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Components of a DNP Scholarly Project Proposal


The purpose of the DNP Scholarly Project is to demonstrate synthesis of your coursework and practice application into a deliverable product, to increase awareness on a specific topic and to improve outcomes. It exemplifies scholarship of practice and integration of advanced nursing knowledge.

Directions: Submit a draft with all the identified components in Module 1 and 2.

**Some of the below components will take time to create and/or obtain. The faculty are aware of this possibility and take this into consideration while grading.

Introduction/Background: Provide a brief synopsis of the clinical problem. Incorporate supporting data such as internal and external statistics, various information from organizations, etc. For the purposes of this assignment, it should be NO longer than 1-2 paragraphs. For the final project proposal, this section will be longer. (5 points)

Review of Literature: Provide a brief synopsis of the review of literature. This section should highlight the major themes and literature findings. For the purposes of this assignment, it should be NO longer than 2-3 pages. It may be longer for the final project proposal. (10 points)

Project Question: This is the newly developed question resulting from the PICO(T) and literature from N6323 Evidence Appraisal. (5 points)

Project Objectives: Identify the objectives as they correspond to your project question and proposed project. Avoid having more than 2 objectives. (5 points)

  • Points will be deducted for unrealistic, unmeasurable, overly broad or ambitious objectives.

Project Design: Identify and describe your project design. (5 points)

  • Points will be deducted for project designs resembling or stating research. No quantitative or qualitative designs (e.g., quasi-experimental, correlational, etc.).

Population/Setting: Thoroughly describe the setting. Do not identify the specific entity. No formal names of hospitals or clinics. The population should include the sampling plan and the inclusion and exclusion criteria. (5 points)

Measurement Methods: Describe the method/technique in which you plan to measure an intended variable/outcome within your project. Thoroughly discuss your tool, what it measures, the reliability/validity of the tool, and how other studies used the tool, if applicable. This may not pertain to all tools used in each of the scholarly projects. (10 points)

  • Submit the tool(s) that will be used during project implementation. Points will be deducted if a tool is not submitted.
  • All measurement tools must have a statement addressing its use. If an open access tool, then state “open access” within the proposal. If not an open access tool, you will need to have documentation of author approval to use the tool.

Data Collection/Implementation Plan: This is a detailed discussion of project implementation and the process or steps for collecting the specific data pertinent for answering your clinical question. This should be in a narrative format. DO NOT put this section in a bulleted format. (25 points)

  • A dashboard or spreadsheet mustbe submitted with the proposal draft. The dashboard will serve as the tool in which all collected variables will be placed in one document.
  • Submit any additional form(s) such as surveys, questionnaires, etc. that will be used to collect data. Any emails, educational presentations, or projects utilizing standardized conversations, you mustinclude outlines and/or scripts in the appendices.
  • If creating a flowchart, the chart will need to be included in the appendix. If creating a protocol, a copy of the protocol will need to be included in the appendix.
  • All patient or employee identifying information must be removed from the proposal, dashboard, etc. A discussion on de-identifying data and/or protecting data is required for every project.
  • A letter of approval from the hospital, clinic, and/or department head indicating support of your project mustbe included in the appendices upon submission of your final draft. This does not need to be de-identified.

Data Analysis Plan: This section should include the statistical program you plan on using, discussion of descriptive statistics, and appropriate statistical testing for analyzing the data collected to answer your clinical question. You are required to consult with a statistician for this section of the proposal. (10 points)

Language/Mechanics: To receive full credit, you will need to demonstrate mastery of academic English with minimal grammatical and spelling errors. Language should be precise, concepts clearly identified and defined, and words/language purposefully chosen to make a point. Points will be deducted if concepts are disjointed leading to issues with clarity, moderate to significant grammatical and spelling errors, and wordiness. (10 points)

APA Format: Title page, table of contents, references, appendices and all citations will need to be appropriately APA formatted. (10 points)

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