APA style is used for professional writing in nursing and health care. As a professional, it is important to be able to clearly communicate your research or professional writing in an accurately formatted paper using the most current APA style. The purpose of this assignment is to write a 500-750 word paper focusing on the proper application of APA style.

Refer to the resources in the Class Resources and Student Success Center for assistance with APA. Use the APA Style Guide resource, located in the Student Success Center, to complete this assignment.

Include the following in your paper:

  1. Describe the purpose of applying nursing theory to patient care.
  2. Explain why nursing theory is meaningful to current practice.
  3. Explain how a nursing theory can be applied before planning and providing care in current practice.
  4. Discuss which theory best reflects your personal view of the essence of nursing and how it has been helpful to you for planning and providing care to your patients.

You are required to cite a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria and nursing content.

Complete the “APA Writing Checklist” to ensure that your paper adheres to APA style and formatting criteria and general guidelines for academic writing. Include the completed checklist as an appendix at the end of your paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

APA Assignment – Rubric

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Nursing Theory

7.5 points

Criteria Description

Nursing Theory

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

A nursing theory is clearly and accurately presented. The criteria for the assignment are clearly addressed and well supported.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

A nursing theory is presented. The criteria for the assignment are addressed with sufficient support. There are minor inaccuracies or omissions.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

A nursing theory is summarized. The criteria for the assignment contain some omissions or inaccuracies.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

A nursing theory is presented. The criteria for the assignment are incomplete. There are major inaccuracies.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

The theory presented is not a nursing theory.

Title Page

2.5 points

Criteria Description

Title Page

5. 5: Excellent

2.5 points

The title page is presented. required format is applied correctly. There are no errors.

4. 4: Good

2.3 points

The title page is presented. required formatting is applied, although there may be one or two errors.

3. 3: Satisfactory

2.2 points

The title page is presented. required formatting is applied but there are minor errors.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

2 points

The title page reflects some required formatting, but overall it is not correctly applied.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

The title page is not formatted according to required style. The title page is omitted.

Introduction

7.5 points

Criteria Description

Introduction

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

The introduction is presented. The required format is applied correctly. There are no errors.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

The introduction is presented. The required formatting is applied, although there may be one or two errors.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

An introduction is presented. The required formatting is applied but there are minor errors.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

An introduction is presented but the overall required formatting is not consistently or correctly applied.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

The introduction is not presented in required format. The introduction is omitted.

Main Body

7.5 points

Criteria Description

Main Body

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

The sections of the main body are organized to reflect the main points of the author. The required format is applied correctly. There are no errors.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

The sections of the main body are clear. The required formatting is applied, although there may be one or two errors.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

The sections of the main body are generally identifiable. The required formatting is applied but there are minor errors.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

The way the main body is disorganized. Overall, the required formatting is not consistently or correctly applied.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

The required formatting is not used for the main body.

APA Style Citations

7.5 points

Criteria Description

APA Style Citations

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

All sources are cited. The required style and format are correctly applied and are free from error.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

All sources are cited. The required style and format are applied and mostly correct. There may be one or two errors.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

Most sources are cited. One maybe missing. The required style and format are typically applied. Some errors are present.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

Citation of sources is incomplete. The use of the required style for citation of sources is inconsistent and incorrect.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

Sources are not cited throughout. The required style is not used for citations.

Appendix

2.5 points

Criteria Description

Appendix

5. 5: Excellent

2.5 points

The APA Writing Checklist is complete and attached in the Appendix. The required format is applied correctly. There are no errors.

4. 4: Good

2.3 points

The APA Writing Checklist is complete and attached in the Appendix. The required formatting is applied, although there may be one or two errors.

3. 3: Satisfactory

2.2 points

The APA Writing Checklist is complete and attached in the Appendix. The required formatting is applied but there are minor errors.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

2 points

The APA Writing Checklist is attached in the Appendix but is incomplete. The Appendix reflects some the required formatting, but overall it is not correctly applied.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

The Appendix is not formatted according to The required style. The Appendix and APA Writing Checklist are omitted.

References

7.5 points

Criteria Description

References

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

Sources are completely and correctly documented on a reference page, as appropriate to assignment and the required style, and format is free of error.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

Sources are documented on a reference page, as appropriate to assignment and the required style, and format is mostly correct.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

Sources are documented on a reference page, as appropriate to assignment and the required style, although some formatting errors may be present.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

Documentation of sources using a reference page is inconsistent or incorrect, as appropriate to assignment and the required style, with numerous formatting errors.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

Sources are not documented. A reference page is not included.

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, and language use)

7.5 points

Criteria Description

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, and language use)

5. 5: Excellent

7.5 points

The writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

4. 4: Good

6.9 points

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech.

3. 3: Satisfactory

6.6 points

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but they are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed.

2. 2: Less Than Satisfactory

6 points

Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied.

1. 1: Unsatisfactory

0 points

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice or sentence construction is employed.

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Preparing the Assignment:

 

Identify your specialty area of NP practice( Adult-Gerontology). Select a nursing theory, borrowed theory, or interdisciplinary theory provided in the lesson plan or one of your own findings. Address the following:

  • Origin
  • Meaning and scope
  • Logical adequacy
  • Usefulness and simplicity
  • Generalizability
  • Testability

Finally, provide an example of how the theory could be used to improve or evaluate the quality of practice in your specific setting. What rationale can you provide that validates the theory as applicable to the role of the nurse practitioner.

 

References are current – within a 5-year time

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Nursing Theory

Complete this week’s assigned readings, chapters 21 & 22.  After completing the readings, post a short reflection, approximately 1 paragraph in length, discussing your thoughts and opinions about one or several of the specific theories covered in the readings.

As a reminder, no scholarly sources are required.

You have to read this chapters 21 & 22 of this book:

-Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (Parker, Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice)

Authors: Marlaine Smith PhD RN AHN-BC FAAN; Marilyn E. Parker PhD RN FAAN

Edition: 4

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