NR 501 Discussion Week 1, Importance of Theory in Nursing (TWO VERSIONS)
For many students enrolled in NR501, this is an initial course for nursing theory. So, let’s have a debate. Is nursing theory important to the nursing profession? If you believe that it is important, explain why it is useful. If-you do not believe that it is useful, explain why nursing theory is not necessary to the profession? Be sure to provide an example that demonstrates your opinion and a scholarly reference (not using the required textbook or lesson) which supports your opinion
NR501 Week 2 Discussion 1, Significance of Nursing Concepts within the Profession (TWO VERSIONS)
Debate with classmates on the dominant philosophical schools of thought in nursing (received view and perceived view). Which worldview best encompasses the profession of nursing? Why? Provide an example.
NR 501 Discussion 2 Week 2, Significance of Nursing Concepts within the Profession
This discussion considers the metaparadigm of nursing and the four concepts of the nursing profession—person, environment, health and nursing profession. Select a practice area of the nursing profession (i.e. education, executive, informatics, healthcare policy, and advanced clinical practice) and apply EACH of the four concepts to the selected area. Be sure to apply EACH of the four concepts and include an example that demonstrates the application to the practice area. Don’t forget to support your initial posting with scholarly references.
NR501 Week 3 Discussion, Steps of Concept Analysis (TWO VERSIONS)
Select a nursing concept (be sure to use a nursing theory) and then provide a response to each one of the steps included in a concept analysis regarding your selected concept. This information does not have to be comprehensive but provides a foundation to the upcoming assignment. Be sure to include a scholarly reference.
NR501 Week 4 Discussion 1, Theory and Specialty Area of Professional Practice (TWO VERSIONS)
Identify your specialty area of professional practice. Select a nursing theory from the list of specialty track specific theories provided in the lesson plan or one of your own findings. Address the following: (1) briefly identify concepts of the nursing metaparadigm (remember the selected theory may not include all four concepts); (2) provide an example how the theory could be used to improve or evaluate the quality of practice in your specific setting.
NR 501 Discussion 2 Week 4, Connection Between Theory and Advanced Practice
While the focus of this course is nursing theory, some nurses say that theory has no role in clinical practice. What are your thoughts? Does nursing theory have a role in clinical practice? How would you use nursing theory to improve or evaluate the quality of clinical practice? Be sure to include an example that demonstrates your thoughts. Don’t forget to include a scholarly reference!
NR501 Week 5 Discussion, Analysis and Application of Nursing Model
Select either the PCN Framework or the Chamberlain Care Model.
Consider how the following components would be included in an analysis of the selected model:
- Origin of the model
- Meaning of the model
- Logical adequacy of the model
- Usefulness of the model
- Generalizability of the model
- Degree of parsimony within the model
- Testability of the model
What rationale can you provide which validates the selected model as a theoretical framework for nursing practice? Be sure to include scholarly references to support your discussion.
NR501 Week 6 Discussion, Borrowed (non-nursing) Theories Applied to the Nursing Profession (TWO VERSION)
While the focus of this course is nursing theory, frequently the use of non-nursing or borrowed theories occurs. Identify your future nursing practice area. Discuss how a specific non-nursing (borrowed) theory has been or could be applied by nurses (specific to practice focus) to effectively deal with an issue. Be sure to provide an example of how the non-nursing theory can be used to enhance the selected practice area. Remember to include scholarly reference(s) to support your information.
Potential discussion topic focus areas:
- Nurse educator practice issues: student retention, faculty preparation, critical thinking skills.
- Nurse-leaders or nurse managers – administrative issues: staffing, use of supplies, staff performance.
- Family nurse practitioner – clinical practice issues: chronic illness, aging population, social determinants of health.
- Healthcare policy practice issues – environmental health, healthy nurse initiative, childhood obesity.
- Nursing informatics practice issues – ergonomics, project management, staff development
NR 501 Week 6 Discussion, Middle Range Theory
Discussion hw a specific middle-range nursing theory has been or could be applied by nurse leaders or nurse managersto effectively deal with an administrative issue (i.e, staffing, use of supplied, staff performance issues). Include an example from the literature or your own experience to illustrate your points.
NR 501 Week 7 Discussion, Application of Nursing Theory
In NR 500, you explored an area of interest related to your selected specialty track. You then identified an issue/concern related to that area of interest. Select a nursing theory that can be applied to resolving the issue/concern. In your initial response, address the following:
• How the selected nursing theory is relevant to your area of interest
• A brief description of the issue/concern
• How the selected nursing theory can be used to guide the resolution of the issue/concern
Include an example from the literature or your own experience to illustrate your points. Remember to include at least one outside scholarly source.
NR 501 Week 8 Discussion, Course Reflection and Future Application (TWO VERSIONS)
Throughout the discussion occurring in this course, a common element has been application of theory. For this final discussion, identify your future professional practice role. Identify one emerging trend related to your future professional practice area. Discuss a current theory or envision a new theory that can be used to support evidence-based change related to the identified emerging change. Remember to use outside scholarly sources to support your initial response.