Jean Watson

Nursing Theory Paper

The writing of this paper offers opportunities to really get to know a theory as well as the theorist(s). A critical look at the work of the theorist is necessary. Imagine taking a stroll with the theorist, engage in dialog; a “to and fro” conversation helps to deepen understanding. Raise questions of the theorist. Read primary sources, that is work actually written by the theorist. For example, to get to know Florence Nightingale one would read Notes on Nursing. Listen to the voice in her writing, raise questions in the margins, and make connections to your own practice and experiences. As you read, engage in conversation in the margins. What are the themes that emerge as you read the original work and that of others? In what ways might her theoretical orientation help to deepen understanding, guide practice, transform policy, and so on? What troubles you? What sparks your thinking to new connections and new levels of possibility? As a result of lingering in the select theory as it relates to your lived interest, what burning research questions call to you? Put the questions into words. This paper represents your scholarly thought and shows your understanding of the theory and its meaning for practice. Reflect on the unique contribution your paper might make to the body of nursing knowledge. This paper opens the emerging scholar toward deep critical inquiry and the possibility for transformation!

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly paper is: •” to become deeply acquainted with a particular theory/theoretical paradigm and the theorist(s) who have named the theory, •” to illustrate ways in which the theory helps to deepen your understanding of an educational or administrative approach/interest/challenge about which you are passionate, and •” to weave connections with theory and your topic that makes meaning for your practice in administration/education (application of the theory to the approach/interest/challenge will be necessary).


•” Introduction “- The introduction to the paper should present the purpose of your paper, the educational or administrative approach/interest/challenge selected, the chosen theory and theorist(s), and the identification of the sections you will cover in the paper. (10 pts)

•” Description of the Education or Administrative Approach/Interest/Challenge -” Identify the educational or administrative approach/interest/challenge that you will address, why it is important to nursing, and what the nursing literature has to say about the topic. Scholarly references are required. (20 pts)

•” Description of the Theory and Theorist(s) -” Identify the theory and theorist(s) you have chosen. Provide a brief summary of the theory and theorist(s). Present the major assumptions of theory and main concepts used. Only provide details about the theorist(s) that are relevant to the purpose of the paper. For example, you do not need to state all of the educational institutions they attended unless there is a relevant point to be made (ie., he/she studied caring science with a well-known scholar, etc.). Scholarly references are required. (20 pts)

•” Application of Theory to Approach/Interest/Challenge -” Use the selected nursing theory to address the educational or administrative approach/interest/challenge you have selected. Carefully weave together a connection between the theory and approach/interest/challenge. Identify a strategy based on the theory that can address the topic, exhibiting application of the theory. How could this strategy be implemented? What suggestions do you have for future research based on the selected theory or topic? Scholarly refrerences are required. (30 pts)

•” Conclusion -” Your conclusion should summarize the key points you have made throughout the paper. Concluding statements may include self-reflection that discusses new knowledge gained about theory application, the selected theory, and/or the topic addressed. (10 pts)

•” Format and Other Special Instructions: (10 pts) -” Please limit your paper to 8-10 pages, excluding the title page and reference pages.

” A minimum of 6 scholarly references should be used. References should be as current as possible (within the last 5 years is preferred) unless you are using primary sources written by the theorist or other classic resources. Consult with course faculty if you have a question/concern. o” Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and paragraph format should be consistent with scholarly writing as presented in the APA manual (6th edition).
” Tend carefully to APA style guidelines, including a title page, running head, appropriate headings if needed, reference page, and citations. o” Any ideas of information from other sources should be cited appropriately using APA format. If you are using quoted material, cite carefully.

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