In obtaining your DNP degree at Walden, you will complete a practicum/field experience and Doctoral Project. Both of these program-of-study milestones are directly aligned to the achievement of the AACN DNP Essentials. The focus of your Doctoral Project will be on a quality improvement project that you would advocate for to address a nursing practice gap or organizational need. Photo Credit: photoechno / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images In this first course, you will begin to consider the type of Doctoral Projects you might be interested in pursuing for completion of your DNP degree. Similarly, the clinical hours you will complete in your practicum/field experience will also align to the achievement of certain competencies as defined in the AACN DNP Essentials. Consider how alignment between your future plans in completing your practicum/field experience and your Doctoral Project will represent alignment to the DNP Essentials. For this Assignment, reflect on the Discussion Forum from Week 4 and think about how the completion of your Doctoral Project and practicum/field experience demonstrates alignment to the AACN DNP Essentials. To prepare: Review the Discussion Forum from Week 4. Review the AACN DNP Essentials document in the Learning Resources and reflect on how the completion of your Doctoral Project and the completion of a practicum/field experience may align to these Essentials. Select at least 3 AACN DNP Essentials to focus on for this Assignment. The Assignment: (2–3 pages) Describe the 3 AACN DNP Essentials that most align to the completion of a Doctoral Project. Be specific. Note: This is in general terms, not in relation to a particular quality improvement or organizational goal. Explain how the AACN DNP Essentials will relate to the completion of a practicum/field experience. Be specific.