Nurse Theorist Guidelines: Paper and Presentation


  • This 8 page paper and presentation assignment is designed for the RN student to explore the theory/conceptual model of a recognized nursing theorist.
  • The assignment will serve to provide experience with professional writing, values clarification, oral communication, informatics, critical thinking and understanding context.

Instructions for Wiki Board Sign Up:

  • Please sign up and specify your chosen theorist on the Wiki board (click assignment resource tab, click assignment four, click nurse theorist wiki link, create your own entry/thread, state the theorist you have chosen).
  • Remember one theorist per student, once a theorist is chosen, that theorist is no longer available as a paper/presentation topic.


Paper Guidelines:


Introduction (5 pts.)

  • What is this paper about?
  • What will the paper accomplish?
  • Share your thinking about why you selected this theorist to investigate.
  • Why is this topic important?
  • Must have Thesis statement (last sentence of introduction).
  • 1-2 paragraphs.
  • Write in the 3rd person.

Biography of Theorist

  • This is a brief description of the theorist’s biography and career.
  • Include identified influences on why the theory was developed or other connections to the theory.
  • **What was the historical, economic and sociopolitical environment at the time?
  • 2-3 paragraphs.
  • Write in the 3rd person, and be sure to cite your sources.

Analysis of the Theory

  • Describe in your own words (paraphrase) your understanding of the theorist’s work.
  • Select 1 main idea of the theory to describe and discuss.
  • Identify how each of the 4 metaparadigm concepts (person, health, environment, and nursing) is viewed. 1 ½ -2 pages
  • Write in the 3rd person. Be sure to cite your sources.

Application to Nursing Care

  • Using an example from the literature (nursing journal) summarize how this theory is being used to guide the delivery of nursing care.
  • Write in the 3rd person. 1-2 pages.
  • How would you put into action the concepts of this theorist’s work?
  • Connect the theory concepts to your thoughts and actions in a personal story from your practice to show application of the theory.
  • Use a story that shows you using the theory or look back and think about how you might have cared for a patient differently using the theory.
  • 2-3 pages. For this section, you may write in the 1st person.



  • Your reflection on the content and reaction to what you learned.
  • What does learning about theory mean to you now?
  • Why is what you have learned important for nursing?
  • What if anything, do you value about this theory?
  • Why or why not?
  • Why should nurses as a profession care about this topic?
  • 1-2 paragraphs.
  • May write in the first person.


Writing style, originality of writing, grammar, spelling

  • Correct use of Standard English grammar, spelling and paraphrasing.
  • Clear, concise and readable writing style.
  • Writing is original and is paraphrased appropriately.
  • Paragraphs have topic sentences and are fully developed.
  • Typed, 8 page minimum does not include title and reference pages.
  • Submitted to Safe Assign and final copy Safe Assign report attached.

APA format  Hildegard Peplau

  • Correct title page, including running head, format, page numbers, margins, correct font, headings, etc.
  • Correct APA citations for references in text
  • References: At least 6 or more

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