Poster Presentation

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation I
Using an Evidence-Based Protocol as a Capstone Experience for Masters level Nursing Students
Rae W. Langford, EdD, College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX, USA
Learning Objective #1: describe the use of evidence-based projects as an educational vehicle to promote integration of theory, research and clinical practice skills.
Learning Objective #2: discuss critical elements of one approach designed to incorporate an evidence-based strategy to produce a culminating Masters level experience.

Nursing students at Texas Woman’s University produce a professional project as a culminating experience in the Master’s Program.  The purpose of this project is to synthesize and integrate theory, research and clinical practice in producing a final formal paper that is presented and defended in front of peers and faculty.  As it became imperative to integrate evidence based processes into the curriculum, options for this project were restructured to include the development of an evidence-based protocol.  This protocol uses a selected theoretical model to address and resolve a selected problem in nursing practice.  An innovation is produced which is supported by critically analyzed research/evidence from the literature. Implementation and evaluation of this protocol is then proposed for a real life setting. 

This presentation addresses the critical components necessary to structure a comprehensive learning strategy using an evidence-based protocol as a synthesis experience and provides examples of actual student projects.