Personal Nursing Philosophy
You are required to submit a scholarly paper in which you will identify, describe, research, and apply
the concepts that underlie your personal philosophy for professional nursing practice.
This will help you identify your own values and beliefs about the established metaparadigms and
metatheories of the discipline. It will also help you identify and articulate concepts relevant to your
specific practice (critical care nursing). This paper is intended to be an exercise in clarification
and organization of your professional foundation. You are also required to provide a list of
assumptions from personal nursing practice that illustrate the concepts and framework of your theory.
Your paper should follow a format that includes:
Nursing Autobiography: A brief (1 page) discussion of your background in nursing.
The Four Metaparadigms: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your
perspective on the basic four metaparadigms/concepts of patient, nurse, health, and environment.
Two Practice-Specific Concepts: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of
your perspective on at least two other concepts specific to your own practice.
List of Propositions: A numbered list of at least five propositions or assumption statements that
clearly connect the concepts described.
Consider the following questions as you complete your various tasks related to this assignment.
1. How do I define and employ the four basic metaparadigms of nursing theory in my professional
practice? (critical care nursing)
2. What are the major concepts I employ that are unique to my professional practice?
3. What philosophies and theories from the literature of nursing and other disciplines/domains are
consistent with these concepts?
4. How are the concepts of transcultural nursing, the health promotion model, skill acquisition, role
theory, and change theory specifically integrated into my philosophy and practice?
5. What research supports these theories and concepts?
6. How do I integrate role and change theory into my professional practice and how may these theories
be applied to the organization in which I practice?
The paper is to be thoroughly researched and well documented, with relevant material from the nursing
theorists presented incorporated into the paper. Use the current edition of the APA Manual throughout
the paper. Sources should focus on references from nursing theory but may also include conceptual and
theoretical material from other professional domains. The paper, excluding references or appendices, is
to be limited to 6-10 pages. Writing should be succinct and well organized, as it is impossible for the
facilitator to evaluate form and content separately.
Your philosophy/framework is to be given a title that is appropriate to its content and emphasis.
Grading of the paper will be based on the following:
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