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)
DUE DATE
Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 2
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE: 100
REQUIREMENTS
Description of the Assignment
This assignment focuses on the importance of nursing theory within the profession. Selecting one nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed), the nursing theory will be presented by identifying the key concepts present within the theory. The selected nursing theory will then be applied to ONE of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)
• Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)
• Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)
• Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)
• Nurse practitioner
Criteria for Content
1. Introduction:
The introduction requires the following information.
• Statements about nursing theory in general
• Identification of the ONE nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed) selected by the student to be used within this assignment. The specific selected nursing theory may be from any of the three categories of nursing theory (i.e. grand, middle-range, or practice), but must be a specific nursing theory (i.e. Orem, Roy, Benner, etc.); a category may not be used.
• Identification of the sections of the paper.
• References from nursing literature are required.
2. Importance of Nursing Theory:
This section requires the following information.
• Present an analysis of the importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession. Each of the following questions are to be answered.
o Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
o How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
o How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
o What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
• References from nursing literature are required.
3. Summary of Selected Nursing Theory:
This section requires the following information.
• Present the name and author of the selected nursing theory (bibliographic and historical information about the theory or theorist is NOT included). Identify when the nursing theory was initially published and the latest edition of the selected nursing theory.
• Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
• Provide a detailed description of how this nursing theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/ concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession) associated with nursing.
• Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track (i.e. education, leadership, informatics, healthcare policy, or nurse practitioner)
• References from nursing literature are required.
4. Application of Specific Nursing Theory to Selected Professional Nursing Practice area:
This section includes the following elements:
• Present a discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
o Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)
o Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)
o Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)
o Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)
o Nurse practitioner
• Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information. Professional examples come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. If the example is from the student’s experience, identify this as the source by using the first person in describing the example.
• Keep each example succinct (about 1 – 3 paragraphs).
• References from nursing literature are required.
5. Conclusion:
This section includes the following elements:
• Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
• Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
• Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Criteria for Format and Special Instructions
1. A nursing theory was used.
2. This assignment must be submitted to TurnItIn™, as required by the TurnItIn™ policy. A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” must be obtained. A score in the blue or green range indicates a similarity of less than 24% which is the benchmark for CCN graduate nursing students. Any other level of similarity index level requires the student to revise the assignment before the due date and time. To allow sufficient time for revision, early submission of the assignment to TurnItIn™ is highly encouraged. The final submission will be graded by faculty. If a Turnitin™ report indicates that plagiarism has occurred, the Academic Integrity policy will be followed.
3. A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references must be used. A dictionary, required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them. For additional information regarding scholarly resources, please see “What is a scholarly source?” located in the Course Resource tab. Information from .com websites may be incorrect.
4. 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.
5. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 5, but no more than 7 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.
6. Ideas and information that come from scholarly sources must be cited and referenced correctly.
7. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
8. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.
PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT
Criteria for Format and Special Instructions
9. This assignment must be submitted to TurnItIn™, as required by the TurnItIn™ policy. A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” must be obtained. A score in the blue or green range indicates a similarity of less than 24% which is the benchmark for CCN graduate nursing students. Any other level of similarity index level requires the student to revise the assignment before the due date and time. To allow sufficient time for revision, early submission of the assignment to TurnItIn™ is highly encouraged. The final submission will be graded by faculty. If a Turnitin™ report indicates that plagiarism has occurred, the Academic Integrity policy will be followed.
10. A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references must be used. A dictionary, required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
11. 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.
12. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 5, but no more than 7 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.
13. Ideas and information that come from scholarly sources must be cited and referenced correctly.
14. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
15. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.
DIRECTIONS AND ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA
Assignment Criteria Points % Description
Introduction 6 6 This section includes:
• Statements about nursing theory in general
• Identification of the ONE nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed) selected by the student to be used within this assignment. The specific selected nursing theory may be from any of the three categories of nursing theory (i.e. grand, middle-range, or practice), but must be a specific nursing theory (i.e. Orem, Roy, Benner, etc.); a category may not be used.
• Identification of the sections of the paper.
• References from nursing literature are required.
Importance of Nursing Theory 20 20 This section requires the following information.
• Present an analysis of the importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession. Each of the following questions are to be answered.
o Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
o How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
o How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
o What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
• References from nursing literature are required.
Summary of Selected Nursing Theory 20 20 This section requires the following information.
• Present the name and author of the selected nursing theory (bibliographic and historical information about the theory or theorist is NOT included). Identify when the nursing theory was initially published and the latest edition of the selected nursing theory.
• Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
• A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession) associated with nursing.
• Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track (i.e. education, leadership, informatics, healthcare policy, or nurse practitioner)
• References from nursing literature are required.
Application of Specific Nursing Theory to Selected Professional Nursing Practice area
25 25 This section includes the following elements:
• Present a discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
o Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)
o Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)
o Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)
o Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)
o Nurse practitioner
• Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information. Professional examples may come from a student’s own practice experiences or from the scholarly literature. Keep each example succinct (about 1 – 3 paragraphs). If the example is from the student’s experience, identify this as the source by using the first person in describing the example.
• References from nursing literature are required.
Conclusion 6 6 This section includes the following elements:
• Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
• Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
• Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Paper Specifications 5 5 • A nursing theory was used.
• A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
• A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly nursing references were used.
• A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and lesson information were not used as scholarly references.
• The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages.
• References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
APA Format 8 8 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 or topic of the paper [one deduction for each type of APA style error].
Citations in Text 5 5 Ideas, and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly. Permission to use references older than 5 years must be obtained from faculty.
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.
Total 100 100 A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
GRADING RUBRIC FOR NR 501 ASSIGNMENT ONE/WEEK 2
Assignment 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 = 82 Points
Introduction 6 Points 5 Points 4 Points 2 Points 0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:
Statements about nursing theory in general.
Identification of the ONE nursing theory used within this assignment.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
A nursing theory was used.
References from nursing literature are required.
Presentation of information was good, but was superficial in places and included all of the following elements:
Statements about nursing theory in general.
Identification of the ONE nursing theory used within this assignment.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
A nursing theory was used.
References from nursing literature are required.
Presentation of information was minimally demonstrated in the all of the following elements:
Statements about nursing theory in general.
Identification of the ONE nursing theory used within this assignment.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
A nursing theory was used.
Limited references from nursing literature were provided.
Presentation of
information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations:
Statements about nursing theory in general.
Identification of the ONE nursing theory used within this assignment.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
A nursing theory was used.
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided.
Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements:
Statements about nursing theory in general.
Identification of the ONE nursing theory used within this assignment.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
A nursing theory was used.
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided.
Importance of Nursing Theory 20 Points 18 Points 16 Points 8 Points 0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
References from nursing literature support information provided. Presentation of information was good, but was superficial in places and included all of the following elements:
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
References from nursing literature support information provided. Presentation of information was minimally demonstrated in the all of the following elements:
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
Limited references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of
information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations:
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements:
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing within the profession?
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided.
Summary of Selected Nursing Theory
20 Points 18 Points 16 Points 8 Points 0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:
Identify the name and author of the selected nursing theory
Identify when the selected nursing theory was initially published and when was the latest edition published
Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession)
Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track
References from nursing literature support information provided. Presentation of information was good, but was superficial in places and included all of the following elements:
Identify the name and author of the selected nursing theory
Identify when the selected nursing theory was initially published and when was the latest edition published
Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession)
Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track
References from nursing literature support information provided. Presentation of information was minimally demonstrated in the all of the following elements:
Identify the name and author of the selected nursing theory
Identify when the selected nursing theory was initially published and when was the latest edition published
Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession)
Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track
Limited references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of
information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations:
Identify the name and author of the selected nursing theory
Identify when the selected nursing theory was initially published and when was the latest edition published
Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession)
Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements:
Identify the name and author of the selected nursing theory
Identify when the selected nursing theory was initially published and when was the latest edition published
Provide a summary of the key concepts contained within the selected nursing theory.
A description of how this theory addresses each of the metaparadigms/concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing profession)
Identify why this nursing theory selected and its potential use within the student’s selected Master’s track
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided.
Application of Specific Nursing Theory to Selected Professional Nursing Practice area
25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 8 Points 0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:
Discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education
• Leadership
• Informatics
• Healthcare policy
• Nurse practitioner
Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information.
References from nursing literature support information provided.
Presentation of information was good, but was superficial in places and included all of the following elements:
A discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education
• Leadership
• Informatics
• Healthcare policy
• Nurse practitioner
Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information.
References from nursing literature support information provided Presentation of information was minimally demonstrated in the all of the following elements:
A discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education
• Leadership
• Informatics
• Healthcare policy
• Nurse practitioner
Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information.
Limited references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of
information in one or two of the following elements fails to meet expectations:
A discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education
• Leadership
• Informatics
• Healthcare policy
• Nurse practitioner
Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided. Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in three or more of the following elements:
A discussion of how the selected nursing theory defines and explains one of the following professional nursing practice areas:
• Education
• Leadership
• Informatics
• Healthcare policy
• Nurse practitioner
Present 2 (two) examples illustrating the above information.
Limited or no references from nursing literature were provided.
Conclusion 6 Points 5 Points 4 Points 2 Points 0 Points
Presentation of information was exceptional and included all of the following elements:
Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment. Presentation of information was good, but was superficial in places and included all of the following elements:
Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Presentation of information was minimally demonstrated in the all of the following elements:
Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Presentation of
information in one of the following elements fails to meet expectations:
Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Presentation of information is unsatisfactory in two or more of the following elements:
Summarizes presented information regarding theory in general and its use within the nursing profession
Summarizes the selected nursing theory.
Presents self-reflection regarding what was learned from writing this assignment.
Paper Specifications 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 0 Points
This section included all of the following elements:
A nursing theory was used.
A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
A minimum of 4 (four) nursing references was used.
A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, was NOT used as scholarly references for this assignment.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages. This section included three of the following elements:
A nursing theory was used.
A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references was used.
A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, was NOT used as scholarly references for this assignment.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages. This section included only two of the following elements:
A nursing theory was used.
Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references was used.
A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, was NOT used as scholarly references for this assignment.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages. This section included only one of the following:
A nursing theory was used.
A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references was used.
A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, was NOT used as scholarly references for this assignment.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages. This section included none of the following:
A nursing theory was used.
A Similarity Index of “blue” or “green” was achieved.
A minimum of 4 (four) scholarly references was used.
A dictionary, required textbooks for this course and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information, was NOT used as scholarly references for this assignment.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) was at least 5 pages, but no more than 7 pages.
Content Subtotal _____of 82 points
Format
Possible Points = 18 Points
APA Style 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 3 Points 0 Points
APA guidelines, as per the 6th edition of the manual, are demonstrated for the
• title page,
• running head,
• body of paper (including citations and headings), and
• reference page
One deduction for each type of APA format error
0 to 1 APA error is present APA guidelines, as per the 6th edition of the manual, are demonstrated for the
• title page,
• running head,
• body of paper (including citations and headings), and
• reference page
One deduction for each type of APA format error
2 – 3 APA errors are present APA guidelines, as per the 6th edition of the manual, are demonstrated for the
• title page,
• running head,
• body of paper (including citations and headings), and
• reference page
One deduction for each type of APA format error
4 – 5 APA errors are present APA guidelines, as per the 6th edition of the manual, are demonstrated for the
• title page,
• running head,
• body of paper (including citations and headings), and
• reference page
One deduction for each type of APA format error
6 – 7 APA errors are present APA guidelines, as per the 6th edition of the manual, are demonstrated for the
• title page,
• running head,
• body of paper (including citations and headings), and
• reference page
One deduction for each type of APA format error
8 or greater APA errors are present
Citations 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 0 Points
There are 0-1 errors in the crediting of ideas, and information that contributed to knowledge
Permission to use references older than 5 years was obtained from faculty. There are 2-3 errors in the crediting of ideas, and information that contributed to knowledge
OR
Permission to use references older than 5 years was NOT obtained from faculty. There are 4-5 errors in the crediting of ideas, and information that contributed to knowledge
There are 6-7 errors in the crediting of ideas, and information that contributed to knowledge There are 8 or greater errors in the crediting of ideas, and information that contributed to knowledge
Writing Quality 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 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
3 – 4 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
5 – 6 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
7 – 8 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
9 or greater 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
Format Subtotal _____of 18 points
Total Points _____of 100 points

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