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NURS 4110: Transformation to the Professional Nurse Role: Group

This guide will provide with you with suggested resources, research tools, and writing tutorials that are available from the AUM Library, the Learning Center, and other AUM departments. Additionally, this guide provides you with assistance in utilizing an

Group Presentation Assignment

Nursing and healthcare is witnessing a radical change in recent years with care that must be framed in terms of safety, evidence-based practice and consumer/patient involvement and engagement. Efforts have been mandated to provide a safer environment and various safety initiatives can be seen in all aspects of the healthcare arena. This assignment is focused on how to manage a sentinel event, taking into consideration your professional responsibilities, leadership style, teaching-learning strategies for your staff and continuous quality improvement initiatives. 

sentinel event has just been identified at your hospital and you have been selected as the team conducting a root cause analysis for the event. Choose a sentinel event from the list below: 

  • An unanticipated death or major permanent loss of function not related to the natural course of the patient's illness or underlying condition
  • Suicide of any patient receiving care in a staffed, 24-hour setting within 72 hours of discharge
  • Discharge of infant to the wrong family 
  • Abduction of any patient receiving care, treatment and services 
  • Hemolytic transfusion reaction from blood group incompatibilities 
  • Invasive procedure, including surgery, on the wrong patient, at the wrong site, or using the wrong procedure
  • Prolonged fluoroscopy
  • Rape, assault (leading to permanent loss of function), or homicide of any patient receiving care or of a staff member, licensed independent practitioner, visitor, or vendor while on site at the healthcare organization
  • Severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
  • Unanticipated death of a full-term infant
  • Unintended retention of a foreign body in a patient after surgery or other invasive procedures

For more detailed information and a complete list of possible sentinel events, download the 2017 Sentinel Event document


Your group will conduct a literature review on current professional/scholarly research about or related to your group's chosen sentinel event. 

Remember! Professional/scholarly research is a specific type of resource. Read more about identifying scholarly resources here

Literature Review Assistance

A literature review should try to answer questions such as...

1. Who are the key researchers on this topic?

2. What has been the focus of the research efforts so far and what is the current status?

3. How have certain studies built on prior studies? Where are the connections? Are there new interpretations of the research?

4. Have there been any controversies or debate about the research? Is there consensus? Are there any contradictions?

5. Which areas have been identified as needing further research? Have any pathways been suggested?

6. How will your topic uniquely contribute to this body of knowledge?

7. Which methodologies have researchers used and which appear to be the most productive?

8. What sources of information or data were identified that might be useful to you?

9. How does your particular topic fit into the larger context of what has already been done?

10. How has the research that has already been done help frame your current investigation?

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