In this 5-6 page pager (not including the title or reference pages in the page count), the introduction contains a few statements about nursing theory in general, identification of one nursing theory to be used in the paper, and the sections of the paper. The selected nursing theory I chose is from:
Grand Theory (Roy Adaptation Model)
1). The first section of the paper is a description of the importance of nursing theory in general.
2). Key points and inter-relationships of those points of the selected theory are summarized. Biographical or historical information about the selected nursing theory or the nurse theorist is not included.
3). The selected nursing theory’s views or ideas about nursing leadership, nursing education, health policy, or nursing informatics (only one of these specializations) are discussed briefly, using two examples from real life to illustrate views. Real life examples come from a student’s own practice or from the scholarly literature.
4). This paper is concluded by presentation of insights gained (what was learned) about the theory through writing the paper.
Criteria for content:
Introduction includes general comments about nursing theory (such as definition of nursing theory and past exposure or experience with nursing theory), the name of the selected nursing theory, and the sections of the paper. A HEADING IS NOT USED.
Contains an analysis of the importance of nursing theory in general, to the nursing profession. For example, one might address why nursing theory is studied and how nursing theory impacts the patient and patient care.
Is a summary of key concepts and relationships among the concepts of the selected nursing theory. Remember to state the name of the theory again. Avoid biographical and historical information about the theory or the theorist. At a minimum, include reasons for selecting this theory, the purposes of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing meta paradigm.
Presents a discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, nursing informatics, or health policy, along with two real-life examples illustrating the views. If the selected theory does not explicitly discuss the chosen specialization, a possible view of the specialization can be proposed. Remember that a real-life examples come from student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Keep each example succinct (about 1-3 paragraphs). Note: My professional practice is Critical Care.
This section is the conclusion. In the conclusion, ideas and understandings about the nursing theory learned from writing this paper are shared.
Criteria for Format and Special Instructions:
1) A minimum of 3 (three) scholarly references must be used.
2) Total page, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the heading for each section or topic of the paper.
3) The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 5 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements (too short or too long).
4) Ideas and information that came from reading must be cited and referenced correctly.
5) Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formed written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual.