NHS8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners
Unit 10 Discussion
Looking Ahead: The Doctoral Capstone Project
One hallmark of a School of Nursing and Health Sciences doctoral graduate is the completion of a final capstone project. The aim is to develop a practice change project that requires appraisal, translation, and application of evidence to a practice situation. The project is mutually determined by various stakeholders and confirmed by a review of the current literature and best-practice environment. Learners investigate a clinical, organizational, or process question—a PICO(T) question—related to an area of nursing practice, the health care delivery system, or a public health policy issue. Each project must demonstrate the use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap.
It is vital for you to begin thinking of several areas in the first course of the program.
For this discussion, identify your program area and address the following:
What is your understanding of the capstone (practice doctorate) and how it applies to your educational and professional goals?
What area are you interested in studying over a two-year time frame? What questions do you have about a health care delivery practice or issue?
After reviewing the media presentation on creating a research topic and the CORE site, what are your initial ideas for your topic for the doctoral capstone project? What strategies might you use to identify a clinical/health care practice site and preceptor?
What strategies will you use to keep moving forward in the program? What are the secrets to success?
For this discussion, you are not required to respond to any other learners. However, you are encouraged to read as many posts as time allows. Should you choose to respond, refer to the Faculty Expectations message for guidelines.