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NURS 499 Safety Assignment (Signature Assignment)

This assignment addresses the following CLOs


CLO # 2  –  Design an individually developed team project that has a focus designed to improve patient/community health outcomes.


CLO # 4  –  Analyze readings in collaboration with class peers online, focusing on specific course content.


CLO # 6  –  Determine nurse sensitive or other appropriate outcomes for selected project.



This assignment addresses the following PLOs


PLO # 2  –  Participate in patient safety and quality initiatives within the context of an interprofessional team.


Other PLOs may be addressed as well


The Safety Assignment requires that students design an individually developed team project that has a  focus on SAFEY and is researched and designed to improve patient/community health outcomes.   The entire project or elements of it may involve safety for patients and/or communities.  It can be the stepping stone for your Capstone Project Proposal.



  1. Identify and describe one significant safety concern in the clinical site in which you are carrying out the Capstone Project (or another clinical site).    Include the complexities of the setting and/or the concern such as:  pertinent history; political, social, financial and/or other constraints/limitations; resources available or needed; limitations of human factors.


If the focus of your capstone project is not directly related to a significant safety issue you can complete this assignment by identifying one significant safety concern for another clinical site that you have identified such as a place of employment.  If you do not use your capstone project site you should email your NURS 499 instructor with your alternate site for this assignment.


  1. Describe the nurse sensitive or other outcomes that are appropriate for the safety concern you have identified. If you have designed your capstone project specifically related to the safety concern described in # 1 above you can use those outcomes.
  2. Describe one intervention related to the safety concern. This can be part of your capstone project or something the agency has initiated.
  3. Explain how this intervention will be evaluated and any evaluation data that is available at the time of this assignment.
  4. Describe how the intervention can be related to one of the professional organizations that are concerned with safety (ANA, WHO, Joint Commission, Medicare, Patient Safety Movement, AHRQ).


The assignment is a 4 to 5 page paper that is submitted to SafeAssign by the due date.  The paper will be graded  according to the rubric.  This paper is also to be posted in the student’s ePortfolio.