Nursing Theory Analysis Paper Guidelines
This assignment’s goal is to describe, evaluate, and discuss the application of a nursing grand or mid-range theory. This assignment also allows the learner to connect theory and research to nursing phenomena. Students will write an 8-10 page paper (excluding the title page and references) in APA format that addresses the elements listed below.
Name and Background of the Theory/Author
Choose a Grand or Mid-Range Theory that fits your practice setting.
Describe the theorist’s background in detail and discuss how their experiences influenced the development of the theory.
Examine critical references for the theorist’s original and/or current work, as well as other authors writing about the selected theory.
Determine the phenomenon of concern or the issues addressed by the theory.
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Describe the theory’s main concepts. What are their definitions? (theoretically and/or operationally) Is the author’s use of concepts and other terms in the theory consistent?
Consider how the concepts are defined. Whether implicitly or explicitly?
Examine the connections (propositions) between the major concepts.
Identify the theory’s explicit and implicit assumptions (values/beliefs). What assumptions does the theory rest on?
Check to see if the theory includes a description of the four nursing metaparadigm concepts. If so, how do they fit into the theory? What elements do you see as relevant to the theory if the metaparadigm is not explained?
Discuss the theory’s clarity. Did it have clarity and consistency?
Consider how the theory might guide nursing actions.
Describe how you will apply this theory in your nursing practice, education, informatics, or administration.