NUR 440 Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: In Milestone One, you will submit a topic proposal for instructor approval which identifies your chosen professional practice issue. A professional practice issue is any issue or situation that either compromises client care/service by placing a client at risk or affects a nurse’s ability to provide care/service consistent with standards and guidelines and agency or organization policies or procedures. By the end of this course, your topic also has the potential to be explored further as part of your capstone project. As the first piece of your final project, the topic proposal will enable you to explain the background and significance of the issue, develop your PICO question in Milestone Two and begin the introduction of your final project. A good topic proposal is engaging, identifies a specific and original topic, explains the background and significance, and establishes a purpose.
Prompt:Chooseaprofessionalpracticeissueoflocal,state,ornationalimportancethatmightbeencounteredinnursingpractice. Besuretoincludethe following elements in your topic proposal:
 Identify your topic. How does it relate to a professional practice issue?
 Explain your interest and purpose. Why did you choose this topic?
 Explore the background and significance. What do you hope to gain by researching this topic? What is already known about the problem? What gap in
practice will be addressed?
 Analyze the relationship between research and evidence-based practice. How does research influence evidence-based practice? How will your research on
this topic contribute to evidence-based nursing practice?
Guidelines for Submission: Your topic proposal must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. Submission should include at least two evidence-based resources published within the last five years. All citations and references should be formatted according to the most recent APA guidelines.
Topic: Reducing Burnout and Promoting Work-Life Balance among Nurses
I am interested in exploring the issue of burnout and work-life balance among nurses as it is a significant problem that impacts the quality of care provided to patients and the overall well-being of nurses. As a nurse, I have personally experienced the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and have witnessed the negative effects of burnout on my colleagues.
The background and significance of this issue are well documented in the literature. Studies have shown that burnout and poor work-life balance among nurses are associated with decreased job satisfaction, increased turnover, and decreased patient satisfaction (Shanafelt et al., 2015). Additionally, burnout has been linked to a number of negative outcomes for nurses, including physical and mental health problems, as well as a higher risk of errors and accidents (Shanafelt et al., 2015).
The relationship between research and evidence-based practice is critical in addressing this issue. By conducting research on interventions that promote work-life balance and reduce burnout among nurses, we can better understand the most effective strategies for addressing this problem. This research can then be used to inform the development of evidence-based practices and policies that support the well-being of nurses and ultimately improve the quality of care provided to patients.
Shanafelt, T. D., Hasan, O., Boone, S., Tan, L., West, C. G., Sotile, W., … West, J. P. (2015). Interventions to promote physician well-being: A systematic review. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 90(9), 1600-1613.