Concept Synthesis Paper On Personal Nursing Philosophy

Concept Synthesis Paper on Personal Nursing Philosophy
You are required to submit a scholarly paper in which you will identify, describe, research, and apply the concepts that underlie your personal philosophy for professional nursing practice.

This will help you identify your own values and beliefs about the established metaparadigms and metatheories of the discipline. It will also help you identify and articulate concepts relevant to your specific practice. This paper is intended to be an exercise in clarification and organization of your professional foundation. You are also required to provide a list of assumptions from personal nursing practice that illustrate the concepts and framework of your theory.

Your paper should follow a format that includes:

Nursing Autobiography: A brief (1 page) discussion of your background in nursing.
The Four Metaparadigms: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your perspective on the basic four metaparadigms/concepts of patient, nurse, health, and environment.
Two Practice-Specific Concepts: Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your perspective on at least two other concepts specific to your own practice.
List of Propositions: A numbered list of at least five propositions or assumption statements that clearly connect the concepts described.
Each week, you will complete various segments of your Concept Synthesis Paper and submit it to the Submissions Area for facilitator feedback when necessary. Your paper should integrate these discrete elements and reflect your personal nursing philosophy.

Your Concept Synthesis Paper on your Personal Nursing Philosophy is due in Week 3. However, it is recommended that you begin working on your paper from Week 1 onwards and complete the various components related to the paper week wise as you progress through the course. The suggested tasks for each week are:

Week 1: Nursing Biography and The Four Metaparadigms of Nursing
Week 2: Two Practice-specific Concepts, and List of Propositions/Assumptions
Week 3: Due: Concept Synthesis Paper on Personal Nursing Philosophy

Consider the following questions as you complete your various tasks related to this assignment.


How do I define and employ the four basic metaparadigms of nursing theory in my professional practice?


What are the major concepts I employ that are unique to my professional practice?


What philosophies and theories from the literature of nursing and other disciplines/domains are consistent with these concepts?


How are the concepts of transcultural nursing, the health promotion model, skill acquisition, role theory, and change theory specifically integrated into my philosophy and practice?


What research supports these theories and concepts?


How do I integrate role and change theory into my professional practice and how may these theories be applied to the organization in which I practice?

The paper is to be thoroughly researched and well documented, with relevant material from the nursing theorists presented incorporated into the paper. Use the current edition of the APA Manual throughout the paper. Sources should focus on references from nursing theory but may also include conceptual and theoretical material from other professional domains. The paper, excluding references or appendices, is to be limited to 6-10 pages. Writing should be succinct and well organized, as it is impossible for the facilitator to evaluate form and content separately.

Your philosophy/framework is to be given a title that is appropriate to its content and emphasis.

I have worked as a Registered Nurse for 4 years. I live in Miami, Florida. I work currently in a Rehabilitation Unit. My goal is to become ARNP. My objectives are to learn as much as I can to help educate and care for my patients and be familiar with current policies and procedures to maintain safety while caring for my patients.

My theorist is: Swanson, Theory of Caring



My Nursing Autobiography

Student’s Name:

Professor’s Name:


Nursing is a profession that has helped extend my helping hands to those in need of it. I started my career as a registered nurse four years back and I am currently working at a rehabilitation center situated at Miami, Florida. In the four years of practice in nursing, I have consistently applied the five principles of Swanson theory of caring so that I offer quality caring to the patients I attend to through deep listening and adequate care giving to fasten their healing process (TK, & Chandran, 2017).

At first, I experienced lots of challenges when patients in rehabilitation and hospitals sometimes refused to take their medications, exercises and meals. However, as time went by I learnt to be patient enough to encourage their patients to take them since I believe that one of the traits of nurses is patience. Knowing what had occurred in their lives helped me to invest my presence emotionally to them by listening to what they wanted to say whenever they needed someone to talk to about what they were going through. As a nurse, I believe that it is my obligation to do for my patients what they could not do for themselves. For instance, if a patient was unable to determine his/her dosage, I would clarify for them and give them the right amount. In the course of the four years of practice, I have learnt that a nurse plays a big role in facilitating the transition of a patient from living a life influenced by drugs or tormented by sicknesses to that which is normal. Despite how impossible any potential patient felt that it was to change, I had to always encourage them to have the belief that they could overcome their conditions and have normal lives again (Maxton, 2018). This process really played a big role in ensuring that my patients healed faster than expected. After working with healthcare and rehabilitation centers, I have grown more passionate to grow my career through further education so as to offer better and safe healthcare services to my patients. I also intend to become a ARNP afterwards.

From my four-year experience, I can establish my own metatheories of nursing and say that the speed of recovery of patients is dependent on how effective the care the nurse in charge gives to them is. A patient who is constantly being encouraged to press on so as to get well by taking medications on time, talking friendly to them and boosting their belief to heal is likely to heal faster than a patient who is just given medications. Additionally, we can depict that the general healthcare environment of the healthcare promotes improved health of the patients. A patient who is served by a caring nurse who listens, encourages, gives hope, helps them get well through feeding them and generally strengthens their belief of healing is likely to heal faster by responding quickly to treatment (In De, 2015).


TK, A., & Chandran, S. (2017). Chapter-30 Kristen M Swanson: Theory of Caring. Application of Nursing Theories, 245-254. doi:10.5005/jp/books/13072_31

In De, C. M. (2015). Nursing research using life history: Quantitative designs and methods in nursing.

Maxton, T. (2018). Retrieved from

Grading Rubric Criteria

check list

A. Nursing Autobiography (1 page)


1. The nursing autobiography included personal experiences in the field of nursing.

Briefly explained a story of your inspiration, motivation, and personal philosophy in nursing. Please see example of philosophy in Questions for the Professor.

Organize your writing, such as personal philosophy (and relevance to your inspiring theorist), administration work.

You refer yourself as “I” for the autobiography (auto = self).




2. Provided an account of the current professional role of the student.

Include career development, achievement, and rewards.


3. Included factors that guided decision making.

Add your critical thinking from theories and experience that guide your decisions.

What are factors guiding your decision making?


B. Quality of Essay


1. Enlisted the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm.


2. The essay included a definition of the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm with reference to professional practice.

•Four metaparadigm concepts defined by your selected theory. Besides Butt & Rich, 2018, please check Tomey & Alligood: Nursing Theorists and their Works (any book edition available on SUO Library online).

-Separate each concept per paragraph.

-Concepts from the theorist of your selected theory, not from dictionary or other theories


3. The essay mentioned how the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm were employed innursing practice.


4. The essay enlisted two practice-specific concepts. You need to explain and clarify those concepts based on literature review.

Select two concepts from your studied theory. Concept Synthesis/Analysis focuses on understanding the meaning of concept. These TWO selected concepts should be defined by many sources, such as your selected theory, dictionary, and other authors posted in Questions for the Professor.

a. Separate each concept per paragraph.

b. To help me locate the concepts, please italicize the concepts.

c. Include definition of concept from your selected theory and definitions from other authors/sources, such as other authors and dictionary. See examples in the Announcement and Project 1 folder/thread, under the Questions for the Professor.


5. The essay included a numbered list of at least 5 propositions or assumptions. (from your selected theory by theorist(s) and concepts, NOT from your own assumptions).

-All five theoretical assumptions are addressed by theorist of your selected theory. They are not your assumptions. Please provide reliable citation, such as at least one theorist’s publications.


6. The assumptions illustrated the concepts in a manner, which further clarified the students’ use of the conceptual material.Make sure that all assumptions clearly demonstrate TWO selected concepts from your selected theory, not only terminologies, such as comfort concept from Comfort’s Theory.

One concept per paragraph.


7. The essay demonstrated consistency between concepts and assumptions.


8. The concepts were connected and integrated to reveal a meaningful sequence. (please check consequences of concept).

Make sure that all concepts are clearly defined and include their attributes/characteristics, definitions, and consequences (result or outcome of the concepts, such as the consequences of pain concept is the lower pain scale, be able to rest and sleep, and comfort level).


9. The essay demonstrated clarification and organization of the students’ professional foundation.


10. The essay demonstrated evidence of critical thinking in analysis and response.


References[M1] for Swanson’s theory

Andershed, B. & Olson, K. (2009). Review of research related to Kristen Swanson’s middle- range theory of caring. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 23, 598-610. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2008.00647.x

Hagedorn, S., Quinn, A. (2004). Theory-Based Nurse Practitioner Practice: Caring in Action. Topics in Advance Practice Nursing eJournal, 4[MS2] (4), 1-7. Retrieved from:

Jansson, C. & Aolfsson, A. (2011). Application of “Swanson’s middle range caring theory” in Sweden after miscarriage. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2(2),102-109, 229-253.doi:10.4236/ijcm.2011.22021

Lillykutty, M.J., & Samson, R. (2018). Insights from Kristen M Swanson’s Theory of Caring. Asian Journal of Nursing Education & Research, 8(1), 173. doi:10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00036.8


McEwen, M. (2014). Overview of selected middle range nursing theories. In M. McEwen & E. M. Wills (Eds.), Theoretical basis for nursing (4th ed., pp. 116-130, 229-253). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Swanson, K. M. (1991). Empirical development of a middle range theory of caring. Nursing Research, 40(3), pp. 161-166.

Swanson, K. M. (1993). Nursing as informed caring for the well-being of others. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 25(4), 352-357.

Swanson, K. M. & Wojnar, D. M. (2004). Optimal healing environments in nursing. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(1), pp. S43-S48.

Swanson, K.M. (1991). Empirical development of a middle range theory of caring. Nursing Research. 40(3), 161-166.

Swanson, K.M. (1993). Nursing as informed caring for the well-being of others. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 25(4), 352-357.

Swanson, K. M. (1999). Research-based Practice with Women Who Have Had Miscarriages. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31(4), 339.

Swanson, K.M. (2013). What is known about caring in nursing science. In M.C. Smith, M.C. Turkel, & Z.R. Wolf. Caring in Nursing Classics. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Hagedorn, S., Quinn, A. (2004). Theory-Based Nurse Practitioner Practice: Caring in Action. Topics in Advance Practice Nursing eJournal, 4[MS3] (4), 1-7. Retrieved from:

Peterson, S., Bredow, T. (2009). Analysis of Theory: Caring. In C. Roscigno (Ed.), Middle Range Theories: Application to nursing research (pp 376-379). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott.

Smith, M., Turkel, M., Robinson, Z. (2013). Theoretical Perspectives on Caring. In K. Swanson (Ed.), Caring in Nursing Classics: An essential resource (pp 210-223). Danvers, MA: Springer.

Tonges, M., & Ray, J. (2011). Translating Caring Theory Into Practice. Journal Of Nursing Administration, 41(9),


Wojnar, D. M. (2013). Caring. In S. J. Peterson & T. S. Bredow (Ed.), Middle range theories:Application to nursing research, (3rd ed.), (pp.128-137.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. …

Willis, E.M. & McEwen, M. (2014). Concept development. In M. McEwen & E.M. Willis. Theoretical Basis for Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Your selected theory is Swanson’s Theory of Caring.

-Four metaparadigm concepts should defined by Swanson.

-All sections/paragraphs need a citation, except autobiography.

-What are factors guiding your decision making.

-Selected TWO concepts from Swanson’s theory.

Concept in page #7 should be a concept from Swanson. Provide about 5 theoretical definitions from Swanson’s and other sources.

-Incorrect APA citation.

-Require Swanson’s publication (see below).

-Examples are posted in Project 1 folder, under Questions for the Professor.

– Please use this checklist (grading rubric criteria):

Benchmark – Human Experience Across The Health-Illness Continuum