The process for affecting positive change to improve practice outcomes can start with either the identification of an area of interest or the identification of a potential or existing practice problem. Selecting an area of interest helps to define a direction of further inquiry. Areas of interests can be categorized as concepts or topics. A concept is generally a broader interpretation; whereas a topic is a more specific or narrow focus of an area of interest. The purpose of this assessment is for students to identify and discuss an area of interest specific to their selected specialty track.
Through this assessment, the student will meet the following Course Outcomes.
CO1:Examine roles and competencies of master’s-prepared nurses essential to performing as leaders and advocates of holistic, safe, and quality care. (POs1,2,3, and 10)
CO3: Analyze essential skills needed to lead within the context of complex systems (POs1,2,3,8, and 11)
CO4: Explore the process of scholarship engagement to improve health and healthcare outcomes in various settings. (POs 4,5, and 9)
This assessment is worth 150 points.
Submit your file(s) by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday at the end of Week 5.
Criteria for Content
Review literature or reflect on an experience that is related to common concepts and topics specific to your identified specialty track. Information on common topics for specific specialty tracks is located in Course Resources.. Reflect on an area of passion that facilitated your specialty track selection.
1. In a PowerPoint Presentation, address the following.
a. Introduction to presentation
b. Explain the importance of evidence-based projects related to nursing practice and profession.
c. Discuss a model for developing an evidence-based project.
i. Include illustration of model
d. Identify specialty track and reasons for selecting this area of study.
e. Introduce area of interest
i. Discuss what is known about the concept or topic.
ii. Provide common themes, ideas, or facts found in literature.
f. Provide a recommendation for positive change related to the area of interest.
i. Identify internal factors that have the potential to influence the change.
ii. Identify external factors that have the potential to influence the change.
g. Identify two AACN Master’s Essentials that an evidence-based project or area of interest addresses.
h. Conclusion to presentation
i. Provide references
Best Practices in Preparing the Project
The following are best practices in preparing this project.
1. Review directions thoroughly.
2. Follow submission requirements.
3. Make sure all elements on the grading rubric are included.
4. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
5. Review the Creating a Professional Presentation located in Course Resources.
6. Ideas and information that come from scholarly literature must be cited and referenced correctly.
7. A minimum offour (4) scholarly literature references must be used.
8. Abide by CCN academic integrity policy.
Preview of Assessment-3-Area-of-Interest.pptx