Leading Practice Change Projects


The purpose of this assignment is to create a leadership approach to address the practice gap identified in the Week 2 assignment. The approach focuses on three specific DNP-prepared nurse leadership skills:

  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Communication
  • Leadership ethics

This assignment will allow for the assimilation of professional leadership competencies in project management as a DNP-prepared nurse. Assignment content supports professional formation, communication, and dissemination skills relevant to the DNP-prepared nurse.

Please note that this is the second part of a 3-part assignment submitted in Weeks 2, 5, and 7.

NOTE: All assignments and their requirements should be discussed in relation to your proposed or hypothetical DNP practicum project.

Topic: Children with behavioral issues are not evaluated properly in outpatient clinic settings.

Include the following in your paper:

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduce the paper’s topic and establish its importance.
    1. Present a clear purpose statement.
    1. Provide the reader with a brief organizing statement of what will be discussed in the paper using the level 1 heading topics.

Topic from first paper: This paper reports the quality needs assessment of a primary care center regarding the assessment of childhood behavioral disorders. The paper briefly describes the problem, the practice gap, and the practice question.

  • Interprofessional Collaboration in Leading Project Teams: Create your approach to implementing the practice change project with an interprofessional team, including a description of how you will manage the following challenges (One paragraph each):
    • Creating a climate of mutual respect and shared values
    • Facilitating team roles and flexibility to perform effectively
  • Communication Comportment (professional behavior) in Project Management: Create a guideline for your professional communication to serve you in the practice change project and future roles. Include the following considerations (One paragraph each):
    • Verbal and non-verbal communication competencies at a doctoral level
      • Communicating leadership through verbal & nonverbal comportment (professional behavior)
      • Creating alignment of verbal and nonverbal messages
    • Written professional communication
      • Writing with leadership tone and style
      • Using standard English
      • Creating summary and synthesis in writing
  • Leadership Ethics: Discuss how you will create a consistent image of ethical comportment, including the consideration of the following (One paragraph each):
    • Balance an Ethic of Justice with an Ethic of Care in your leadership style.
    • Create a conflict resolution approach for the project team management of issues such as disagreements or bullying.
    • Lead social justice change within the project environment (i.e., countering structural inequities, addressing implicit and explicit bias, combating social injustices, and applying cultural humility).
  • Conclusion
    • Recap the paper’s purpose statement and organizing (outlining) statement criteria that revisits the three level 1 headings (not including the conclusion).
    • Draw major conclusions from the body of your paper.
    • Summarize the importance of effective communication for the DNP-prepared nurse in leading your practice change project.
  • References (minimum of 2 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources) 
    • Create the reference page.
    • Ensure each reference has a matching citation.
    • Support your discussion by using evidence from at least two (2) scholarly peer-reviewed journal article sources (preferably research or systematic reviews) that are retrieved from the Chamberlain library databases. Do not use the internet, textbooks, government sources, or organizational websites for the two sources in this assignment. However, you may use other gray materials for additional sources if you need them. Hint: Search other than nursing journals for sources of evidence.
  1. Table 2, completely fill the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool.

APA Guidelines

Use the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual) and the Chamberlain Guidelines for Writing Professional Papers: Graduate Programs (located in the APA Basics section of the Writing Center) to complete this assignment. Follow these guidelines when completing each component. Contact your course faculty if you have questions.

  1. Use the APA Paper Template to format this assignment.
  2. Turn on Grammarly to check the correctness of the grammar and punctuation as you write. (Note: if you have not already done so, please download the free version at Grammarly.com before constructing the assignment.)
  3. Use the title, “Leading Practice Change Projects,” for your paper & format the title page by using the APA paper template.
  4. Use the following prescribed Level 1 and level 2 headings for this paper:

    1. Interprofessional Collaboration in Leading Project Teams
      1. Creating a climate of mutual respect and shared values
      1. Facilitating team roles and flexibility to perform effectively
    1. Communicating Comportment in Project Management
      1. Verbal and non-verbal communication competencies at a doctoral level
      1. Written professional communication 
    1. Leadership Ethics

      1. Balance an ethic of justice with an ethic of care
      1. Create a conflict resolution approach
      1. Lead social justice change within the project environment
    1. Conclusion

CARE Plan paragraph development structure

Central Idea- Topic sentence, main idea, the one exact and precise point you are making in this paragraph.

Authority- Evidence authorization that supports main idea, reference and citation, expertise of others, and example as evidence.

Relevance- Breakdown the main idea and evidence, analysis, synthesis and comparison of contrast.

Exit-Statement linking to the main idea and reflection of the importance of paragraphs, serves as summary/ conclusion

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