1. Think of a surprising or challenging practice situation in which you felt underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable.
  2. Select an important nursing issue/topic that was inherent to the identified situation.
  3. As a method of refection, use Carper’s Patterns of Knowing to analyze the situation. In a two- to three-page paper address the following:
  4. Briefly explain the situation
  5. Identify the nursing issue inherent in the identified situation
  6. What do you think was the underlying reason for the situation? (Esthetics)
  7. What were your thoughts and feeling in the situation? (Personal)
  8. What was one personal belief that impacted your actions? (Ethics)
  9. What evidence in nursing literature supports the nursing importance of the identified issue? (Empirical)
  10. What new insights did you gain through this reflective practice opportunity?Application: Use Microsoft Word to create the written component of this assessment.
  11. Length:
    1. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be at least two but no more than three pages.  
  12. A minimum of two (2) scholarly literature sources must be used.
  13. Submission: Submit your file to the Canvas course site by the due date/time indicated.

Best Practices in Preparing the Reflective Essay

The following are best practices in preparing this reflective essay.

  1. Review directions thoroughly.
  2. Follow assignment requirements.
  3. Make sure all elements on the grading rubric are included.
  4. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scholarly writing.
  5. Because the paper is a reflective essay, first person is acceptable for this assignment.
  6. 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.
  7. Ideas and information that come from scholarly literature must be cited and referenced correctly.
  8. A minimum of two (2) scholarly literature sources must be used.
  9. Abide by CCN academic integrity policy.

Final assignment, worth a lot of points. Please properly cite all work APA style. Including course syllabus and theories over viewed through out course. 

Part One:

Consider your learning in the course. How have you met the course objectives listed in the syllabus? Has the material in the course changed your professional practice? How might nursing theory influence your professional practice?

Your initial posting should be at least 400 words in length and utilize at least one scholarly source other than the textbook. 

Part Two: 

This week, you will develop a PowerPoint presentation reviewing the theories from each module. Please select one theory from each module (1-8) and answer the following questions. You should have two slides per theory:

  • Describe the theory
  • Provide 3 examples of how the theory applies to current practice
  • Provide 3 positive patient outcomes resulting from utilizing the theory
  • Explain 3 benefits to nursing satisfaction when utilizing the theory
  • Describe two barriers to using the theory in practice and at least one method for overcoming each barrier (support methods with sources)
  • Support from literature clearly noted throughout

The PowerPoint presentation should include at least two outside references and the textbook. The presentation should contain 2 to 4 slides per theory, for a total of 16 to 32 slides.

Part Two:

Module 1: Nightingales Environmental Theory

Module 2: Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory

Module 3: Orlando’s Theory

Module 4: King’s Conceptual System Theory

Module 5:Neuman Systems Model 

Module 6: Leininger’s Culture Care Model

Module 7: Parse’s Theory of Human Becoming

Module 8: 


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