NURS 4005 Assignment Rubric
Week 5 Assignment Grading Rubric: Due by Week 5 Day 7
Dashboard Analysis and Nursing Plan

For the purpose of this assignment, review the quarterly Dashboard provided in the online classroom which contains a variety of clinical and administrative indicators. Write a 3- to 4-page paper analyzing areas where there is good performance and areas of opportunity. Then, select one area that needs improvement and develop a nursing action plan based on best practices. Support your idea with references from the professional nursing literature in the assigned course readings and other references in the Walden Library. If they are relevant, you may use one or two professional Web sites in addition to the literature references.
Grading Rubric:
Review the Rubric on page 2 to guide you in writing your assignment. The Rubric is also your instructor’s guide to grading your assignment.
Format / Template:
Please use the use the AWE 4000 Level Template and refer to the companion AWE 4000 Level Template Instructions
The template includes the correct font and formatting: 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spacing, and 1 inch margins on all sides.
** Writing Checklist ** (at end of document)
Review the items on the checklist to ensure that you meet the next level of expectations of AWE Checklist (Level 4000).In particular please note new expectations for Use of evidence and Credit to Source.Use a scholarly voice. Refer to scholarly writing websites:
Submission Instructions:
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
• Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK5Assgn+last name+first initial (extension)” as the name.
• Click the Week 5 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
• Before you submit your final assignment for grading, submit it to Safe Assign in the Week 5 Draft area of the course. Use the information provided in the Originality Report to revise your assignment. Paraphrasing and citing your sources in-text will decrease the similarity score. Click here to learn how to interpret your originality score. Revise your assignment before submitting your assignment in response to the Week 5 Assignment.
Assignment Rubric
Comments Points possible
Required Content
Provided a brief paragraph that included an overview of the assignment and its purpose. (15)

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Presented an analysis of the data from the Sample Dashboard. Provided a thorough description of the area of performance selected that needs improvement and discussed the statistical findings and why the area was selected.(40)
Presented a nursing plan on three or more best practices that could be implemented to improve performance on the selected indicator. Included how each best practice could address the selected performance. Each best practice was supported by the professional literature. (120)

Provided a summary of the main points in the paper. (15)
Use of Resources
Writer made use of course resources as directed in the assignment instructions. Resources were clearly identified when used.
Writer selected at least 3 scholarly resources to support their opinions and ideas. Websites may be used to augment scholarly resources but not be used instead of them.

Format and writing
Writer met all of the Academic Writing. Expectations. Paper was presented in a clean, professional format with few formatting, typographic or other errors. (AWE 4000) /30
Points may be deducted for late submissions. See policy in syllabus.
Total 250


Detailed explanation of Assignment expectations Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations
Required Content
190 Writer went into depth in addressing the issues and brings additional insights to the topic.
(172-190 pts) Writer successfully addressed all issues and questions given in the assignment details.
(142-171 pts) Writer did not successfully address all aspects of the assignment.
Use of Resources
30 Writer made substantial and insightful use of resources as supporting material.
(28-30 pts) Writer made use of course resources as directed in the assignment instructions. Resources were clearly identified when used.
(23 – 27 pts) Writer did not use required resources appropriately.
(0-22 pts)
Format and writing
4000 Writer met all of the Academic Writing Expectations
Paper was free of almost all errors, and was written in clear prose.
(28-30 pts) Writer met all of the Academic Writing Expectations. Paper was presented in a clean, professional format with few formatting, typographic or other errors.
(23 – 27 pts) Writer did not meet basic expectations for academic writing and/or paper contains substantial errors.
(0-22 pts)

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Continue to Academic Writing Checklist next page…

Academic Writing Expectations Checklist
4000 level
The items noted below are areas where you can improve. Click the links to access Writing Center resources: Notice new requirements for this level.
• Sentence-level skills
0 Using commas appropriately. See examples of the different comma uses.
0 Ensuring that pronouns match their nouns. See this discussion of noun-pronoun agreement.
0 Proofreading for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Read these proofreading tips.
• Paragraph-level skills
0 Focusing each paragraph on one central idea (rather than multiple ideas). See an explanation of how topic sentences work.
0 Ordering sentences logically in a paragraph. See an explanation of how the MEAL plan builds a strong paragraph.
• Essay-level skills
0 Structuring the paper (with an introduction, body, and conclusion). See an explanation of outlining a paper to plan organization.
0 Making an overall argument. See description and examples of thesis statements.
0 Using transitions to guide the reader and show relationships. See a guide to transitional phrases.
• Awareness of audience and discipline
0 Writing in an academic voice. See the different facets of an appropriately formal tone.
0 Formatting the paper according to APA style guidelines. See the course paper template for correct margins, spacing, font, and more.
• Use of evidence
0 Using readings, statistics, or data to effectively support a claim. See examples of integrating evidence in a paper.
0 Avoiding quotes. If used enclosing direct quotes in quotation marks. Read about the purpose of quotation marks.
0 Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarizing the source. See paraphrasing strategies. (Paraphrase rather than quote -no more than one quote)
0 Use the most current evidence (usually ≤ 5 years old).
• Credit to source
0 Using in-text citations appropriately. See examples of citations in APA style.
0 Setting up your reference list at the end of the paper or discussion post. See this reference list overview.
0 Formatting the reference entries according to APA style. See common reference examples here.

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As Dr. Rempher and Ms. Manna discussed this week, data from the NDNQI is used to improve nursing practices and support the strategic outcomes of an organization. This data is also used to create the Dashboard. The Dashboard, then, is used to create an action plan. Correctly interpreting information presented on the Dashboard provides nurses with a better understanding of the goals of the action plan.
This week, use the Dashboard, linked here and in this week’s Learning Resources, to interpret the data and frame a nursing plan based on best practices.
Download the Sample Dashboard.