Theoretical Foundations in Nursing

Course Details

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Spring 2012
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Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Objectives: Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:



AACN Essentials

NLN Core

1. Differentiate theory, model, framework and philosophy



2. Analyze practice through the lens of selected organizing frameworks



3. Evaluate contemporary theories for practice implications



4. Integrate philosophy, science, and law into the development of a framework for nursing praxis.


I. F&G


Course Expectations



1. Practice Observation Paper (Appendix A)


2. Course Discussion Participation (Appendix C)


3. Syllabus quiz





Grading Standards

Program Grading:










64 and lower



Submission Format Policy

Must be formatted using APA and submitted through the Assignment function of Blackboard

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

  1. Only submission submitted as an attachment within the corresponding Assignment Drop Box on Blackboard will be considered for feedback or grading. Late draft papers – Drafts submitted later than 1700 the Monday after the due date will not receive feedback.  Late Final Practice Observation paper – Paper submitted between 1700 and midnight on the due date will receive 5 point deduction. Paper received after midnight on the due date will receive a grade of zero. The course instructor reserves the right to extend deadlines for extenuating circumstances if given notice prior to the due date and time. An e-mail will suffice as notice.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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Attendance Requirements

Course Calendar (Due dates are also on online calendar)


Week of…


Initial Posting Due

Response Posting Due

Jan 14

Introduction & Course Overview




Jan 21


Syllabus Quiz due Jan 21


Jan 21



Jan 28

Relationship between Philosophy & Nursing Practice

Practice Observation Paper Part I due Jan 28




Feb 4

Theory: Definition, Elements

& Purposes



Feb 11

History of Theory’s Contribution to the Discipline of Nursing

Revision – Practice Observation Paper Part I due Feb 11


Feb 11


Mar 3

Feb 18

History of Theory’s Contribution to the Discipline of Nursing



Feb 25

Conceptual Models & Frameworks




Mar 3

Conceptual Models & Frameworks



Mar 3


Mar 24

Mar 10

Spring Break



Mar 17

Selected Theories Applied to Nursing

Practice Observation Paper Parts I and II due Mar 17




March 19, 2012 by 1600 Last day to drop with a “W”

Petition for Course Drop



Mar 24

Selected Theories Applied to Nursing



Mar 24


Apr 14

Mar 31

Theory Synthesis





April 5th through 8th Easter Break



Apr 7

Theory Synthesis

Practice Observation Paper Parts I, II and III due Apr 7



Apr 14

Values, Beliefs & Assumptions in Nursing Practice



Apr 14


Apr 28

Apr 21

Values, Beliefs & Assumptions in Nursing Practice




Apr 28

Practice Observation Paper FINAL Parts I through IV due Apr 28





N.B. All assignments and Postings are due by 1700 on the due date.


Other Policies

Required Textbooks:


Alligood, M.R. & Tomey, A.M. (2010). Nursing theory: Utilization & application (5th Ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: C.V. Mosby.


American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington, DC: Author.


Chinn, P. & Kramer, M. (2011). Integrated knowledge development in nursing (8th Ed.). St. Louis: C.V. Mosby.

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