A nursing phenomenon of interest (POI) can be defined as any factor that influences health status and is relevant to nursing. These phenomena relate to all the different aspects of human behavior and functioning; the phenomena can relate to an individual patient, the family unit, the community, or an entire population. The student should consider their own area of expertise and practice when selecting a POI; the selected phenomena should come from an observed practice “problem” that has importance to the student.
Within the scholarly paper assignment you will identify a POI that has significance to your area of practice. You will explain why you think this POI is significant- this section of the paper should be supported with peer reviewed evidence from the literature available on the subject. The evidence should be current-no older than 5-7 years at most.
Next, you will discuss your basic philosophic approach to your life and work. Please refer to the Keynote and Resources provided earlier in this Unit for further details on what type of information will be expected in this section of the assignment. Please provide discussion detailing how your philosophic viewpoint impacts how you view the chosen POI and how it impacts the way you search for the “truth” about this issue.
Next, you will discuss the opposing philosophical viewpoint as it relates to your practice and your POI. If your viewpoint is primarily Analytical, you will discuss the merits of Continental philosophy; if your primary viewpoint is Continental, you will discuss the merits of an Analytical viewpoint. Please note that references regarding Philosophy, Theory, etc may be older than 5-7 years…these are considered to be “classic” articles and are acceptable to use for this purpose.
Finally, you will summarize the four ways of knowing identified by Carper and provide a discussion about how these different ways of knowing will impact your advanced nursing practice role. This section should be well supported by current peer reviewed references.
This assignment is a scholarly paper and should be written in a formal style. The length of this assignment should be between 6-8 pages excluding the title page and Reference list. This assignment will be submitted to Turnitin before you submit it to the assignment section. You are responsible for viewing your Turnitin score and making revisions to your paper if necessary prior to your final submission. You are required to merge a copy of your Turnitin digital originality report to the end of your paper prior to submission for faculty review.
A copy of the grading rubric is provided for you below. It is highly recommended that you organize your paper based on the grading rubric criteria detailed below; the use of headings based on the grading rubric criteria is also required. While there are no concrete guidelines, a paper of this length would be expected to have 8-10 references at a minimum.
NU 607 Grading Rubric
Phenomenon of Interest paper
Introductory paragraph: this must end with a thesis statement that tells the reader what will be discussed in the paper /1 point
Identify a Phenomenon of Interest that has significance to your area of advanced specialty practice. Justify the importance/relevance of the chosen POI with evidential support using current peer reviewed sources. Include specific statistics, costs related to the POI, impact on the overall healthcare system, etc. /6 points
Identify and discuss your primary philosophic viewpoint (Qualitative or Quantitative) as outlined in the Assignment Keynote and Resources. How does your philosophy impact how you view your identified POI? How does your philosophy impact how you evaluate and seek the “truth” regarding the POI? How does this philosophy impact the way you provide care to your patients or population? /4 points
Discuss the alternative philosophic viewpoint. If your primary view of the world is Quantitative in nature, what is the value of Qualitative data? If your primary viewpoint is Qualitative in nature, what is the value of Quantitative data? Does the “opposing” viewpoint help define the POI more fully? How do you incorporate this type of information into your clinical practice? How does this philosophy impact the way you provide care to your patients or population? /4 points
Ways of knowing in nursing: provide a summary of the four patterns of knowing identified by Carper (1978). Discuss how these patterns of knowing will influence the advanced practice role for which you are training. Support your discussion with peer reviewed references. How do you use the patterns of knowing to seek the information you need to provide care to your patients or population? /4 points
Conclusion: this section should summarize the contents of the paper. No new information should be included in this section. /1 point
Total points: /20
Final score: /20
• The paper should be written in a formal, scholarly style. Correct APA format is required. The paper should be between 6-8 pages in length (excluding the Title and Reference pages) and should have 8-10 peer reviewed references.
• Failure to obtain faculty approval for the POI topic will result in a mandatory 10% deduction on this paper (2 points)
• For submission: each paper should be “named” according to the File naming policy of the course: see Lessons section for instructions on how to do this appropriately
• Submission instruction: each paper should be submitted in PDF format to the appropriate category of Assignments section. Your Turnitin report should be merged with your paper prior to submission.
• Up to 20% of the total points for this assignment may be deducted for an overall lack of scholarship to include:
o APA errors
o Grammatical errors
o Incorrect spelling
o Over the page limit
o Failure to attach Turnitin report