NURS 8114 Philosophy of Nursing Practice Discussion

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NURS 8114 Philosophy of Nursing Practice Discussion

NURS 8114 Philosophy of Nursing Practice Discussion

For this first course Discussion, you will present a philosophy of nursing practice that draws on
your experience, area(s) of expertise, and beliefs. Looking ahead to your role as a DNP, also
consider how to expand your awareness of issues beyond your own current practice—such as
regarding diversity, global health, collaboration—and how to fulfill the Walden requirement to
advocate for social change.

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In short, begin now to commit to a higher level of contribution and practice as a DNP and to
reflect that commitment in your philosophy of nursing practice for today and the future. As you
continue through the course, note this image will appear with each Discussion and indicates an
opportunity to connect your thinking with that of colleagues, for learning with and from one
another.
To prepare:
 Review the Week 1 Learning Resources. Pay particular attention to the Chapter 1 reading
from McEwen and Wills, “Philosophy, Science, and Nursing.”
 Reflect on your nursing experience, expertise you have developed, and beliefs about
nursing and nursing practice you have formed as a result.
 Consider how your philosophy of nursing practice is shaped by these elements.
 Consider goals for expanding your professional awareness through the DNP program and
the requirement as a Walden student to be an advocate for social change. How can your
philosophy of nursing practice support you in these areas? How can these goals and
Walden social change requirement enrich your philosophy of nursing practice?
With these thoughts in mind …
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post an explanation of your philosophy of nursing practice that briefly describes your nursing
experience and area(s) of expertise. Be sure to explain your beliefs that inform your philosophy
of nursing practice and your goals for expanding your experience and practice as a DNP (e.g.,
embrace of diversity, global health issues, collaboration). Then, explain the DNP role as a social
change agent and recommend at least one way you will advocate for positive social change as a
Walden DNP. Be specific and provide examples, with all citations in APA 7 style.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
By Day 6 of Week 1

Respond to at least two colleagues on 2 different days. Choose colleagues with different life
experiences and beliefs from your own, and contrast how these factors have shaped their
philosophies compared with yours. Also comment on their goals for expanding their experience,
practice, and social change advocacy with suggestions or guidance based on your experience. Be
specific and provide examples.
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able
to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the "Post to Discussion
Question" link and then select "Create Thread" to complete your initial post. Remember, once
you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously.
Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 of Week 1 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 1

To Participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion

Week 1: Philosophy of Nursing Practice
Imagine the illustrated “cloud” in this image could represent your thoughts as you consider your
nursing practice, your nursing experiences, and the influences that shape your attitudes and
beliefs about nursing and health care. Then imagine other clouds within view that represent
perspectives on nursing practice held by others—and that if this image were enlarged, the clouds
would multiply, to signify the full complement of professionals with whom you interact in a
health care setting. How would it benefit you, the success of those health care teams—and, most
importantly, patient care—to have clarity on the foundational beliefs that guide your practice,
and that of others?
For this first week, you will work toward achieving that clarity as you frame—or review, revise,
expand on—your philosophy of nursing practice and engage with peers who have joined you in
pursuing their Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Through the Discussion this week, and the
Assignment you will begin, you will articulate your philosophy of nursing practice as you look
for insight into what shapes your philosophy and contrasting philosophies of others. That

understanding can be invaluable in your future work as a DNP leader advocating for
change—often difficult for individuals and organizations—that promotes positive outcomes for
patients and the larger society.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Explain philosophy of nursing practice
 Analyze factors that influence philosophy of nursing practice
 Recommend strategies for social change advocacy for the role of the DNP
 Contrast philosophies of nursing practice
 Analyze middle range nursing theories in relation to philosophies of nursing practice
 Analyze interdisciplinary theories in relation to philosophies of nursing practice

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

McEwen, M., & Wills, E. M. (2019). Theoretical basis for nursing (5th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
 Chapter 1, “Philosophy, Science, and Nursing” (pp. 2–22) [PDF]
Theoretical Basis for Nursing, 5th Edition by McEwen, M.; Wills, E. Copyright 2019 by
Wolters Kluwer. Reprinted by permission of Wolters Kluwer via the Copyright Clearance
Center. Licensed in 2020.

McEwen, M., & Wills, E. M. (2019). Theoretical basis for nursing (5th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
 Chapter 2, “Overview of Theory in Nursing” (pp. 23–48) [PDF]
Theoretical Basis for Nursing, 5th Edition by McEwen, M.; Wills, E. Copyright 2019 by
Wolters Kluwer. Reprinted by permission of Wolters Kluwer via the Copyright Clearance
Center. Licensed in 2020.

Document: Handout: Writing a Philosophy of Nursing Practice (Word document)

Required Media (click to expand/reduce)

Walden University. (2021). DNP glossary [Interactive media]. Walden University
Blackboard. https://class.waldenu.edu

Optional Resources (click to expand/reduce)

Note: Access the following Walden resources to support locating resources in the Walden
Library and completing course Discussions and Assignments.

Nadeau, N., & Kallman Arneson, B. (Hosts). (2014, July 16). WriteCast episode 11: “Doesn’t
meet requirements”—Strategies for following assignment instructions [Audio podcast episode].
In WriteCast. Walden University Writing Center.
https://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2014/07/writecast-episode-11-doesnt-meet.html

Philbrook, J. (2017, June 12). Prompted to write: A guide for using Walden assignment prompts
to your advantage. Walden University Writing Center.
https://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2017/06/prompted-to-write-guide-for-using.html

Walden University Library. (2020, March 16). Mysteries of the library: Revealed! Finding
specific articles [Webinar].
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/transcripts/MysteriesFindSpecificArticles-
Mar162020

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A-Z: Nursing.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/az.php?s=19981

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Primary & secondary sources.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/sources

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Common assignments: Writing in nursing.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/nursing

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Introduction to plagiarism & intellectual property.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/c.php?g=540300&p=3699977

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Strategies for demystifying Walden assignment
prompts [Webinar]. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/strategies

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Webinars: Scholarly writing.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/scholarlywriting#s-lg-box-9094031

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Writing as a process.
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/doctoral/capstone/preproposal/writingasaproc
ess

Note: Walden University Writing Center resources before May 2020 use examples in APA 6.
Check APA 7 guides to ensure accuracy.
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Excellent
90%–100%

Good
80%–89%

Fair
70%–79%

Poor
0%–69%

Main Posting: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Thoroughly responds to the

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to most of the

31 (31%) – 34 (34%)
Responds to some of the

0 (0%) – 30 (30%)
Does not respond to the

Response to the Discussion
question is reflective with
critical analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course readings
for the module and current
credible sources.

Discussion question(s).
Is reflective with critical analysis
and synthesis representative of
knowledge gained from the
course readings for the module
and current credible sources.
No less than 75% of post has
exceptional depth and breadth.
Supported by at least three
current credible sources.

Discussion question(s).
Is somewhat reflective with
critical analysis and synthesis
representative of knowledge
gained from the course readings
for the module.
50% of the post has exceptional
depth and breadth.
Supported by at least three
credible references.

Discussion question(s).
One to two criteria are not
addressed or are superficially
addressed.
Is somewhat lacking reflection
and critical analysis and
synthesis.
Somewhat represents knowledge
gained from the course readings
for the module.
Cited with fewer than two
credible references.

Discussion question(s). Lacks
depth or superficially addresses
criteria.
Lacks reflection and critical

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analysis and synthesis.
Does not represent knowledge
gained from the course readings
for the module.
Contains only one or no credible
references.

Main Posting:

Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Written clearly and concisely.
Contains no grammatical or
spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA manual
writing rules and style.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Written concisely.
May contain one to two
grammatical or spelling errors.
Adheres to current APA manual
writing rules and style.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Written somewhat concisely.
May contain more than two
spelling or grammatical errors.
Contains some APA formatting
errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Not written clearly or concisely.
Contains more than two spelling
or grammatical errors.
Does not adhere to current APA
manual writing rules and style.

Main Posting:

Timely and full participation

9 (9%) – 10 (10%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Posts main Discussion by due
date.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Does not meet requirements for
full participation.
Does not post main Discussion by
due date.

First Response:

Post to colleague's main post
that is reflective and justified
with credible sources.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed by
faculty.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth and
may exhibit critical thinking or
application to practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

The use of scholarly sources to
support ideas demonstrates
synthesis and understanding of
learning objectives.

First Response:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)
Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions are
fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise opinions
and ideas that are supported by
two or more credible sources.
Response is effectively written in
standard, edited English.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions are
mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas that
are supported by few credible
sources.
Response is written in standard,
edited English.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Response posed in the Discussion
may lack effective professional
communication.
Response to faculty questions are
somewhat answered, if posed.
Few or no credible sources are
cited.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)
Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions are
missing.
No credible sources are cited.

First Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts by due date.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts by due date.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements for
full participation.
Does not post by due date.

Second Response:
Post to colleague's main post
that is reflective and justified
with credible sources.

9 (9%) – 9 (9%)
Response exhibits critical
thinking and application to
practice settings.
Responds to questions posed by
faculty.
The use of scholarly sources to
support ideas demonstrates
synthesis and understanding of
learning objectives.

8 (8%) – 8 (8%)
Response has some depth and
may exhibit critical thinking or
application to practice setting.

7 (7%) – 7 (7%)
Response is on topic and may
have some depth.

0 (0%) – 6 (6%)
Response may not be on topic
and lacks depth.

Second Response: 6 (6%) – 6 (6%) 5 (5%) – 5 (5%) 4 (4%) – 4 (4%) 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Writing Communication is professional
and respectful to colleagues.
Response to faculty questions are
fully answered, if posed.
Provides clear, concise opinions
and ideas that are supported by
two or more credible sources.
Response is effectively written in
standard, edited English.

Communication is mostly
professional and respectful to
colleagues.
Response to faculty questions are
mostly answered, if posed.
Provides opinions and ideas that
are supported by few credible
sources.
Response is written in standard,
edited English.

Response posed in the Discussion
may lack effective professional
communication.
Response to faculty questions are
somewhat answered, if posed.
Few or no credible sources are
cited.

Responses posted in the
Discussion lack effective
communication.
Response to faculty questions are
missing.
No credible sources are cited.

Second Response:
Timely and full participation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for timely,
full, and active participation.
Posts by due date.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)
Meets requirements for full
participation.
Posts by due date.

3 (3%) – 3 (3%)
Posts by due date.

0 (0%) – 2 (2%)
Does not meet requirements for
full participation.
Does not post by due date.

Total Points: 100
Name: NURS_8114_Week1_Discussion_Rubric

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