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1 How to Write a Proposal Supporting the Nursing Clinical Practice Fellowship (NCPF) sponsored by the Government of Ontario and the RPNAO

2 The purpose of the NCPF is to: Make sure that what you propose for the NCPF meets this goal Purpose of the NCPF improve patient/client/resident outcomes and/or improve nursing leadership

3 Step 1: Problem Identification Proposal STEP ONE Outlined in first paragraph HOW THIS IS A PROBLEM? Quote study statistics IS IT REASONABLE? Ensure the problem you are trying to solve/learn about is something that is reasonable Proposal STEP ONE Outlined in first paragraph HOW THIS IS A PROBLEM? Quote study statistics IS IT REASONABLE? Ensure the problem you are trying to solve/learn about is something that is reasonable STEP ONE: Identify what problem or issue you are trying to learn more about or solve ARGUMENT SUPPORT: Outline research that shows why this is an issue REASONABLE PROBLEM: Reasonable problems are achievable in the specified time. (Don’t say that you want to solve the nursing shortage!)

4 Step 2: Goal Determination Determine what goals you are trying to achieve Make a list of all the goals you want to achieve Goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely)

5 SMART Goals- Specific SPECIFIC A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, "Get in shape." But a specific goal would say, "Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.“ SETTING SPECIFIC GOALS with six "W" questions – Who: Who is involved? – What: What do I want to accomplish? – Where: Identify a location. – When: Establish a time frame. – Which: Identify requirements and constraints. – Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

6 SMART Goals- Measurable MEASURABLE Establish concrete criteria for measuring your progress toward each goal set When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates AND achievement supports successfully reaching your goal. DETERMINING MEASURABLE GOALS With 3 H questions – How much? – How many? – How will I know when it is accomplished?

7 SMART Goals- Achievable ACHIEVABLE When you identify goals, you need to determine if they are achievable. When you set goals ensure that they can be measured for progress or they are not attainable. You can attain goals when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE ACHIEVABILITY Can you finish this?-there is no point starting something you know you can't finish Do you know when you are finished? If you can't tell if or when you've finished, it isn’t measurable.

8 SMART Goals- Realistic REALSITIC Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. If you decide a goal is realistic; do you have the support/resources in your organization to make it achievable. The fellowship can support you to develop abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. GOAL TIPS A realistic goal must be an objective which you are both willing and able to work toward. Meet with your manager and future mentor to determine if goals are realistic within the organization. If you have accomplished something similar in the past, ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

9 SMART Goals- Timely/Tangible TIMELY A goal should always be grounded within a time frame. You need at least one goal Goals should be tangible (realistic)- making it specific and measurable, results in the goal being attainable. RATIONALE Without a time frame there is no sense of urgency and your goals may not be achieved by the end of the fellowship. If you do not have a goal it is not measurable. An example of a tangible goal- “teach 20 nurses in the next month about wound care” instead of having 4 in- services.

10 Overview SMART Goals Specific Well defined, clear to anyone with a basic knowledge of the project Measurable Know if the goal is obtainable and how far away completion it is Achievable Goals can realistically be met within a timeframe and are measurable Realistic Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time Time Based Enough time to achieve the goal

11 Step 3: Outline of Proposed NCPF When you write your proposal be clear and concise, it should give an overview of what you will do during the fellowship Using the SMART Goal questions remember to include:  Who will be involved?  What outcomes do you expect to achieve?  What learning methods would be used?  When would the NCPF project take place?  Where will you do the fellowship?  Why would this proposed NCPF meet the goals you outlined earlier?  What would your mentor do? Make sure your mentor has input to the proposal.  How do you propose to meet your goals?

12 Step 4: Summary Your final section should summarize – why you want to participate, – why you should be selected to participate, – what you plan to do during the fellowship, – what support you have confirmed from your organization, and – what your mentor has agreed to do.

13 General Tips TIME Give yourself enough time to complete the proposal Give enough time for others to review the proposal and be open to recommendations/ideas for improvement. Don’t leave the review until the end If your proposal is not clear to another person, it won’t be clear to the reviewers

14 General Tips PROPOSAL CONTENT AND FORMAT Write clearly and to the point. Do not use “flowery” language or too many words that are not necessary to give a clear picture of what you are proposing. Include as many details of your plans for the fellowship as possible. The reviewers cannot conceive what you are thinking in your head, so make sure your proposal is clear (RNAO website 2008). Make sure you answer all the questions asked in the call for abstracts/proposals. The reviewers ask for certain things for a reason. If you don’t answer them, you will not be successful.

15 General Tips MARKETING Remember that the reviewers don’t know you and can’t see you. Make sure the application reflects your suitability for the program. Don’t be afraid to “market” yourself. Let the reviewers know all the good qualities you possess.

16 References http://www.topachievement.com/smart.html http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/smart-goals.html National Primary and Care Trust Development Programme (2004). Ten Steps to SMART objectives. Retrieved March 10, 2010 from: http://www.natpact.nhs.uk/uploads/Ten%20Steps%20to%20SMART%20objective s.pdf http://www.natpact.nhs.uk/uploads/Ten%20Steps%20to%20SMART%20objective s.pdf RPNAO Proposal Guidelines


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