Theoretical Foundations in Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: 5103  Section Number: X11

Fall 2011

Location: ( All )

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Professor Robin Lockhart   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives: Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:



AACN Essentials

NLN Core

1. Differentiate theory, model, framework and philosophy



2. Analyze practice through the lens of selected organizing frameworks



3. Evaluate contemporary theories for practice implications



4. Integrate philosophy, science, and law into the development of a framework for nursing praxis.


I. F&G


Course Expectations



1. Practice Observation Paper (Appendix A)


2. Course Discussion Participation (Appendix C)





Grading Standards

Program Grading:










64 and lower



Submission Format Policy

APA format and assignments must be attached through the Assignment function of Blackboard.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Course Calendar


Week of…


Initial Posting Due

Response Posting Due

Jan 14

Introduction & Course Overview




Jan 21



# 1

Jan 28


Feb 4

Jan 28

Relationship between Philosophy & Nursing Practice

Practice Observation Paper Part I (rationale for selection of clinical area and detailed description of patient situations) Due


Sep 12


Sept 5


Sep 17

Feb 4

Theory: Definition, Elements

& Purposes



Feb 11

History of Theory’s Contribution to the Discipline of Nursing

Revision Practice Observation Paper Part I Due



Sept 19


Feb 18

Optional Class Meeting

Bridwell Hall Room 305 @ 1900




Feb 25

History of Theory’s Contribution to the Discipline of Nursing




Mar 3

Conceptual Models & Frameworks




Mar 10

Practice Observation Paper Part I & II Due


Oct 17


Mar 17

Selected Theories Applied to Nursing




Mar 24

Selected Theories Applied to Nursing

Practice Observation Paper Parts I through III Due


Oct 31


Mar 31

Theory Synthesis




Nov 14



Nov 19

Apr 7

Synergy Model Analysis DRAFT Due



Nov 21


Apr 14

Values, Beliefs & Assumptions in Nursing Practice



Nov 29


Dec 3

Apr 21

Practice Observation FINAL Parts I through IV Due

Nov 28



Apr 28

Summary Discussion Question


Synergy Model Analysis FINAL Due


Dec 6

Dec 5


Dec 10


N.B. All assignments and Postings are due by 1700 on the due date.


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