Nursing Discussion Essay on The DNP Project: Ethical Considerations


During NR705, you will work with your faculty member and your preceptor to gain IRB approval within

Chamberlain and the practicum site, if applicable. Please answer all questions within this section

(stop at FOR FACULTY)

* Note: If practicum site IRB or committee approval on the project is not required, I affirm I have provided my professor with a letter to this effect from

a decision-maker at the practicum site.

❑ Yes ❑ No

Will informed consent be required for your project? If informed consent is required, attach a copy with this document.

❑ Yes ❑ No Comments____________________________________________________________

  1. What plan do you have in place to answer questions that arise from participants?

I have planned to educate participants about the differences between current practices and intended practice change. I will provide them with brochures describing the researcher’s data collection procedures and the type of data to be collected. It will also delineate their expected time commitment, disclose sponsors and funding agencies, and describe the project’s implementation. The potential risks and benefits to the participants and others will be explained in the brochures. The contents of the brochures will help to answer any questions that may arise from the participants.

Will participants be able to drop out of your project without consequences?

❑ Yes ❑ No Comments____________________________________________________________

Describe the plan you will have in place to maintain confidentiality of participants, both in regard to the data you will collect, as well as how you will protect their identity. Note all data must be reported in aggregate form.

The confidentiality and anonymity of participants will be maintained during data collection and data cleaning. During data collection, the researcher will change all identifying characteristics such as city, ethnic background, and occupation (Surmiak, 2018). During data cleaning, the researcher will remove data identifiers to establish a clean data set that does not include participants’ identifying information. For instance, their names will be replaced with pseudonyms.

How will you manage the data you collect within your project? What safeguards will you have in place to protect the data over time? How long will you maintain the data and what will be done with the data after this period of time?

The data will be cleaned to remove any typos and errors and miscodes. It will then be stored using a directory naming structure that groups data by project name and sub-groups it by processes (Corti, Van den Eynden, Bishop, & Woollard, 2019). The data will be stored in an uncompressed format in the researcher’s internal hard drive to protect its quality. The folder in which it is stored will be password-protected to ensure that no unauthorized people access it (Alter & Gonzalez, 2018). The data will be maintained for six months until the researcher receives a grade for the project. All the data will then be deleted from the internal hard drive.

Describe how you will disseminate the results of your project with participants, the practicum site, and Chamberlain College of Nursing. Do you have plans to share this project in the future as a podium or poster presentation? If so, how will the data be protected to ensure the confidentiality of the project participants?

(Keep in mind this project is now a virtual project because no sites will allow students due to the pandemic when doing the disseminate part)

The project’s results will be disseminated to its participants, the practicum site, and Chamberlain College of Nursing through virtual Zoom Meetings. Participants will be called individually to enable the researcher to share their real results with them. Representatives from the practicum site and school will be invited separately, and the researcher will share their screen via Zoom so that the representatives can access the results. However, participants’ names will be replaced with pseudonyms and their identifying characteristics removed to protect their confidentiality and anonymity.