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Catalog Description

     A systematic examination of the concepts of nursing, human beings, health, and environment as the basis for the advanced practice of nursing in a variety of health care settings.  Includes an analysis of major theories of nursing, the nature and use of theory, the process of theory construction, the implications of theoretical formulations for nursing practice, and the development of a personal conceptual model for advanced practice in nursing.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will:
 1. Explain the nature of knowledge, science, concepts, models, theory and truth.
 2. Investigate the history of theory development in nursing.
 3. Explain the knowledge base of present theory in nursing.
 4. Explore theory formulation in continuing the development and progress of the discipline of nursing.
 5. Examine different strategies used in the development of nursing theories and
    the consequences of each theory.
 6. Integrate the accepted criteria used to analyze and critique theory.
 7. Investigate nursing theories that have been significant to the development of
 8. Develop a conceptual model for practice that reflects your comprehension of a
    theory of nursing.

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Content Outline

  I. Knowledge Base of Theory
      A. Nature of Knowledge (science, concepts, theory,  models, truths)
      B. History
      C. Terminology
           1. Concepts
           2. Constructs
           3. Propositions
           4. Statements
           5. Assumptions
      D. Compare/Contrast Theory vs. Conceptual Models/ Frameworks
      E. Levels of nursing theory (theoretical relationships and paradigms)
      F. Kinds of Theory

  II. Analyses and Evaluation of Theory
       A. Process of Theory Development (inductive, deductive, retroductive)
       B. Analyses of Nursing Theory

 III. Theoretical Present
       A. Compare and Contrast Selected Nursing Theories
       B. Application in Clinical Settings
           1. Relationship to personal philosophy of nursing
           2. Relationship to specific clinical applications
           3. Relationship to nursing diagnostic taxonomies
           4. Relationship to nursing role
       C. Commonly Used Theory From Other Disciplines

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Learning Strategies

Concept paper
Group work
Synthesis of a conceptual model

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Evaluation Methods

 Concept Paper                              100 points
 Final Examination                            20
 Field Interview                                10
 Internet Participation                       10
 Empirical Relevance Paper            100
     Model                                         25
     Presentation                                25
Other (depending on the number
of students, there may be other
activities, such as mid-term exam,
group debates, etc.)

          TOTAL:                              290 points

1. APA format is to be used in completing written assignment.
2. Late assignments will not be accepted unless extenuating circumstances are discussed
    in advance with course faculty.

Grading Scale:

   100 - 93 = A
     92 - 85 = B
     84 - 77 = C
     76 - 69 = D
     68 -  0 =  F

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Required Textbooks:

     Kenny, J. (1999). Philosophical and theoretical perspectives of advanced practice nursing (2nd  ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

     Marriner-Tomey, A., & Alligood, M. R. (1998). Nursing theorists and their work (4th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

     ICMSN Student Handbook. Available in university bookstores.

Suggested References:

     Chinn, P.L., & Kramer, M.K. (1999). Theory and nursing: A systematic approach (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

     Fawcett, J. (1993). Analysis and evaluation of nursing theories. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

     Walker, L., & Avant, K. (1995). Strategies for theory construction in nursing (3rd ed.). Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange.

Additional Resources:

Professional journals and publications
Audiovisual tapes (list provided)

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Class Attendance/Absence/Withdrawal:

Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege; all students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes in which they are enrolled.  Although faculty maintain attendance records for class, the responsibility for regular attendance and timely completion of course requirements rests with the graduate student.

The last day to drop a course or resign from the university without a grade penalty is October 20, 2000.

Academic Regulations:

All graduate students are expected to be familiar with the regulations and requirements for the program of graduate studies and for the Master of Science in Nursing Degree as stated in the university catalogue.

All students will be assigned a faculty advisor to assist with academic advising.

Classroom Decorum:

"Free discussion, inquiry, and expression is encouraged in this class. Classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular phones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line." In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular phone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is determined inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred for administrative or disciplinary review" (excerpt from Memo from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SLU, January 5, 1999).

Students With Speical Needs:

If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the appropriate university office. Please make your needs known to the instructor by the end of the first week of class. Verification of disability must be available upon request of the instructor.

Reporting of Subsequent Arrests or Convictions:

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction or impairment shall also be reported IMMEDIATELY to the Graduate Director of the home institution College or School of Nursing and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in the same manner as for initial application for graduate school. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairments will constitute falsification of records.

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