Type of Project
General guidelines for the assignment can be found below.
Students will select a topic of interest from the approved nursing/healthcare topics list and develop a professional poster and a 3-5-minute presentation. The topics list is derived from AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education. The poster development and presentation are a rigorous and scholarly project, which should reflect integration and synthesis of knowledge, skills, theories, and concepts learned in the BSN program. Students may select a topic of special interest or a clinical issue/concern. All topics must be supported by current nursing research and evidence-based practice.
Please refer to the course syllabus for when the poster draft is due; each group should submit their draft to the discussion board by the due date listed on the course syllabus. Then, students will provide critique for (as well as acknowledgment of good work) as a learning experience for both sides of the interaction. Guidelines for professional critique techniques and etiquette will be posted in the associated discussion board.
Students will present their posters on the date listed on the course syllabus. Members of the university community, relatives, friends, peers, preceptors, and guests will be able to view the poster presentations. Students should use PowerPoint to develop their posters and must use the poster template provided by the course instructor.
Students will select ONE topic of interest from the list below and relate it to nursing practice.
Patient Centered Care
Leadership and Delegation
Legal Issues in Nursing
Ethical Issues/Decision Making
Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
Quality, Improving Patient Health Outcomes, Patient Safety
Information Management and Application of Health Care Technology
Cultural Competency, Cultural Diversity, Vulnerable Populations
International Nursing and Global Health
Transition into Professional Practice
Required Elements of the Poster
Introduction Introduce the problem or issue as it relates to nursing practice. Describe the significance of the problem/issue and why it is important to explore/study.
Review of Current Research/Literature Complete a review of the current literature and best evidence-based practice. Cite a minimum of 5 references from the nursing literature published within the last 5 years – all 5 must be research/evidence based. Please note – editorials, textbooks and Wikipedia may not be used as references.
Application of Evidence Based Practice After reviewing the most current research related to the issue/ problem, answer the following (each should be included in a section of your poster and addressed in your presentation). Example: what does the literature suggest as best practice to prevent medication errors and ensure quality patient care in the emergency department?
. Clinical Practice: Based on your research, what did you conclude is the best nursing practice for this issue/problem?
. Education: What are the current guidelines for patient/family teaching for this problem/issue? What are the policies/guidelines for educating healthcare providers about care for this issue/problem? What are the guidelines or best practices to improve patient health outcomes?
. Research: What are the priorities for further study (from a nursing perspective) related to this problem?
Conclusion Analyze and synthesize nursing implications from the research and evidence-based practice related to the specific issue/problem. Based on your research, what did you conclude is the best nursing practice for this issue/problem? This section should summarize your poster’s content, rather than introduce new information.
References Develop a reference list of no less than of 5 references from the nursing literature – must be published within the last 5 years. You may have more references, but at least 5 of them must be from nursing journals. All references must be research/evidence-based practice – editorials, textbooks, and Wikipedia may not be used as references.
Students will prepare and develop their posters using the PowerPoint template provided by the course instructor.
All poster topics must be approved by the course instructor.
Students will submit all poster drafts and final posters to their assigned course instructor by the due dates outlined in the course syllabus.
The professional poster will be displayed virtually at the Poster Presentation Session.
The poster must have a scholarly and professional appearance as well as adhere to APA formatting guidelines.
The poster is a visual communication to get your message across with effective visual displays of data and small blocks of supporting text. Think of your poster as an illustrated abstract.
Include all group members’ names on the front of the poster.
Prepare and deliver a 3-5-minute verbal explanation. In making such a presentation, don’t read the poster. Instead, give the big picture, explain why the problem is important, and use the graphics on your poster to illustrate and support your findings and recommendations.
Submit Poster Draft (PowerPoint slide) and Reference List (word document) in Blackboard through Group assignment link (one submission per group) by
Post Poster Draft (PowerPoint slide) to associated Discussion Board by
Submit Final Poster (PowerPoint slide) and Reference List (word document) in Blackboard through Group assignment link (one submission per group) by