SCHOLARLY PAPER (35% of final grade)
GUIDELINES: Each STUDENT will hand in one formal paper about a nursing theory. The paper is to be a five to six (5-6) pages total (double-spaced, 12 font, 1 inch margins).
Follow APA guidelines for a cover sheet, headers, pagination, references, etc.
Use APA format and label each section using the evaluation outline below.
The criteria guidelines below will be used to evaluate your paper.
Components of the Paper and possible points
• Identification of theorist including a brief background of the
theorist (accomplishments, career, accolades, research efforts)
|Analysis of basic components/concepts and major relationships in the theory.
• Briefly discuss the theory’s core concepts
• Use at least two peer-reviewed/research articles that detail the nursing theory being applied in clinical practice, and summarize key findings of both articles
• Use another secondary source like your text that covers the selected nursing theory, you must have a minimum of 3 references from nursing literature (only one from a non-article source like a secondary source/text) to support your discussion in this section.
|a. Personal relevance if any of the author described (connect the theorist to the theory)
b. Relevance to healthcare and the client discussed (connect the theory to healthcare today)
c. Application to research and/or
practice provided (connect the theory to current research/practice)
• Include theory strengths and
limitation in the summary
• Precise APA style and professional writing
Research Paper Rubric
|Outstanding (35)||Very Good (33)||Good (30)||Unacceptable(25)|
|Integration of Knowledge||The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.
Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights.
The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas
|The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.
Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper
|The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course||The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.|
|Topic Focus||The topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment.
A thesis statement provides direction for the paper, either by statement of a position or hypothesis
|The topic is focused but lacks direction.
The paper is about a specific topic but the writer has not established a position.
|The topic is too broad for the scope of this assignment.||The topic is not clearly defined|
|Depth of Discussion||In-depth discussion and elaboration in all sections of the paper.||In-depth discussion and elaboration in most sections of the paper.||The writer has omitted pertinent content.
Quotations from others outweigh the writer’s own ideas excessively.
|Cursory discussion in all the sections of the paper or brief discussion in only a few sections|
|Cohesiveness||Ties together information from all sources.
Paper flows from one issue to the next without the need for headings.
Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources
|For the most part, ties together information from all sources.
Paper flows with only some disjointedness.
Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
|Sometimes ties together information from all sources.
Paper does not flow.
Disjointedness is apparent.
Author’s writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
|Does not tie together information.
Paper does not flow and appears to be created from disparate issues.
Headings are necessary to link concepts.
Writing does not demonstrate understanding any relationship
|Spelling and Grammar||Minimal spelling and/or grammar mistakes||Some spelling and or grammar mistakes.||Noticeable spelling and grammar mistakes.||Unacceptable number of spelling and/or grammar mistakes|
|Sources||More than 5 current sources, of which at least 3 are peer review journal articles or scholarly books.
Sources include both general background sources and specialized sources.
Special-interest sources and popular literature and acknowledged as such if they are cited.
All web sites utilized are authoritative.
|5 current sources, of which at least 2 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books.
All web sites utilized are authoritative.
|Fewer than 5 current sources or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are credible.||Fewer than 5 current sources or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. Not all web sites utilized are credible, and/or sources are not current.|
|Citations||Cites all data obtained from other sources.
APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography
|Cites most data obtained from other sources.
APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.
|Cites some data obtained from other sources.
Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.
|Does not cite sources.|