Theory Development – PHENOMENON OF CARING

Goal: To develop a nursing theory that addresses a phenomenon in the workplace
Objectives: Students will demonstrate knowledge and competencies required for theory development. By meeting the following criteria for this theory development assignment. Students will:
1.  Read chapters 4 & 5 of course text (attached below “Nursing Theorists and Their Work” as well as attached powerpoint describing chapter 4 “theory development chapter 4 overview”
2.  Identify workplace, role and identify and define (2) concept(s), describe phenomena as abstract or concrete
Concepts & definitions
1.  Identify and define the concepts theoretically (establish meaning)
2.  Identify and define the concepts operationally (use measurable terms)
Relational statements
1.  Develop theoretical and operational relational statements or propositions to build a theory
2.  theoretical statements (relate concepts to one another; permit analysis)
3.  operational statements (relate concepts to measurements)
Linkages & Ordering provides rationale for the stated connections 
1.  Build relationships with linkages between related concepts
2.  Develop theoretical linkages
3.  Develop operational linkages 

15-20 SLIDES

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