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Learners select an employer-focused topic that is related to nursing in order to apply leadership skills at work, and propose further avenues for evidence-based practices in nursing. In order for a Capstone Project to be successful, learners will develop and refine their project goals, objectives, and results throughout the second and third semesters before completing the final written proposal. BSN Program instructors aid learners in selecting a topic and provide feedback during each step of the Project’s timeline.
Learners utilize advanced reasoning skills taught in the BSN Program to uncover potential proposal topics such as the importance of hand washing, tactics to decrease the number of patient falls, and proposing methods to reduce the number of medication errors by nurses. Proposal topics are chosen based on the needs of a learner’s employer. Instead of waiting to use the skills and knowledge until after graduation, the BSN Program’s Capstone Project is intended to help learners implement solutions now and place them in a position of leadership.
The Capstone Project brings value to employers and to learners willing to step up to the challenge and make a difference in their facility.
What is the Capstone Experience?
Throughout the Program, learners will engage in didactic instruction with accompanying assignments to prepare them for the final Capstone Proposal that is completed in the final semester of the course. From the start in the class, faculty instructs learners on the purpose, goals, and structure for the Capstone Project. BDN 355: Capstone Proposal is completed in the first semester of the Program and will be completed the final semester in BDN 485: Capstone Leadership.
Steps to Completing the Capstone Leadership Project
Beginning the Capstone Proposal can be an intimidating first step to take. Use the steps and resources below to begin brainstorming the best topic for your Project and your employer.
- Define what the ultimate goal is with the Project.
- Develop the Project’s objectives and strategies, and reasoning (background) behind the Project’s question.
- Determine the desired outcomes of the stated objectives and an evaluation technique.
- Designate the required timeline of Project milestones, budget, and involved individuals.
- Draft the Capstone Project proposal according to APA guidelines and as a literature review.