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CAPELLA FPX 8030-1; Assessment 1 Instructions: Building the Case for Healthcare Improvement

CAPELLA FPX 8030-1; Assessment 1 Instructions: Building the Case for Healthcare Improvement



    Present a five-minute PowerPoint presentation with voice over to introduce your patient safety issue, the supporting research, and possible intervention.


    Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the process of searching for, appraising, and integrating the most relevant, best research evidence to answer a clinical question or address a health care challenge. The best research evidence is weighed along with patient preferences and values, organizational data, and professional expertise. For this assessment, you will learn about each of the six steps of EBP in detail and acquire a working knowledge about EBP as a problem-solving approach used in many health care settings.

    Of note, there are many published processes regarding the steps of EBP. Some processes have more steps and some have fewer. However, the fundamental concepts are the same. For the purposes of organization, we will use the six step EBP process below in the courseroom:


    The purpose of this assessment is to identify your patient safety issue and further explain how the safety issue was identified, the impact on safety, and/or descriptions of the problem from clinical experts within your institution. Your goal is to identify internal resources or do a “needs assessment.” The internal resources will not require citation/references. You are welcome to draw from personal experiences and use creative liberty to make your case from an internal perspective.


    Throughout the course, we will focus on a patient safety issue of your choice and work through all six steps of the evidence-based practice (EBP) process. The first step is to “Ask the burning clinical question in PICOT format,” which you will find later in this assessment in the section titled "Mastering the First Step in EBP: PICOT."

    Now, let's imagine that you are the Director of Clinical Operations and Nursing Excellence at a major metropolitan medical center encompassing many entities, including hospitals and outpatient medical centers. You report directly to the Chief Nursing Officer and serve as the front-line leader for clinical operations, including serving as a clinical resource for all nursing staff levels in both the acute-care and ambulatory settings.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that the best practices and protocols are implanted throughout the medical center. Your primary goals are to focus on problems in health care safety and how to solve them with evidence-based interventions as a quality improvement (EBP/QI) project.


    Present a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation with voice over to introduce your patient safety issue, the supporting research, and possible intervention, using the following steps:

    Additional Requirements

    Competencies Measured

    By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:

    1. Ask the clinical question.
    2. Acquire the best evidence.
    3. Apprise the evidence.
    4. Implement the evidence.
    5. Evaluating the outcomes.
    6. Disseminate findings.
    7. Consider patient safety issues that you have heard about in your practice, the medical field, the media, or your coursework. Select a patient safety issue to research throughout this course.
      • Explain the patient safety issue that needs improvement.
      • Describe the problem in detail using creative liberty or give specific examples of the issue in practice.
    8. Locate and review two examples of internal or practice site sources of evidence that support the need for change to address the patient safety issue.
      • Describe how the sources were obtained, including a timeframe or number of patients involved.
      • The internal resources will NOT require citations and references.
    9. Locate and review two sources of evidence that the safety issue exists outside of your institution.
      • We call these external resources. This information can come from peer-reviewed literature, clinical practice guidelines, consensus statements, local or national databases, national organizations, Joint Commission, and/or hospital compare (CMS). The external resources will require citations and references.
      • Utilize Capella library resources to guide your research, including the library guide and an appointment with a librarian.
      • Explain how these literature resources support the need for change related to the patient safety issue.
      • Describe how each source is directly related to the patient safety issue.
    10. Determine the organizational pri

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