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Week 3: Assignment: Organizational Needs Assessment

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Purpose

The identification of a need is the cornerstone of a project. The purpose of this assignment is to conduct an organizational needs assessment. The formulation of a comprehensive organizational needs assessment supports the professional formation of the DNP-prepared nurse. To complete the assessment of the organizational need, you will need to interview a key decision-maker at the practicum site. For students not implementing their DNP Project at a practicum site, complete the assignment as if you had interviewed a key decision-maker at a practicum site.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

· CO 2: Formulate a needs-based organizational assessment to inform strategic leadership decision-making. (POs 3, 5, 7)

· CO 3: Develop strategies to lead project planning, implementation, management, and evaluation to promote high value healthcare. (POs 3, 5, 7)

Due Date(s)

Submit your assignment by 11:59 p.m. MT Sunday at the end of Week 3. The late assignment policy applies to this assignment.

Total points possible: 125

Page Requirement:

Length: 3-4 pages, excluding cover page and references

Instructions

To create flexibility, we are providing you options on this assignment. Concept maps are an effective way to express complex ideas, especially for visual learners. For this assignment, each of the sections can be presented either as a narrative or as a concept map.

Please note that you are not required to complete any or all sections as a concept map. If you choose to use a concept map for a section, it should be created in Microsoft Word and placed in that section of your paper. The concept map must meet all the requirements of the assignment rubric for that section. The rubric and page length requirements of the paper are unchanged.

If you need additional information about concept maps and how to create a concept map in Microsoft Word, please access the following resources.

· Link (video): 
Microsoft Word: Creating a Flowchart, Concept Map, or Process Map
 (4:03)

· Link (video): 
Concept Mapping for Developing your Research
 (3:37)

Review the Graduate Re-Purpose Policy in the Student Handbook, page 15:

Repurposed Work (Chamberlain University Graduate Programs only): Graduate students have the opportunity to use previously submitted ideas as a foundation for future courses. No more than 50 percent of an assignment, excluding references, may be repurposed from another Chamberlain University course (excluding practicum courses). Previous course assignments that are deemed building blocks will be notated in the syllabus by the course leader. As with every assignment, students must uphold academic integrity; therefore, students must follow the guidelines for remaining academically honest according to the Academic Integrity policy. If the instructor is not made aware of the repurposing of an assignment, the submission will be treated as plagiarized work if not properly referenced

Follow these guidelines when completing each component of this assignment. Contact your course faculty if you have questions.

1. The assignment should be 3-4 pages (excluding title and reference pages).

2. The assignment will include the following components:

a. Title Page

b. Introduction

i. Start your introduction with a powerful statement or two to stimulate interest.

ii. Introduce the practice problem or need

iii. Provide a preview of what the paper will include with a strong thesis sentence.

c. Identification of the Practice Problem or Need

i. Describe the practice problem or need.

ii. Discuss how the practice problem or need was determined.

iii. Briefly summarize the evidence in the literature, using in-text citations/references, to support the need for change. (Minimum of five current peer-reviewed journal articles).

iv. Describe the source of the evidence (i.e. internal data) to support the need for change at the practicum site to improve outcomes and/or nursing practice. For example, incident reports, readmission rates, infection rates, etc.

d. Identify the stakeholders who have some form of stake or interest in the project outcomes.

i. Identify key stakeholders who will support the change.

ii. Identify key stakeholders who may resist the change.

iii. Identify who will have the most influence on positive or negative changes related to your identified problem

e. Use the 
DNP Topic Prioritization Worksheet (Links to an external site.)
 link to determine whether the practice problem is recognized as a priority within the practicum site. Do not attach the worksheet.

i. Describe the criteria determined to be of high priority.

ii. Describe the criteria determined to be of low priority.

iii. Provide a summary of your assessment.

f. Complete the 
gap analysis template (Links to an external site.)
 and include it in your paper. For directions on how to copy a table in Word go to the following link: 
Move or Copy a Table (Links to an external site.)
.

i. The gap analysis can be presented in paragraph format instead of copy and pasting the template.

g. Conclusion

i. Provide a well-rounded and comprehensive conclusion.

ii. Summarize the assessment.

iii. Provide support for the need to conduct the project.

h. References

3. APA Style and Standards

a. Uses appropriate Level I headers

b. Reference and citations are in current APA style

c. Paper length is 3-4 pages excluding title and reference pages

4. Clarity of Writing

a. Uses standard English grammar and sentence structure

b. No spelling or typographical errors

c. Organized presentation of ideas

All Chamberlain University policies related to plagiarism must be observed.

Rubric

Week 3 Assignment Grading Rubric: Organizational Needs Assessment (125 pts)

Week 3 Assignment Grading Rubric: Organizational Needs Assessment (125 pts)

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction

Requirements:
1. Start your introduction with a powerful statement or two to stimulate interest.
2. Introduce the practice problem or need.
3. Provide a preview of what the paper will include.

10 pts

Includes all requirements and provides an excellent introduction.

9 pts

Includes all requirements with a very good introduction.

8 pts

Includes all requirements with a basic introduction.

0 pts

Poor introduction and/or includes 2 or fewer requirements

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIdentification of the Problem or Need

Requirements:
1. Present the practice problem or need.
2. Discuss how the practice problem or need was determined.
3. Present the evidence in the literature.
4. Present the source of the data (i.e. internal data) at the practicum site.

30 pts

Includes all requirements and provides an excellent identification of the problem or need.

27 pts

Includes all requirements with a very good identification of the problem or need.

24 pts

Includes all requirements with a basic identification of the problem or need.

0 pts

Poor identification of the problem or need and/or includes 3 or fewer requirements

30 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStakeholders

Requirements:
1. Identify key stakeholders including those who will support the change.
2. Identify key stakeholders who may resist the change.
3. Identify who will have the most influence on positive or negative changes related to your DNP project.

10 pts

Includes all requirements and an provides an excellent discussion of stakeholders.

9 pts

Includes all requirements and a very good discussion of stakeholders.

8 pts

Includes all requirements with a basic discussion of stakeholders.

0 pts

Includes 2 or fewer requirements and/or with a poor discussion of stakeholders

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePriority for the DNP Project Idea

Requirements:
1. Describe the criteria determined to be of high priority.
2. Describe the criteria determined to be of low priority.
3. Present a summary of your assessment.

15 pts

Includes all requirements and provides an excellent description of priority.

13 pts

Includes all requirements and provides a very good description of priority.

12 pts

Includes all requirements and provides a basic description of priority.

0 pts

Poor description of priority and/or includes 2 or fewer requirements

15 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGap Analysis

Requirements:
1. Present what is currently happening in the practicum site.
2. Present what should be happening based on current evidence.
3. Present the practice gap.
4. Present why there a gap in practice.
5. Present factors that are contributing to the gap in practice.
6. Present the evidence you have to demonstrate there is a practice gap.

20 pts

Includes all requirements and provides an excellent gap analysis.

18 pts

Includes all requirements and provides a very good gap analysis.

16 pts

Includes all requirements and provides a basic gap analysis.

0 pts

Poor description of gap analysis and/or includes 4 or fewer requirements

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

Requirements:
1. Provide a well-rounded and comprehensive conclusion.
2. Summarize the assessment.
3. Provide support for the need to conduct the project.

10 pts

Includes all requirements and provides an excellent conclusion.

9 pts

Includes all requirements and provides a very good conclusion.

8 pts

Includes all requirement and provides a basic conclusion.

0 pts

Includes 2 or fewer requirements and/or provides a poor conclusion.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Style and Standards

Requirements:
1. Uses appropriate Level I headers.
2. Reference and citations are in current APA style.
3. Paper length is 3-4 pages excluding title and reference pages.

10 pts

Includes all requirements and presents excellent APA style.

9 pts

Includes all requirements and/or very good APA style.

8 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements of APA style.

0 pts

Includes 1 or fewer requirements of APA style.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClarity of Writing

Requirements:
1. Uses standard English grammar and sentence structure.
2. No spelling or typographical errors.
3. Organized presentation of ideas.

20 pts

Includes all requirements and demonstrates excellent clarity of writing.

18 pts

Includes all requirements and demonstrates very good clarity of writing.

16 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements and/or demonstrates good clarity of writing.

0 pts

Includes 1 or fewer requirements and/or demonstrates poor clarity of writing.

20 pts

Total Points: 125

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Practice Gap Identification


Directions
: After performing a needs assessment with the practicum site decision maker(s), use the following table to help you understand what gaps are occurring between current practice and evidence-based practice (EBP). An example is provided for you below.

What is currently happening in the practicum site?

What should be happening in the practicum site based on current evidence?

What is the gap between what is currently happening and what should be happening (this is your practice gap)?

Why is there a gap in practice? What factors are contributing to the gap in practice?

What evidence do you have to demonstrate there is a practice gap?


Example
: Pediatric Practice

What is currently happening in the practicum site?

What should be happening in the practicum site?

What is the gap between what is currently happening and what should be happening (this is your practice gap)?

Why is there a gap in practice? What factors are contributing to the gap in practice?

What evidence do you have to demonstrate there is a practice gap?

There are no clinical practice guidelines for the management of obese patients in a pediatric setting being used at the practicum site.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) should be using evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to better manage children who are obese

Approximately 40% of the patient population have been identified as being obese; however, there are no clear processes/guidelines in place for the NPs to use/follow when planning patient care.

Potential issue with lack of knowledge associated with updated guidelines for pediatric obesity.

Physician-owned facility; potential lack of NP autonomy in regard to practice.

Comments provided by the NPs.

NPs report they want to be able to better manage and plan care for pediatric patients who are obese.

DNP Topic Prioritization Worksheet

Directions: Use this worksheet to determine if your potential project
idea is recognized as a priority within the practicum site.

1. Please check which of the following most applies to the process you used to
identify your topic of interest:

The practice problem was identified by a primary decision maker within
the practicum site

I identified the practice problem and asked the primary decision maker
within the practicum site if he/she would allow me to work on it

During my meeting(s) with a primary decision maker at the practicum site,
we identified a practice problem I could work on

2. On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being ‘low’ and 5 being ‘high’ in regard to your
confidence, please answer the following questions.

My project aligns with the mission and vision of the practicum site.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

My project is seen as needed by the primary organizational decision maker(s).

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

I have support from within the organization in the form of an individual(s)
who will serve as a champion(s) for my project.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

My project will improve patient outcomes and/or nursing practice at the
practicum site.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

The practicum site has data to support the need for this practice-change to
improve outcomes and/or nursing practice.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

My project will improve the safety of patient/families and/or nursing and
staff.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

My project has the potential to address an economic burden for the practicum
site (i.e. readmissions, retention of staff, etc.).

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

My project is supported by current research or internal quality data in regard
to the need for change.

1 2 3 4 5 Unsure

  • Directions: Use this worksheet to determine if your potential project idea is recognized as a priority within the practicum site.
  1. Group1: Off
  2. Group2: Off
  3. Group3: Choice4
  4. Group4: Off
  5. Group5: Off
  6. Group6: Off
  7. Group7: Off
  8. Group8: Off
  9. Group9: Off
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