Reflect on the topics you are examining in this course and consider how they relate to your selected problem. Plan to analyze the problem using principles, theories, and concepts related to leadership and management, as well as other pertinent course themes.

NURS 6201: Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Analyzing a Need for Change—Overview

For this Assignment, you explore one challenge that you would like to see addressed in your organization or one with which you are familiar. You will continue to work on this Assignment over the next several weeks. This Assignment also serves as your Portfolio Assignment.

To prepare:

 Identify a problem that you would like to investigate for this Assignment. By Day 7 of Week 2, e-mail your Instructor your selected problem.

Your Instructor will approve your selected problem or provide feedback to help you refine your focus for this Assignment.

While this portion of the Assignment is not graded, it is required.

Once you have received feedback/approval of your selected problem:

 Reflect on the topics you are examining in this course and consider how they relate to your selected problem. Plan to analyze the problem using principles, theories, and concepts related to leadership and management, as well as other pertinent course themes.

 Review evidence-based literature for data related to your selected problem. You will need to use at least five current (not more than five years old), peer-reviewed articles. Your Instructor may provide some guidance for your literature search.

 Synthesize findings from the research literature and/or drawn from other sources of evidence.

 Develop evidence-based recommendations for addressing the problem. Write a 5- to 6-page paper that addresses the following:

 Statement of the problem (1/2 page)

 Review of the literature

 Synthesis of the evidence

 Suggested courses of action

Reminder: The School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an example of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

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The completed paper is due by Day 7 of Week 8.

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