Scholarly Activity Summary

Throughout the DNP program, learners are required to provide a report documenting participation in a minimum of four scholarly activities outside of clinical or professional practice. These reports will be due in specific courses throughout the program, as described below, and must be documented in your Practice Portfolio by the end of each course in which an activity report is due.

Examples of scholarly activities include attending conferences, seminars, grand rounds, participating in policy and quality improvement committees, writing scholarly publications, participating in community planning, serving as a guest lecturer, etc. Involvement in and contribution to interdisciplinary initiatives are also acceptable scholarly activities.

Documentation of these activities is required in DNP-810, DNP-820, DNP-830, and DNP-840.

A summary report of the scholarly activity, including who, what, where, when and take home points, will be submitted as the assignment. Include the appropriate program competencies associated with the scholarly activity and future professional goals related to this activity. You may use the “Scholarly Activity Summary” template to help guide this assignment.

This document describes the scholarly activity in three or four paragraphs. 

Instructions: Read each section and fill it out using the instructions. Once you have completed the section, erase the instructions that appear in italics.


This section consists of a single paragraph that succinctly describes the scholarly activity that you attended/participated in, the target market for the activity, and the benefit of the activity to you.


This section consists of either a short story or a handful of bullet points that concisely identifies the problems the scholarly activity is designed to solve. Educate us – what is the current state of the activity topic? Tell us – why is this a problem, and for whom is it a problem? Inspire us – what could a SNP prepared nurse achieve by participating in the scholarly activity? Use declarative sentences with simple words to communicate each point. Less is more.


This section consists of either a short paragraph or a handful of bullet points that concisely describe the state solution to a proposed practice problem that the scholarly activity addressed and how it addresses the problem outlined in the previous section. 


This section consists of a short paragraphs that define the opportunity that the scholarly activity is designed to capture. It’s important to cover the GCU Domains and Competencies that were met. How will attending/participating in this scholarly activity help you grow as a DNP prepared nurse?

Program Competencies Addressed

This section consists of a list of program competencies that were addressed in this scholarly activity. Please use the list from the ISP.

Individual Success Plan

Course # DNP 830

Target Practice Hours 50 (Based on individual hours required to total 1,000 post-baccalaureate hours. 50 are standard per course but some students require more hours based on what they transferred in. Please contact your SSA for incoming hours.)


















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Learner InformationGCU
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Practicum Mentor InformationPractice Setting: Acute Care Hospital
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MOU Signed & Posted in Typhon under My External DocumentsYes ►No ►

If no, is Affiliation Agreement on file? ___

Updates and Modifications to this Individual Success Plan : Always check the DC Network for updated versions of this plan for each course. Note that Practice Immersion Contracts will no longer be used.


Use this form to develop your Individual Success Plan (ISP) for each course. An individual success plan maps out what you, the DNP Learner, needs to accomplish in order to be successful in your current course and overall program of study. You will also share this with your mentor at the beginning and end of each course so that they know what you need to accomplish.

Application based learning assignments are listed in the course syllabus with a Practice Portfolio Statement requirement. This statement also serves as a reminder for you to complete a weekly corresponding Case Log in Typhon. Any independent study assignments in this course requires your collaboration with the course faculty and practice mentor early on to establish a plan for successful completion of mutually identified and agreed upon deliverables (proof of completion) and must relate to your current course objectives. Independent study assignments must be submitted to your instructor via the Individual Forum if no drop box is available.

In order for you to successfully complete and graduate from the DNP Program you must meet the following programmatic requirements: (1) completion of required practice immersion hours, (2) completion of work associated with all DNP and GCU program competencies, (3) successful defense and completion of your Direct Practice Improvement Project.

In this ISP, you will identify all of the objectives, tasks, and/or assignments relating to the programmatic requirements you need to complete by the end of this course (minimum 50 practice immersion hours are built into the curriculum for each course). Specify the dates by which you will complete each tasks and/or assignments. Your plan should include a self-assessment of how you met all applicable GCU DNP Domains & Competencies (see Appendix A). This information will be required as you enter your weekly Case Log.

ALL course assignments listing a ‘Practice Hours Portfolio’ statement must be included in the ISP and are worth and recorded here as approximately 10 hours each. Actual clock hours are recorded into Typhon. Note that required practice hours vary from learner to learner and is determined by your MSN transcripts. Please contact your SSA for the number of practice immersion hours required to complete your DNP program. This will assist you in creating a customized ISP and practice hours plan for your entire DNP program of study. Some learners will require more than the 50 practice immersion hours built into the coursework. It is your responsibility to obtain this information and create a plan for your individual success.

Students who require more than 50 practice hours per course will need to create additional independent study assignments that target the course objectives. You have the option to repeat a course assignment using a different scenario/context or create one based upon the current course objectives with your mentor and faculty input. Because practice settings and career goals vary, this allows the learner to customize and make the most of their learning experiences while in the DNP program at GCU.

General Requirements

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

• Review the DNP Program Milestones document in the DC Network listed under the tab DPI Project Resources> DPI Milestones Guide and identify which milestones apply to this course. Note: Not all courses have milestones. Please see the DNP Program Timeline for a quick overview. Recall that all pertinent and up-to-date DNP program materials are in the DC Network.

• Determine what practice experiences you plan to seek in order to address each course objective. Include estimated number of associated practice immersion hours. Learners will apply objectives and concepts from each of their courses to reflect upon, critically examine, and improve current practice and are required to integrate scholarly readings to develop case reports that demonstrate increasingly complex and proficient practice.

• Use the Individual Success Plan to develop a personal plan for completing your practice immersion hours and self-assess how you will meet the GCU DNP Domains & Competencies (Appendix A) related to that course. Show all of the major milestones (if applicable) and deliverables. ISPs do not earn practice hours, nor does telephone conference time, or time spent with mentor.

• Within the Individual Success Plan, ensure you identify all course assignments which may include the following: Memorandums of Understanding (if Affiliation Agreement is not required); Comprehensive log of practice immersion hours applied to doctoral level learning outcomes (listed in a weekly Case Log in Typhon); Evaluations from faculty and mentors (sent from Typhon in the last week of each course); Evaluations of your mentor (sent from Typhon in the last week of each course); Current and updated CV (student account files in Typhon); Scholarly activity reports (uploaded into My External Documents in Typhon-every even numbered course); competency self-assessment (part of your weekly Typhon Case Log which should match those already listed in your ISP); Reflective journal (Submitted in Week 8 but covering all weeks in the course); Course goals and plan for how competencies and practice immersion hours will be met (ISP assignment); Faculty and mentor approvals of course goals and documented practice immersion hours (Typhon and Practice Hours Portfolio statements); and DPI project Milestones (if applicable).

• Identify the specific assignments you will complete throughout this course from those defined above or other independent study assignments negotiated with your mentor/faculty. A new Individual Success Plan is required for all courses and will be completed in the first week from DNP 805 forward (when practice immersion begins).

• Consider the challenges you expect to encounter as you continue the practice hour and competency requirements throughout this course? How might you overcome these challenges?

Potential Challenges in DNP 830:

· Time management

· Goals and objectives of the course

· Organized time management

• You can renegotiate these deliverables with your faculty throughout this course and update your Individual Success plan accordingly.

The purple section below should address the following programmatic requirements: (1) completion of required practice immersion hours, (2) completion of work associated with all DNP and GCU program competencies, (3) successful defense and completion of your Direct Practice Improvement Project, if applicable to current course.

List Current Course ObjectivesNumber of Clock Hours Associated with each AssignmentDate DueApplication Based Learning Course Assignments or Independent Study Assignments (if >50 hours required)Self-Assessed GCU DNP Domains & Competencies (see appendix)Date Assignment Completed
Week 1

1. Discussion that describes and provides rationale for my research design planned for the DPI project including an explanation of how it aligns with my research question and methodology

2. Discussion on external and internal validity issues linked with methodologies and design



Project MethodologyMC 1-5


1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, 2:1, 2:2, 2:3, 3:3, 3:4, 4:1, 4:2, 4:3, 5:1, 5:2, 5:3, 5:4, 5:5

Week 2

1. Discussion that describes Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE)

2. Description of how the DPI project fits into SQUIRE guidelines

3. Discussing the advantages of utilizing quantitative method

4. Description of 3 potential designs which may be used in the DPI project

5. Description of quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods and how they’re applied in the research




Data Collection and Levels of MeasurementMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined when assignment is completed)

Week 3

1.Description of tools that will be used in the DPI project, name, number of items, and how it is answered and the level of measurement

2. Description of the validity and reliability of the measuring tools and its differences from external and internal validity

3. Statistical analysis of a SPSS data and provision of a bar graph




Descriptive Statistics/EthicsMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Week 4

1.Describing a vulnerable population with regards to research and rationale for its consideration as a vulnerable population

2. Description of other groups considered vulnerable

3. Discussions on how sample size affects validity of the study

4. Completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI) training




Responsible Conduct of ResearchMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Week 5

1. Discussions/description of assumptions for a t-test and mode of running the t-test and the expected value

2. Revision of data considered as protected health information (PHI) and methods of collection and how it affects the DPI project

3. Comparison and contrasting of qualitative and quantitative research, methodology.




Analyzing Quantitative DataMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Week 6

1.Comparingmy DPI project with the Revised Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence: SQUIRE guidelines and a discussion on the need for improvement

2. Description of process of retrospective chart review. How data collection and data access works? What is the validity and reliability of these data?

3. Completion of draft of the DPI project as stated in the instructions and criteria provided in the prospectus template

4. Using Academic Quality Review checklist to write my prospectus.





Reporting FindingsMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Week 7

1. Discussion of the basic principles of data interpretation used to translate research outcomes into practice.

2. Discussion of common barriers of translating research outcomes into practice

3. Description of barriers which can occur when translating the DPI project prospectus into practice

4. Selection of a journal of the interest, review of the author’s guideline and a discussion of its benefits to the reader.

5. Identification of a real-world problem using a PICOT template, preparation of a case report on the problem, to include an intro, a synthesized review, description of the case, proposed solution that will include the reliability and validity of the research and conclusion




Translating Project Outcomes to Practice (Evidence-Based Project)MC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Week 8

1.Description of how it can be intentional when a person is incorporating feedback from a content expert and faculty chair when revising the prospectus

2. Description of a plan of continuity in my search for articles and adding them to my prospectus.

3. Completion of my revised prospectus draft that includes the intro, background of the problem, theoretical foundation, literature review, problem statement, clinical questions and variables, project significance, rationale for methodology, nature and purpose of project design, instrumentation of sources of data, data collection and data analysis procedures, and ethical considerations



Dissemination of EvidenceMC 1-5 Domains:

(To be determined after assignment is completed)

Practice hours portfolio: CV, Updated and approved ISP, Learner Evaluation, and Practice Mentor evaluation.2/26/20
Reflective Journal2/26/20
List Milestones Specific to Course (from Milestones Guide in DC Network)Number of Clock Hours Associated with each AssignmentDate


Application Based Learning Course Assignments or Independent Study Assignments (if >50 hours required)Self-Assessed GCU DNP Domains & Competencies (see appendix)Date Assignment Completed

By typing in his/her signature below, the learner 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 and/or program director. Mentors will sign upon initial receipt and at the end of the course to confirm that assignments have been complete with your guidance.

Learner Signature
Mentor Signature [Upon Initiation of Course]
Mentor Signature [Upon Completion of Course]



GCU DNP Domains & Competencies

A. University’s Mission Critical Competencies

How does this Individual Success Plan support the GCU Mission?

MC1: Effective Communication: Courses require students to engage in active discussion and expression of scholarly ideas in a variety of formats. Emphasis is placed on dissemination of findings that impact health outcomes.

MC2: Critical Thinking: Courses require students to utilize and refine critical thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, integrating, and evaluating scientific evidence. Furthermore, students are expected to apply scientific evidence to practice improvement.

MC3: Responsible Leadership: Courses require students to develop and refine leadership skills. Students must demonstrate accountability to self and others. Courses require collaboration, health care advocacy, and systems thinking.

MC4: Global Citizenship: Global citizenship is incorporated into all courses when preparing responsible nursing leaders to appreciate the cultural, social, economic, and political trends affecting care delivery for disenfranchised or vulnerable populations. The focus is on reducing health disparities and fostering an environment of equitable health for all populations.

MC5: Christian Worldview: A Christian Worldview is expressed through weaving together values and ethics throughout the program. Students are encouraged to engage with populations from the foundation of a Christian worldview and to understand the effect of various worldviews and cultures on current healthcare systems.

B. Domains and Competencies

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

Domain 1 – Scientific Underpinnings for Practice: Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to:


1.1: Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.

1.2: Apply science-based theories and concepts to determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena.

1.3: Employ science-based theories and concepts to describe the actions and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate, and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena as appropriate.

1.4: Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theories and theories from other disciplines.

Domain 2 – Leadership and Transformational Change: Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to:


2.1: Employ principles of business, finance, economics and health policy to develop and implement effective plans for practice-level and/or system-wide practice initiatives that will improve the quality of health care delivery.

2.2: Demonstrate leadership, influence, and advocacy in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy.

2.3: Employ consultative and leadership skills to lead intraprofessional and interprofessional teams in the analysis and resolution of complex practice and organizational issues to create change in health care and complex healthcare delivery systems.

2.4: Provide leadership in the evaluation and resolution of policy, ethical, and legal issues within healthcare systems.

Domain 3 – Systems Management: Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to:


3.1: Demonstrate the conceptual ability and technical skills to develop and execute an evaluation plan involving data extraction from practice information systems and databases.

3.2: Evaluate current consumer health information sources for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness.

3.3: Analyze and communicate critical elements necessary to the selection, use, and evaluation of health information systems and patient care technology.

3.4: Design, select, use, and evaluate programs that monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of health care information systems.

Domain 4 – Population Management: Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to:


4.1: Analyze epidemiological, bio statistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.

4.2: Synthesize concepts to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve individual, aggregate, and population health management.

4.3: Cultivate a mindset that is sensitive to the cultural, legal, and ethical differences among stakeholders.

4.4: Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.

4.5: Develop and evaluate care delivery models and/or strategies for improved individual, aggregate, and population health management.

Domain 5 – Analytic Foundations for Practice: Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be able to:


5.1: Apply analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to identify and implement health care best practices.

5.2: Design and implement processes/strategies that evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care for individual, aggregate, and populations against national benchmarks.

5.3: Design, direct, and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.

5.4: Disseminate and apply relevant findings from evidence-based practice and research to enhance practice guidelines and enrich practice leading to improved healthcare outcomes.

5.5: Employ information technology and research methods to appropriately manage data for the creation, evaluation, and application of evidence that leads to improved health care

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