Concept Synthesis Paper

A scholarly paper is required in which you will identify, describe, research, and apply the concepts that underlie your personal philosophy for professional nursing practice. The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity to identify your own values and beliefs about the established metaparadigms of the discipline. You must identify and articulate concepts relevant to your specific practice. This assignment is intended to be an exercise in clarification and organization of your professional foundation. The paper should follow a format that includes:
• A personal history/biography of the student’s experience in nursing from his/her decision to become a nurse to his/her current professional role
• Identification, discussion, and documentation from the literature of your perspective on the basic four metaparadigms (concepts of patient, n health, environment and nursing)
Consider the following questions to guide your paper
1. How do I define and employ the four basic metaparadigms of nursing theory in my professional practice?
2. What are the other major concepts I employ that are unique to my professional practice?
3. What are the assumptions about nursing that underlie my philosophy/framework?
4. What philosophies and theories from the literature of nursing are consistent with these concepts and assumptions?
5. What research supports these theories and concepts?

The paper is to be thoroughly researched and well documented, with relevant material from the literature. The paper, excluding references should to be limited to 8-10 pages. Writing should be succinct and well organized and presented.
Grading of the paper will be based on the following:
Discussion and history of student’s experience in nursing 15 points
Reflections on how your experiences have molded your own philosophy and
changes that have occurred since you began your career 20 points

Personal Philosophy identifying, discussing and documenting from
the literature each of the four basic concepts in the metaparadigm. 35 points
Clarity, organization and articulation of ideas 15 points
APA Format and references 15 points
Total 100 points


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