Describe the main ideas of the theory (should include the assumptions under which the theory operates). What are the main concepts?

For this project, you will select and critique a nursing theory of your choice.  You will:

  1. Write an original paper.
  2. Submit it to the dropbox for a grade based on the rubric.

The following are some conceptual models and theories you may choose from; however, you may choose any nurse theorist:

  • Florence Nightengale’s Environmental Model
  • Dorothy Johnson’s Behavioral System Model
  • Hildegard Peplau’s Interpersonal Process Theory
  • Dorothea Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory
  • Ida Jean Orlando’s Nursing Process
  • Sister Calista Roy’s Adaptation Model
  • Madeleine Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality
  • Jean Watson’s Nursing as Caring Theory
  • Margaret Newman’s Health Expanding Consciousness
  • Martha Roger’s Science of Unitary of Human Being
  • Abdellah’s Patient-Centered Approaches Theory

Steps to follow to do your critique:

  • You can visit the Fitne website to watch videos about the above mentioned theorist.
  • You can use the Internet to find a journal or articles that provides an analysis and critique of a theory of nursing as a resource to start working with your own critique.
  • You need to login entering the following information:
    • Username: medical center campus
    • Password: medical
    • Under the Nurse Theorists: Portraits of Excellence (Volume I) link select the theorist of your choice
    • On the left navigation area select a topic to view
  • You must use the criteria for analysis and critique of theories in Chapter 1 of the George text book.

Your critique must have the following headings and follow APA Guidelines.

TopicDescription

Meaning

(30 pts.)

  • Describe the main ideas of the theory (should include the assumptions under which the theory operates).
  • What are the main concepts?
  • What are the main relationships between the concepts?
  • How do different concepts affect each other?

Origins of the Theory

(30 pts.)

  • What was going on in the profession of nursing or in American society that may have influenced the theory?
  • What values, theories, evidence, and/or existing knowledge did the theorist cite as support for the theory?
  • What motivated the theorist to write the theory?
  • What approach to theory development did the theorist use?

Usefulness

(20 pts.)

  • How useful is this theory in practice?
  • Is the theory practical and helpful to nursing?
  • Does it contribute to understanding and predicting outcomes?
  • Cite an example/case study where this theory could be used.

Testability

(10 pts.)

  • How testable is this theory?
  • Has this theory generated research? How many and what types of studies?
  • Give one example of a study done using the theory
  • What types of statements are the propositions?

Overall Evaluation

(10 pts.)

  • Is the theory comprehensive and specific?
  • How general is the theory?
  • Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the theory.
  • Why would you use or not use this theory in your own advanced practice? (Begin to think about the your presentation “Synthesis of Nursing Theory”).

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