DQ 2: Select two different nursing theories and describe how they relate to patient care.
Select two different nursing theories and describe how they relate to patient care. How could you
use them for inciting behavioral changes? Discuss the pros and cons of applying each theory and
how they could be integrated into your future practice. Are there any particular ethical issues
related to the integration of these theories that should be considered?
In response to your peers, cite a study that used one of the nursing theories you discussed.
Explain the impact of the nursing theory on your approach to patient care. Cite at least one source
to support your response.
There are numerous nursing theories related to nursing care, including the Watson and King
theory. The Watson theory, developed by Jean Watson, is focused on caring. It addresses how
nurses can express care to their patients. As any nurse knows, caring is a fundamental practice,
which helps promotes better health outcomes. No patient wants a nurse who is rude or insensitive
to their needs. Watson believes a caring attitude is not transmitted from generation to generation,
instead believes it is transferred by the culture of the nursing profession; a way of coping with the
environment (Watson, 2020). She goes into detail about how the nursing process follows a
scientific research approach. The first step is assessment, where the nurse observes, identifies
the problem, and makes a hypothesis. The nurse then creates a care plan, determining what data
needs to be collected. The next step is the implementation and collection of all the data, while the
final step is evaluation. The evaluation is the summary of the care plan, acknowledging if the nurse
had the right care plan (Watson, 2020).
On the other hand, the Watson theory, developed by Imogene King, describes the theory of goal
attainment. The theory defines nursing as “a process of action, reaction, and interaction by which
a nurse shares information about their perception in a nursing situation” (King Theory of Goal
Attainment, 2016). The theory also explains how interactions between the nurse and the patient,
help set goals, explore means and agree on a plan to achieve those goals. In other words, the
goal of the nurse is to help the patient maintain their health so they are able to function normally
(King Theory of Goal Attainment, 2016.
Regarding nursing practice, both theories are essential skills a nurse needs to acquire to take care
of their patients. Especially down in the emergency department, nurses are making logical
assumptions about the patient symptoms and preparing the room for the doctor. For example, if
a patient comes into a room with abdominal pain, the nurse knows the doctor is going to want to
collect blood. This extra step of thinking is allowing results to be accumulated at a faster rate,
allowing the patient to be discharged sooner. With these theories, I do not see any cons, only
pros. A nurse needs to have a caring attitude, excellent bedside manner, have critical thinking
skills while also being pleasant and tentative to the patient. The nurse wants the patient to get
healthy and be discharged. These theories discussed possess no ethical issues unless the nurse
gets too involved in the patients care. There is a fine line that could be crossed if the nurse steps
over that boundary. For example, if the nurse really connected with a patient because of how
much time they spent together and the nurse asked for money…that would be an ethical issue. It
would violate the nurse-patient relationship. It is important to stay professional but also uphold a
Jean Watson. Nursing Theory. (2020). Retrieved August 29, 2022, from https://nursing-
King's Theory of Goal Attainment. Nursing Theory. (2016, June 6). Retrieved August 29, 2022,
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.
Grading Rubric Guidelines
Demonstrates achievement of scholarly inquiry for professional and academic decisions.
|Application of Course Knowledge –
Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and/or apply principles and concepts learned in the course lesson and outside readings and relate them to real-life professional situations
Replies to each graded thread topic posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT, of each week, and posts a minimum of two times in each graded thread, on separate days.
(5 points possible per graded thread)
Summarizes what was learned from the lesson, readings, and other student posts for the week.
|Minus 1 Point||Minus 2 Point||Minus 3 Point||Minus 4 Point||Minus 5 Point|
|Grammar, Syntax, APA
Note: if there are only a few errors in these criteria, please note this for the student in as an area for improvement. If the student does not make the needed corrections in upcoming weeks, then points should be deducted.
Points deducted for improper grammar, syntax and APA style of writing.
The source of information is the APA Manual 6th Edition
|0 points lost||-5 points lost|
|Total Participation Requirements
per discussion thread
|The student answers the threaded discussion question or topic on one day and posts a second response on another day.||The student does not meet the minimum requirement of two postings on two different days|
|Early Participation Requirement
per discussion thread
|The student must provide a substantive answer to the graded discussion question(s) or topic(s), posted by the course instructor (not a response to a peer), by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT of each week.||The student does not meet the requirement of a substantive response to the stated question or topic by Wednesday at 11:59 pm MT.|