Theory Application Paper


The purpose of the Theory Application Paper is to help you apply your selected nursing theory to your specific area of practice.

  1. Select a Nursing Theory- Select one specific nursing theorist (I chose to go with-Watson Caring Theory) and nursing middle-range theory that best fits your area of practice. Ex. Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory, Beck’s Postpartum Depression Theory, etc)
  2. APA Title Page– (Use Running heads; No Abstract Needed)
    1. Include the following information on the title page:
      1. Assignment name: Theory Application Paper:  Name of Nursing Theory (Ex. Theory Application Paper:  Swanson’s Theory of Caring in Obstetrics)
      1. Your Name
      1. Course Number and Name of Course
      1. Professor’s Name
      1. Name of University
  3. Introductory paragraph – Capture the reader’s attention (ex. Grabbing statistics) and introduce the rationale for selecting the specific nursing theory for your area of nursing over other nursing theories (Do not write in first person; Include a purpose statement of what you will describe in the paper as the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.) Next, begin the Body of Paper. Let the introduction be very catchy, and prompt the reader.
  4. Theory Description (Level 1 Header) Briefly describe the theory. Give overview of theory purpose, scope, concepts, structure, and unique focus.
  5. Rationale (Level 1 Header) Discuss the rationale for selecting the theory for implementation in your specific practice setting. (Do not use first person)
  6. Implementation Plan (Level 1 Header) Describe a plan to implement the theory in your area of practice for your entire department or organization.
  7. Barriers to Implementation (Level 1 or 2 Header, your choice) Discuss potential barriers or challenges to the implementation plan and how to overcome these barriers and challenges. 
  8. Conclusion (Level 1 Header) Conclusion paragraph with concluding statements to summarize the content and re-state or re-phrase the original purpose statement.
  9. APA Reference Page- Please be sure to support your paper with in-text citations. Please use 5 peer-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. 

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