Explain the importance of nursing theory

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)

Total Points Possible: 100
REQUIREMENTS:
Description of the Assignment
In this 5-6 page paper (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 this paper, and the sections of the paper. The selected nursing theory can be from any of the three types of theories:
• grand theory (e.g., Roy adaptation model),
• middle-range theory (e.g., Benner’s model of skill acquisition),or
• practice theory (e.g., Im’s theory on the pain experience of cancer patients).
Note: the theories named here are examples only; students may choose any nursing theory.

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 the views. Real-life examples come from a student’s own practice or from the scholarly literature.
4. The paper is concluded by presentation of insights gained (what was learned) about nursing theory through writing the paper.

Criteria for Content
• Introduction includes general comments on nursing theory (such as a 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 profession 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 theorist. At a minimum, include reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing’s metaparadigm. Students are not limited to these areas.
• Section three presents a discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, nursing informatics, or health policy, along with 2 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 real-life examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Keep each example succinct (about 1 – 3 paragraphs).
• Section four is the conclusion. In the conclusion, ideas and understandings about nursing theory learned from writing the paper are shared.

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions
1. This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin, as required by the Turnitin policy. Check with the Instructor for more information.
2. The textbook required for this course may not be used as a reference for this assignment.
3. A minimum of 2 (two) scholarly references must be used.
4. Title page, 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 or topic of the paper.
5. The paper (excluding the title page and references page) should be at least 5 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements (too short or too long)
6. Ideas and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly.
7. 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.

Directions and Grading Criteria
Category Points % Description
Introduction 10 10 Introduction includes general comments on nursing theory (such as a 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.
Importance of Nursing Theory 22 22 Present 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 profession and patient care.
Summary of Selected Nursing Theory 22 22 Include 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 theorist. At a minimum, include reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, and relationships among key concepts. Students are not limited to these areas.
Views of Selected Nursing Theory on a Specialization 26 26 Present a discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, nursing informatics, or health policy, along with 2 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 real-life examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Keep each example succinct (about 1 – 3 paragraphs).
Conclusion 10 10 In the conclusion, ideas and understandings about nursing theory learned from writing the paper are shared.
APA Format 3 3 Title page, 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 or topic of the paper.
Citations in Text 4 4 Ideas and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly.
Writing Mechanics 3 3 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.
Total 100 100
A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

GRADING RUBRIC
Assignment Criteria A
(100 – 92%)
Outstanding or highest level of performance B
(91-84%)
Very good or high level of performance C
(83-76%)
Competent or satisfactory level of performance F
(75-0%)
Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance
Content
Possible Points = 90 Points

Introduction 10-9 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6-0 Points
Introduction includes all of the following: general comments on nursing theory (such as a personal 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. Introduction includes only two of the following: general comments on nursing theory (such as a personal 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. Introduction includes only one of the following: general comments on nursing theory (such as a personal 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.

Introduction includes none of the following: general comments on nursing theory (such as a personal 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

OR
Introduction is missing

OR

A heading is used
Importance of Nursing Theory 22-20 Points 19-18 Points 17 Points 16-0 Points
The importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession is discussed with substance The importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing g profession is discussed superficially The importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession is stated but not discussed. The importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession is not addressed
Summary of Selected Nursing Theory 22-20 Points 19-18 Points 17 Points 16-0 Points
All of the following requirements are met with substantive content: the name of the theory, reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing’s metaparadigm.

AND

Historical or biographical information about the selected nursing theory or theorist is absent All but one of the following requirements are met with substantive content: the name of the theory, reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing’s metaparadigm.

AND

Historical or biographical information about the selected nursing theory or theorist is absent Two of the following requirements are missing: the name of the theory, reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing’s metaparadigm.

OR

The content on this topic, regardless of how many requirements are met is superficial

OR

Historical or biographical information about the selected nursing theory or theorist is present Three or more of the following requirements are missing: the name of the theory, reasons for selecting this theory, the purpose(s) of the theory, key concepts, relationships among key concepts, and how this theory addresses nursing’s metaparadigm
Views of Selected Nursing Theory on a Specialization 26-24 Points 23-22 Points 21-20 Points 19-0 Points
Substantive yet succinct discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, health policy, or nursing informatics along with 2 real-life examples illustrating the views. If the selected theory does not explicitly discuss the chosen specialization, a possible view of the specialization is proposed. Real-life examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Each example is 1 to 3 paragraphs in length Substantive yet succinct discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, health policy, or nursing informatics, along with 1 real-life example illustrating the views. If the selected theory does not explicitly discuss the chosen specialization, a possible view of the specialization is proposed. Real-life examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Each example is 1 to 3 paragraphs in length Superficial discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, health policy, or nursing informatics, along with 2 real-life examples illustrating the views. If the selected theory does not explicitly discuss the chosen specialization, a possible view of the specialization is proposed. Real-life examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Each example is 1 to 3 paragraphs in length Superficial discussion of how the selected nursing theory views nursing leadership, nursing education, or nursing informatics.

OR

Substantive discussion without any real-life examples

OR

Each example exceeds 3 paragraphs in length

Conclusion 10-9 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6-0 Points
Conclusion is clearly identified. Several ideas and/or understandings about nursing theory learned from writing the paper are shared Conclusion is clearly identified. One idea or understandings about nursing theory learned from writing the paper is shared. Conclusion is clearly identified. No ideas and understandings about nursing theory learned from writing the paper are shared Conclusion cannot be identified

Content Subtotal _____of 90 points
Format
Possible Points = 10 Points
APA Style 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point 0 Points
There are 0 – 1 APA format errors in the text, title page, and reference page(s)
AND
Correctly formatted headings identify all sections of the paper There are 2 – 4 APA format errors in the text, title page, and/or reference page(s).

AND

Correctly formatted headings identify all sections of the paper There are 5 – 6 APA format errors in the text, title page, or reference page (s).

OR

Correctly formatted headings do not identify all sections of the paper There are more than 7 APA format errors in the text, title page, or reference page (s).

OR

There are no headings in the paper
Citations 4-3 Points 2 Points 1 Point 0 Points
There are 0-1 errors in the crediting of ideas and information that contributed to knowledge There are 2-3 errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge There are 4-5 errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge There are 6 or more errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge
Writing Quality 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point 0 Points
1–2 errors or exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual
AND
Paper meets page-length requirements 3-5 exceptions or errors to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual

AND
Paper meets page-length requirements 6-7 errors and exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual
OR
Paper does not meet page-length requirements 8 or more errors and exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation and other aspects of formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual

Format Subtotal _____of 10 points
Total Points _____of 100 points

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