MSN 563 Week 3 Assignment Part 1 Introduction and Problem Statement

MSN 563 Week 3: Assignment

The purpose of assignments Part 1 – Part 3 is to gradually guide the student in developing the signature assignment. The idea is for the student to take a stepwise approach to completing the signature assignment. The signature assignment will be broken up into three steps:

  • STEP 1 – Introduction and Overview of the Problem;
  • STEP 2 – Project Purpose Statement, Background & Significance and PICOt Formatted Clinical Project Question; and
  • STEP 3 – Literature Review and Critical Appraisal of Literature. The three steps, when completed, will be combined in the final Signature Assignment formal paper in

Week 3 Part 1 Example: Reduction Of Heart Failure Readmission For Age 65 And Older


Heart failure is recognized as one of the most important core measures by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Based on the data from the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (2019), there are about 6.5 million adults who are living with heart failure across the country. American Heart Association (2016) also indicated that heart failure affects 5% of the population who are 65 and older in the United States.

Furthermore, healthcare organizations have already spent approximately $30.7 billion in 2012 in Heart Failure treatment and maintenance, and the costs will double the amount in just twenty years by prediction (Usinowicz et al., 2020). Thus, to reduce the readmission rate for Heart Failure patients, especially for the ones who are age 65 and older will tremendously decrease the healthcare costs and improve care quality for the senior citizens.

Overview Of The Problem

It is not uncommon that patients return to hospitals within 30 days of their discharge.

The report that Medicare published by Gorina et al., (2015) showed that 17 % of the Medicare patients who are 65 and over were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge, and Heart Failure cases make up 24 % of the readmissions.

Unfortunately, patients who are age 65 and older with readmissions most likely will suffer from some serious medical complications due to prolonged hospital stays. It also costs a vast amount of financial stress for both the patients and healthcare organizations. Therefore, post-discharge follow-up programs are developed by hospitals to reduce the readmission rate for heart failure.

A collaborative effort from the multidisciplinary team facilitates the transition to home for the patients on discharge. The goal for these programs is to improve the quality of life, medication reconciliation, self-care skills, and coordination of care. Age-specific goals are taken into considerations for senior patients in the programs, such as assessment of the readiness, need for the second learner, and alternative education tools.


This Week’s Assignment Is STEP 1 – Introduction And Problem Statement.

First, the student will select a clinical question from the Approved List of PICOt/Clinical Questions or seek approval for a question from the course professor only for Nurse Educator and Health Care Leadership MSN majors who wish to tailor their research question to their specialized major. The student will select an approved topic from the list (or with faculty approval as previously stated) and will customize the question to meet his or her interest.

Next, the student will use the outline below and submit via a Word doc to the assignment link.

  • Provide a title that conveys or describes the assignment.
  • Introduction – Provide an introduction to your topic or project. The introduction gives the reader an accurate, concrete understanding of what the project will cover and what can be gained from implementation of this project.
  • Overview of the Problem – Provide a synopsis of the problem and some indication of why the problem is worth exploring or what contribution the proposed project is apt to make to practice.
  • References – Cite references using APA 6th ed. Manual.
  • Due: Monday 5/25/20, 11:59 pm PT
  • Format: Completed Word doc with references in APA 6th ed. format
  • File name: Save the file with Student First Name_Last Name_Part 1 See USU NUR Writing Assignment Rubric for additional details and point weighting.

Instructions For Week 3 Research Paper

The paper for Week 3 should be 3 to 5 pages not including the title page or references. An abstract is not required and will neither add to or subtract from the grade for inclusion or exclusion.

You are writing the first two chapters of a research paper. Yes, chapters. A master’s thesis of 100 pages or so would frequently have 40% of the thesis in these two sections. All research papers have the exact same five chapters. Remember that every fact stated must be appropriately referenced.