Benchmark – Capstone Project Topic Selection and Approval

Assessment Description

In collaboration with the approved clinical preceptor, students will identify a specific evidence-based topic for the capstone project change proposal. Students should consider the clinical environment in which they are currently employed or have recently worked. The capstone project topic can be a clinical practice problem, an organizational issue, a leadership or quality improvement initiative, or an unmet educational need specific to a patient population or community. The selected problem should encourage the student to engage in interprofessional collaborative practice.

Students should select a topic that aligns to their area of interest as well as the clinical practice setting in which practice hours are completed.

This project is only a proposal and will not be implemented in a practice setting.

Write a 750-1000-word description of your proposed capstone project topic. Include the following:

  1. Describe the problem or issue that will be the focus of the change proposal. Explain with which category (leadership or community) the selected topic would best align.
  2. Discuss the setting or context in which the problem or issue can be observed and describe the population affected by this problem or issue.
  3. Discuss the implications this clinical practice problem or issue has on nursing practice.
  4. Based on your needs assessment in Topic 1, describe why this is a priority for the community/clinical site or affected clinical population.
  5. Briefly describe the organizational structure (mission, vision, values, leadership structure, etc.) of the practicum site. What internal and external processes will impact care coordination for the selected population or community?
  6. How effective has the organization been in addressing the identified problem or issue?

You are required to cite a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the past 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance. 

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:


7.1: Apply knowledge of systems to work effectively across the continuum of care.

7.3: Optimize system effectiveness through application of innovation and evidence-based practice.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

This assignment aligns to AACN Core Competencies 3.1, 7.1 and 7.3

Rubric Criteria

Problem or Issue of Proposal 8 points

Setting or Context of Problem 3.2 points

Implications of Practice Problems or Issues 3.2 points

Priority of Community/Clinical Site or Population 3.2 points

Organizational Structure (B) 5.2 points

Organizational Effectiveness (B)5.2 points

Thesis, Position, or Purpose 2.8 points

Development, Structure, and Conclusion 2.8 points

Evidence 2.4 points

Mechanics of Writing 2.4 points


The topic I selected is How to prevent Catheter Infection On Central Line -Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). Also I am doing Clinnical on  Intence Medical Unit (IMU). My project will focus on the observation in the Hospital setting.

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