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Running head: BENCHMARK CAPSTONE PROJECT CHANGE PROPOSAL1Benchmark Capstone Project Change ProposalTauheedah WalkerGrand Canyon UniversityBenchmark Capstone Project Change Proposal
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BENCHMARK CAPSTONE PROJECT CHANGE PROPOSAL2In order to sustain change and to make sure there is a sufficient supply of nursing staff, effective solutions must be developed in all areas including nursing education, policy and regulations, and healthcare delivery systems (Gerardi, Farmer, & Hoffman, 2018). This capstone project proposal focuses on the educational sector by proposing a change, particularly in terms ofthe time taken by nursing students in college to address the nursing shortage. The sections of the paper include a background, problem statement, purpose of the change proposal, PICOT question, search strategies for literature, literature evaluation, applicable change / nursing theory, proposed implementation plan, use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in intervention plan’s creation, plan for evaluation of the intervention, and potential barriers to implementation with strategies for addressing them. BackgroundThe shortage of Registered Nurses (RN) has continued to be a chronic problem affecting the nursing field and generally, the health care sector at all levels from local, state, national, and international. Bureau of Labor Statistics (n.d) predicted the growth of the RN profession from 2.9 million to 3.4 million (15 percent growth rate) from 2016 to 2026. This growth demands for extra 203,700 new RNs on an annual basis for replacement of the retiring one. The number of RN retirements is estimated to be one million by the year 2030 and this will lead to significant loss in the number of RNs with sufficient knowledge, qualifications, competence, and experiencein nursing (Gerardi et al., 2018). Aside from the high RN retirement rates, other contributing factors to the increasing shortage of RN include a slow rate of growth in nursing school enrollment, inadequate number of nursing faculties in educational institutions which also restrainthe number of nursing programs’ enrollments. Low enrollments of new students in nursing programs will definitely result in a low number of nursing graduates, and as such, a low number
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BENCHMARK CAPSTONE PROJECT CHANGE PROPOSAL3of RN available to practice in clinical care settings. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] (2019), at the minimum, 75,000 qualified students applying to nurse programs have been turned down due to limited availability of nursing faculties, classroomspace, clinical sites, budget, and clinical preceptors. Another factor contributing to RN shortage is the rapidly increasing number of elderly patients with demands for geriatric care including endof life and palliative care. The number of elderly patients (65 years and older) is projected to increase by 83.7 million by 2050. This is nearly two times the population of elderly patients in 2012 which was 43.1 million (Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d).
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