Assignment 1: Discussion Questions


Discussion Question Response: By Friday, October 7, 2016, post your response to the assigned discussion questions in the appropriate threads in theDiscussion Area.

Participation Responses: No later than Saturday, October 8, 2016, review and comment on the discussion question responses posted by at least two of your peers.

Guidelines: Support your responses with scholarly academic references using APA style format. Assigned course readings and online library resources are preferred. Weekly lecture notes are designed as overviews to the topic for the respective week and should not serve as a citation or reference.

In your discussion question response, provide a substantive response that illustrates a well-reasoned and thoughtful response; is factually correct with relevant scholarly citations,references, and examples that demonstrates a clear connection to the readings.

In your participation responses to your peers, comments must demonstrate thorough analysis of postings and extends meaningful discussion by building on previous postings.

Note: Review South University’s Substantive Participation Policy Criteria, Helpful Tips, and Late Policy available by clicking on the South University Policy and Guidelines navigation tab. The late policy applies to late discussion question responses.Grading Criteria Maximum Points Discussion Question Responses: Displays an understanding of the course materials and the underlying concept discussed. Includes course materials and additional scholarly resources to support important points.15Participation Responses: Displays an understanding of topic under discussion by affirming statements, asking a related question, or making an oppositional statement. Position must be supported with related evidence.  Responds to a minimum of two peers per question.10Professional Practice Connection: Demonstrates reflective thought pertaining to personal perspectives and professional development. Reflective statements include a theoretical rationale.10Quality of Academic Writing: Written responses are free of grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Citations and references are included and written in the correct APA Style.10Total: 45  

    Select a discussion question  from the drop down menu below and click Go to begin. Use the  Respond  link to post responses and materials that pertain to that question. To respond to an existing posting use the Respond  link beneath it.

TopicsTopicDiscussion Question 1Discussion Question 2Discussion Question 3Discussion Question 4

 Discussion Question 1

Debate the utility of the knowledge of nursing theories and associated theoretical concepts in the process of assessing patient’s needs and implementing appropriate care.   Discussion Question 2

Analyze the effectiveness of contemporary nursing theories in relation to your healthcare setting and comment whether theories shape your practice. 
Discussion Question 3

Theory critique and development serve as the underpinning for the progress of professional nursing. Justify.  Discussion Question 4

Do you think that theories need to be further operationalized and simplified so as to make them more usable and applicable to clinical settings? Substantiate your viewpoint with appropriate examples.