Scholary Paper , Nursing Theory



GUIDELINES: Each Student will hand in one formal paper about a nursing theory. The paper is to be a five to six (5-6) pages total (double-spaced, 12 font, 1-inch margins). Follow APA guidelines for a cover sheet, headers, pagination, references, etc. Use APA format and label each section using the evaluation outline below. The criteria guidelines below will be used to evaluate your paper.


Components of the Paper and possible points.




• Identification of theorist including a brief

background of the theorist

(accomplishments, career, accolades, research efforts)






Analysis of basic components/concepts and major relationships in the theory.

Briefly discuss the theory’s core concepts

Use a secondary source like your textbook that covers the selected nursing theory, you must have a minimum of 3 references from nursing literature (only one from a non-article source like a secondary source/text) to support your discussion in this section.














Personal relevance if any of the authors described (connect the theorist to the theory)

Relevance to healthcare and the client discussed

(connect the theory to healthcare today)

Application to research and/or practice provided (connect the theory to current research/practice)

Use at least two peer-

reviewed/research articles that detail the nursing theory being applied in clinical

practice/research, and

summarize key findings of both articles including results and implications for future practice



• Include theory strengths and limitation in the summary






• Precise APA style, headers, and professional





Total 30
















Research Paper Rubric




Very Good (33) Good (30) Unacceptable


Integration of


The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.

Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights.

The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas

The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.

Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper

The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.
Topic Focus The topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment.

A thesis statement provides direction for the paper, either by a statement of a position or hypothesis

The topic is focused but lacks direction.

The paper is about a specific topic but the writer has not established a position.

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