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NSG 5002 Week 2 Discussion: The “theory-practice gap”

NSG 5002 Week 2 Discussion: The “theory-practice gap”

NSG 5002 Week 2 Discussion: The “theory-practice gap”

The “theory-practice gap,” as some have called it, has prevented our profession from full utilization of its knowledge base in practice, and has impeded the view of nursing as a theoretically based discipline, to its detriment. There are distinctly different viewpoints to this argument, based on the different perspectives of academics and theoreticians on the one hand and that of practitioners on the other. Being honest about your reaction, and applying critical thinking skills to the question, where do you stand on the issue, and why?

The development of the discipline of nursing has gone through many stages of philosophical debates. Justify the relevance and utility of the knowledge of theory development to your practice.

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NSG 5002 Week 3 Discussion: Theory application in critical care

Choose a theory that finds practical application in critical care/pediatric/psychiatric nursing and discuss the origins of the theory based on the following criteria:

How did the happenings of the nursing profession impact the origin of this theory?

What values, evidence, or existing knowledge did the theorist cite to support the theory?

What was the theorist’s motivation behind writing the theory?

Compare the nursing philosophy of Benner and Henderson on the basis of the following criteria.

Main ideas of the theory

Main concepts

Relationships between concepts

How different concepts affect each other

Cite an example or case study from your field where both these philosophies find practical utility.

NSG 5002 Week 4 Discussion: Middle-range theory or grand theory

Choose a middle-range theory or grand theory that, in your opinion, can be applied to research. What are the assumptions underpinning this theory? Discuss how this theory finds application in research.

Choose a middle-range theory or grand theory that, in your opinion, can be applied to practice. What are the assumptions underpinning this theory? Discuss how this theory finds application in your area of practice.

NSG 5002 Week 5 Discussion: Professional socialization

Professional socialization relates to the manner in which we learn the roles and functions of being a nurse once we enter the healthcare system. What are some of the ways this socialization occurs in your place of employment, and do you believe it leads to effective assumption of the nursing role? This socialization occurs in a patriarchal healthcare system that still remains predominantly male physician-based. Discuss the impact, you believe, this has on socialization to the nursing role.

Identify an area of practice where change theory may find applicability. Provide examples to support your answer. Comment on the inherent weaknesses in change theory that may impact real life situations or give rise to difficulties in the process of applying this theory.

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Week 5 Project: Nursing Theory Analysis Paper

Overview/Description:

The purpose of this assignment is to describe, evaluate and discuss application of a nursing grand or mid-range theory. This assignment also provides the learner an opportunity to connect theory and research to nursing phenomena. Learners will develop an 8-10 page paper (excluding the title page and references) using APA style to address the elements listed below.

Theory/Author Name and Background

Select a Grand or Mid-Range Theory that is appropriate to your practice setting.

Describe the theorist’s background in detail and discuss how their experiences have impacted the theory development.

Examine crucial references for the original and/or current work of the theorist and other authors writing about the selected theory.

Identify the phenomenon of concern or problems addressed by the theory.

Theory Description

Explain whether the theory uses deductive, inductive or retroductive reasoning. Provide evidence to support your conclusion.

Describe the major concepts of the theory. How are they defined? (theoretically and/or operationally) Is the author consistent in the use of the concepts and other terms in the theory?

Interpret how the concepts are defined. Implicitly or explicitly?

Examine the relationships (propositions) among the major concepts.

Evaluation

Identify explicit and implicit assumptions (values/beliefs) underlying the theory. On what assumptions does the theory build?

Examine if the theory has a description of the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm. If so, how are they explained in the theory? If the metapardigm is not explained, what elements do you see as relevant to the theory and why?

Discuss the clarity of the theory. Did it have lucidness and consistency?

Application

Examine how the theory would guide nursing actions.

Describe specifically how you can use this theory in your area of nursing (Practice, Education, Informatics or Administration).

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