Field: Nursing

Problem Statement

Provide a one- to two-paragraph statement that establishes the relevance of this problem:

1. Summarize preliminary, supporting evidence that provides justification that this problem is meaningful and relevant to the local setting as well as the broader field of nursing practice, citing key scholarly sources.

2. Explicitly state the gap in nursing practice or problem that will be your focus of this doctoral project

Practice-Focused Question(s) ( PICO Question)

List the guiding practice-focused question(s) that will address the identified nursing problem or gap in nursing practice.

Social Change

How this will impact social change? Does this project support the mission of Walden University to promote positive social change?

Context for the Doctoral Project

Briefly describe the intended setting for the doctoral project. Is it feasible to accomplish this project in the identified setting or context?

Sources of Evidence

Include relevant evidence that supports the need to address the identified problem. Describe how the evidence justifies that this problem is important to the nursing profession.

Approach/Method or Procedural Steps

Identify your possible approach/procedural steps, summarize possible strategies to obtain the data and resources needed to complete the doctoral project. Is this project from among the acceptable types listed on page 1?

Note: Evidence or data cannot be collected prior to approval of the doctoral project proposal.


Will this project provide protection for human subjects? Are there potential ethical issues that may present problems for the completion of this project?


Do the various aspects of the prospectus align overall? The problem should be supported by sources of evidence and should align with the practice-focused question, and the approach or procedural steps.


Use APA format for this prospectus. Include a minimum of five APA-formatted peer-reviewed references for all citations in the Doctoral Project Prospectus.

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