NR501 Concept Analysis Guidelines and Rubric

NR501 Concept Analysis Guidelines and Rubric


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This assignment provides the opportunity for the student to complete a concept analysis of a concept found in a nursingtheory using an identified process. The assignment fosters analytical thinking related to the selected concept as well as application within the profession.

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 DateSunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 4

Total Points Possible: 250 Points


Description of the Assignment

This assignment presents a modified method for conducting a concept analysis of ONEconcept found in a nursingtheory. The source of the concept for this assignment must be a published nursingtheory. The selected concept is identified and then the elements of the analysis process are applied in order to synthesize knowledge for application within the model and alternative cases. Non-nursing theories may NOTbe used. The paper concludes with a synthesis of the student’s new knowledge about the concept. The scholarly literature is incorporated throughout the analysis.

Only the elements identified in this assignment should be used for this concept analysis.

Criteria for Content

  1. Introduction

The introduction substantively presents all following 4 (four) elements:

  • Identifies the role of concept analysis within theory development,
  • Identifies the selectednursingconcept,
  • Identifies thenursingtheory from which the selected concept was obtained, and
  • Names the sections of the paper.
  1. Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept

This section includes:

  • Defines/explains the concept using scholarly literature (a dictionary maybe used for this section ONLY, and additional scholarly nursing references are required), and
  • Information about the concept as discussed by the theorist from the selected nursing theory is substantively presented.

A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required.

  1. Literature review

This section requires:

  • A substantive discussion ofat least 6 (six)scholarly nursing literature sources on the selected concept.
  • Themes, ideas, and/or facts about the concept found in the reviewed sources are presented in an organized fashion.

Support from nursing literature is required.

Please Note:Primary research articles about the selected nursing concept are the most useful resource for the literature review.

  1. Defining attributes

For this section:

  • A minimum of THREE (3) attributes are required.

A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required.

Explanation: An attribute identifies characteristics of a concept. For this situation, the characteristics of the selected nursing concept are identified and discussed.

  1. Antecedent and Consequence

This section requires the identification of:

  • 1 antecedentof the selected nursing concept, and
  • 1 consequenceof the selected nursing concept.

A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

Explanation:An antecedent is an identifiable occurrence that precedes an event. In this situation, an antecedent precedes a selected nursing concept.

A consequence follows or is the result of an event. In this situation a consequence follows or is the result of the selected nursing concept.

  1. Empirical Referents

This section requires the identification of:

  • 2 (two)empirical referentsof the selected nursing concept.

A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

Explanation:An empirical referent is an objective ways to measure or determine the presence of the selected nursing concept.

  1. Model Cases

1 model caseis created by the student and discussed substantively by demonstrating within the case each of the following areas:

  • Definition,
  • All identified attributes,
  • Antecedent,
  • Consequence, and
  • Empirical referent or Measurement

Information from selected nursing theory is applied to the created model case.

A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature isrequired.

Explanation:A model case is an example of the hypothetical individual who demonstrates all of the attributes, antecedents, consequences, and referents noted previously in this assignment.

  1. Alternative Cases

This section requires:

  • The identification of2(two)alternative cases correctly created and presented.The two required alternative cases are:
  • Borderline (absence of one or two of previously identified attributes of the selected nursing concept.
  • Contrary (demonstrates the complete opposite of selected nursing concept)

Applies information from selected nursing theory.

Explanation:Alternative cases represent the opposite of the model case.

For this assignment, two alternative cases are required. These are:

  • Borderline case which is a created case where one or two of the previously identified attributes are missing.
  • Contrary case which is a created case that demonstrate the complete opposite of the selected nursing concept.
  1. Conclusion

This section requires:

  • Summarization of key information regarding:

o Selected nursing concept,

o Selected nursing theory, and

o Application of concept analysis findings to advanced nursing practice.

  • The concluding statements include self-reflection on the new knowledge gained from conducting a concept analysis.

Preparing the Assignment

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

  1. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 8, but no more than 10 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.
  2. Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6thedition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.
  3. The source of the concept for this assignment must be a published nursing theory. Non-nursing theories may NOTbe used.
  4. A minimum of 6(six) scholarly references must be used. Required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOTbe used as scholarly references for this assignment. A dictionary maybe used as a reference for the section titled “Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept”, but it is NOTcounted as one of the 6 required scholarly nursing references. For additional assistance regarding scholarly nursing references, please see “What is a scholarly source” located in the Course Resources tab. Be aware that information from .com websites may be incorrect and should be avoided.

References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.

  1. Ideas and information from scholarly, peer reviewed, nursing sources must be cited and referenced correctly.
  2. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
  3. PLEASE note: Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

Possible Concepts:The following concepts are not required; students may select one of these concepts or find another concept. Each selected concept must be associated with a nursing theory; the use of non-nursing theories is NOTallowed. If you have any questions regarding your concept or the nursing theory, please consult with your faculty member for assistance.

· Behavioral system· Boundary lines· Caring

· Empowerment

· Homeostasis

· Noise

· Open system

· Palliative care

· Resources

· Self-care

· Adaptation· Comfort· Compassion

· Engagement

· Leadership

· Meaningfulness

· Modeling

· Pain

· Pattern

· Transaction



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