Week 2 Assignment: Reflective Essay

Guidelines with Scoring Rubric

Purpose

Nursing knowledge is classified in a variety of ways, one of which is Carper’s Patterns of Knowing (Carper, 1978). Carper’s framework offers a lens through which the nurse can reflect upon insights acquired through empirical, ethical, personal, and aesthetic knowledge (Carper, 1978). Through intentional reflection using Carper’s Patterns of Knowing, nurses can process experiential learning and knowledge acquired through practice. The purpose of this assignment is to reflect upon a specific practice situation and better understand the professional knowledge and insights obtained through that experience.

Course Outcomes

Through this assessment, the student will meet the following Course Outcomes:

Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of theory to nursing practice. (CO #1)

Examine broad theoretical concepts as foundational to advanced nursing practice roles. (CO #3)

Total Points Possible

This assignment is worth 100 points.

Requirements

Criteria for Content

Think of a surprising or challenging practice situation in which you felt underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable.

Select an important nursing issue/topic that was inherent to the identified situation.

As a method of refection, use Carper’s Patterns of Knowing to analyze the situation. In a two- to three-page paper address the following:

Briefly explain the situation

Identify the nursing issue inherent in the identified situation

What do you think was the underlying reason for the situation? (Esthetics)

What were your thoughts and feeling in the situation? (Personal)

What was one personal belief that impacted your actions? (Ethics)

What evidence in nursing literature supports the nursing importance of the identified issue? (Empirical)

What new insights did you gain through this reflective practice opportunity?

Preparing the paper

Submission Requirements

Application: Use Microsoft Word 2013™ to create the written component of this assessment.

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Length:

The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least two but no more than three pages.

A minimum of two (2) scholarly literature sources must be used.

Submission: Submit your file to the Canvas course site by the due date/time indicated.


Best Practices in Preparing the Reflective Essay

The following are best practices in preparing this reflective essay.

Review directions thoroughly.

Follow assignment requirements.

Make sure all elements on the grading rubric are included.

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

Because the paper is a reflective essay, first person is acceptable for this assignment.

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.

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

A minimum of two (2) scholarly literature sources must be used.

Abide by CCN academic integrity policy.

Grading Criteria

Category

Points

%

Description

Explanation of the Situation

10

10%

Provide a succinct description of a practice situation in which you felt underprepared or uncomfortable.

Nursing Issue or Concern Inherent to the Situation

15

15%

Explain the specific nursing issue or concern that was inherent to the situation and include your rationale.

Reflection upon the Situation using Carper’s Patterns of Knowing

45

50%

Analyze the situation and apply Carper’s Patterns of Knowing to discuss the following:

What do you think was the underlying reason for the situation? (Esthetics)

What were your thoughts and feeling in the situation? (Personal)

What was one personal belief that impacted your actions? (Ethics)

What evidence in nursing literature supports the nursing importance of the identified issue? (Empirical)

Summary of Reflection

20

20%

Provide a summary of your reflection. Include a minimum of two new insights gained through the situation you experienced. Discuss how intentional reflective practice can add to professional knowledge in your future advanced practice nursing role.

APA Format

5

5%

Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must

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follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section or topic of the paper (one deduction for each type of APA style error). Ideas and information that come from scholarly sources must be cited and referenced correctly. Two (2) scholarly literature references are used.

Writing Mechanics

5

5%

Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual. For this assignment first person may be used.

Total

100

100%

A quality assignment will meet or exceed all the above requirements.

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Grading Rubric

Assessment Criteria

Exceptional

(100%)

Outstanding or highest level of performance

Exceeds

(88%)

Very good or high level of performance

Meets

(80%)

Competent or satisfactory level of performance

Needs Improvement

(38%)

Poor or failing level of performance

Developing

(0)

Unsatisfactory level of performance

Content Possible Points = 90 Points

Explanation of the Situation

10 Points

9 Points

8 Points

6 Points

0 Points

Presentation of information is comprehensive and concise and includes all of the following elements:

Synopsis of the practice situation

Discussion of how the practice situation created a feeling of being underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable

Presentation of information is superficial and includes all of the following elements:

Synopsis of the practice situation

Discussion of how the practice situation created a feeling of being underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable

Presentation of information is minimally demonstrated and includes all of the following elements:

Synopsis of the practice situation

Discussion of how the practice situation created a feeling of being underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable

Presentation of information in one of the following elements fails to meet expectations or is missing the following:

Synopsis of the practice situation

Discussion of how the practice situation created a feeling of being underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable

Presentation of information in two or more of the following elements fail to meet expectations or are missing the following:

Synopsis of the practice situation

Discussion of how the practice situation created a feeling of being underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable

Nursing Issue or Concern Inherent to the Situation

15 Points

13 Points

12 Points

9 Points

0 Points

Presentation of information is

Presentation of information is superficial

Presentation of information is minimally

Presentation of information in one of the

Presentation of information in two or

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