Master of Nursing

Scholarly Project

What is a Scholarly Project?

All UW Bothell MN students are required to engage in an independent scholarly inquiry activity resulting in a scholarly project. The scholarly project reflects an integration of knowledge within the focused area of scholarly inquiry. A scholarly project involves critical literature review and an aspect of the research process. The project may also incorporate elective coursework in support of the inquiry activity. The results of the scholarly project will be in written form, such as a scholarly paper, or other written summary mutually agreed upon by the student and the Supervisory Committee such as a summary of the process involved in the development of a film, web site, or program assessment, intervention or evaluation report. Scholarly projects may be individual or may involve group collaboration of 2-3 students. Scholarly projects are completed in winter and spring quarter of the final year of study as a part of BNURS 598.

Examples of Approved Scholarly Projects

  • Evaluation of nursing process in telehealth nurse-patient encounters
  • Development of a survival guide for novice faculty
  • Development of an ESL program for a long-term care facility
  • The American Lung Association of Washington's efforts to influence public policy to protect the health of Washington citizens: An evaluation report
  • Adult family homes and the use of physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLTST) form: A program evaluation project
  • Taking Care of Ourselves: Development of a Self-Care Program for Registered Nurses
  • Comparing Two Methods of Feeding Patients After Elective Intestinal Resection
  • Improving Quality of Care at the End of Life: Creating a Comfort Care Protocol for Acute Care Oncology and Stem-Cell Transplant Patients
  • Development of a Patient Classification System at a Puget Sound Area Hospital

For a complete list of past scholarly projects see the available list.

How does the Scholarly Project fit in the MN Program of Study?

The scholarly project (BNURS 598-3 to 6 credits) is the capstone of the program, demonstrating scholarship, including mastery of a focused area of knowledge

Preliminary ideas for project proposals may be developed within the context of the two sequenced research courses (BNURS 520 & 521). Scholarly project proposals are more fully developed during the fall quarter of the 2nd year in the MN program in consultation with your project committee chairperson and secondary committee members.

While BNURS 598 Scholarly Project and BNURS 503 Advanced Fieldwork represent two different courses, student fieldwork may help to inform the work of the scholarly project. For example, a student might plan their fieldwork around working with the faculty at a local community college. This could inform a scholarly project that involves developing a new course or curriculum change for implementation at another community college.

6 to 12 elective nursing and related fields courses may be selected to support the master's project (maximum of 3 may be used to replace an equal number of B NURS 598 credits). Elective credits may also be used to explore other interests in your program of study. Up to 2 elective credits that are pre-approved for the Scholarly Project Plan may also be used to substitute for two credits of B NURS 503.

BNURS 520 and 521 must be completed before BNURS 598 activities begin. BNURS 503 and 598 credits may be taken at the same time, based on the curriculum plan developed with your Supervisory Committee.

Guidance for the Scholarly Project is provided by the Supervisory Committee, who approves the final project plan and final project report and supervises the Final Examination. The Supervisory Committee Chair guides the student through the steps in developing and completing the scholarly project. The Committee Chair serves as key contact for the student during the second year and through completion of the Master of Nursing degree. Additional information will be provided during the first year about the selection of the Supervisory Committee Chair and committee members.

Steps in the Development of a Scholarly Project:

  1. Throughout the first two quarters of the MN program, you may contact and interview graduate faculty to determine your interest in working with one faculty member as your Faculty Advisor/Chair.
  2. Explore possible topics of interest. Read as much as you can about possible topics of interest in core courses.
  3. At the end of BNURS 520, complete the Student/Faculty Matching Form to request a project advisor/supervisory committee chair. Submit a prioritized request and rationale for advisor/supervisory committee chair based on the student's needs and topic of interest. After your request is received, the faculty and MN program coordinator will match students with a faculty advisor/supervisory committee chair based on student requests, faculty interest and availability. The student/faculty matching process will be completed by the first week of the following quarter in BNURS 521.
  4. With your Faculty Advisor/Chair, identify the primary focus of the scholarly inquiry and how the project will develop your mastery of a focused area of knowledge. The Master's Program Initial Project and Curriculum Plan form will be completed by the end of the quarter enrolled in BNURS 521.
  5. No later than Week 5 of the first quarter enrolled in BNURS598, form the remainder of the supervisory committee in collaboration with your advisor/chair, and fill out the Faculty Agreement to Serve on Supervisory Committee form.
  6. Develop your detailed project plan in collaboration with your advisor/chair. The detailed project plan should be completed by the end of the first quarter enrolled in BNURS598; once completed, submit the Detailed Master's Scholarly Project Plan Signature Sheet to the MN Advisor.Steps in planning include:

    Establish a timeline for your work. Establish a regular schedule of appointments with your advisor/chair in order to enhance progression according to your identified time frame for completion.

    Determine with your advisor/chair when to share a draft of the plan with other members of the committee. Committee members do not expect to get materials from the student unless the advisor/chair agrees that this should occur. Notify committee members that they are to expect something from you about two weeks prior to its arrival, so that they can plan for it in their workload. Expect a one week turn-around time. Committee members send their responses directly to your chair, who will arrange for an appointment with you to go over the comments. In the event of disagreement by committee members, the members themselves work this out, and the chair has binding decision power.

    When the Detailed Project Plan is approved, it is signed on the cover sheet by all committee members. A signed copy is given to the MN Advisor by the student and is placed in the student's file.

  7. Complete planned course work and activities in BNURS 503, 598 and electives. Work primarily with your supervisory committee chair and with the entire committee if appropriate.
  8. Complete all final quarter requirements, including applying for your degree. An application for degree (warrant) is required for your final examination.
  9. Final Examination. The Final Examination is a public presentation of your completed scholarly project. Arrange for your final examination with your committee during the final quarter of the program. It must be passed. All members of the Supervisory Committee participate. In your exam, you will present your project to your committee members (20 minutes) and other interested persons. Questions (10 minutes) will be addressed to you by those in attendance. When the final examination has been concluded, all members of the Supervisory Committee sign your:

    Application for Degree (warrant)

    Verification of Degree Form

    Master's Scholarly Project: Final Summary

  10. Return the following items to the MN Program Coordinator:
  • Signed Application for Degree (MN Coordinator will transmit the information to the Graduate School)
  • Signed Verification of Degree Form
  • A One-Page Abstract of your Scholarly Project
  • One copy of the completed and signed Master's Scholarly Project: Final Summary
  • MN Program Evaluation in sealed envelope
  • Copy of product of Scholarly inquiry (e.g., paper, manuscript, video, portfolio)

What is the Master's Supervisory Committee?
(Revised August 2005)

Each student working toward a graduate degree at the University of Washington is guided by a faculty supervisory committee. This committee serves an important evaluative and mentoring function for the student throughout his or her graduate career.

Appointment of a supervisory committee for students aspiring to the Master's degree is a function of the Graduate Faculty in the degree granting units (UW Bothell Nursing Program). The MN Program Coordinator, in consultation with the student and appropriate faculty members, appoints a committee of 2-4 members.

The Chair and at least one-half of the total membership must be members of the graduate faculty. UW Bothell nursing faculty who are graduate faculty are included on the faculty list, as are the Nursing faculty who are not graduate faculty; the non-graduate faculty may serve as committee members.

See Graduate School Memorandum 13