NURS4001: Propose a Quality Improvement (QI) project to address the problem identified in one of these case studies. Nursing and Midwifery Capstone assignment

NURS4001: Propose a Quality Improvement (QI) project to address the problem identified in one of these case studies. Nursing and Midwifery Capstone assignment

Module / Subject / School:

NURS4001 Nursing and Midwifery Capstone

Curtin University


What do you need to do?

Each student must individually propose a Quality Improvement (QI) project to address the problem identified in one of these case studies.
You can chose to focus on one of the following areas which impact on the delivery of safe high quality patient care.
* NOTE: It is recommended you chose to focus on the same subject as you did for Assessment 2 (Literature Review)

1. NSQHS Standard 6: Communicating for Safety Standard
You are working on a surgical ward at Curtin Hospital as a graduate RN. In the past 4 weeks, your ward Manager has received 6 complaints from consumers. The complaints indicate that patients are unaware of
updates on changes made to their care plan. Patients should receive relevant, accurate and up-to-date information about their own care as part of the clinical handover. The ward manager has asked you to
assemble a team of Clinical Nurses and Registered Nurses to propose a Quality Improvement project to address the current problem.


2. NSQHS Standard 8: Recognising and responding to Acute Deterioration Standard You are working on a medical ward at Curtin Hospital as a graduate RN. In the past 12 weeks, your ward Manager has identified 8 patient examples where the system tracking of patient vital signs had not been correctly processed and documented over time, resulting in delays in detecting acute physiological deterioration. The ward manager has asked you to assemble a team of Clinical Nurses and Registered Nurses to propose a Quality Improvement project to address the current problem.

Your quality improvement project proposal must be written using the QI project template (This template will be provided separately in Blackboard). This will ensure you include all required areas. Your project must include high quality credible evidence justifying and supporting your proposal (largely using peer-reviewed journal articles and
research studies). The module material and readings will be useful for you to use in writing this assessment.

As a senior student succinct writing is an important aspect of your professional writing skills, taking this into account this assessment has a maximum word limit of 1500 words (+/- 10%) excluding your reference list, headings, in-text citations and title. We will stop reading at 1650 words. Any content words you include after this point will not be read or included in marking, although your reference list will still be read and assessed. The marks come from how well you discuss and evaluate the points in relation to the subject. Your paper must have a clear discussion and not just be a description or summary of relevant literature. Remember to include the thesis statement at the beginning of your work.

The Registered Nurse Standards for Practice

This assessment has been designed to assist you to continue developing your skills in relation to the standards of the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (NMBA, 2016). It is useful to make reference to these standards in your project. As Singapore nursing students you should also refer to the Singapore’s Nursing Board’s professional standards and codes – https://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/snb/guidelines-and-standards

Only provide the QI project template (For this assessment you do NOT attach a Curtin Singapore assignment coversheet, title page, content page, marking rubric, assessment guide, or plagiarism checklist. These pages are not needed for this assessment).

How old can my sources of evidence be and how many sources/references do I need?

At this level in your degree, you need to exercise your own judgement regarding whether a source is appropriate evidence for your claims. There is no publication date limit of references; however, if you choose to use an older source you will need to tell your reader why its findings are still valid and reliable in 2021. The minimum number of sources you must use for this assessment are 15 relevant peer-reviewed journal articles (preferably research studies) independently sourced by you. Using only the minimum number of sources for this assessment would earn you in the “Needs Improvement” category of the rubric.
You will need to find more peer-reviewed relevant journal article sources in order to earn a higher mark in this rubric criterion. As a guide for scoring well in this criterion, we would expect your reference list to contain upwards of 18 high-quality relevant peer-reviewed journal research study sources sourced by you. We strongly advise against
using internet sources as evidence for your claims in this assessment unless you explicitly provide a credibility evaluation of the source as part of your claim. The module/lecture slides are not acceptable as sources for this assessment.

How do I format this work?

Your paper should be in formal academic written English and have a title above your first paragraph – the title should reflect the content of your paper. We strongly recommend using APA (7th ed.) headings throughout to assist your reader navigate your paper – your headings should reflect your paper’s content and not just be the rubric or assessment instruction headings. There is also a sample APA formatted paper available on the APA’s website to show you how to format your submission (ignore the title page instructions as your submission should not contain a title page for this unit). Your submission should be in critical persuasive/argumentative essay format.

While the instructions in the CHAS booklet are only applicable for first year units, it does contain some useful general writing guidelines for assessments. However, academic writing and formatting requirements that are specific to this assessment are:

  • 11 or 12 point readable font (e.g., Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial etc.);
  • Left-justified (meaning that paragraph text is aligned on the left-hand side of the page with the right-hand side ragged);
  • 1.5 line spacing throughout (including the reference list);
  • Page numbers and your name in the top right-hand side document header;
  • Full sentences (no dot points);
  • Contractions (where two words are shortened into one e.g., doesn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t etc.) should not be used in formal academic writing;
  • Numbers under 10 should be in written format (e.g., ‘five’); numbers over 10 should be in numeric format  (e.g., ‘20’);
  • All numbers (no matter how big) at the very beginning of a sentence should be in written format (e.g., “Thirtyfive participants completed a questionnaire.”);
  • E.g. and i.e. should only be used when in parentheses (AKA brackets). When outside parentheses use “For example,” for e.g. and “that is” for i.e.;
  • The word prove or its variants (such as proven, proves, or proved etc.) should not appear in your writing. Research hypotheses are only supported or not supported within defined terms of reference. Use “demonstrates/d” or “shows/n” or similar instead;
  • Always try and paraphrase from your source rather than quote as it demonstrates that you have understood the material;
  • Do not ask questions in your assessments – you need to be answering them for your reader;
  • First person (i.e., “I”, “we” etc.) should not be used for this assessment;
  • Australian spelling rather than US spelling (e.g., “behaviour” rather than “behavior”) should be used;
  • Acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations must be given in full the first time you use them;
  • Do not use the word “suffer/sufferer” as this is discriminatory language. Use versions of “experiencing” or “living with”. Put the person before the diagnosis/illness (e.g., “person living with schizophrenia” rather than “schizophrenic”);
  • Careful proofreading of your paper and run a spelling and grammar check before submission.
  • Turnitin should be used to help ensure there is no text similarity – Within Turnitin only visually check the main content text sections for any similarity (all other paper sections are not relevant).

What we score:


Our Writer’s Comment 

This assignment tests students on their understanding of the concepts.

Based on the assignment requirements provided, here are some comments to help students score well on this assignment:

    1. Proposal Development:
    • Ensure that your proposal addresses the specific problem identified in one of the given case studies. Clearly state the chosen area of focus and explain how it impacts the delivery of safe and high-quality patient care.
    1. Quality Improvement Project Template:
    • Use the provided QI project template to structure your proposal effectively. Pay attention to each section and include all the required areas. This will help ensure that you cover all the necessary components of your project.
    1. Evidence-Based Approach:
    • It is essential to support your proposal with high-quality credible evidence from peer-reviewed journal articles and research studies. Aim to include a minimum of 15 relevant sources, but consider exceeding this minimum to earn a higher mark. Justify the relevance and reliability of older sources if you choose to use them.
    1. Writing Style and Formatting:
    • Write your paper in formal academic English, using a readable font (11 or 12 points) such as Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial. Maintain 1.5 line spacing throughout the document, including the reference list.
    • Use APA (7th edition) headings to enhance the organization and navigation of your paper. Make sure your headings reflect the content of your paper rather than simply replicating the rubric or assessment instruction headings.
    • Avoid using contractions and write in full sentences instead of using bullet points or dot points. Follow Australian spelling conventions and be consistent with your use of numbers in written and numeric format.
    • Paraphrase information from your sources instead of relying heavily on direct quotes. This demonstrates your understanding of the material. Additionally, refrain from using the word “prove” and its variants, and instead use terms like “demonstrates” or “shows.”
    • Proofread your paper carefully, running a spelling and grammar check before submission. Be attentive to spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, as well as the proper use of acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations.
    1. Referencing and Plagiarism:
    • Create a reference list that includes all the sources cited in your paper. Follow APA (7th edition) guidelines for in-text citations and the reference list.
    • Use Turnitin to check for text similarity. Ensure that any similarity detected is limited to the main content sections of your paper, as other sections are not relevant for similarity checking.

    By following these suggestions and paying attention to the specific requirements and guidelines provided, you can increase your chances of scoring well on this assignment.

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