The purpose of the Theory Evaluation Paper is to help you critically evaluate a middle-range nursing theory. This assignment will be completed using the three stages of the theory evaluation process: Theory Description, Theory Analysis, and Theory Evaluation.
Select a Middle-Range Nursing Theory- Select one specific middle-range nursing theory from your textbook that best suits your area of practice. (Ex. Pender’s Health Promotion Model, Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory, Beck’s Postpartum Depression Theory, etc.)
APA Student Title Page– (No Abstract Needed)
Include the following information on the Student title page in 7th APA format:
Assignment name in Bold Font: (Ex. Theory Evaluation Paper: Swanson’s Theory of Caring)
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Name of University
Course Number and Name
Date of Submission (Month, Day, Year)
Introductory paragraph Capture the reader’s attention (ex. Grabbing statistics) and discuss the rationalefor selecting the specific nursing theory for your area of nursing over other nursing theories (Do not write in first person; Include a purpose/thesis statement of what you will describe in the paper as the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.) Next, begin the Body of Paper.
Theory Description (Level 1 Header)
Purpose (Level 2 Header); (Designate as Descriptive, Explanatory, Predictive, or Prescriptive; Include Scope-middle-range)
Concepts (Level 2 Header); (Introduce and list main concepts)
Definitions (Level 2 Header); (Define concepts and other important aspects)
Relationship (Level 2 Header); (Describe relationship among concepts)
Structure (Level 2 Header); (Describe; Is there a diagram of structure?)
Assumptions (Level 2 Header); (beliefs, propositions of the theory)
5. Theory Analysis (Level 1 Header)
Theory’s Origin (Level 2 Header); (historical creation and evolution of theory)
8. APA Reference Page- Please be sure to support your paper with in-text citations. Please use 5peer-reviewed resources.
Additional Instructions: Your assignment should be typed into a Word or other word processing document, formatted in APA style. Paper should be a minimum of 4-5 pages in length, excluding the title and references pages. You may increase the number of pages of the body of the paper up to 7-8 pages if needed. This is a scholarly paper and should not be written in first person. Paragraphs should have a minimum of 3 sentences. Paraphrasing should be done using in-text citations. Direct quotes should be rare and used only when the content can be said in no other way. If using direct quotes, you must include page or paragraph number.
Unit 4 Required Resources
McEwen, M. & Wills, E. (2019). Theoretical basis for nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781496351203.
Chinn, P. & Kramer, M. (2018) Knowledge development in nursing: Theory and process (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN 9780323530613