Required Uniform Assignment: National Patient Safety Goals

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PURPOSE


This exercise is designed to increase the students’ awareness of the National Patient Safety Goals developed
by The Joint Commission. Specifically, this assignment will introduce the Speak Up Initiatives, an award winning patient safety program designed to help patients promote their own safety by proactively taking
charge of their healthcare.


COURSE OUTCOMES


This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO #2: Apply the concepts of health promotion and illness prevention in the laboratory setting. (PO #2)
CO #8: Explain the rationale for selected nursing interventions based upon current nursing literature. (PO
#8)


DUE DATE


Week 6
Campus: As directed by your faculty member
Online: As directed by your faculty member
POINTS
50 points

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REQUIREMENTS


1. Select a Speak Up brochure developed by The Joint Commission. Follow this link to the proper
website:
http://www.jointcommission.org/topics/speakup_brochures.aspx.
2. Write a short paper reviewing the brochure. Use the Grading Criteria (below) to structure your
critique, and include current nursing or healthcare research to support your critique.
a. The length of the paper is to be no greater than three pages, double spaced, excluding title
page and reference page. Extra pages will not be read and will not count toward your grade.
3. This assignment will be graded on quality of information presented, use of citations, and use of
Standard English grammar, sentence structure, and organization based on the required components.
4. Create the review using Microsoft Word 2007 (a part of Microsoft Office 2007), the required format for
all Chamberlain documents. You can tell that the document is saved as a MS Word 2007 document
because it will end in “.docx.”
5. Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A Forum in your online course or
directly with your faculty member if you are taking NR224 on campus.
6. APA format is required with both a title page and reference page. Use the required components of the
review as Level 1 headers (upper- and lowercase, bold, centered).
a. Introduction
b. Summary of Brochure
c. Evaluation of Brochure
d. Conclusion


PREPARING THE PAPER


The following are the best practices in preparing this paper.
1) Read the brochure carefully and take notes. Highlighting important points has been helpful to many
students.

2) Title page: Include title of your paper, your name, Chamberlain College of Nursing, NR224
Fundamentals—Skills, faculty name, and the date. Center all items between the left and right
margins, beginning approximately 3 inches from the top margin.
NOTE: This style of cover page is required by the college and is a variance of APA formatting.
3) Use the CCN library or online library to find current nursing research that supports your findings.
4) The brochure you select must be properly cited in the body of your paper and on the reference list.

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DIRECTIONS AND GRADING CRITERIA

Category Points % Description
Introduction 3 6 This first part of your paper should be one paragraph that includes
the brochure title, date published, and your understanding of who
the information would benefit.
Summary of the
brochure’s
recommendations
10 20 Summary of brochure must include
1. main topics discussed; and
2. how communication between patients and healthcare providers
is encouraged.
Evaluation of the
brochure
20 40 Critique the brochure. Include a full one- to two-page critique that
answers all of the following questions.
1. What was done well, and what could have been improved in
the brochure?
2. Why did this topic interest you?
3. Was the information provided in the brochure beneficial? Could
you incorporate it in your patient education?
4. Was the information presented clearly?
5. Did current nursing or healthcare related research support the
information presented in the brochure?
6. What population or individuals does this article apply to (i.e.,
who will benefit the most from this brochure)? Who else can
use this information?
7. Will this information increase patient safety? Defend your
answer.
Conclusion 5 10 An effective conclusion identifies the main ideas and major support
points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out.
Summarize the benefits of following the brochure’s advice to a
person at risk.
Clarity of writing 10 20 Use Standard English grammar and sentence structure. No spelling
or typographical errors (typos) are present. The paper is organized
around required components, using appropriate headers.
APA format 2 4 All information taken from another source, even if summarized, must
be cited in the paper and listed in the references using (APA sixth
ed.) format.
1. Document setup
2. Title and reference pages.
3. Citations in the text and reference page.
Total 50 100%

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GRADING RUBRIC

Introduction
3 points
Introduction provides a full and complete identification of the brochure, including the brochure title, date published, and
understanding of who the information would benefit.
3 points
Partial identification of required
elements
OR introduction contains no
required elements
OR no introduction
0–2 points
Summary of the
article
10 points
Summary is complete and thoroughly
covers all required elements.
10 points
Summary is complete and is missing
no more than one required element.
9 points
Summary is complete and is missing
no more than two required elements.
8 points
Summary is incomplete or not
included and is missing more than
one required element.
0–7 points
Evaluation of the
Article
20 points
Critique of article demonstrates
critical thinking and answers all
required questions and supported
findings with current nursing
research.
19–20 points
Critique demonstrates basic
understanding of article, answers all
but one of the required questions,
and/or does not support findings with
current research.
17–18 points
Critique demonstrates basic
understanding of article, answers all
but two or three of the required
questions, and/or does not support
findings with current research.
16 points
The critique of the article is poor,
lacks critical or original thinking, and
fails to answer two or more questions
0–15 points
Conclusion
5 points
Original explanation is well evidenced
and developed.
5 points
Original explanation is present and
well evidenced, yet not well
developed.
4.5 points
Original explanation is present,
though not well evidenced or
developed.
4 points
Conclusion is omitted OR no original
explanation is present in conclusion.
0–3 points
Clarity of writing
10 points
Paper has excellent use of Standard
English, showing original thought,
has no spelling or grammar errors,
and is well organized.
10 points
Paper has some evidence of own
expression and competently uses
language, no more than two spelling
or grammar errors, and is well
organized.
9 points
Paper has some evidence of own
expression and competently uses
language, no more than four spelling
or grammar errors, and is well
organized.
8 points
Language needs development. There
are five or more spelling and/or
grammar errors, and paper is poorly
organized.
0–7 points
APA format
2 points
Paper correctly follows APA format with no more than two types of errors.
2 points
Paper has three to five errors in APA
format, grammar, spelling, and syntax
and/or one–two citations are missing.
1 point
APA, grammar, spelling and/or
punctuation contain multiple errors
and/or many citations are missing.
0 points
Total Points Possible = 50 points

 

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