Identifying a Project Topic, Developing a Question, and Selecting Sources of Literature
Instructions: This checklist is designed to help students organize the weekly exercises/assignments to be completed as preparation for the final, capstone project proposal. This checklist will also serve as a communication tool between students and faculty. Comments, feedback and grading for Topics 1-4 will be documented using this checklist.
|· Explains setting and/or context in which nursing problem, issue, suggestion, initiative, or educational need is observed.||☐||_____ / 10|
|· Explains the problem, issue, suggestion, initiative, or educational need.||☐||_____ / 10|
|· Describes the impact of the project topic on a) the work environment, b) the quality of care provision, and c) patient outcomes.||☐||_____ / 5|
|· Discusses the significance of and the implications to the nursing profession.||☐||_____ / 5|
|· Proposes a solution to the identified project topic.||☐||_____ / 10|
|Total||_____ / 40|
|· Identified components of PICOT:
P – Population of Focus
I – Intervention
C – Comparison
O – Outcome
(T – Time)
|☐||_____ / 30|
|· PICO (T) question/statement development.||☐||_____ / 10|
|Total||_____ / 40|
|Literature Source Selection||· Performance of Rapid Appraisal (see below) on a minimum of 15 peer-reviewed articles.||☐||_____ / 100|
|Total||_____ / 100|
This step requires the selection of a minimum of 15 peer-reviewed articles that have been published within 5 years.
Perform a rapid appraisal of each article selected by addressing the following (one to two sentences per item are sufficient):
1. How does the article describe the nature of the problem, issue, suggestion, initiative, or educational need you have identified?
2. Does the article provide statistical information to demonstrate the significance of the problem, issue, suggestion, initiative, or educational need?
3. Does the article provide example(s) that apply, such as: morbidity, mortality, rate of incidence or rate of occurrence in the general population?
4. Does the article support your proposed change? How so?