Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

NRG5000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Dr. Lisa Capps, Faculty

 

 

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Ethics Final Paper Instructions and Rubric

 

Choose a topic of an ethical issue that is of interest to you that is relevant to nurses/nursing practice. Ideally, you will choose a topic in which you do not have great deal of knowledge or pre-conceived ideas. This topic will also be relevant to nursing practice. Journals and articles other than those in the nursing profession may be considered. This assignment is a formally written paper in APA format, 7th edition. A minimum of three professional references is required (from 2016 to 2021). You may use internet sites and articles, but they will not be counted as a professional citation. Only a Word document that can be edited will be accepted.

 

· The term “ethical dilemma” refers to a situation where choices need to be made, the answers may not be clear, the options are not ideal and there may be active barriers to a reasonable solution.

· The topic is objectively defined and described. As nurses we have a duty to our patients to advocate for them. At the same time, we must keep ourselves out of the situation. This section must address the topic with objectivity and facts.

· Write in the third person until you are to provide your personal professional response.

· At least three professional nursing journal articles should be cited to substantiate the facts that are relevant to the topic.

· The paper introduction should be submitted in APA style (7th edition). Please familiarize yourself with APA and how to cite references.

· The final paper should be 6 ½ to 7 ½ pages (double-spaced 12-pt. Times New Roman font).

 

Use the following as Level One Headings for your paper:

 

· Introduction

· Identification and Discussion of the Ethical Dimensions

· Relevance of the Ethical Issue to Nursing

· Analysis of Relevant Ethical Principles, Theories, Laws, and Standards of Practice

· Personal Professional Response to the Issue

· Conclusion

 

For example:

Introduction

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Identification and Discussion of Ethical Dimensions

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Rubric for the Ethics Final Paper:

Criteria Level 4

3 points

Level 3

2 points

Level 2

1 point

Level 1

0 points

Introduction Theme/Objective Clearly and effectively communicates an introduction of the theme/objective of the ethics topic Effectively communicates an introduction of the theme/objective of the ethics topic but questions remain Does not effectively communicate an introduction of the theme/objective of the ethics topic Misses point completely in introduction of the theme/objective of the ethics topic / 3

 

Supporting Details Each detail supports or tells more about the topic and has follow up sentences which provide additional support Some of the details support the main idea/topic, but some do not The details do not support the main idea/topic OR there are not enough details There are no substantiating support for the main idea/topic /3

 

Relevance: Why is this an ethical dilemma in today’s society? Very strong appropriate interpretation of data and relevant to the topic Largely appropriate interpretation of data and relevant to topic May contain some misinterpretation and/or irrelevant material Limited interpretation and relevance of topic / 3

 

Ethical analysis: application and discussion of ethical principles, theories, laws, and standards of nursing practice Ethical principles, theories, laws, and standards of nursing practice are clearly and effectively defined and applied to the topic Ethical principles, theories, laws, and standards of nursing practice are defined and applied to the topic, but clarity or thoroughness are lacking Ethical principles, theories, laws, and standards of nursing practice are superficially mentioned or inadequately applied to the topic Ethical principles, theories, laws, and standards of nursing practice are incorrectly defined or incorrectly applied to the topic /3
Understanding of Topic as Ethical Dilemma for Nursing Addresses ethical issues in good detail, if appropriate Addresses ethical issues adequately, if appropriately

 

Does not address ethical issues adequately, if appropriate Ethical issues not appropriately or clearly addressed, if appropriate /3

 

Personal Professional Response to the Issue

 

Clearly and effectively presents one’s personal PROFESSIONAL response to the issue Presents one’s personal PROFESSIONAL response to the issue, but clarity is lacking Presents one’s personal response to the issue, but emphasizes non-professional experiences Fails to make a connection between the writer and the topic presented /3
Conclusion: Reflection of What You Learned

Reflection

Good summary, clearly articulated Summarized and adequately articulated Incomplete summary/superficially articulated Not a summary/poorly articulated /3
Clarity and Organization

 

Headings utilized

 

Headings utilized, paper clear/concise/organized Headings not utilized, paper clear/concise/organized No Headings, paper unclear/ not concise/disorganized Lack of organization obscures meaning or you have not corrected feedback given in prior assignments /3
Spelling and Grammar No spelling or grammatical errors.

 

Less than 3 spelling or grammatical errors Less than 7 spelling or grammatical errors.

 

More than 7 spelling or grammatical errors, errors obscure meaning, or a failure to correct errors discussed in class or feedback from previous assignments / 3

 

APA format No APA 7th edition errors Less than 3 incidents of APA errors Less than 7 incidents of APA errors More than 7 incidents of APA errors or failure to correct errors discussed in class or feedback from previous assignments /3
Correct Length: 6 ½-7 ½ pages of text, PLUS title page and references

 

 

yes no /3
Minimum of 3 professional nursing references, 5 years old or less

 

 

yes no /3
Total /36

 

 

Your point total Points awarded Your point total Points awarded
36 120 18 60
35 117 17 57
34 113 16 53
33 110 15 50
32 106 14 46
31 104 13 44
30 100 12 40
29 97 11 37
28 93 10 33
27 90 9 30
26 87 8 27
25 83 7 24
24 80 6 20
23 76 5 16
22 73 4 14
21 70 3 10
20 67 2 7
19 63 1 3
18 60
17 57

 

 

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