Theory Evaluation Paper

Theory Evaluation Paper.


The purpose of this paper is to help you critically evaluate a nursing theory. This Assignment will be completed using the three stages of the theory evaluation process: Theory Description, Theory Analysis, and Theory Evaluation described in McEwen & Wills, p.97.

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Select one specific nursing theorist and theory (grand, middle range, practice theory) that best suits your area of practice. (Ex. Watson’s Theory of Caring, )(Use Watson’s theory in relation to a geriatric Assisted living setting
Discuss the rationale for selecting that theory over the other nursing theories (Introduction paragraph)
Use Chinn and Kramer (2005) components of Theory Description: (Located in McEwen & Wills, pg. 101-102 and Table 5-3)
Purpose (Descriptive, Explanatory, Predictive, Prescriptive; Include scope- grand, middle-range, practice)
Concepts (Introduce and list concepts)
Definitions (of concepts and other important aspects)
Relationship (among concepts)
Structure (Is there a diagram to give clarity of structure)
Assumptions (beliefs, propositions)
Use Fawcett (2005) criteria for Theory Analysis: (Located in McEwin & Wills, pg.100-101)
Theory’s Origin (historical creation and evolution of theory)
Unique Focus (distinctive views)
Content (include definitions of metaparadigm concepts of person, environment, health, nursing)
Use Fawcett (2005) criteria for Theory Evaluation: (Located in McEwin & Wills, pg. 100-101)
Significance (usefulness, social significance, cultural significance)
Comprehensiveness of the content (thoroughness, utility)
Logical Congruence (consistency & Clarity of theory; consistent use of concepts)
Credibility (legitimacy, empirical support through research)
Contribution to Nursing (usefulness to nursing practice, education, and research)
Concluding statements summarize the content. (Conclusion paragraph)
Paper should be 4-5 pages in length, excluding the title and references pages.

Please be sure to support your paper using at least >5 peer-reviewed resources. (APA in-text citations and APA Reference page)

Additional Instructions: Your assignment should be typed into a Word or other word processing document, formatted in APA style. The assignments must include

Running head
A title page with
Assignment name: Theory Evaluation Paper: Name of Nursing Theory
Your name
Professor’s name
Introduction paragraph to explain why this theory was chosen for your area of nursing (Do not use first person)
Suggestion to use Level 1 headings for the three stages and conclusion sections: Theory Description, Theory Analysis, and Theory Evaluation and Conclusion
Suggestion to use Level 2 headings for content requested above and lettered underneath each stage: Purpose, Concepts, Definitions, etc.
A references page (APA)
Estimated time to complete: 8 to 10 hours

Theory Evaluation Paper

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