RUBRIC: DISCUSSION BOARD (30 pts)
of initial post
10 to 10 Points
• Provided response with rationale.
• The post is substantive and reflects careful
consideration of the literature.
• Examples from the student’s practice/experience are
provided to illustrate the discussion concepts.
• Addressed all required elements of the discussion
• Well organized and easy to read.
5 to 5 Points
• Cited minimum of two references: at least one (1)
from required course materials to support rationale
AND one (1) from peer-reviewed* references from
supplemental materials or independent study on the
topic to support responses.
• The initial post is a minimum of 200 words excluding
10 to 10 Points
• Responses to colleagues demonstrated insight and
critical review of the colleagues’ posts and stimulate
• Responded to a minimum of two (2) peers and
included a minimum of one (1) peer-reviewed* or
course materials reference per response.
• Responses are a minimum of 100 words and are
posted on different days of the discussion period by
the due date.
5 to 5 Points
• APA format** is used for in-text citations and
• Posts contain grammatically correct sentences
without any spelling errors.
Levels of Achievement
3 to 9 Points
• Provided response missing either
substantive rationale, consideration of the
literature, or examples from the student’s
practice/experience to illustrate the
• Addresses all or most of required elements.
• Somewhat organized, but may be difficult to
2 to 4 Points
• Missing one (1) required course reference
AND/OR one (1) peer-reviewed reference to
• Post has at least 200 words.
4 to 9 Points
• Responses to colleagues are cursory, do not
stimulate further discussion and paragraph
could have been more substantial.
• Responses missing one of the following:
o insight/critical review of colleague’s
o OR respond to at least two peers,
o OR a peer reviewed*or course materials
reference per response
Responses are a minimum or less than
100 words and posts were on the same
date as initial post.
2 to 4 Points
• APA format is missing either in-text or at
end of the reference list.
• Posts contain some grammatically correct
sentences with few spelling errors.
NOTE: No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.
0 to 2 Points
• Provided response with minimal
• Does not demonstrate thought
and provides no supporting
details or examples.
• Provides a general summary of
0 to 1 Points
• Missing 1 or more of the correct
type (course or peer-reviewed)
or number of references to
• Post is less than 200 words or
there’s no post.
0 to 3 Points
• Responses to colleagues lack
critical, in depth thought and
do not add value to the
• Responses are missing two or
more of the following:
o insight/critical review of
o AND/OR response to at least
o AND/OR a peer reviewed*
reference per response.
Responses are less than 100
words, posted same day as
0 to 1 Points
• Not APA formatted OR APA
format of references has errors
both in-text and at end of
• Post is grammatically incorrect.
*Peer-reviewed references include professional journals (i.e. Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Professional Nursing, etc. – see library tab on how to access these from
database searches), professional organizations (NLN, CDC, AACN, ADA, etc.) applicable to population and practice area, along with clinical practice guidelines (ECRI Institute https://guidelines.ecri.org). All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information) References not acceptable (not
inclusive) are UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.
**Since it is difficult to edit the APA reference in the Blackboard discussion area, you can copy and paste APA references from your Word document to the Blackboard discussion area
and points will not be deducted because of format changes in spacing.
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Clinical Practice Project (CPP) Goals and Objectives: Module 1
• Students will identify QSEN’s competencies for nursing.
• Students will have the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and apply skills acquired
in the nursing academic and practice settings.
• Students will extend their academic experience into areas of nursing practice
interest, working with new ideas, issues, organizations, and individuals.
• Students will demonstrate the ability to think and act critically and creatively about
nursing practice issues and will further develop their analytical and ethical
leadership skills necessary to address and help solve these issues.
• Students will refine the ability to utilize evidence based research and demonstrate
proficiency in written and communication skills.
The CP is the culminating academic endeavor of nursing students who earn a
baccalaureate degree in nursing from Ohio University. The project provides students with
the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular professional interest that is
somehow related to one of the following nursing QSEN competencies: patient-centered care,
teamwork/collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety or
informatics (QSEN: http://www.qsen.org). Each of the QSEN competencies somehow link
to nursing excellence. You will actually implement your project during this five week
course. For your project you will need to:
1. Select an issue/problem that you have a professional interest in. Example: Creation of a
patient education tool to prevent falls
2. Select a QSEN competency that relates to that problem. Example: Example: Safety
3. Select a health care organization that can help support your issue: Example: The CDC
4. Develop a global objective: Example: At the completion of this project I will have developed a
patient educational tool to present to staff on 1-South to be distributed to all patients on 1South to prevent falls.
5. Develop at least four project objectives: Example:
a. Research current literature on the prevention of falls and patient educational material
b. Seek falls data from ABC Hospital quality department and specifically from the 1South Unit.
c. Review data results and evaluate for trends.
d. Develop a patient educational tool on fall prevention.
e. Educate staff on use of the patient educational tool
f. Implement patient educational tool and present to at least ten patients on 1-South.
6. Develop possible resources needed to help meet your goals/objectives.
a. Meet with unit manager and seek approval on project implementation.
b. Review the CDC web site for current references and resources on fall prevention.
c. Create patient educational tool, copy and prepare to distribute.
d. Create a timeline to implement the patient educational tool.
This week’s assignment is the first of five assignments to complete your Clinical Practice
Project (CPP). Each weekly assignment will build upon the last one. It is very important that
you follow the directions carefully and review your teachers document/grading rubric for
comments so that you can improve each week.
To complete this assignment type in the boxes below, the boxes will expand as you type. Be
sure to save your document frequently. Points will be deducted for incomplete work,
spelling/grammar errors, lack of thought and use of abbreviations. All content must be in
your own words, not directly quoted; however you must provide supportive details by using
in text citations (Journal Article references at the end of the form-please see your rubric
for an explanation of refereed Journals). This assignment is worth 25 points...be sure your
work reflects 25 points.
Module 1: Clinical Practice Project Goals and Objectives
Project Topic: Give a brief explanation of your topic.
QSEN Competency: (example, Patient-centered Care)
QSEN Definition: Define your QSEN Competency in your own words (paraphrase) using the QSEN.org web
site>competencies>graduate KSAS, (example: for competency Patient-Centered Care the definition on the web
site is Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate
and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs—take this information then
write your definition in your own words (paraphrasing, remember to cite the QSEN site).
List two Knowledge/Skills/Attitudes (KSAs)- use two each (Knowledge/skills/attitudes) from the QSEN.org
web site which are listed under your chosen competency that you think will help you to meet your selected
competency. Then write your KSAS in your own words (paraphrasing/editing related to your specific project—
remember to cite the QSEN site).
Discuss Health Care Organization (this is not the facility/organization where you are implementing your
project, may be a nursing organization, or any organization which sets standards, conducts research, or
publishes evidence based literature in relation to your topic) that will help support your project. Discussion
should include the mission/values of the organization (in your own words). Provide citations and references (no
Global Objective: the purpose of a global objective is to provide a vision for your overall project-what are you
developing and implementing-what is your expected impact on patient outcome? It should be broadly stated-in
one sentence. (Do Not Use Any Abbreviations)
Project Objectives: Now your global objective should be broken down into more focused steps. Be sure your
Project Objectives support your Global Objective! How will you achieve your global objective? Be specific.
Write 4 Project Objectives...objectives should start with an action verb! (Do Not Use Any Abbreviations) For
example; Research on...Develop a tool/guide/protocol/policy/process to...Develop and present education to staff
on new tool...Implement new tool on ___number (the number should be adequate to meet your minimum of 1-2
log hours in direct patient contact) of patients to improve (how will your project impact patient outcomes)...
Possible Steps to Assist Me in Completing My Project: List at least 4 steps in
(Do Not Use Any Abbreviations)
1. Talk with manager on unit to discuss project.
Date I hope to accomplish
Provide hopeful completion
date for each
1. Complete by 1/16/15
Direct patient engagement: Describe in a one or two sentences how you will provide direct engagement in your
clinical practice project and how this will impact patient outcomes. Be specific.
Log update: Begin typing documentation on your Clinical Log, provide here a brief explanation of time you
have completed this week - you will need to document on your clinical log in addition to the templates, this
update does NOT take the place of completing your required log. This is a non-graded item.
-- Do not include: Orientation off the Unit, Observation, writing or researching papers/assignments, Lunch or
-- Do include: A total over the course includes a Minimum of 3 hours with preceptor, Maximum of 6 hours on
research of topic, a minimum of 1-2 hours in direct patient engagement and the remainder- 10-11 hours in
implementation of your project, Total of 21 true hours.
(describe specifically what you did in one or two
(a minimum of 3 hours is
required for the course)
Research on topic
(ex: 1 hour)
(a maximum of 6 hours is
allowed for the course)
Time (a minimum of
1-2 hours, Specify
number of patients)
(the remainder should be
spent in implementation,
Total Time spent this
week (by the end of the
course you should spend
at least 21 true hours)
Total for this week =
References (double-space and use correct APA format)
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