SCHOLARLY PAPER

SCHOLARLY PAPER

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.

 

SECTION POINTS POSSIBLE
Introduction

 

• Identification of theorist including a brief

background of the theorist

(accomplishments, career, accolades, research efforts)

 

 

 

5

 

Analysis of basic components/concepts and major relationships in the theory.

Briefly discuss the theory’s core concepts

Use a secondary source like your textbook 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.

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

Relevance

 

 

 

10

Personal relevance if any of the authors described (connect the theorist to the theory)

Relevance to healthcare and the client discussed

(connect the theory to healthcare today)

Application to research and/or practice provided (connect the theory to current research/practice)

Use at least two peer-

reviewed/research articles that detail the nursing theory being applied in clinical

practice/research, and

summarize key findings of both articles including results and implications for future practice

 

 
Summary

• Include theory strengths and limitation in the summary

 

 

5

 

Format

• Precise APA style, headers, and professional

Writing.

 

 

5

Total 30

 

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 a 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, it ties together information from all sources.

Paper flows with only some disjointedness.

The 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.

The author’s writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.

 

It 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.

 

An 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 backgrounds

 

5 current sources, of which at least 2 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books.

 

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 and specialized sources.

Special-interest sources and popular literature and acknowledged as such if they are cited.

All web sites utilized are authoritative.

All web sites utilized are authoritative.   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.

The citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.

 

Does not cite sources.

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