In this final assignment of the Capstone course, the student will use skills of inquiry gained in the
baccalaureate nursing program to identify a clinical issue upon which nurses have the ability to resolve or
have a positive impact. With a focus on the diversity of the individual as well
as the variation of cultural
values of a particular population, the student will develop a plan for addressing the clinical issue. With the
incorporation of other disciplines from the health care team the student will describe the role the nurse
has in the implementation of an ethically sound plan.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO # 1: Synthesize knowledge from sciences, humanities, and nursing in managing the
needs of humans as consumers of healthcare in a patient‐centered environment. (PO#1)
CO # 2: Integrate communication and relationship skills in teamwork and collaboration
functioning effectively with health team members and consumers of care. (PO#3)
CO # 3: Utilize information technology to manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support
decision making with health team members and consumers of care. (PO# 8)
CO # 4 Integrate critical thinking, clinical reasoning skills, best current evidence, clinical
expertise, and patient/family preferences/values in the implementation of the nursing
process. (PO# 4)
CO # 5: Explore the impact of professional standards, legislative issues, ethical principles,
and values on professional nursing, using data to monitor outcomes and improve quality
and safety. (PO# 5, 6)
Unless otherwise instructed by the faculty, this assignment is due to be submitted in the course drop box no
later the 12 am (midnight) on the Sunday at the end of Unit 6. The College’s Late Assignment Policy applies to
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE
• When selecting a clinical issue to be addressed in the assignment, the student is expected to
draw from one of the four main categories of the NCLEX‐RN examination blueprint: assurance
of a safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance of health, the
preservation of the patient’s psychosocial and
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• Length of paper 8‐10 pages excluding the title page and the reference page.
• The sources cited both in text and on the reference page for this assignment will be formatted
according APA 6
• A minimum of six (6) peer‐reviewed scholarly sources are required in support of the Evidence‐based
Capstone Evidence‐based Paper.
• This assignment will be graded using the Capstone Evidence‐ based Paper Rubric available in Unit 6
of the course.
PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT
The student will be required to:
Produce an 8‐10 page evidence‐based paper addressing a significant clinical issue
Identify and explore a solution to a clinical issue
Gather additional background information on:
o the clinical issue
o the patient population
Develop a plan that could
be carried out by a nurse to resolve the clinical issue.
Reflect on the knowledge and experience gained in the nursing program
Draw from one of the four main categories of the NCLEX‐RN examination blueprint
o assurance of a safe and effective care environment,
o health promotion and
maintenance of health,
o preservation of the patient’s psychosocial
o preservation of the patient’s physiological integrity
With the exception of the Introduction, each criterion listed below will serve as the major headings of this
assignment due in Unit Six and will include the following:
Title Page: (APA 6
Offers a detailed description of the statement of purpose for the paper.
Identifies a clinical issue or problem drawn from one of the four main categories of the NCLEX‐RN
o Assurance of a safe and effective care environment
o Health promotion and maintenance of health
o Preservation of the patient population’s psychosocial integrity
o Preservation of the patient population ’s physiological integrity
In this paper the student will provide a detailed description of the relationship between the
from the NCLEX‐RN examination blueprint and the clinical issue.
The reference to the NCLEX‐RN examination blueprint found at the National Council of State Boards of
Nursing website constitutes one scholarly reference.
Importance: The student will describe the importance of the clinical issue to the health
of a patient
population. This discussion will include the potential negative effect of leaving the clinical issue
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