NR501

Week 1 discussion

Importance of Theory in Nursing

For many students enrolled in NR501, this is an initial course for nursing theory. So, let’s have a debate!!! Is nursing theory important to the nursing profession? If you believe that it is important, explain why it is useful. If you do not believe that it is useful, explain why nursing theory is not necessary to the profession? Be sure to provide an example that demonstrates your opinion and a scholarly reference (not using the required textbook or lesson) which supports your opinion.

Week 2 discussion

Significance of Nursing Concepts within the Profession

This discussion considers the metaparadigm of nursing and the four concepts of the nursing profession—person, environment, health and nursing profession. Select a practice area of the nursing profession (i.e. education, executive, informatics, healthcare policy, and advanced clinical practice) and apply EACH of the four concepts to the selected area. Be sure to apply EACH of the four concepts and include an example that demonstrates the application to the practice area. Don’t forget to support your initial posting with scholarly references.

Week 3 discussion

Steps of Concept Analysis

At the end of Week 4 your concept analysis is due. This discussion provides an opportunity to start this assignment.

Select a nursing concept (be sure to use a nursing theory) and then provide a response to each one of the steps included in a concept analysis regarding your selected concept. This information does not have to be comprehensive but provides a foundation to the upcoming assignment. Be sure to include a scholarly reference.

Week 4 discussion

Connection Between Theory and Advanced Clinical Practice

While the focus of this course is nursing theory, some nurses say that theory has no role in clinical practice. What are your thoughts? Does nursing theory have a role in clinical practice? How would you use nursing theory to improve or evaluate the quality of clinical practice? Be sure to include an example that demonstrates your thoughts. Don’t forget to include a scholarly reference!

Week 5 discussion

Borrowed (non-nursing) Theories Applied to the Nursing Profession

While the focus of this course is nursing theory, frequently the use of non-nursing or borrowed theories occurs. Select a nursing practice area (i.e. education, executive, advance clinical practice, informatics, and health care policy); then identify a non-nursing (borrowed) theory; and apply it to the area you have selected. Be sure to provide an example of how the non-nursing theory can be used to enhance the selected practice area. Don’t forget to include scholarly reference(s) to support your information.

Week 6 discussion

Impact of Nursing Theory Upon Healthcare Organization

Discuss how a specific middle-range nursing theory has been or could be applied by nurse leaders or nurse managers to effectively deal with an administrative issue (i.e., staffing, use of supplies, staff performance issues). Include an example from the literature or your own experience to illustrate your points.

Week 7 discussion

Nursing Theory Applied to Research

In NR 500, you developed a PICOT question. Select a nursing theory that you find useful in nursing practice. Discuss each of the following selected elements of the PICOT format by applying your selected nursing theory to the element. Be sure to include a scholarly reference.

Population/ Patient Problem: Consider how your selected nursing theory may guide you in selecting the population and/or patient problem

Intervention: Does your selected nursing theory identify a possible intervention? If not, how is your selected intervention consist with your selected nursing theory?

Outcome: How would the outcome of your PICOT study contribute to your selected nursing theory? Would it add new information? Would it confirm some part of the theory?

Week 8 discussion

Course Reflection and Future Application

Throughout the discussions occurring within NR501, a common element has been application of theory. In this our last discussion regarding theory, it is time to focus on you and your capstone experience (yes, it is never too early consider this major project!). While it is too early to identify your project, let’s consider on your future practice area as this is the setting your project will occur in.

Based upon your self-reflection and use of nursing theory within the discussions and assignments, select ONE nursing theory that you prefer and answer the following questions:

1. Why do you prefer the nursing theory you selected?

2. How can this theory be used in your current practice area (education, executive, advanced clinical practice, informatics, or healthcare policy)?

3. How can this theory be used in your future practice area (education, executive advanced clinical practice, informatics or healthcare policy)?

Week 2 assignment

Importance of Theory: Guidelines with Scoring Rubric

PURPOSE

The purpose of this assignment is to a) identify a nursing theory, b) analyze the importance of the selected theory to the nursing profession, c) summarize key concepts and relationships among the concepts of the selected nursing theory, d) present views of the selected theory on areas of specialization, and e) communicate ideas in a clear, succinct, and scholarly manner.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

• (CO#1) Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to their components, relationships among the components, logic of the propositions, comprehensiveness, and utility to advanced nursing. (PO1)

• (CO#3) Communicate the analysis of and proposed strategies for the use of a theory in nursing practice. (PO3, 7, 10)

• (CO#4) Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO4, 7)

DUE DATE

Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 2

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE: 100

REQUIREMENTS

Description of the Assignment

This assignment focuses on the importance of nursing theory within the profession. Selecting one nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed), the nursing theory will be presented by identifying the key concepts present within the theory. The selected nursing theory will then be applied to ONE of the following professional nursing practice areas:

• Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)

• Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)

• Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)

• Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)

• Nurse practitioner

Criteria for Content

1. Introduction:

The introduction requires the following information.

• Statements about nursing theory in general

• Identification of the ONE nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed) selected by the student to be used within this assignment. The specific selected nursing theory may be from any of the three categories of nursing theory (i.e. grand, middle-range, or practice), but must be a specific nursing theory (i.e. Orem, Roy, Benner, etc.); a category may not be used.

• Identification of the sections of the paper.

• References from nursing literature are required.

2. Importance of Nursing Theory:

This section requires the following information.

• Present an analysis of the importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession. Each of the following questions are to be answered.

o Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?

o How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?

o How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?

o What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?

• References from nursing literature are required.

3. Summary of Selected Nursing Theory:

This section requires the following information.

• Present the name and author of the selected nursing theory (bibliographic and historical information about the theory or theorist is NOT included). Identify when the nursing theory was initially published and the latest edition of the selected nursing theory.

• Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.

• Provide a detailed description of how this nursing theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/ concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession) associated with nursing.

• Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track (i.e. education, leadership, informatics, healthcare policy, or nurse practitioner)

• References from nursing literature are required.

4. Application of Specific Nursing Theory to Selected Professional Nursing Practice area:

This section includes the following elements:

• Present a discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:

o Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)

o Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)

o Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)

o Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)

o Nurse practitioner

• Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information. Professional examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. If the example is from the student’s experience, identify this as the source by using the first person in describing the example.

• Keep each example succinct (about 1 – 3 paragraphs).

• References from nursing literature are required.

5. Conclusion:

This section includes the following elements:

• Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession

• Summarizes the selected nursing theory.

• Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

1. A nursing theory was used.

2. This assignment must be submitted to TurnItIn™, as required by the TurnItIn™ policy. A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” must be obtained. A score in the blue or green range indicates a similarity of less than 24% which is the benchmark for CCN graduate nursing students. Any other level of similarity index level requires the student to revise the assignment before the due date and time. To allow sufficient time for revision, early submission of the assignment to TurnItIn™ is highly encouraged. The final submission will be graded by faculty. If a Turnitin™ report indicates that plagiarism has occurred, the Academic Integrity policy will be followed.

3. A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references must be used. A dictionary, required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them. For additional information regarding scholarly resources, please see “What is a scholarly source?” located in the Course Resource tab. Information from .com websites may be incorrect.

4. Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.

5. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 5, but no more than 7 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.

6. Ideas and information that come from scholarly sources must be cited and referenced correctly.

7. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.

8. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

9. This assignment must be submitted to TurnItIn™, as required by the TurnItIn™ policy. A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” must be obtained. A score in the blue or green range indicates a similarity of less than 24% which is the benchmark for CCN graduate nursing students. Any other level of similarity index level requires the student to revise the assignment before the due date and time. To allow sufficient time for revision, early submission of the assignment to TurnItIn™ is highly encouraged. The final submission will be graded by faculty. If a Turnitin™ report indicates that plagiarism has occurred, the Academic Integrity policy will be followed.

10. A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references must be used. A dictionary, required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.

11. Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.

12. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 5, but no more than 7 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.

13. Ideas and information that come from scholarly sources must be cited and referenced correctly.

14. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.

15. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

Week 4 assignment

Concept Analysis

PURPOSE

This assignment provides the opportunity for the student to complete an analysis of a concept supported by a nursing theory using an identified process. The assignment fosters analytical thinking related to the selected concept as well as application within the profession.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

• (CO#1) Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to their components, relationships among the components, logic of the propositions, comprehensiveness, and utility to advanced nursing. (PO1)

• (CO#3) Communicate the analysis of and proposed strategies for the use of a theory in nursing practice. (PO3, 7, 10)

• (CO#4) Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO4. 7)

DUE DATESunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 4

Total Points Possible: 250 Points

REQUIREMENTS

Description of the Assignment

This assignment presents a modified method for conducting a concept analysis of ONE concept that is important and useful to nursing. The concept for this assignment must be supported by a published nursing theory. The selected concept is identified and then the elements of the analysis process are applied in order to synthesize knowledge for application as demonstrated through the creation of model, borderline, and contrary cases. Theoretical applications of the concept are also discussed. Non-nursing theories may NOT be used. The paper concludes with a synthesis of the student’s new knowledge about the concept. The scholarly literature is incorporated throughout the analysis.

Only the elements identified in this assignment should be used for this concept analysis.

Criteria for Content

1. Introduction

The introduction substantively presents all the following elements:

• Identifies the role of concept analysis within theory development.

• Identifies the selected nursing concept.

• Identifies the nursing theory that addresses the selected concept.

• Names the sections of the paper.

• Scholarly support is required.

2. Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept

This section includes:

• Defines/explains the concept using scholarly literature (a dictionary maybe used for this section ONLY, and additional scholarly nursing references are required).

• A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required.

3. Literature review

This section requires:

• A substantive discussion of at least 6 (six)scholarly nursing literature sources on the selected concept.

• Themes, ideas, and/or facts about the concept found in the reviewed sources are presented in an organized fashion.

• Support from nursing literature is required.

Please Note: Primary research articles about the selected nursing concept are the most useful resource for the literature review.

4. Defining attributes

For this section:

• A minimum of THREE (3) attributes are required.

• A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required

Explanation: An attribute identifies characteristics of a concept. For this situation, the characteristics of the selected nursing concept are identified and discussed.

5. Antecedent and Consequence

This section requires the identification of:

• 1 antecedentof the selected nursing concept.

• 1 consequence of the selected nursing concept.

• A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

Explanation: An antecedent is an identifiable occurrence that precedes an event. In this situation, an antecedent precedes a selected nursing concept.A consequence follows or is the result of an event. In this situation a consequence follows or is the result of the selected nursing concept.

6. Empirical Referents

This section requires the identification of:

• 2 (two)empirical referents of the selected nursing concept.

• A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

Explanation: An empirical referent is an objective ways to measure or determine the presence of the selected nursing concept.

7. Construct Cases

Explanation: hypothetical or real-life situations demonstrating the use or absence of the concept.

This section requires the creation of a model case, borderline case, and contrary case.

• 1 Model Case is created by the student and discussed substantively by demonstrating within the case each of the following areas:

o Definition

o All identified attributes

Explanation: A model case is an example of a hypothetical or real-life situation that demonstrates all of the attributes noted previously in this assignment.

• 1 Borderline Caseis created by the student in which one or two of the previously identified attributes are missing.

• 1 Contrary Case is created by the student that demonstrates the opposite of the selected nursing concepts. All identified attributes of the concept are absent in this case.

Explanation: Borderline case is a created case where one or two of the previously identified attributes are missing.Contrary case is a created case that demonstrate the complete opposite of the selected nursing concept – all identified attributes are missing.

8. Theoretical Applications of the Concept

• Discuss the purpose of a concept analysis in relationship to theory.

• Explain how the concept applies to the selected nursing theory.

• A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

9. Conclusion

This section requires:

• Summarization of key information regarding:

o Selected nursing concept.

o Selected nursing theory.

o Application of concept analysis findings to advanced practice nursing (specific to selected specialty track professional role and/or area of practice).

• The concluding statements include self-reflection on the new knowledge gained from conducting a concept analysis. (Self-reflection may be written in first-person.)

PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

1. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 6, but no more than 8 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.

2. Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.

3. The source of the concept for this assignment must be a published nursing theory. Non-nursing theories may NOT be used.

4. A minimum of 6(six) scholarly references must be used. Required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. A dictionary maybe used as a reference for the section titled “Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept”, but it is NOT counted as one of the 6 required scholarly nursing references. Be aware that information from .com websites may be incorrect and should be avoided.

5. References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.

6. Ideas and information from scholarly, peer reviewed, nursing sources must be cited and referenced correctly.

7. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.

8. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

Possible Concepts: The following concepts are not required; students may select one of these concepts or find another concept. Each selected concept must be associated with a nursing theory; the use of non-nursing theories is NOT allowed. If you have any questions regarding your concept or the nursing theory, please consult with your faculty member for assistance. Please note: the concepts of incivility and civility are not allowed for this assignment.

• Adaptation

• Burnout

• Caring

• Comfort

• Compassion

• Compassion fatigue

• Competence

• Cultural humility

• Empowerment

• Engagement

• Health • Leadership

• Meaningfulness

• Modeling

• Noise

• Pain

• Palliative care

• Quality of life

• Resilience

• Self-care

• Sensory overload

• Situational awareness

Week 6 assignment

Application of Nursing Theory

PURPOSE

The purpose of this assignment is to use nursing theory as a way to resolve a problem or issue occurring within nursing leadership, nursing education, nursing informatics, health policy, or advance clinical practice.

COURSE OUTCOMES

Through this assignment, a student will demonstrate the ability to:

(CO#1) Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to their components, relationships among the components, logic of the propositions, comprehensiveness, and utility to advanced nursing. (PO1)

(CO#3) Communicate the analysis of and proposed strategies for the use of a theory in nursing practice. (PO3, 7, 10)

(CO#4) Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO4, 7)

DUE DATE: Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 6

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE: 275

REQUIREMENTS

Description of the Assignment:

One nursing theory will be presented as a framework to resolve a problem occurring within one of the professional areas of leadership, education, informatics, healthcare policy or advance clinical practice. The same nursing theory selected in Assignment One may be used to resolve the identified problem.

A specific nursing theory must be used. No non-nursing theories are permitted. A category of nursing theory (grand, middle range, practice) may not be used—only a specific, published nursing theory is to be selected and applied to the issue or concern important to the profession of nursing as documented in the nursing literature.

Please note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

Content

1. Introduction:

The introduction for this paper includes:

• A nursing theory is required; non-nursing theories may not be used.

• General statements on the idea of nursing theory being applied to solve problems/issues in nursing practice. You do not need to go into the specialty area of practice in-depth as this will be covered in another section of the paper.

• A one-paragraph summary of the selected specific nursing theory is required.

• Information identifying the sections of this assignment.

• References from nursing literature are required.

2. Description of Issue or Concern:

The selected issue or concern must be clearly identified as being significant to the professional area of either leadership, education, informatics, healthcare policy or advance clinical practice. The issue or concern must be presented comprehensively, but concisely by answering each of the following questions.

• What is the specific issue or concern being presented?

• Why should the nursing profession care about this issue or concern?

• What does the nursing literature have to say about this issue or concern including its frequency of occurrence?

• Who are the stakeholders or the people affected by the issue or concern?

References from nursing literature are required.

3. Application of Selected Nursing Theory to Issue or Concern:

This section of the assignment focuses on using the selected nursing theory to resolve the described issue or concern. Required information includes:

• Restating the selected nursing theory to be used

• Identification of one strategy useful in resolving the identified issue or concern.

• The strategy should be presented in depth with the following information being required:

o A specific description of how the selected nursing theory can help to resolve the issue or concern

o A specific and detailed description of the strategy to be used

o A specific and detailed description of how the strategy can be implemented

o A specific and detailed description of one suggestion for future research into either the selected nursing theory or selected issue or concern.

References from nursing literature are required.

4. Conclusion:

This section provides a summary or review of the key elements of the assignment including theselected nursing theory and its application to the issue or concern.

The concluding statements include self-reflection on the new knowledge gained about applying nursing theory to a professional issue or concern.

PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT

Format and Special Instructions

1. A nursing theory is required; non-nursing theories are not allowed to be used.

2. Paper length: 6 pages minimum; 8 pages maximum, excluding title page and reference page. Points will be deducted for not meeting these requirements.

3. A minimum of 6 (six) scholarly references are required. References must be current – not older than 5 years, unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them. Consult with the course instructor about using an older source.

4. A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. For additional information regarding scholarly references, please review “What is a scholarly source?” located in the Course Resource tab. Information from .com websites may be incorrect.

5. Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page(s) must be in APA format as presented in the 6th edition of the manual

6. Ideas and information from readings and other sources must be cited and cited correctly.

7. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and citations are consistent with formal academic writing as presented in the 6th edition of the APA manual

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