Healthcare and Nursing

Choose the one that matches your concept.

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Summary: A theory can be used to guide practice. This assignment is an exercise in supporting a clinical practice with theory and evidence.
Directions: Identify an outcome of nursing practice in your area of practice that can be improved. The outcome identified for this paper is (foley catheter use and UTI too prevalent in Nursing homes)
Briefly support why it is a problem with evidence from the literature. This is not the major focus of the assignment so do not elaborate.
Create a clinical nursing (not medical) theory in the form Concept A | Proposition | Concept B. Think of the structure like two nouns and a verb. While the term proposition is much more complex in the dictionary, in our use it is the connecting term between the two concepts. Examples include Concept A improves Concept B, Concept A is related to Concept B, when Concept A increases then Concept B also increases, etc.
Identify and define your concepts. Identify how they could be measured in a research study. Be careful that you do not use compound concepts. If you find the words “and” or “or” in your theory, you are probably too complex.
If you research your question and seek funding, you will need a theoretical model to guide the research. In our assignment, we are using Watson. You will identify the concepts in Watson’s theories that are represented by the concepts you are using in your clinical theory. Match the proposition in her theory with your proposition. To help, the 10 Caritas Processes are Concept A. Choose the one that matches your concept. To clarify, let’s look at Caritas 1 Embrace and use it in middle-range theory. Sustaining humanistic-altruistic values by the practice of loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity with self/others (Concept A – Very complex and abstract) improves (Proposition) subjective inner healing (Concept B).
Remember that the paper is not about the problem. It is about constructing a clinical theory and matching it to a middle-range theory and conceptual model your clinical theory represents.
Conclude the paper with your discoveries made in your readings and the impact on the nursing profession of your discoveries. Explore, briefly, discovered questions that require further research. Summarize the paper in the conclusion.
• Length: 4 pages Excluding title and reference pages
• References: 6. There should be enough to support the links between the concepts of the problem and the concepts of Watson’s Theory of Caring.
For clarification, I wanted to provide some suggestions for your bolded headers. This will help ensure you have included all items required for the assignment. The focus of this assignment is a clinical theory that is matched to a middle range theory and the conceptual model your clinical theory represents.
2)Nursing Outcome Improvement— discuss the area of improvement needed in your clinical area.
3)Why This is a Problem in My Clinical Area—discuss the reasons and include research-based articles to back it up—go to the description of the assignment in your week 4 assignment description.
4)Clinical Nursing Theory– discuss the concepts, proposition, variables, … look closely at your assignment description.
5) Concepts & Proposition Defined– Your concepts (not Watson’s) for the practice improvement and the definition.
6)Measurement of Concepts- How will you measure this practice improvement?
Watson’s Concepts Tied to Your Concepts- Concepts from Watson Theory that will fit the practice improvement


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