Concept Synthesis Paper on Personal Nursing Philosophy

Your Concept Synthesis Paper is due this week. By the due date assigned, submit your scholarly paper, in which you have identified, described, researched and applied the concepts that underlie your personal philosophy for professional nursing practice.

Collate the work that you have done so far from Weeks 1–3, and submit your paper in the prescribed format to the Submissions Area.

Your paper should include:

  • Nursing Autobiography: A brief (1 page) discussion of your background in nursing.
  • The Four Metaparadigms: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your perspective on the four metaparadigms of patient, nurse, health, and environment.
  • Two Practice-Specific Concepts: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your perspective on at least two concepts specific to your own practice.
  • List of Propositions: A numbered list of at least five propositions or assumption statements that clearly connect the concepts described.

Your paper should integrate these discrete elements and reflect your personal nursing philosophy.

The paper should be thoroughly researched and well documented, with relevant material from the nursing theorists presented incorporated into the paper. The current APA Manual is to be used throughout the paper. Sources should focus on references from nursing theory but may also include conceptual and theoretical material from other professional domains. The paper, excluding references or appendices, is to be limited to 4-6 pages. Writing should be succinct and well organized, as it is impossible for the facilitator to evaluate form and content separately.

Your philosophy/framework is to be given a title that is appropriate to its content and emphasis.

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Submission Details:

  • Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

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Identify your specialty area of NP practice. Select a nursing theory, borrowed theory, or interdisciplinary theory provided in the lesson plan or one of your own findings. Address the following:

  • Origin
  • Meaning and scope
  • Logical adequacy
  • Usefulness and simplicity
  • Generalizability
  • Testability

Finally, provide an example how the theory could be used to improve or evaluate the quality of practice in your specific setting. What rationale can you provide that validates the theory as applicable to the role of the nurse practitioner.

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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.

Section One:
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.

Section Two:
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.

Section Three:
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.

Section Four:
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.

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