Individual Success Plan (ISP) for NRS-493, the Professional Capstone and Practicum course

NRS-493 Individual Success Plan

Planning is the key to successful completion of this course and program-related objectives. The Individual Success Plan (ISP) assignment requires early collaboration with the course faculty and your course preceptor. Students must establish a plan for successful completion of

  1. The required 50 community direct clinical practice experience hours, 50 leadership direct clinical practice hours, and 25 indirect clinical experience hours.
  2. Completion of work associated with program competencies.
  3. Work associated with completion of the student’s capstone project change proposal.

Students will use the “Individual Success Plan” to develop an individual plan for completing practice hours and course objectives. As a part of this process, students will identify the number of hours set aside to meet course goals.

Student expectations and instructions for completing the ISP document are provided in the “NRS-493 Individual Success Plan” resource, located in the Study Materials and in the assignment instructions.

Students should apply concepts from prior courses to critically examine and improve their current practice. Students are expected to integrate scholarly readings to develop case reports that demonstrate increasingly complex and proficient practice.

After the ISP has been developed by the student and approved by the course faculty, students will initiate a preconference with the faculty and preceptor to review the ISP.

Work with your preceptor to perform a needs assessment of the organization and community for your practicum. Review the needs assessment to identify possible project topics. In preparation for the capstone change project proposal, compile a list of three to five possible topics for your project and submit to the assignment instructor in LoudCloud.

Students are required to submit weekly reflective narratives throughout the course that will culminate in a final, course-long reflective journal due in Topic 10. The narratives help students integrate leadership and inquiry into current practice.

This reflection journal also allows students to outline what they have discovered about their professional practice, personal strengths and weaknesses, and additional resources that could be introduced in a given situation to influence optimal outcomes. Each week students should also explain how they met a course competency or course objective(s).

In each week’s entry, students should reflect on the personal knowledge and skills gained throughout the course. Journal entries should address one or more of the areas stated below.  In the Topic 10 graded submission, each of the areas below should be addressed as part of the summary submission.

  1. New practice approaches
  2. Interprofessional collaboration
  3. Health care delivery and clinical systems
  4. Ethical considerations in health care
  5. Practices of culturally sensitive care
  6. Ensuring the integrity of human dignity in the care of all patients
  7. Population health concerns
  8. The role of technology in improving health care outcomes
  9. Health policy
  10. Leadership and economic models
  11. Health disparities

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

REQUIRED PRACTICE HOURS: 100 Direct Clinical Experience (50 hours community/50 hours leadership) – 25 Indirect Clinical Experience Hours.

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ISP Instructions

Use this form to develop your Individual Success Plan (ISP) for NRS-493, the Professional Capstone and Practicum course. An individual success plan maps out what you, the RN-to-BSN student, needs to accomplish in order to be successful as you work through this course and complete your overall program of study. You will also share this with your preceptor at the beginning and end of this course so that he or she will know what you need to accomplish.

In this ISP, you will identify all of the objectives and assignments relating to the 100 direct clinical practice experience hours and the 25 indirect clinical practice hours you need to complete by the end of this course. Use this template to specify the date by which you will complete each assignment. Your plan should include a self-assessment of how you met all applicable GCU RN-to-BSN Domains & Competencies (see Appendix A). 

General Requirements

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of each assignment as it pertains to deliverables due in this course:

  • Use the Individual Success Plan to develop a personal plan for completing your clinical practice experience hours and self-assess how you will meet the GCU RN-to-BSN University Mission Critical Competencies and the Programmatic Domains & Competencies (Appendix A) related to that course.

Show all of the major deliverables in the course, the topic/course objectives that apply to each deliverable, and lastly, align each deliverable to the applicable University Mission Critical Competencies and the course-specific Domains and Competencies (see Appendix A).

Completing your ISP does not earn clinical practice experience hours, nor does telephone conference time, or time spent with your preceptor.

  • Within the Individual Success Plan, ensure you identify all graded course assignments and indirect clinical assignments listed in the table on the next page.
TopicGraded AssignmentIndirect Clinical Assignments
Topic 1Individual Success PlanReflection Journal EntryList of potential topics for the change proposal
Topic 2Topic Selection Approval PaperReflection Journal EntrySearch the literature for supporting journal articlesSummary of topic category; community or leadership
Topic 3PICOT Question PaperReflection Journal EntryList of objectives
Topic 4Literature Evaluation TableReflection Journal EntryList of measurable outcomes
Topic 5Reflection Journal EntrySummary of the strategic planMidterm Evaluation Tool
Topic 6Literature Review TableReflection Journal EntryList of resources
Topic 7Reflection Journal EntrySummary of the evaluation planRemediation-if required
Topic 8Benchmark Written Capstone Project Change ProposalReflection Journal Entry 
Topic 9Reflection Journal EntryProfessional Presentation
Topic 10Finalized ISPScholarly Activity SummaryBenchmark-Reflection Journal SummarySummary of presentationFinal Clinical Evaluation ToolPractice Clinical Evaluation Tool-AgencyPractice Clinical Evaluation Tool-Preceptor
Application-based Learning Course AssignmentsList of Current Course ObjectivesAssignment Date DueSelf-Assessment: Programmatic Domains & Competencies (see Appendix A)Self-Assessment: GCU RN-to-BSN University Mission Critical Competencies  (see Appendix A)Date Assignment Completed
        
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      

By typing in his/her signature below, the student agrees to have read, understood, and be accountable for the instructions, assignments, and hours shown above and that all questions have been satisfactorily answered by the faculty.

Preceptors will sign upon initial receipt and at the end of the course to confirm that assignments have been complete with your guidance.

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Preceptor Signature [Upon Initiation of Course]
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Preceptor Signature [Upon Completion of Course]
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APPENDIX A:

GCU RN-to-BSN Domains & Competencies

  1. University’s Mission Critical Competencies

How does this Individual Success Plan support the GCU Mission?

MC1: Effective Communication: Therapeutic communication is central to baccalaureate nursing practice. Students gain an understanding of their ethical responsibility and how verbal and written communication affects others intellectually and emotionally. Students begin to use nursing terminology and taxonomies within the practice of professional and therapeutic communication. Courses require students to write scholarly papers, prepare presentations, develop persuasive arguments, and engage in discussion that is clear, assertive, and respectful.

MC2: Critical Thinking: Courses require students to use critical thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating scientific evidence needed to improve patient outcomes and professional practice.

MC3: Christian Worldview: Students will apply a Christian worldview within a global society and examine ethical issues from the framework of a clearly articulated system of professional values. Students will engage in discussion of values-based decisions made from a Christian perspective.

MC4: Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics: The concept of global citizenship is introduced to baccalaureate students in the foundational curriculum. Some courses will focus on the human experience across the world health continuum. The World Health Organization (WHO) definitions of health, health disparities, and determinants of health are foundational to nursing practice.

MC5: Leadership: Students are required to develop skills and knowledge associated with their professional role. Courses require students to develop self-leadership skills such as time management, setting priorities, self-control, and evaluation of their abilities and performance.

  • Domains and Competencies

How does this Individual Success Plan support the Program Domains and Competencies?

Domain 1: Professional Role

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program will be able to incorporate professional values to advance the nursing profession through leadership skills, political involvement, and life-long learning.

Competencies:

1.1:      Exemplify professionalism in diverse health care settings.

1.2:      Manage patient care within the changing environment of the health care system.

1.3:      Exercise professional nursing leadership and management roles in the promotion of patient safety and quality care.

1.4:      Participate in health care policy development to influence nursing practice and health care.

1.5:      Advocate for autonomy and social justice for individuals and diverse populations.

Domain 2: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program will have acquired a body of nursing knowledge built on a theoretical foundation of liberal arts, science, and nursing concepts that will guide professional practice.

Competencies:

2.1:      Incorporate liberal arts and science studies into nursing knowledge.

2.2:      Comprehend nursing concepts and health theories.

2.3:      Understand and value the processes of critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and decision making.

Domain 3: Nursing Practice

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program will be able to utilize the nursing process to provide safe quality care based on nursing best practices.

Competencies:

3.1:      Utilize the nursing process to provide safe and effective care for patients across the lifespan

3.2:      Implement patient care decisions based on evidence-based practice.

3.3:      Provide individualized education to diverse patient populations in a variety of health care settings.

3.4:      Demonstrate professional standards of practice.

Domain 4: Communication/Informatics

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program will be able to manage information and technology to provide safe quality care in a variety of settings. In addition, graduates will be able to communicate therapeutically and professionally to produce positive working relationships with patients and health care team members.

Competencies:

4.1:      Utilize patient care technology and information management systems.

4.2:      Communicate therapeutically with patients.

4.3:      Promote interprofessional collaborative communication with health care teams to provide safe and effective care.

Domain 5: Holistic Patient Care

Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program will be able to provide holistic individualized care that is sensitive to cultural and spiritual aspects of the human experience.

Competencies:

5.1:      Understand the human experience across the health-illness continuum.

5.2:      Assess for the spiritual needs and provide appropriate interventions for individuals, families, and groups.

5.3:      Provide culturally sensitive care.

5.4:      Preserve the integrity and human dignity in the care of all patients.