NR 740 PE: Capstone 1 Course

Capstone Project Work - Part 1, literature review

Dr. Sandra's Introduction and Contact information

Welcome to the Capstone I course!

Hello everyone-

My name is Sandra Cleveland (you can address me as Dr. Sandra or Dr. S.) and I look forward to learning with all of you during our time together in this forum!

The picture of the giraffe represents my teaching philosophy for this collaborative. Just like this giraffe reaching for the trees, I will have you stretch beyond your comfort level to help you become a scholar-practitioner. You recognize the animal as a giraffe -- just with different spots. In your capstone, your goal is to look at how existing knowledge can be studied and used within the context of your workplace.

I am really excited to work with each of you as you continue your DNP capstone journey! This course will get you investigating all things related to your capstone project, from the formation of your research questions to your final capstone project defense. Are you ready to get started? The best places to begin exploring include:

1) the NR 740PE: Capstone I syllabus,

2) the DNP Student Capstone guide, and

3) the “getting started” link (listed under the “general” link in the courseroom).

Click the link to your course and I will see you online!

Dr. Sandra

Course Description

This course with a five day immersion residency experience provides the foundation for the capstone project. A topic of interest relevant to either executive or educational leadership is used to develop a purpose statement, problem statement, and a research question for the capstone project. Students complete an initial draft of chapter two of the capstone project proposal. This course includes 30 hours of practice experience activities.


Capstone 1 Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

· Describe the capstone project elements and process.

· Formulate an initial draft of the problem statement, project purpose and significance

· Develop a detailed draft of chapter two of the capstone project.

· Create a timeline for completing the capstone project.

Goal for each capstone course

Your Mission: Literature Review

The overarching goal is for the student to create a strong initial draft of the literature review -- for the proposed capstone project. The video below briefly summarizes an overview of the literature review.
Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

Types of Capstone Projects

There are a number of different types of Capstone Projects. Below is a list of acceptable types. Additional types can be considered after discussion with the Associate Dean, Graduate Nursing Programs.

  • Implementation Science Project
  • Case Study
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Assessment
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Theoretical Development
  • Traditional Dissertation (selection of this type of project may increase the student’s length of time in the program; while it is a valid type of research project, it is strongly discouraged as a Capstone Project due to the required scope, length, breadth and depth)

Each type has a specific methodology that must be followed to assure the project is rigorous enough to meet the standards of that method. Some projects require more time commitment than others. Students should review their proposed project with their Capstone Chairs to be sure that they have narrowed the focus adequately and that they understand and will be able to meet the particular time commitment of their chosen project type.

What is implementation science?

The art and science of implementation


Required Text

Tappen, R. M. (2011). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
ISBN: 978-0-7637-6568-2

Recommended Text

Creswell, J. W. (2012). Educational research (4th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-136739-5.

Additional Resources

  • The student is expected to be self-directed in searching the Internet and Virtual Library for instructional materials that will support his or her position on the various assigned topics.


Students will use the American Sentinel University learning management system, Moodle, to access and participate in course activities.

For technical Moodle help, use the 'Request Tech Support' link in the Trouble Ticket block found in the right sidebar of the course homepage.

Research Skills

Students are expected to be self-directed and knowledgeable in searching the Internet and in using the American Sentinel Virtual Library to conduct research related to course assignments.

When studying for an assignment primary sources should be peer-reviewed academic journals such as those found in the university’s library. Internet searches directed to non-academic information resources such as Wikipedia, Google, or WebMD are not appropriate databases for scholarly academic assignments. The American Sentinel Virtual Library is available within Moodle on your Course Home page.

References for any assignment should be no more than 5 years old. Classic nursing works as primary references are considered appropriate within the profession.

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Navigating the Capstone Waters: American Sentinel University Resources

There are a number of resources you should use during the development of your capstone project:


APA Writing Style
American Sentinel University requires all students to cite information using APA Writing Style 6th Edition. For assistance with this type of formatting, visit:

Academic Integrity
Participation in this class must meet the highest standard of academic integrity. When conducting research for an assignment, your primary sources should be peer-reviewed academic journals, such as those you find in the University Library. All materials used in presentations, papers and discussions, must be appropriately cited and attributed. Although you may supplement your research with general internet search results, be aware that these searches may provide results that are misleading or factually incorrect. In addition, these types of resources may have limited permanency, making it difficult to return to a specific site.

Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is required. A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student's original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.
All submissions fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.
Academic dishonesty could involve:

  • Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of your assignment;
  • Submitting a the same paper for two different courses;
  • Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment;
  • Copying information from the Internet without citing the source;
  • Copying work submitted by another student to a public class meeting;
  • Using information from Internet information services without proper citation.
Students and Faculty can check papers for originality by accessing Turnitin from the course homepage. Students are also encouraged to use the Virtual Library resources provided by American Sentinel University. The Virtual Library can be accessed through the course homepage.

DNP Advisor support

Julie (left) and Deidre (right) are working together to support all DNP students. Although you are individually assigned to one of us, we are both available to help you! Feel free to contact us at 303.557.9954 or We both monitor this inbox and answer the phone.


I want this to be an engaging and productive experience for you!

Since this course has been significantly revised, we will actually create the FAQ section of this form together as we progress through the course. If you have questions, do not hesitate to post them in the "Course help" forum located in the classroom.