Application of Nursing Theory

Application of Nursing Theory
Grading Guidelines
This paper is worth 15% of or 15 points of your overall grade.
Students will write a 3-4-page paper excluding title page and references page.
Students will select a short story from Dream Me Home Safely and select a nursing
middle range theory that applies to the story. The theory must be a nursing middle
range theory that applies to the story.
Use the list of middle range theories listed below or use a different middle-range
theory not listed.
Middle-Range Nursing Theories
• The Framework of Systemic Organization – Marie-Louise Friedemann
• Theory of Group Power within Organizations – Christina Sieloff
• Theory of Comfort – Katharine Kolcaba
• Theory of Maternal Role Attainment- Ramona Thieme Mercer
• Nurse as Wounded Healer – Marion Conti O’hare
• Synergy Model – AACN
• Behavioral Systems Model – Dorothy Johnson
• Quality of Nursing care Theory – June H Larrabee
• Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms – Elizabeth R Lenz and Linda C Pugh
• Advancing Technology, Caring, and Nursing – Rozzano C Locsin
• Health Belief Model – Blanche Mikhail
• Theory of Uncertainty in Illness – Merle Mishel
Introduction (3 points)
Introduce the middle-range nursing theory that you have identified from a selected
short story. Explain/describe key aspects of the middle-range theory in relation to the
short story.
Summary of Short Story (2 points)
Summarize the short story. The summary begins with the title and author of the story.
The subsequent sentences provide information that addresses the central idea of the
story, the point the writer wanted to get across and what events lead up to that
Description of Theory (6 points)
Describe in detail the nursing middle range theory selected. This description must be
accurate and provide information necessary to explain the important concepts,
attributes of the theory and how they relate to the short story selected. Use the short
story to provide examples of the middle- range theory selected.
Scholarly Writing (4 points)
This paper must have a minimum of three peer-reviewed references to support the
paper development. Websites are not included as part of the professional references.
Make sure to cite the short story correctly. LOOK AT HOW TO CITE A CHAPTER IN A
EDITED BOOK. All papers must meet standards for scholarly writing and graduate
level work. Your paper should be well written (clarity), have the appropriate type and
number of references, if applicable, and meet APA style and formatting standards.
Mechanics: Correct sentence structure, grammar, and appropriate capitalization.
Correct punctuation and style, no spelling errors, no run-on sentences, no sentence
fragments, no incomplete thoughts, and dangling participles.
Language: No medical jargon, no colloquialisms (slang and informal ways of speaking)
unless using this language for a reason (repeating a conversation or giving an
Clarity Summary
1. Paper was organized in a logical manner
2. Ideas were clearly presented
3. Correct usage of grammar and style
4. Medical jargon not used or explained
5. Complete sentences used
6. Correct spelling
Adequacy of references used in the paper as well as an appropriate number of
references used to support the paper and the discussion. References must be current
(no references more than 5 years old unless a seminal work)
References Summary
a. Paper had appropriate number of references
b. References were appropriate
i. References must be current (most references should not be older than 5
years old unless a seminal work or not much research has been done in this area)
c. PEER reviewed reputable journals
i. You may use only 1 each of the following
1. One reputable website only (e.g. CDC)
2. One reputable newspaper article only (e.g. New York Times).
ii. Research findings from primary sources (this is considered original research)
1. You may not use review articles, meta-analysis, or literature reviews
iii. Textbooks can only be used if current
d. References cited correctly i. In-text
ii. References list
iii. Must be on a separate page
iv. References (the word) centered
v. Hanging indent used (references list)
vi. Double spacing
vii. Volume #
viii. Issue # if available
ix. Correct hyperlink doi format:
1. (new format) – PREFERRED
x. Journal URL if doi unknown
xi. URL address must not have an underline

2) APA Format:
a. Correct APA format was used
b. Correct font (Times New Roman; 12 pt)
c. Title page
d. Abstract page with key notes
e. Correct margins (1 inch)
f. Header
g. Numbers (in-text)
h. Using APA number format in the body of the paper
i. Capitalizations
j. Headings
k. Paragraph indents (0.5)
l. Left justification
m. Double spaced
n. Page numbers in HEADER
o. Document named correctly: Last name, assignment name
Grading Explanation
Letter Grade Grading Scale
A 95-100%
A- 90-94%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 76-79%
C 72-75%

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