Concept Analysis

This assignment provides the opportunity for the student to complete an analysis of a concept found in the Nurse Practitioner role supported by a nursing theory using an identified process. The assignment fosters analytical thinking related to the selected concept as well as application within the profession.

Activity Learning Outcomes
Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:
Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (CO 1)
Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to the components, relationship among the components, and the application to advanced nursing practice. (CO 4)
Due Date: Sun., 11:59pm MT
Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10% of the total points possible for that assignment for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. Quizzes and discussions are not considered assignments and are not part of the late assignment policy.
Total Points Possible: 200
Description of the Assignment
This assignment presents a modified method for conducting a concept analysis of ONE concept that is important and useful to the nurse practitioner role.  The concept for this assignment must be supported by a published nursing theory. The selected concept is identified and then the elements of the analysis process are applied in order to synthesize knowledge for application as demonstrated through the creation of model, borderline, and contrary cases.  Theoretical applications of the concept are also discussed. Non-nursing theories may NOT be used. The paper concludes with a synthesis of the student’s new knowledge about the concept. The scholarly literature is incorporated throughout the analysis.  Only the elements identified in this assignment should be used for this concept analysis.
Criteria for Content
Introduction- The introduction substantively presents all the following elements:
Identifies the role of concept analysis within theory development.
Identifies the selected nursing concept.
Identifies the nursing theory that addresses the selected concept.
Names the sections of the paper.
Scholarly support is required.

Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept
Defines/explains the concept using scholarly literature (a dictionary maybe used for this section ONLY, and additional scholarly nursing references are required).
A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required.

Literature review
A substantive discussion of at least 6 (six) scholarly nursing literature sources on the selected concept.
Themes, ideas, and/or facts about the concept found in the reviewed sources are presented in an organized fashion.
Support from nursing literature is required.
Please Note: Primary research articles about the selected nursing concept are the most useful resource for the literature review.

Defining attributes, for this section:  A minimum of THREE (3) attributes are required.
A substantive discussion of this section with support from nursing literature is required. Explanation:  An attribute identifies characteristics of a concept.  For this situation, the characteristics of the selected nursing concept are identified and discussed.

Antecedent and Consequence
1 antecedent of the selected nursing concept.
1 consequence of the selected nursing concept.
A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required. Explanation: An antecedent is an identifiable occurrence that precedes an event.  In this situation, an antecedent precedes a selected nursing concept. A consequence follows or is the result of an event. In this situation, a consequence follows or is the result of the selected nursing concept.

Empirical Referents
Two (2) empirical referents of the selected nursing concept.
A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.  Explanation: An empirical referent is an objective ways to measure or determine the presence of the selected nursing concept.

Construct Cases
Explanation: Hypothetical or real-life situations demonstrating the use or absence of the concept. This section requires the creation of a model case, borderline case, and contrary case. Construct cases should be from the viewpoint of an advanced practice NP.
1 Model Case is created by the student and discussed substantively by demonstrating within the case each of the following areas:
All identified attributes. Explanation:  A model case is an example of a hypothetical or real-life situation that demonstrates all of the attributes noted previously in this assignment.
Borderline Case is created by the student in which one or two of the previously identified attributes are missing.
1 Contrary Case is created by the student that demonstrates the opposite of the selected nursing concepts. All identified attributes of the concept are absent in this case. Explanation:  Borderline case is a created case where one or two of the previously identified attributes are missing. Contrary case is a created case that demonstrate the complete opposite of the selected nursing concept – all identified attributes are missing.

Theoretical Applications of the Concept
Discuss the purpose of a concept analysis in relationship to theory.
Explain how the concept applies to the selected nursing theory.
A substantive discussion of the element with support from nursing literature is required.

Summarization of key information regarding:
Selected nursing concept.
Selected nursing theory.
Application of concept analysis findings to advanced practice nursing, specifically as an NP.
The concluding statements include self-reflection on the new knowledge gained from conducting a concept analysis. (Self-reflection may be written in first-person.)


Preparing the Assignment
Criteria for Format and Special Instructions
The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least 6, but no more than 8 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.
Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.
The source of the concept for this assignment must be a published nursing theory. Non-nursing theories may NOT be used.
A minimum of 6 (six) scholarly references must be used. Required textbooks for this course, and Chamberlain College of Nursing lesson information may NOT be used as scholarly references for this assignment. A dictionary maybe used as a reference for the section titled “Definition/Explanation of the selected nursing concept”, but it is NOT counted as one of the 6 required scholarly nursing references.  Be aware that information from .com websites may be incorrect and should be avoided.
References are current – within a 5-year time frame unless a valid rationale is provided and the instructor has approved them.
Ideas and information from scholarly, peer reviewed, nursing sources must be cited and referenced correctly.
Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
PLEASE note:  Do not rely on .com sites to identify the nursing theory as they do not provide accurate information in all cases.

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