Concept Synthesis Paper on Personal Nursing Philosophy


Grading Rubric Criteria

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A. Nursing Autobiography (1 page)


1. The nursing autobiography included personal experiences in the field of nursing.

Briefly explained a story of your inspiration, motivation, and personal philosophy in nursing. Please see example of philosophy in Questions for the Professor. 

Organize your writing, such as personal philosophy (and relevance to your inspiring theorist), administration work.

You refer yourself as “I” for the autobiography (auto = self). 




2. Provided an account of the current professional role of the student.

     Include career development, achievement, and rewards.


3. Included factors that guided decision making.

Add your critical thinking from theories and experience that guide your decisions.

What are factors guiding your decision making?


B. Quality of Essay


1. Enlisted the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm.


2. The essay included a definition of the four concepts of the nursing  metaparadigm  with reference to professional practice.

•Four metaparadigm concepts defined by your selected theory.  Besides Butt & Rich, 2018, please check Tomey & Alligood: Nursing Theorists and their Works (any book edition available on SUO Library online).

-Separate each concept per paragraph.

-Concepts from the theorist of your selected theory, not from dictionary or other theories


3. The essay mentioned how the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm were employed innursing practice.


4. The essay enlisted two practice-specific concepts. You need to explain and clarify those concepts based on literature review.

Select two concepts from your studied theory.  Concept Synthesis/Analysis focuses on understanding the meaning of concept.  These TWO selected concepts should be defined by many sources, such as your selected theory, dictionary, and other authors posted in Questions for the Professor.

a.       Separate each concept per paragraph.

b.      To help me locate the concepts, please italicize the concepts.

c.       Include definition of concept from your selected theory and definitions from other authors/sources, such as other authors and dictionary. See examples in the Announcement and Project 1 folder/thread, under the Questions for the Professor.


5. The essay included a numbered list of at least 5 propositions or assumptions. (from your selected theory by theorist(s) and concepts, NOT from your own assumptions).

-All five theoretical assumptions are addressed by theorist of your selected theory. They are not your assumptions.  Please provide reliable citation, such as at least one  theorist’s  publications.


6.        The assumptions  illustrated the concepts in a manner, which further clarified the students' use of the conceptual material.Make sure that all assumptions clearly demonstrate TWO selected concepts from your selected theory, not only terminologies, such as comfort concept from Comfort’s Theory.

One concept per paragraph.


7. The essay demonstrated consistency between concepts and  assumptions.


8. The concepts were connected and integrated to reveal a meaningful sequence. (please check consequences of concept).

Make sure that all concepts are clearly defined and include their attributes/characteristics, definitions, and consequences (result or outcome of the concepts, such as the consequences of pain concept is the lower pain scale, be able to rest and sleep, and comfort level).


9. The essay demonstrated clarification and organization of the students' professional foundation.


10. The essay demonstrated evidence of critical thinking in analysis and response.


References[M1]  for Swanson’s theory

Andershed, B. & Olson, K. (2009). Review of research related to Kristen Swanson’s middle-        range theory of caring. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 23, 598-610. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2008.00647.x

Hagedorn, S., Quinn, A. (2004). Theory-Based Nurse Practitioner Practice: Caring in Action. Topics in Advance Practice Nursing eJournal, 4[MS2] (4), 1-7. Retrieved from:

Jansson, C. & Aolfsson, A. (2011). Application of “Swanson’s middle range caring theory” in Sweden after miscarriage. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2(2),102-109, 229-253.doi:10.4236/ijcm.2011.22021

Lillykutty, M.J., & Samson, R. (2018). Insights from Kristen M Swanson's Theory of Caring. Asian Journal of Nursing Education & Research, 8(1), 173. doi:10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00036.8


 McEwen, M. (2014). Overview of selected middle range nursing theories. In M. McEwen & E. M. Wills (Eds.), Theoretical basis for nursing (4th ed., pp. 116-130, 229-253). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Swanson, K. M. (1991). Empirical development of a middle range theory of caring. Nursing         Research, 40(3), pp. 161-166.

Swanson, K. M. (1993). Nursing as informed caring for the well-being of others. Image: Journal             of Nursing Scholarship, 25(4), 352-357.

Swanson, K. M. & Wojnar, D. M. (2004). Optimal healing environments in nursing. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(1), pp. S43-S48.

Swanson, K.M. (1991). Empirical development of a middle range theory of caring. Nursing Research. 40(3), 161-166.

Swanson, K.M. (1993). Nursing as informed caring for the well-being of others. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 25(4), 352-357.

Swanson, K. M. (1999). Research-based Practice with Women Who Have Had Miscarriages. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31(4), 339.

Swanson, K.M. (2013). What is known about caring in nursing science. In M.C. Smith, M.C. Turkel, & Z.R. Wolf. Caring in Nursing Classics. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Hagedorn, S., Quinn, A. (2004). Theory-Based Nurse Practitioner Practice: Caring in Action. Topics in Advance Practice Nursing eJournal, 4[MS3] (4), 1-7. Retrieved from:

Peterson, S., Bredow, T. (2009). Analysis of Theory: Caring. In C. Roscigno (Ed.), Middle           Range Theories: Application to nursing research (pp 376-379). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott.

Smith, M., Turkel, M., Robinson, Z. (2013). Theoretical Perspectives on Caring. In K. Swanson (Ed.), Caring in Nursing Classics: An essential resource (pp 210-223). Danvers, MA: Springer.

Tonges, M., & Ray, J. (2011). Translating Caring Theory Into Practice. Journal Of Nursing Administration, 41(9),


Wojnar, D. M. (2013). Caring. In S. J. Peterson & T. S. Bredow (Ed.), Middle range theories:Application to nursing research, (3rd ed.), (pp.128-137.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. ...

Willis, E.M. & McEwen, M. (2014). Concept development. In M. McEwen & E.M. Willis. Theoretical Basis for Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Your selected theory is Swanson's Theory of Caring. 

-Four metaparadigm concepts should defined by Swanson. 

-All sections/paragraphs need a citation, except autobiography.

-What are factors guiding your decision making.

-Selected TWO concepts from Swanson's theory. 

Concept in page #7 should be a concept from Swanson.  Provide about 5 theoretical definitions from Swanson's and other sources.

-Incorrect APA citation.

-Require Swanson's publication (see below).

-Examples are posted in Project 1 folder, under Questions for the Professor.

- Please use this checklist (grading rubric criteria):