Course Reflection and Future Application (graded)

In this last week of class, we ask you to reflect on all you have learned these past weeks.

Describe how you as an advanced nurse will interpret and apply theory in your practical environment (i.e., leadership or education) compared to when you first started this course. When did the paradigm shift in your thinking occur? Describe your shift in thinking with details and examples. Describe your relevant actions, thoughts, and feelings, as well as the situation’s specific circumstances and features. Relate how you did or would – in a similar situation in the future – apply what you have learned in this course. We can meet the course objectives by reflecting on the theories that nurse leaders can employ in your own work environment.

This week, we will discuss all you have learned in these past weeks. Relate how you did or would – in a similar situation in the future – apply what you have learned in this course.

The course outcomes for this week are directly related to this week’s discussions:

2) Propose strategies for use of relevant theories that nurse leaders can employ in selected healthcare or educational organizations, considering legal and ethical principles. (PO #2, 6)

Throughout the discussions occurring within NR 501, a common element has been application of theory. In this our last discussion regarding theory, it is time to focus on you and your capstone experience (yes, it is never too early consider this major project!). While it is too early to identify your project, let’s consider on your future practice area as this is the setting your project will occur in.

Based upon your self-reflection and use of nursing theory within the discussions and assignments, select ONE nursing theory that you prefer and answer the following questions:

1. Why do you prefer the nursing theory you selected?

2. How can this theory be used in your current practice area (education, executive, advanced clinical practice, informatics, or healthcare policy)?

3. How can this theory be used in your future practice area (education, executive advanced clinical practice, informatics or healthcare policy)?

Dr. Luoma