An Annotated Outline

The Prospectus document includes a title page (page 1) followed by pages containing the required elements. Please use the Prospectus template on the Writing Center website.

Title Page

The recommended title length is 12 words or less to include the topic and the most critical keywords from the project. Double-space the title if it is more than one line of type, and center it under the word “Prospectus.” Please note that your doctoral project title will likely change as the project evolves, so allow yourself the flexibility to adapt your title, as necessary.

Include your name, your program (Doctor of Nursing Practice), and your Banner ID

number—double spaced and centered under the title.

Title

Start with “Prospectus” and a colon, and then include the title as it appears on the title page. Double-space if it is more than line of type, and center it at the top of the page.

Problem Statement

Provide a one- to two-paragraph statement that establishes the relevance of this problem:

1. Summarize preliminary, supporting evidence that provides justification that this problem is meaningful and relevant to the local setting as well as the broader field of nursing practice, citing key scholarly sources.

2. Explicitly state the gap in nursing practice or problem that will be your focus of this doctoral project

Practice-Focused Question(s)

List the guiding practice-focused question(s) that will address the identified nursing problem or gap in nursing practice.

Social Change

How this will impact social change? Does this project support the mission of Walden University to promote positive social change?

Context for the Doctoral Project

Briefly describe the intended setting for the doctoral project. Is it feasible to accomplish this project in the identified setting or context?

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Sources of Evidence

Include relevant evidence that supports the need to address the identified problem. Describe how the evidence justifies that this problem is important to the nursing profession.

Approach or Procedural Steps

Identify your possible approach/procedural steps, summarize possible strategies to obtain the data and resources needed to complete the doctoral project. Is this project from among the acceptable types listed on page 1?

Note: Evidence or data cannot be collected prior to approval of the doctoral project proposal.

Ethical

Will this project provide protection for human subjects? Are there potential ethical issues that may present problems for the completion of this project?

Alignment

Do the various aspects of the prospectus align overall? The problem should be supported by sources of evidence and should align with the practice-focused question, and the approach or procedural steps.

References

Use APA format for this prospectus. Include a minimum of five APA-formatted peer-reviewed references for all citations in the Doctoral Project Prospectus.