Consider the following scenario:

With a clear conception of her Practicum Project goal and objectives, Sandra was optimistic that she was on the right track. Then she started to consider the methodology for her project and realized how much she still needed to figure out. She began to think about the theories and concepts she had examined in her program of study and how they might inform her methodology. The biggest challenge, she discovered, was in mapping the strategies that would help her achieve each objective. How would she decide what would be most effective? What barriers were likely to arise? She also realized that she needed to think about evaluation early in order to establish appropriate criteria and make sure she could assess the evidence related to the process, impact, and outcomes of her project. She wondered how she might use formative evaluation to develop and improve the project, as well as how she could use summative evaluation following the implementation of the project to determine if it had been successful.

Consider the models, theories, and concepts you have examined in your program of study as they relate to your project. Which of these can be applied to the development of methodology to help you achieve the project objectives? Which ones can be used to help you establish criteria and methods of evaluation for your project?

In this Discussion, you examine and propose the methodology for your Practicum Project, as well as evaluation methods. The insights you gain through this Discussion should be integrated into your Practicum Project Plan, which is due in Week 5.

To prepare:

  • Reflect on the Practicum Project goal and objectives you developed in Week 3.
  • Refer to the Practicum Project Plan (PPP) Overview document as needed for information related to the assignment.
  • Consider the models, theories, and concepts you have examined in your program of study as they relate to your project. How can this information be applied to the development of the methodology and evaluation for your project?
  • Review the information on methodology in the Learning Resources, and conduct additional research to facilitate your analysis for your project. Evaluate the who, what, how, where, and when associated with each objective: Who will make what change, by how much, where, and by when? Consider the methods you could use to meet each objective. Devise your methodology in as much detail as possible to identify how you could meet each objective. For example, identify which professional organizations or regulatory bodies you would consult (by viewing their websites or contacting them directly) to gather evidence.
  • Review the information on formative and summative evaluation in this week’s Learning Resources, and conduct additional research to facilitate your analysis for your project. How could you evaluate achievement of your Practicum Project objectives using formative and/or summative evaluation? Begin to develop an evaluation plan for your Practicum Project.

Post on or before Day 3 a brief summary of your Practicum Project focus, including the goal and objectives of your Practicum Project (to serve as a reminder for your colleagues). Explain your selected methodology, and justify your selection. Include a detailed explanation of how you could meet each objective using this methodology. Also explain your evaluation plan, noting at which points during your Practicum Project formative and/or summative evaluation will occur.



Amanda: This week’s discussion thread was really just focused on the rationale, goal and objectives for your project. You’re attachment here (as it was in the discussion thread) was really the entire proposal. I can’t make extensive comments on every student’s full proposal but I will make a couple comments. Use the headings I addressed in my announcement as your Level 1 headings. That will organize your proposal both for you (in terms of writing) and the reader. 

A couple comments. 

Your title page is not APA according to the school standard. You may know this already and maybe you’re just drafting with the intent of editing your grammar and APA later.

The header should match the title of your paper and the title page header needs to be correct. 

When you are editing grammar, read your paper out loud to determine appropriate wording, tense agreement etc. 

Your initial paragraph is your Introduction and should be identified as such. Your “current situation” can be included in your Introduction or it could go in a problem/ issue section. Just stick with the Level 1 headings I identified in my announcement.

If you are providing this as a draft of the entire proposal, there are two major gaps. First, the Evidence Based Literature Review which requires at least five references. Your reference list only has one article. I assume your “plan” is your methodology? Again, use the Level 1 headings I’ve provided in the announcement. The methodology asks you to address the who, what, where, when and how for EACH objective. This will be the focus of your discussion thread this week. 

Evaluation: you need to address formative and summative evaluation (which in terms of this Capstone is your presentation to your organization in week ten or so). 

I don’t see anything addressing the timeline. 

Amanda: these are just some quick observations. Again, I’m assuming you are giving me what you think is a draft of your proposal. Remember your APA. There are a number of errors in this draft but it might be that you’ll conduct your grammar/ APA screens later. 


Running Head: PRACTICUM 1


Week Three Discussion

Practicum, project Goals, and Objectives

Amanda Swenty

Capstone 6600

Walden University

Academic institutions through the country struggle on a daily basis to make sure that they are preparing student nurses that are competent to function as a nurse. One point of contention that academic institutions face is where to place students for hands on clinical and how and when will the sites be approved. Throughout the world a roadblock often seen is the fact that many academic settings are looking for placements and those needs outweigh the actual sites. Bay Area Nursing Resource Center (2006) created a plan that allowed for a standardized approach for clinical placement for multiple academic institutions and sites. In that plan it is stated that “by centralizing and standardizing the clinical placement process, untapped capacity at clinical agencies will be identified and made available to schools”. The premise of this discussion is to provide an explanation of why this students feels a passion and value of creating a program that can be used in the Northeast portion of Wisconsin.

Current Situation

The current situation that Northeast Wisconsin is facing is multiple academic institutions all trying to secure placement for clinical in a limited amount of facilities. The area of Northeast Wisconsin that will be addressed in the project encompasses approximately six counties, five academic institutions, eight acute healthcare facilities, and numerous other healthcare facilities (such as clinic’s, nursing homes, schools etc.). Because of the increase of enrollment the nursing programs are growing, thus employment rates are increasing, limiting the amount of approved clinical sites in the healthcare facilities. This has become a problem that needs attention sooner rather than later.

Greater Breen Bay Health Care Alliance

Currently the academic institutions and healthcare facilities are work together through a committee known as the Great Green Bay Healthcare Alliance (GGBHCA). This team meets monthly with a mission of standardizing processes to enhance compliance, safety, and documentation. This team has recently researched the issue of a standardized approach to clinical placement. The first step was receiving information from the state of Minnesota who currently uses a standardized approach. The information seems applicable however there was a $20,000 cost associated for startup and then a $10,000 yearly fee for use of the software. This student feels that if the proper attention, collections of resources, and direc

Running Head: PRACTICUM 1



Amanda Swenty

Capstone 6600

Walden University

Standardization of students’ placement in clinical site within the green bay college system for acute care rotation is a title of these project which seeks to solves this problem facing a substantial segment of the society

The need to establish a more convenient way through which students can get to green bay college system with ease is apparent. This paper explore for means of serving in this regard and some of the ways of achieving this broad goal include; the use of a computer software to enable students easily locate vacancies in the green bay college system, coordinating all the hospitals in the domain so as to establish places where students can be place, working with different colleges so as to enable the respective schools access the desired positions with ease. The goal of the project is to use tools that are at my disposal to standardize the accessibility of positions into the rotation positions with ease. The aim of the project is use of different tools such as computer programs to facilitate the accessibility of student placement opportunities in the society.

This project seeks to investigate the courses of the current problem in the accessibility of placement opportunities for students in the society. There are hypothesis upon which the project is built and these research will be exploring such relationships with the aim of understanding the issue at hand better.

To standardize the way students are posted into clinical sites within the green bay college system for acute care rotation by the adoption of different clinical placement tools such as a computer program. The project entails coordinating efforts from all affected centers in the society amongst them colleges with affected students, different medical facilities from which placements can be made as well as the clinical coordinator for Rasmussen College in Green Bay.

This project seeks to establish a number of correlations that it deems useful for the resolution of the problem at hand. They include, establish the correlation between all hospitals in the neighborhood and students placement into the green bay college system. Secondly, establish the relationship between respective colleges and the standard student’s placement in green bay student system. Thirdly, explore the role of a computer program in facilitating the accessibility of green bay students system. Fourthly, explore the role of a member of clinical coordinator for Rasmussen College in Green Bay in the placement of students in the green bay students system.

The project can be justified as follows: The in