You are required to submit a
scholarly paper in which you will identify, describe, research, and
apply the concepts that underlie your personal philosophy for
professional nursing practice.
This will help you identify your own values and beliefs about
the established metaparadigms and metatheories of the discipline. It
will also help you identify and articulate concepts relevant to your
specific practice. This paper is intended to be an exercise in
clarification and organization of your professional foundation. You are
also required to provide a list of assumptions from personal nursing
practice that illustrate the concepts and framework of your theory.
Your paper should follow a format that includes:
Each week, you will complete various segments of your Concept
Synthesis Paper and submit it to the Submissions Area for facilitator
feedback when necessary. Your paper should integrate these discrete
elements and reflect your personal nursing philosophy.
Your Concept Synthesis Paper on your Personal Nursing
Philosophy is due in Week 3. However, it is recommended that you begin
working on your paper from Week 1 onwards and complete the various
components related to the paper week wise as you progress through the
course. The suggested tasks for each week are:
Week 1: Nursing Biography and The Four Metaparadigms of Nursing
Week 2: Two Practice-specific Concepts, and List of Propositions/Assumptions
Week 3: Due: Concept Synthesis Paper on Personal Nursing Philosophy
Consider the following questions as you complete your various tasks related to this assignment.
How do I define and employ the four basic metaparadigms of nursing theory in my professional practice?
What are the major concepts I employ that are unique to my professional practice?
What philosophies and theories from the literature of nursing and other disciplines/domains are consistent with these concepts?
How are the concepts of transcultural nursing, the health
promotion model, skill acquisition, role theory, and change theory
specifically integrated into my philosophy and practice?
What research supports these theories and concepts?
How do I integrate role and change theory into my
professional practice and how may these theories be applied to the
organization in which I practice?
The paper is to be thoroughly researched and well documented,
with relevant material from the nursing theorists presented
incorporated into the paper. Use the current edition of the APA Manual
throughout the paper. Sources should focus on references from nursing
theory but may also include conceptual and theoretical material from
other professional domains. The paper, excluding references or
appendices, is to be limited to 6-10 pages. Writing should be succinct
and well organized, as it is impossible for the facilitator to evaluate
form and content separately.