Concept Identification, Analysis, Middle Range Theory Development, and Clinical Application
Introduction: By defining, describing, and analyzing concepts, nurse scholars can develop a better understanding of how events and experiences, important to advanced practice nursing, are related to other concepts. This understanding can be used to develop middle-range theories which can focus nursing assessments and can be tested through research to develop evidence-based interventions.
- Watch the film “Breathing Lessons: The Life of Mark O’Brien” as a case study which you can find on the internet.
- Make a list of all of the concepts that you identify as relevant to the nursing care of Mark.
- Select from your list, three concepts that you believe are related and provide a conceptual definition of each concept based on a review of the literature.
- Write a statement that:
- Names your middle range theory
- Identifies the propositions or relationships among the concepts
- Draw a conceptual map that illustrates how the concepts are related.
- Apply knowledge of characteristics of the three concepts in formulating at least three nursing assessment questions related to each of the concepts of your middle-range theory.
- Compare your middle range theory with a published theory that may also be of value in guiding advanced practice nursing in the care of Mark O’Brien nursing based on the literature. Is your thinking consistent with another theorist’s theory? (Provide Reference APA).
- Explain why you are a nurse theorist.