For this Application assignment, review the quarterly Dashboard provided in the online classroom (and in Doc Sharing) which contains a variety of clinical and administrative indicators. Write a 3- to 4-page paper analyzing areas where there is good performance and areas of opportunity. Then, select one area that needs improvement and develop a nursing action plan based on best practices. Use the following guidelines and evaluation criteria and the headings below for each section. Use a minimum of three references from the professional nursing literature in the assigned course readings and other references in the Walden Library. If they are relevant, you may use one or two professional Web sites in addition to the literature references.
· Overview – 20 points Begin this paper with a brief paragraph that provides an overview of the assignment and its purpose. There is no separate heading for this paragraph; the heading for this paragraph is the same as the title of the paper. This paragraph will be about 2–3 sentences. The last sentence in this paragraph is a sentence that begins “The purpose of this paper is to¨.
· Analysis of the data – 50 points Describe the area of performance you selected that needs improvement. Discuss the findings and why you selected that area. This section is 1 paragraph.
· Nursing plan – 150 points Outline your suggestions for how to improve performance on the selected indicator. Include a minimum of three best practices that could be implemented. Discuss how each best practice could address the selected performance. Support each selected best practice with references from the professional literature. This section is 4–5 paragraphs.
· Summary – 30 points End the paper with a one-paragraph summary of the main points of the paper.
Proofread the paper as described in the tips for success in this course and correct any typos, grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, or APA format errors before submitting your paper in the Dropbox. Up to 40 points can be deducted from the grade for this assignment for these types of errors, or for not using at least the minimum number of required references.
Total points for assignment = 250 points. When completed, save the assignment as APP3+last name+your first initial.doc. For example, Sally Ride’s Week 3 Application Assignment would be named “APP3RideS.doc.” Submit this assignment via the Dropbox. Use the Submit an Assignment link, choose the Week 3: Application basket, and then add your Application as an attachment.
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