NURS 8110 Week 5 DQ: Theory Analysis and Evaluation

NURS 8110 Week 5 DQ: Theory Analysis and Evaluation

NURS 8110 Week 5 DQ: Theory Analysis and Evaluation

NURS 8110: Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing Practice | Week 5

How should theory be evaluated? Why is it important for you—as a student in this doctoral program and a prospective leader in the field—to be able analyze theory?

This week introduces various methods for analyzing and evaluating theory. The analysis and evaluation that you engage in this week will help prepare you to select an appropriate theoretical framework for addressing a nursing practice problem.

Learning Objectives for NURS 8110 Week 5 DQ: Theory Analysis and Evaluation

Students will:

  • Defend the appropriateness of a selected theoretical framework for addressing a practice problem

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


Required Readings for NURS 8110 Week 5 DQ: Theory Analysis and Evaluation

McEwin, M., & Wills, E. M. (2019). Theoretical basis for nursing. (5th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

  • Chapter 5, “Theory Analysis and Evaluation”This chapter explains the process of analyzing and evaluating theories and describes in detail the most commonly used methods.

Gray, J.R., Grove, S.K., & Sutherland, S. (2017). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

  • Review Chapter 8, “Frameworks”

Bell, A., Corfield, M., Davies, J., & Richardson, N. (2010). Collaborative transdisciplinary intervention in early years – putting theory into practice. Child: Care, Health & Development, 36(1), 142–148. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.01027.x

This article assesses the use of the transdisciplinary model of collaborative working for evaluating young children in a community setting.

Evans, M. M. (2010). Evidence-based practice protocol to improve glucose control in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. MEDSURG Nursing, 19(6), 317–3 22.

This article discusses intervention methods used to assist patients with controlling their blood sugars and how evidence-based practice protocols contribute to the APN’s holistic view of the patient.

Linder, L. (2010). Analysis of the UCSF symptom management theory: Implications for pediatric oncology nursing. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 27(6), 316–3 24.

This article provides an analysis on Symptom Management Theory (SMT) and identifies its strengths, implications for nursing, and opportunities for future research.

Lindh, I., Barbosa da Silva, A., Berg, A., & Severinsson, E. (2010). Courage and nursing practice: A theoretical analysis. Nursing Ethics, 17(5), 551–565. doi:10.1177/0969733010369475

This article analyzes the philosophical frameworks used in defining courage and reviews empirical research on courage and nursing practices.

Plummer, M., & Molzahn, A. (2009). Quality of life in contemporary nursing theory: A concept analysis. Nursing Science Quarterly, 22(2), 134–140.

This article examines the concept of quality of life from a nursing perspective through an analysis of historic nursing theories.

Weld, K., Padden, D., Ramsey, G., & Garmon Bibb, S. C. (2008). A framework for guiding health literacy research in populations with universal access to healthcare. Advances in Nursing Science, 31(4), 308–318.

This article examines the development and application of health literacy frameworks to research and nursing practice.

Optional Resources

Fineout-Overholt, E., Hofstetter, S., Shell, L., & Johnston, L. (2005). Teaching EBP: Getting to the gold: How to search for the best evidence. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 2(4), 207–211.

Freeman, S., Lara, G., Courts, M., Wanzer, L., & Bibb, S. (2009). An evidence-based process for evaluating infection control policies. AORN Journal, 89(3), 489.

Shojania, K., & Olmsted, R. (2002). Searching the health care literature efficiently: From clinical decision-making to continuing education, American Journal of Infection Control, 30(3), 187–195. doi:10.1067/mic.2002.120801

Discussion: Selecting a Theoretical Framework

Post your responses to the Discussion based on the course requirements.

Your Discussion postings should be written in standard edited English and follow APA guidelines as closely as possible given the constraints of the online platform. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct. Initial postings must be 250–350 words (not including references).