Project Management & Dissemination Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a resource for CNS educators, practicing CNSs, CNS students, and others on project management and dissemination.  The focus is on quality improvement or evidence-based practice projects.

Project Management: Overview

Project Management Institute.  (2020).  What is Project Management?  Retrieved at:

PM Solutions.  (2011). Strategies for Project Recovery:  A PM Solutions Research Report.  Retrieved at:

Roush, K., & Tesoro, M. (2018). An examination of the rigor and value of final scholarly projects completed by DNP nursing students. Journal of professional nursing: Official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 34(6), 437443.

Carter, E. J., Mastro, K., Vose, C., Rivera, R., & Larson, E. L. (2017). Clarifying the Conundrum: Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, or Research?: The Clinical Scholarship Continuum. The Journal of nursing administration, 47(5), 266270.

Writing an Effective Executive Summary (n.d.). US Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center


Project Management:  Models and Frameworks

Scoville R, Little K. Comparing Lean and Quality Improvement. IHI White Paper. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2014. (Available at

Nurses Guide to evidenced-based practice: Models/Frameworks. (2020) Loma Linda University.

CDC. Program Performance and Evaluation Office

Iowa Model Collaborative. (2017). Iowa model of evidence-based practice: Revisions and validation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(3), 175-182. doi:10.1111/wvn.12223

Dang, D., & Dearholt, S. (2017). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: model and guidelines. 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International

IHI Model for Improvement


Lean Enterprise Institute

Lean Six Sigma

Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) IHI Website

Drain, A., & Sanders, E. 2019 Dec 28. A Collaboration System Model for Planning and Evaluating Participatory Design Projects. International Journal of Design [Online] 13:3. Available:


Project Management:  Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

American Medical Association.  (2015).  Practice Transformation Series:  Starting Lean Healthcare-A3 Report.  Retrieved at:   What is an A3?

Thomas, P.L.  (2020).  Developing Metrics that Support Project Plans, Interventions, and Programs.   In Harris, JL, Roussel, L., Dearman, C., & Thomas, PL (Eds.), Project Planning and Management:  A Guide for Nurses and Interprofessional Teams, 3rd ed. (p.193-220).  MA:  Jones & Bartlett.   

IHI.  (2019).  QI Project Measures Worksheet.  MA:  IHI.  Retrieved at:


Project Management:  Sustaining Improvements

Scoville R, Little K, Rakover J, Luther K, Mate K. Sustaining Improvement. IHI White Paper. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2016. Retrieved at:

IHI.  (2019).  Sustainability Planning Worksheet.  MA:  IHI.  Retrieved at:


Dissemination:  Overview

All conferences and journals have specific instructions and guidelines on submissions. Be sure to review them and format your submission according to their instructions.

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).  Retrieved at:

Oermann, M.  (2019).  Writing for Publication in Nursing, 4th ed.  New York:  Springer Publishing.

Shannon, S. (2011). A Guide to Academic and Scholarly Writing. Oveido, FL: Baldwin Book Publishing.

Dissemination:  Plagiarism

Understanding plagiarism. (2019). Accredited schools online.

Dissemination:  Writing Skills

APA Style

American Psychological Association. (2020). The official manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

American Psychological Association. (2020). Concise Guide to APA Style: The official APA Style Guide for Students.

Ansryan, L. Z., Marshall, C., Aronow, H. U., Chan, A., & Coleman, B. (2019). Inspiring Writing in Nursing: A Clinical Nurse Specialist-Led Program. Clinical nurse specialist CNS33(2), 90–96.

Bloomsburg University.  Library Research Tutorial.  Retrieved at:

Dexter P. (2000). Tips for scholarly writing in nursing. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing16(1), 6–12. 

Frels, R. K., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., & Slate, J. R. (2010). Editorial: A typology of verbs for scholarly writing. Research in the Schools, 17(1), XX.

Gazza EA, Hunker DF. Facilitating scholarly writer development: the writing scaffold. Nursing Forum. 2012;47(4):278–285.

Nordquist, R. Academic writing. Available at:, accessed 5/4/17.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

  • Tschannen D, Anderson C, Strobbe S, et al. Scholarly productivity for nursing clinical track faculty. Nurs Outlook. 2014;62(6):475481.  10.1016/j.outlook.2014.05.006

Dissemination:  Conference Presentations

10-20-30 Rule of Powerpoint (n.d.)  Kawasaki, G.

Tips for making effective powerpoint presentations. (2020). National Conference on State Legislatures

Dissemination: Poster Presentations

Review the conference instructions for your poster.

How to Create a Research Poster

Smart Poster

Rethinking the Science Poster

Dissemination:  Manuscript Submission

Most journals require authors to format manuscripts using the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) if you are submitting a QI paper.

Journal Selection- Find journals, authors, or articles at JANE:

Oermann, M. H., Conklin, J. L., Nicoll, L. H., Chinn, P. L., Ashton, K. S., Edie, A. H., … & Budinger, S. C. (2016). Study of predatory open access nursing journals. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(6), 624-632.

Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Updated 2019.