SCHOLARLY PAPER about a nursing theory. The paper is to be a five to six (5-6) pages total (double-spaced, 12 font, 1 inch margins). Follow APA guidelines for a cover sheet, headers, pagination, references, etc. Use APA format

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Relevance 15

a. Personal relevance if

any of the author

described (connect the

theorist to the theory)

b. Relevance to

healthcare and the

client discussed

(connect the theory to

healthcare today)

c. Application to research and/or

practice provided

(connect the theory to

current research/practice)

d. Use at least two peer-

reviewed/research articles that

detail the nursing theory being

applied in clinical

practice/research, and

summarize key findings of both

articles including results and

implications for future practice

Summary

• Include theory strengths and

limitation in the

summary

5

Format

• Precise APA style,

headers and

professional writing

5

Total 35

Research Paper Rubric

Outstanding

(35)

Very Good (33) Good (30) Unacceptable

(25)

Integration of

Knowledge

The paper

demonstrates

that the author

fully

understands and

has applied

concepts learned

in the course.

Concepts are

integrated into

the writer’s own

insights.

The writer

provides

concluding

remarks that

show analysis

and synthesis of

ideas

The paper

demonstrates

that the author,

for the most part,

understands and

has applied

concepts learned

in the course.

Some of the

conclusions,

however, are not

supported in the

body of the

paper

The paper

demonstrates

that the author,

to a certain

extent,

understands and

has applied

concepts learned

in the course

The paper does

not demonstrate

that the author

has fully

understood and

applied concepts

learned in the

course.

Topic Focus The topic is

focused

narrowly enough

for the scope of

this assignment.

A thesis

statement

provides

direction for the

paper, either by

statement of a

position or

hypothesis

The topic is

focused but

lacks direction.

The paper is

about a specific

topic but the

writer has not

established a

position.

The topic is too

broad for the

scope of this

assignment.

The topic is not

clearly defined

Depth of

Discussion

In-depth

discussion and

elaboration in all

sections of the

paper.

In-depth

discussion and

elaboration in

most sections of

the paper.

The writer has

omitted pertinent

content.

Quotations from

others outweigh

the writer’s own

ideas

excessively.

Cursory

discussion in all

the sections of

the paper or

brief discussion

in only a few

sections

Cohesiveness Ties together

information

from all sources.

Paper flows

from one issue

to the next

without the need

for headings.

Author’s writing

demonstrates an

understanding of

the relationship

among material

obtained from all

sources

For the most

part, ties

together

information

from all sources.

Paper flows with

only some

disjointedness.

Author’s writing

demonstrates an

understanding of

the relationship

among material

obtained from all

sources.

Sometimes ties

together

information

from all sources.

Paper does not

flow.

Disjointedness is

apparent.

Author’s

writing does not

demonstrate an

understanding of

the relationship

among material

obtained from all

sources.

Does not tie

together

information.

Paper does not

flow and appears

to be created

from disparate

issues.

Headings are

necessary to link

concepts.

Writing does not

demonstrate

understanding

any relationship

Spelling and

Grammar

Minimal spelling

and/or grammar

mistakes

Some spelling

and or grammar

mistakes.

Noticeable

spelling and

grammar

mistakes.

Unacceptable

number of

spelling and/or

grammar

mistakes

Sources More than 5

current sources,

of which at least

3 are peer

review journal

articles or

scholarly books.

Sources include

both general

background

5 current

sources, of

which at least 2

are peer-review

journal articles

or scholarly

books.

Fewer than 5

current sources

or fewer than 2

of 5 are peer-

reviewed journal

articles or

scholarly books.

All web sites

utilized are

credible.

Fewer than 5

current sources

or fewer than 2

of 5 are peer-

reviewed journal

articles or

scholarly books.

Not all web sites

utilized are

credible, and/or

sources and

specialized

sources.

Special-interest

sources and

popular

literature and

acknowledged as

such if they are

cited.

All web sites

utilized are

authoritative.

All web sites

utilized are

authoritative.

sources are not

current.

Citations Cites all data

obtained from

other sources.

APA citation

style is used in

both text and

bibliography

Cites most data

obtained from

other sources.

APA citation

style is used in

both text and

bibliography.

Cites some data

obtained from

other sources.

Citation style is

either

inconsistent or

incorrect.

Does not cite

sources.