Theoretical Application for Advanced Practice Nursing – NURS 715

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will analyze the nature of theory and theory development in nursing. Students will examine nursing theory, apply theory to practice, practice change, and scholarship. Application of advanced levels of clinical judgment and accountability in the design, development, and evaluation of evidence-based care will occur.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Theoretical application is essential at advanced levels of nursing practice. This course will provide the foundation to philosophical and theoretical underpinning at an advanced level. Through the analysis, evaluation, and application of various theories, the student will be prepared to successfully design, develop, and evaluate theory-guided, evidence-based practice. The course helps to meet the standards of graduate level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Understand how theoretical frameworks and models guide knowledge development. (DNP Essentials I; NONPF: Scientific Foundation 1–4; LU PLO 1)
    2. Develop understanding of the DNP-prepared APN application of theoretical frameworks and models in practice and scholarship. (DNP Essentials I, III, VIII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–4; Quality Competencies 1, 3; Ethics Competencies 2; LU PLO 1)
    3. Explore, test, and evaluate various theoretical frameworks and models in the application to practice and scholarship. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII ; NONPF NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–4; Quality Competencies 1, 3; Ethics Competencies 2; LU PLO 1, 2, 5, 6)
    4. Integrate Christian worldview into the evaluation and application of middle-range theories. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF: NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1-4; Quality Competencies 1, 3; Ethics Competencies 2; Independent Practice Competencies 1–2, 4; LU PLO 1, 2, 5–7)
    5. Formulate a personal philosophy statement through a Christian worldview. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–4; Independent Practice Competencies 2, 8; LU PLO 1, 7)
    6. Utilize Christ-centered, theory-guided practice to lead knowledge-based healthcare change. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, VIII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–4; Leadership Competencies 3,5, 6; Quality Competencies 1–2; Health Delivery Competencies 1, 5, 6 ; Ethics Competencies 1-3; Independent Practice Competencies 2, 8; LU PLO 1, 2, 5–7).

 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread will be evaluated based on the depth and breadth of the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

Personal Philosophy of Nursing Paper

The Personal Philosophy of Nursing Paper provides the student the opportunity to formulate and defend his or her philosophy of nursing within the nursing metaparadigm and biblical worldview. This paper must be no longer than 7 pages and must include at least 4 peer-reviewed scholarly references.

Professional Statement

The Professional Statement paper provides the student the opportunity to formulate and articulate the professional role of the DNP-prepared nurse. It must be limited to 1 page and be supported by a minimum of 2 scholarly references.

Theory Presentation: Parts I and II

The student will select a middle-range nursing theory to evaluate and analyze in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. The presentation will be developed in 2 distinct parts. Part I of the presentation must be limited to 9 slides and must contain at least 5 peer-reviewed scholarly resources. Part II of the presentation must be limited to a total of 12 slides and must contain an additional 2 peer-reviewed scholarly resources.

Theory Guided Practice Paper Outline

To prepare for writing the Theory Guided Practice Paper, the student will develop a detailed outline addressing elements of the paper. A reference list with a minimum of 5 sources must be included. Current APA guidelines apply.

Theory Guided Practice Paper

The Theory Guided Practice Paper provides the graduate nursing student the opportunity to identify and present an actual practice experience. The student will describe a nursing and a borrowed middle-range theory and discuss the application of each theory to the identified practice experience. The student will evaluate selected theories for substantive foundation, structural integrity, and functional adequacy. Furthermore, the student will discuss the implications of the selected theories on nursing practice within the Christian worldview. This paper must be formatted in current APA style and must be limited to 13 pages (including title page, but excluding references). A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed, scholarly references is required.