencies is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

Deliverables

Deliverables

0 points

Description of specific deliverables to be completed in the course is not included.

2.4 points

Description of specific deliverables to be completed in the course is incomplete or incorrect.

2.64 points

Description of specific deliverables to be completed in the course is included but lacks sufficient detail.

2.76 points

Description of specific deliverables to be completed in the course is complete and includes sufficient detail.

3 points

Description of specific deliverables to be completed in the course is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

Remaining Deliverables

Remaining Deliverables

0 points

Description of remaining deliverables to complete is not included.

2.4 points

Description of remaining deliverables to complete is incomplete or incorrect.

2.64 points

Description of remaining deliverables is included but lacks sufficient detail.

2.76 points

Description of remaining deliverables to complete is complete and includes sufficient detail.

3 points

Description of remaining deliverables to complete is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

DPI Project Milestones

DPI Project Milestones

0 points

Description of DPI Project milestones to be achieved in the course is not included.

1.6 points

Description of DPI Project milestones to be achieved in the course is incomplete or incorrect.

1.76 points

Description of DPI Project milestones to be achieved in the course is included but lacks sufficient detail.

1.84 points

Description of DPI Project milestones to be achieved in the course is complete and includes sufficient detail.

2 points

Description of DPI Project milestones to be achieved in the course is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

Plan for Practice Experiences

Plan for Practice Experiences

0 points

Plan for practice experiences to be completed in the course is not included.

1.6 points

Plan for practice experiences to be completed in the course is incomplete or incorrect.

1.76 points

Plan for practice experiences to be completed in the course is included but lacks sufficient detail.

1.84 points

Plan for practice experiences to be completed in the course is complete and includes sufficient detail.

2 points

Plan for practice experiences to be completed in the course is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

0 points

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice or sentence construction is used.

0.8 points

Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied.

0.88 points

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but they are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed.

0.92 points

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech.

1 points

Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)

Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)

0 points

Template is not used appropriately, or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.

0.8 points

Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent.

0.88 points

Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.

0.92 points

Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style.

1 points

All format elements are correct.

Practice Immersion Hours

Practice Immersion Hours

0 points

No practice immersion hours are indicated.

1.6 points

Practice immersion hours do not reflect described assignment or project.

1.76 points

N/A

1.84 points

N/A

2 points

Practice immersion hours reflect described assignment or project.

Mentor Signature

Mentor Signature

0 points

No wet or digital signature is present.

1.6 points

N/A

1.76 points

N/A

1.84 points

N/A

2 points

Wet or digital signature is present.

Challenges

Challenges

0 points

Description of challenges and how to overcome them is not included.

1.6 points

Description of challenges and how to overcome them is incomplete or incorrect.

1.76 points

Description of challenges and how to overcome them is included but lacks sufficient detail.

1.84 points

Description of challenges and how to overcome them is complete and includes sufficient detail.

2 points

Description of challenges and how to overcome them is thorough and includes sufficient detail.

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