Meaning Describe the main ideas of the theory (should include the assumptions under which the theory operates)
What are the main concepts?
How do different concepts affect each other? 10%
Origins of the Theory What was going on in the profession of nursing or in American society that may have influenced the theory?
What values, theories, evidence and/or existing knowledge did the theorist cite as support for the theory?
What motivated the theorist to write the theory?
What approach to theory development did the theorist use? 20%
Usefulness How useful is this theory in nursing practice?
Is the theory practical and helpful to nursing?
Does it contribute to understanding and predicting outcomes? 10%
Testability How testable is this theory?
Has this theory generated research?
How many and what types of studies?
Give one example of a study done using the theory.
What types of statements are the propositions? 10%
Overall Evaluation Is the theory comprehensive and specific?
How generalizable is the theory?
Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the theory.
Why would you use or not use this theory in your own advanced practice? (Begin to think about the next assignment “Synthesis of Nursing Theory”) 30%