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DNP 810 Family History

Assessment Description
Taking a family history is an important step in determining current and future health
needs and education. There are many tools available to complete a comprehensive
health history. The Surgeon General's tool, "My Family Health Portrait," located in the
topic Resources, is part of the larger Family Health History Initiative that encourages
people to talk about and write down health issues that seem to run in the family,
bringing a larger focus on this important issue. This assignment allows the learner to
use the tool and become familiar with this initiative.
General Guidelines:
Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:
 This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning
the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful
completion.
 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 requires that at least two additional scholarly research
sources related to this topic and at least one in-text citation for each source
be included.
 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.
Directions:
Perform the following to successfully complete the assignment:
1. Use the Surgeon General's tool, "My Family Health Portrait," located in the
topic Resources, to document your own family history.
2. Designate a proband for the pedigree with a disease or condition of
interest.
3. Write a summary (750-1,000 words) of your findings that includes the
following: (a) Discuss of the heredity patterns discovered; (b) Evaluate the
risk of transmission to other/new family members; and (c) Propose the
feasibility of using this tool in your own practice.

Rubric Criteria
Total80 points
Criterion 1. Unsatisfactory 2. Less Than

Satisfactory 3. Satisfactory 4. Good 5. Excellent

Evaluation of the
Risk of
Transmission to
Other/New Family
Members
Evaluation of the Risk
of Transmission to
Other/New Family
Members

0 points
Evaluation of the risk of
transmission to other/new
family members is not
present.

16 points
Evaluation of the risk of
transmission to
other/new family
members is present but
incomplete.

17.6 points
Evaluation of the risk of
transmission to other/new family
members is present but done at
a perfunctory level.

18.4 points
Evaluation of the risk of
transmission to other/new
family members is clearly
present. Discussion is
convincing. Information
presented is from scholarly
but dated sources.

20 points
Evaluation of the risk of
transmission to other/new
family members is clearly
present. Discussion is
insightful. Information
presented is from current
scholarly sources.

Proposal of the
Feasibility of Using
This Tool in Practice
Proposal of the
Feasibility of Using
This Tool in Practice

0 points
Proposal of the feasibility
of using this tool in
practice is not presented.

12.8 points
Proposal of the
feasibility of using this
tool in practice is
presented but
incomplete.

14.08 points
Proposal of the feasibility of
using this tool in practice is
presented but done at a
perfunctory level.

14.72 points
Proposal of the feasibility
of using this tool in practice
is clearly presented.
Discussion is convincing.
Information presented is
from mostly current
scholarly sources, but
some outdated sources are
used.

16 points
Proposal of the feasibility
of using this tool in
practice is clearly
presented. Discussion is
insightful and detailed.
Information presented is
from current scholarly
sources.

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.

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

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

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

4 points
All format elements are
correct.

Documentation of
Sources (citations,
footnotes,
references,
bibliography, etc., as
0 points
Sources are not
documented.

3.2 points
Documentation of
sources is inconsistent
or incorrect, as
appropriate to

3.52 points
Sources are documented, as
appropriate to assignment and
style, although some formatting
errors may be present.

3.68 points
Sources are documented,
as appropriate to
assignment and style, and
format is mostly correct.

4 points
Sources are completely
and correctly
documented, as
appropriate to

appropriate to as
Documentation of
Sources (citations,
footnotes, references,
bibliography, etc., as
appropriate to
assignment and style)

assignment and style,
with numerous
formatting errors.

assignment and style,
and format is free of
error.

Thesis Development
and Purpose
Thesis Development
and Purpose

0 points
Paper lacks any
discernible overall
purpose or organizing
thesis.

4.48 points
Thesis is insufficiently
developed or vague;
purpose is not clear.

4.93 points
Thesis is apparent and
appropriate to purpose.

5.15 points
Thesis is clear and
forecast the development
of the paper. It is
descriptive and reflective
of the arguments and
appropriate to the purpose.

5.6 points
Thesis is comprehensive.
The essence of the paper
is contained within the
thesis. Thesis statement
makes the purpose of the
paper clear.

Discussion of the
Heredity Patterns
Discovered
Discussion of the
Heredity Patterns
Discovered

0 points
Discussion of the heredity
patterns discovered is not
present.

16 points
Discussion of the
heredity patterns
discovered is present
but incomplete.

17.6 points
Discussion of the heredity
patterns discovered is present
but done at a perfunctory level.

18.4 points
Discussion of the heredity
patterns discovered is
clearly present and
convincing. Information
presented is from scholarly
but dated sources.

20 points
Discussion of the heredity
patterns discovered is
clearly present and
insightful. Information
presented is from current
scholarly sources.

Argument Logic and
Construction
Argument Logic and
Construction

0 points
Statement of purpose is
not justified by the
conclusion. The
conclusion does not
support the thesis.
Argument is incoherent
and uses noncredible
sources.

5.12 points
Sufficient justification of
thesis is lacking.
Argument lacks
consistent unity. There
are obvious flaws in the
logic. Some sources
have questionable
credibility.

5.63 points
Argument is orderly but may
have a few inconsistencies. The
argument presents minimal
justification of the thesis.
Argument logically, but not
thoroughly, supports the
purpose. Sources used are
credible. Introduction and
conclusion bracket the thesis.

5.89 points
Argument shows logical
progressions. Techniques
of argumentation are
evident. There is a smooth
progression in support of
the thesis from introduction
to conclusion. Most
sources are authoritative.

6.4 points
Clear and convincing
argument that presents
persuasive evidence in
support of the thesis in a
distinctive and compelling
manner. All sources are
authoritative.

Mechanics of
Writing (includes
spelling,
punctuation,

0 points
Surface errors are
pervasive enough that
they impede

3.2 points
Frequent and repetitive
mechanical errors
distract the reader.

3.52 points
Some mechanical errors or
typos are present but are not
overly distracting to the reader.

3.68 points
Prose is largely free of
mechanical errors,
although a few may be

4 points
Writer is clearly in
command of standard,
written, academic

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

communication of
meaning. Inappropriate
word choice and/or
sentence construction are
used.

Inconsistencies in
language choice
(register), sentence
structure, and/or word
choice are present.

Correct sentence structure and
audience-appropriate language
are used.

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