Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields

Importance of Theory Paper

The Importance of Theory Paper is due by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (MT) at the end of Week 2. The guidelines are below and the guidelines and grading rubric for this assignment are also located in Course Resources. (This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin.)


The purpose of this assignment is to a) identify a nursing theory, b) analyze the importance of the selected theory to the nursing profession, c) summarize key concepts and relationships among the concepts of the selected nursing theory, d) present views of the selected theory on areas of specialization, and e) communicate ideas in a clear, succinct, and scholarly manner.

Course Outcomes

CO 1: Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO 2, 5)

CO 4: Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to the components, relationship among the components, and the application to advanced nursing practice. (PO 1)

Due Date

Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 2

Total Points Possible: 100


Description of the Assignment

This assignment focuses on the importance of nursing theory within the profession. Selecting one nursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed), the nursing theory will be presented by identifying the key concepts present within the theory. The selected nursing theory will then be applied to ONE of the following professional nursing practice areas:

Education (e.g. undergraduate, staff development, etc.)
Leadership (e.g. nurse executive, manager, leader, etc.)
Informatics (e.g. data management, etc.)
Healthcare policy (e.g. application to local, state, national, or global healthcare concerns, etc.)
Nurse practitioner

Criteria for Content

The introduction requires the following information.

Statements about nursing theory in general
Identification of the ONEnursing theory (non-nursing theories are not allowed) selected by the student to be used within this assignment. The specific selected nursing theory may be from any of the three categories of nursing theory (i.e. grand, middle-range, or practice), but must be a specific nursing theory (i.e. Orem, Roy, Benner, etc.); a category may not be used.
Identification of the sections of the paper.
References from nursing literature are required.

Importance of Nursing Theory:
This section requires the following information.

Present an analysis of the importance of nursing theory, in general, to the nursing profession. Each of the following questions are to be answered.
Why should the study of nursing theory be included in a master’s program?
How is nursing theory useful to the nursing profession?
How can nursing theory be used to separate the nursing profession from other healthcare professions?
What would be ONE concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession?
References from nursing literature are required.