Discuss the strengths and limitations of the theory (empiric and aesthetic) and how easy it is to apply the theory in practical terms to the practice of nursing.
Boykin and Schoenhofer’s theory of nursing
NOTE: An abstract is not required
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(Introduction – not labeled ‘Introduction’) Introduce the theory and identify the appropriate
paradigm (if applicable) that it represents. Provide your rationale for selecting the theory, and
provide the purpose of the paper and a preview of what the paper will include.
Description of the Theory
Remember to use the MEAL plan to organize your paragraphs. Start with your Main point and follow with
Evidence, Analysis and Links.
Purpose of Theory
Theories are created to explain observations and may later be tested through research. What is
the specific purpose of your chosen theory?
Concepts and Definitions
Identify the major concepts of the theory and define these concepts as they are defined in the
context of the theory.
Relationships and Structure
Describe how the concepts in the theory are related, tied together. Provide an example from the
theorist’s work to support your assertions. Do the theorist’s statements of relationship build upon
existing scientific knowledge?
Major Theory Assumptions
What are the major assumptions of the theory and how do they relate to nursing’s metaparadigm?
Remember to illustrate with examples from the theorist’s work that support your assertions.
A critical reflection is your analysis and evaluation of the theory. So, from your point of view and
expertise, briefly critique the following elements and provide examples from the theorist’s work that
support your analysis.
Is the theory clearly understood? Can the theory be easily diagrammed to show the relationships
Is the theory simple or complex? Can it be described in simple terms?
Can the theory be applied broadly?