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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICESSCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCESDEPARTMENT OF NURSINGNURSING POLICIESCAPSTONE POLICY 
Capstone Policy

Capstone Advisor

Capstone advisors are assigned to doctoral students by faculty based on the area of expertise, methodology and availability. Once the assignment is made, the capstone advisor assumes primary responsibility for supervising the student throughout the entire capstone process, although assignments related to the capstone project may be integrated into coursework and submitted to the course instructor as outlined in the capstone timeline. If a student experiences difficulty with the advising assignment and wishes to request a change in capstone advisor, the student is required to submit a formal letter to the DNP Director describing the reasons a change in advisor is being requested. If a change in advisor is granted, the student will be assigned to a committee of faculty to oversee completion of the project.  

Progression

The BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP student may not enroll in NURS 9620 unless the student has submitted the capstone proposal to the RMU IRB or the IRB at the agency where the project is being conducted. If a student has not submitted to IRB by the start of the semester in which the student is registered for NURS 9620 the student must withdraw. 

Graduation

BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP graduation requires completion of an advisor approved capstone project manuscript and oral presentation to the faculty in adherence with the capstone timeline and requirements for NURS 9620.  

If the capstone project is not completed before graduation: 

Failure to complete the requirements for NURS 9620 will result in an Incomplete (I) grade in NURS 9620. Thirty days prior to graduation, students who do not anticipate completion must submit a formal, written request for participation in in the graduation ceremony.  A determination will be made by the Progression Committee.

No student will be permitted to participate in graduation ceremony activities unless he/she has orally presented the capstone project to the faculty. 

All students are expected to complete the final manuscript within one semester after presenting the project and will be required to register for one credit directed study per semester under the direction of the capstone advisor until the manuscript is completed. 

Capstone Timeline - DNP Completion

Semester

Course

Capstone Competency

Responsibility

Fall

Year 1

Nurs 8020 (Research and Theory)

  1. Identify potential area of interest
  2. Conduct a preliminary literature review
  3. Begin to consider type of project
    1. Program evaluation
    2. Qualitative project (with special permission)
    3. Quantitative project
    4. Systems improvement

        4.       Complete prescribed CITI Module

Course Instructor

Spring  

Year 1

Nurs 8150 (Integrating Research into Practice)


1.  Complete written Literature Review

2.  Submit draft of  project proposal –to include:

Significance and Background for Project

Specific Aim and Projected Outcomes for Project

Methodology

     i. Design of program

     ii. Site for program

   iii. Sample or participants

Course instructor/s




 

Summer

Year 1

Nurs 8140 (EBP and Advanced Nursing Roles)

 

  1. Meet with statistical consultant and advisor

-student should provide statistician and advisor with abstract/specific aim/ and copy of corrected proposal prior to the meeting

 

  1. PowerPoint Overview for  faculty

 

  1. Submit IRB Proposal/ IRB
    1.  Identify measurement tool (based on literature/published   instruments)
    2. Determine data analysis plan, including how to code data

 

        4.       Complete IRB proposal ready for submission according to advisors’ standards due by the last day of the Summer term or student will receive an Incomplete in NURS8140.  

Statistical consultant and capstone advisor

 

Capstone advisor and course instructors

 

Course instructor, advisor and statistical advisor


 

Course instructor and Capstone advisor

Fall

Year 2

NURS9130  (Evidence-Based Practice and Information Systems)

  1. Implement project and collect data
  2. Enter data into spreadsheet (Excel or data base of choice)
  3. Begin analysis of data (December-January)

 

Course instructor

Capstone advisor and statistical advisor

Spring Year 2

NURS 9620 (Applying EBP in Health Care Settings)

 

  1. Identify  potential journal for publication submission

2.  Write abstract for professional presentation (NURS 9620)

 

        3.       Data Analysis should be complete by March 10

 

        4.       Final Draft of manuscript submitted to advisor by March 20

 

        5.       Complete manuscript for publication adhering to publication guidelines and front sheet signed by advisor by April 10

 

        6.       PowerPoint to advisor by  April 20

 

        7.       Final PowerPoint approved by advisor by April 25

        8.   First week of May-Complete PowerPoint presentation

 

*Capstone advisors are expected to get back to students within 2 weeks of submission. If this does not occur, student should contact DNP Director.

9620 course instructor and capstone advisor

 

 

 

CAPSTONE ADVISOR MUST sign final approval of Capstone Project and PowerPoint presentation prior to the presentation


DNP Completion Capstone Advising Guidelines/ Responsibilities

Guidelines

  1. Participation in capstone review March  Year 1 (tentative capstone assignments)

 

  1. Formal capstone advisor assignments finalized Spring Year 1
    1. Student will submit one page executive summary of project by May 5–Year 1

 

  1. Capstone advisor and student will meet as needed  
    1. Capstone advisor and course instructors for NURS 8140 EBP and the Advanced Practice Role will work together to approve the measurement instrument
    2. IRB proposal to be completed and APPROVED BY ADVISOR by last day of Summer Term Year 1

 

  1. Fall/Spring  Year 2 -Capstone advisor will review student data  and work with student on general plan for manuscript/potential journal
    1. Editor and statistical advisor as referred by CAPSTONE ADVISOR

 

  1. Spring Year 2- Capstone manuscript and PowerPoint sign off by April 10

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Guidance of student/ assurance of appropriate academic rigor and adherence to standards
  2. Participation in statistician sessions with student as needed
  3. Individualized feedback in a timely manner
  4. Identification and notification to GCC/Capstone committee of students who fail to meet standards


Capstone Timeline - BSN - DNP

Semester

Course

Capstone Competency

Responsibility

Fall

Year 2

NURS 8020 (Research and Theory)

  1. Identify potential area of interest
  2. Conduct a preliminary literature review
  3. Begin to consider type of project
    1. Program evaluation
    2. Qualitative project (with special permission)
    3. Quantitative project
    4. Systems improvement
  4. Complete prescribed CITI modules.

 

Course Instructor

Summer

Year 2

NURS 8150 (Integrating Research into Practice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

1.  Complete written Literature Review

2.  Submit draft of  project proposal –to include:

Significance and Background for Project

Specific Aim and Projected Outcomes for Project

Methodology

     i. Design of project

    ii.  Proposed site for project

    iii. Sample or participants

 

 

 

September: DNP faculty and course instructors will meet to assign tentative  Capstone advisees

 

 

 

3.  One page project summary  to be sent to advisor by October 30- STUDENT responsibility


Course instructor/s

 

 

 

  

 

Course instructors and DNP faculty

 

 

Capstone advisor

 

Spring

Year 3

NURS 8140 (EBP and Advanced Nursing Roles)

 

  1. Powerpoint Overview for  faculty

 

  1. Submit IRB Proposal/ IRB
    1. Identify measurement tool (based on literature/published   instruments)
    2. Determine data analysis plan
    3. Complete IRB proposal ready for submission according to advisors’ standards due by the last day of the Spring term or student will receive an Incomplete in NURS8140.  

 

Capstone advisor and course instructor

 

 

Course instructor and capstone advisor

 

Summer

Year 3

NURS9130  (Evidence-Based Practice and Information Systems)

  1. Implement project and collect data
  2. Enter data into spreadsheet (Excel or data base of choice)
  3. Begin analysis of data (December-January)

 

Course instructor

Capstone advisor and statistician

Spring Year 4

NURS 9620 (Applying EBP in Health Care Settings)

 

  1. Identify  potential journal for publication submission
  2. Write abstract for professional presentation (NURS 9620)
  3. Data Analysis should be complete by March 10
  4. Final Draft of manuscript submitted to advisor by March 20
  5. Complete manuscript for publication adhering to publication guidelines and front sheet signed by advisor by April 10
  6. PowerPoint to advisor by  April 20
  7. Final PowerPoint approved by advisor by April 25
  8. First week of May-Complete PowerPoint presentation

 

*Capstone advisors are expected to get back to students within 2 weeks of submission. If this does not occur, student should contact DNP Director


9620 course instructor and capstone advisor

 

 

 

CAPSTONE ADVISOR MUST sign final approval of Capstone Project and PowerPoint presentation prior to the presentation

 


BSN to DNP Capstone Advisors Guidelines/ Responsibilities


Guidelines

  1. Participation in capstone review September Year 3 (tentative capstone assignments)

 

  1. Formal capstone advisor assignments finalized Fall Year 3
    1. Student will submit one page executive summary of project by October  30 –Year 3

 

  1. Capstone advisor and student will meet as needed  
    1. Capstone advisor and course instructors for NURS 8140 EBP and the Advanced Practice Role will work together to approve the measurement instrument
    2. IRB proposal to be completed and APPROVED BY ADVISOR by last day of Spring Term Year 3

 

  1. Fall/Spring  Year 4 -Capstone advisor will review student data  and work with student on general plan for manuscript/potential journal
    1. Editor and statistical advisor as referred by CAPSTONE ADVISOR

 

  1. Spring Year 4- Capstone manuscript and PowerPoint sign off by April 20

 

Responsibilities:

  1. Guidance of student/ assurance of appropriate academic rigor and adherence to standards
  2. Participation in statistician sessions with student as needed
  3. Individualized feedback in a timely manner
  4. Identification and notification to GCC/Capstone committee of students who fail to meet standards 

 

Approved 11/9/12
Revised: 6/14