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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? In particular, is it important for nurse practitioners? Does theory inform nurse practitioner practice? 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. 

Week 1Nursing Theory

Discussion

Purpose

The purpose of the graded collaborative discussions is to engage faculty and students in an interactive dialogue to assist the student in organizing, integrating, applying, and critically appraising knowledge regarding advanced nursing practice. Scholarly information obtained from credible sources as well as professional communication, are required. Application of information to professional experiences promotes the analysis and use of principles, knowledge, and information learned and related to real-life professional situations. Meaningful dialogue among faculty and students fosters the development of a learning community as ideas, perspectives, and knowledge are shared.

Course Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

· Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO 2 and 5)
 Weeks 2, 6

· Examine broad theoretical concepts as foundational to advanced nursing practice roles. (PO 1 and 2)
 Weeks 1, 2, 4

· Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to the components, relationship among the components, and application to advanced nursing practice. (PO 1)
 Weeks 4, 6

Requirements

Discussion Criteria

1.
Application of Course Knowledge:
 The student post contributes unique perspectives or insights gleaned from personal experience or examples from the healthcare field. The student must accurately and fully discuss the topic for the week in addition to providing personal or professional examples. The student must completely answer the entire initial question.

2.
Engagement in Meaningful Dialogue
The student responds to a student peer and course faculty to further dialogue.

· Peer Response: The student responds substantively to at least one topic-related post by a student peer. A substantive post adds content or insights or asks a question that will add to the learning experience and/or generate discussion.  

· A post of “I agree” with a repeat of the other student’s post does not count as a substantive post. A collection of shallow posts does not equal a substantive post.

· The peer response must occur on a separate day from the initial posting.  

· The peer response must occur before Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT.   

· Faculty Response: The student responds substantively to at least one question by course faculty. The faculty question may be directed to the student, to another student, or to the entire class.    

· A post of “I agree” with a repeat of the faculty’s post does not count as a substantive post. A collection of shallow posts does not equal a substantive post.

· The faculty response must occur on a separate day from the initial posting.  

3.
Integration of Evidence: 
The student post provides support from a minimum of one scholarly in-text citation with a matching reference and assigned readings or online lessons, per discussion topic per week.

· What is a scholarly resource? A scholarly resource is one that comes from a professional, peer-reviewed publication (e.g., journals and government reports such as those from the FDA or CDC).

· Contains references for sources cited

· Written by a professional or scholar in the field and indicates credentials of the author(s)

· Is no more than 5 years old for clinical or research articles 

· What is not considered a scholarly resource?  

· Newspaper articles and layperson literature (e.g., Readers Digest, Healthy

· Life Magazine, Food, and Fitness)

· Information from Wikipedia  or any wiki

· Textbooks

· Website homepages

· The weekly lesson

· Articles in healthcare and nursing-oriented trade magazines, such as Nursing Made Incredibly Easy and RNMagazine (Source: What is a scholarly article.docx; Created 06/09 CK/CL  Revised: 02/17/11,  09/02/11  nlh/clm) 

· Can the lesson for the week be used as a scholarly source?

· Information from the weekly lesson can be cited in a posting; however, it is not to be the sole source used in the post. 

· Are resources provided from CU acceptable sources (e.g., the readings for the week)?

· Not as a sole source within the post. The textbook and/or assigned (required) articles for the week can be used, but another outside source must be cited for full credit. Textbooks are not considered scholarly sources for the purpose of discussions.

· Are websites acceptable as scholarly resources for discussions?

· Yes, if they are documents or data cited from credible websites. Credible websites usually end in .gov or .edu; however, some .org sites that belong to professional associations (e.g., American Heart Association, National League for Nursing, American Diabetes Association) are also considered credible websites. Websites ending with .com are not to be used as scholarly resources.

4. Professionalism in Communication: The post presents information in logical, meaningful, and understandable sequence, and is clearly relevant to the discussion topic. Grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation are accurate.


Preparing the Assignment

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? In particular, is it important for nurse practitioners? Does theory inform nurse practitioner practice? 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. 

DISCUSSION CONTENT 

Category 

Points

%

Description

Application of Course Knowledge: 

20

27 

Answers the initial discussion question(s)/topic(s), demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the concepts for the week. 

Engagement in Meaningful Dialogue With Peers and Faculty 

20

27

Responds to a student peer 
and course faculty furthering the dialogue by providing more information and clarification, adding depth to the conversation 

Integration of Evidence 

20

27

Assigned readings or online lesson
 and at least one outside scholarly source are included. The scholarly source is: 

1) evidence-based, 2) scholarly in nature, 3) published within the last 5 years

60

81% 

Total CONTENT Points= 60 pts 

DISCUSSION FORMAT 

Category 

Points

%

Description 

Reference Citation 

7

9

References have complete information as required by APA   

In-text citations included for all references  
and references included for all in-text citation  

15

19%

Total FORMAT Points= 15 pts 

DISCUSSION TOTAL= 75 points 

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? In particular, is it
important for nurse practitioners? Does theory inform nurse practitioner practice? 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?

Yes! I absolutely do believe that nursing theory is important to nursing and to
nurse practitioners. Nursing theory is a huge asset when it comes to nursing practice as a
whole. Theory is a baseline and principles to go off of in nursing practice. According to
Colley (2003), theories can be defined as sets of established statements or rules that can
be tested. Nursing theory provides structure for nursing practice. Nursing theory is a way
of collecting and analyzing data to be able to describe, explore, and predict nursing
practice (Parker & Smith, 2015).

Nurse theory in particular is important for nurse practitioners and their practice.
Nurse theory informs nurse practitioner practice, theory allows nurse practitioners to have
an idea (theory) of where to begin in nursing practice with patients. Nursing theory can
describe, predicate and explain the phenomenon of nursing (Colley, 2003). Nursing
theory is a foundation to build off; a way to help produce further knowledge and steer
which direction nursing practice should develop in the future (Colley, 2003). Nursing
theory can nurse practitioners figure out what they know and what they need to know
when it comes to practice.

All in all the benefits of nursing theory is improved patient care, greater
professional status for nurses, enhanced communication between nurse, and guidance for
research and education (Colley, 2003). As providers it would benefit us to use nursing
theories as our tools to help aid in patient care. Theory can be a very powerful tool in
nurse practitioner practice to provide improved and efficient care to patients.

Colley, S. (2003). Nursing theory: its importance to practice. Nursing Standard, 17(46),
33+.

Smith, M. C., & Parker, M. E. (2015). Nursing theories and nursing practice (4th ed.).
Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company.

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