Each student will develop a paper (no more than 5 pages double spaced excluding title and reference page(s))on a topic that will

integrate nurse practitioner management. The topic will be chosen by the student from a list of disease process or diagnoses

supplied by the faculty. Reference for this paper must be recent (within the past 5 years).Be thorough but succinct in your

writing. Please submit your paper to the Plagiarism Checker at least one time to ensure that your work is your own.Summaries of

diagnostic criteria and guidelines should be in your own words.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to promote scholarly thought and writing. Writing this paper will increase your knowledge

concerning a disease process, promoting critical thinking skills, writing abilities, and will encourage you to incorporate

published evidenced based literature in your nursing practice.
Section I: Introduction
Criteria Points Comments
Short paragraph written identifying the psychiatric disorder and purpose of the paper. 5
A one paragraph review of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria of the psychiatric disorder. 10
Description of the pathophysiology of the disease/diagnosis clearly stated in student’s own words with reference(s) from a textbook

or peer reviewed nursing or scientific journal (reference must be from the past 5 years). Be inclusive but succinct. Included in

this section:
• Prevalence of the psychiatric disorder in adults and children
• Risk factors for the psychiatric disorder
• Genetics of the psychiatric disorder
• Brain structures & neurotransmitters involved in the psychiatric disorder 20

Section II: Review of Treatment Guidelines/Evidence

Criteria Points Comments
An introductory paragraph is presented which discusses how the Treatment Guideline/Evidence was retrieved. 5
Review of Guideline/Evidence:
1) Guideline/Evidence is critically analyzed using current and classic information from varied disciplines.
a) Published guideline identified related to the problem/diagnosis.
b) Level of evidence for the literature/research that is cited in support of the guideline chosen is described.
c) If no guideline identified, the level of evidence presented for the literature/research that supports the evidence for the

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management of the disease/diagnosis is described.
2) Research sources are cited correctly within the paper.
3) References are recent (within 5 years).
4) A minimum of four citations of relevant literature are included, at least three of which are research-based from peer

reviewed nursing or scientific journals. 10
A paragraph summarizing the literature in support of the management clearly presented. 5

Section III: Application

Criteria Points Comments
Plan for application of the Guideline/Evidence for the chosen disease/diagnosis.
1) Common therapeutic modalities to include medications and psychotherapies appropriate in managing the disease/diagnosis are

presented. 30


Section IV: Opportunities for Teaching and Quality of Care Improvement

Criteria Points Comments
Teaching needs of a client and family with the chosen disease/diagnosis clearly presented. Rationale is provided for each area of

teaching identified. 5
Actual or potential referrals identified with rationales cited.
1) Provisions for collaboration with any other disciplines presented. 5

Section V. Technical Aspects of the Paper
Criteria Points Comments
Followed APA format for the layout of the paper
1) Paper typed and double spaced with appropriate margins.
2) Pages of paper are numbered.
3) Title page includes title of the paper, name, course number, and name of clinical faculty. 5
Followed APA format for references (in text citations and reference list)
No spelling or grammatical errors.
Plagiarism checker (1 point)
Paper turned in on or before the due date.
Additional Comments:
Total 100


Faculty Signature: __________________________ Date: ___________________