CAPSTONE PROJECTS

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

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A capstone is literally, “one of the finishing or protective stones that form the top of an exterior masonry wall or building.” The Capstone project is the pinnacle of the University of Colorado Master of Science Palliative Care (MSPC) program and differentiates this program from programs without an integrative/systems project. In MSPC Capstone coursework, students apply what they have learned to real-world problems in their work settings. Students design and implement projects (e.g., evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, program development or evaluation, ethics or humanities, needs assessment, education, community engagement, research), build presentation skills, develop relationships with faculty mentors, and demonstrate program competencies. Students share results through a professional abstract and poster presentation and may present at a professional PC meeting. 

Master’s students will take two 3-credit courses to complete the Capstone Coursework: PALC 6910 Capstone Project Proposal and PALC 6950 Capstone Project Presentation.


Develop, implement, and evaluate an educational plan that increases palliative care awareness with patients, family caregivers, healthcare providers and professionals, students, consumers, and/or the community-at-large.

CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2016Kathleen Beaver, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPN Elizabeth Holman

Pain Management Educational Intervention for Long Term Care Staff in a Rural Facility

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Education
2016Kacey Boyle, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPNKristin Broadfoot

Whose Job Is It Anyway? Working to Improve Serious Illness Communication Skills across Disciplines

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Education
2019Tristen Dinkel, RN, BSNNancy Robertson

Integrating Palliative Care in a Rett Program: An Educational Plan

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Education
2017Brandy Drake, MDJean Abbott

Educational Intervention to Promote Provider Understanding of DNR Orders and Advance Directives

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Education
2016Ellen Fulp, PharmD, MSPC, BCGP; NCShaun Gleason

Student Pharmacist Perceptions of Palliative Care in the Academic Setting 

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Education
2018Nezha HamidJulie Swaney

Determining Oncology Nurses’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Needs about Palliative and Spiritual Care at Hamad Medical Corporation

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Education
2018Misty D. Lahti, RN, BSN, MSPCJean Abbott

Readiness to Engage Advance Care Planning in a Diverse Islamic Community

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Community Engagement
2016Kathleen Lester, MSPC, BS, BSN, RN-BCJean Abbott

Increasing Advance Care Planning in Acute Care Nurses: Have You Had the Conversation?

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Education
2019Dora Mueller, RN, BSNKelly Arora

Advance Care Planning Engagement in a Multi-cultural Faith-based Community

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Community Engagement
2016Elizabeth Paramore, MSPC, BSN, RNAmos Bailey

Closing the Palliative Care Skills Gap by Providing Palliative Care Seminars for Physician Assistant Students

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Education
2018Misty Roberts, RN, BSN, MSPC CHPNKatie Morrison

Increasing Resiliency Awareness in Palliative Care Clinicians through a Series of Educational Sessions

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Education
2018Loren Steinfeldt, RN, BSNKelly Arora

Interventional Pain Management Orientation Training

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Education

 

Review, critique, synthesize, and integrate evidence (research and non-research sources of evidence) into a plan to change and evaluate clinical practice or policies and procedures in the student's setting.

CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2017Jenny Carson, RN, BSN, MSPCNancy English

Evidence of Non-Verbal Self-Reported QOL In Medically Complex Children

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Evidence-Based Practice
2018Sofia Cartagena, RN, BSN, MSPC, CHPNNancy Robertson

After-Death Care Protocol: A Final Act of Caring

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Evidence-Based Practice
2018Evangeline MacMillan, RN, BSNNancy English

Orientation of NICU Nurses to Palliative Care

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Evidence-based Practice
2018Peter Rice, PharmDShaun Gleason

Pharmacologic Review of Medical Aid in Dying

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Evidence-based Practice


CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2019Christine Merchant, RN, BSNAmos Bailey

Palliative Care Humanities Project 

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Humanities

 

Perform a needs assessment by identifying unmet educational needs or health and healthcare needs of a special population and make changes to meet these unmet needs.

CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2016Julie J. Berk, MSPC, MS, PA-CJudy Knudson

Design and Needs Assessment of Framework for Group Palliative Care Visits for Atypical Parkinsonism

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Needs Assessment
2018Sara Elliott, BScAHN, BNRN, MSPCNancy Robertson

Palliative Care Delivery in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador

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Needs Assessment
2016Lily Gillmor, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPPNNancy English

Integrated Bereavement: A Comprehensive Approach to Pediatric Loss

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Needs Assessment
2019Jennifer Knott Lavagnino, RN, BSNHarri Brackett

Palliative Care in the PICU: A Needs Assessment

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Needs Assessment
2017Garth Leadbetter, RN, BSN, MSPCNancy Robertson

A Palliative Care Needs Assessment of Private Duty Pediatric Nurses

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Needs Assessment
2018Katrina Leonard, RN, BSN, MSPCNancy English

Providing End-of Life Care to Children: A Needs Assessment of Hospice Nurses

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Needs Assessment
2017Niki Shah, RPh, MSPCAmos Bailey

Quality-of-Life Needs Assessment in Patients with Severe Chronic Pancreatitis Using a Validated Instrument

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Needs Assessment
2016Cara Thompson, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPNRegina Fink

A Needs Assessment of Community Nurses to Facilitate their Role in Global Palliative Care

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Needs Assessment

 

Develop a program proposal to enhance clinical care in the student's setting, present the proposal and evaluate the program's success. OR systematically collect information about the activities, characteristics, and results of program in the student's setting; develop a proposal to enhance the program's effectiveness and/or inform decisions about future programming; implement and evaluate program recommendations.

CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2017Jamie Benton, MSW, MSPC 

How Palliative Care Team Composition Affects Program Variables and Outcomes Data

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Program Evaluation
2016Timothy Holder, MD, MSPCNancy Robertson

Palliative Care in the Home Program

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Program Development
2016Deborah Nuccio, MSPC, PA-CMaurice Scott

Outcomes in Kaiser Colorado Head/Neck Cancer Patients who received Chemo-Radiation Therapy and Palliative Care

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Program Evaluation
2016Matthew Stinson, MSPC, MPAS, PA-CKatie Morrison

Compassionate Technology: Palliative Care Telemedicine in the Rural Hospital Setting

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Program Development

 

Identify a clinical problem and then develop, implement, and evaluate a plan to improve care and patient outcomes for a specific patient population in the student's setting. OR identify a sentinel event that has occurred on the student's setting; develop a plan to remediate the problem; implement and evaluate the plan's ability to prevent or reduce the recurrence of the event.

CohortStudent NameMentorProject TitleProject Type
2017Elizabeth Belanger- Shugart, ANP, MSPCKatie Morrison

Developing Nurses as Palliative Care Advocates through Education

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Quality Improvement
2018Dana Coutts, PA-C, MSPCMaurice Scott

Early Outpatient Palliative Care Referral for Ischemic Stroke Survivors

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Quality Improvement
2017Carol Curran, MDErica Rhein

Use of PPIs in Hospice Patients

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Quality Improvement
2018Amber Maniates, MSPAS, PA-CHarri Brackett

Know Patients’ Preferences: Completing Medical Scope of Treatment (MOST) Forms in Persons with Advanced Cancer

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Quality Improvement
2019Barry Platnick, MDJean Abbott

Integrating Palliative Care into Lung Cancer Patient Population at DHMC

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Quality Improvement
2016Adonica Racicot, MSPC, BSN, RN, OCNTodd Hultman Regina Fink

Normalizing Palliative Care for Advanced Cancer Patients Through Education and Consistent Exposure

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Quality Improvement
2018Nicole Thurston, MDElissa Kolva

Developing A Functional Palliative Care Team in A Rural Community

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Quality Improvement