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Relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice.

There is a strong relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice. Nursing theory is foundational to nursing research and practice, and theory is also informed and developed by the results of research and practice. Nurses may select a theory to describe or explain phenomena encountered in practice, and during application in practice the theory is further defined. Nurse researchers test theories’ applicability in practice through clinical research, and nurse scientists develop new theories to explain research findings.


In this assignment, you will identify a grand nursing theory used in a research article and a middle-range nursing theory used in a research article. You will examine how each theory was applied within the research study and then analyze the utility of grand and middle-range nursing theories to advance the discipline of nursing and its impact upon your advanced nursing practice.

Assignment Details

Introduce the reader to the content of this paper with an introductory paragraph.
Provide general background information about grand, middle and practice theories.
Examine a research article in which a Grand Nursing Theory was applied in the research. Describe how the theoretical concepts and propositions were used.
Examine a research article in which a Middle Range Nursing theory was applied in the research. Describe if the theory was used as a descriptive, explanatory, predictive, or prescriptive theory in the research.
Explain the importance of theory to your advanced nursing role and how research informs and advances the discipline of nursing.
Reference the Grading Rubric for this assignment found in the Course Resources area for further guidance.
Assignment Requirements

Minimal page requirement is 3-4 pages of content (no more than 5 pages) not including the title and reference pages.
Five (5) credible sources of support are required.
Use APA 7th Edition for format and style.
Utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.
Your assignment should:
Employ the conventions of standard academic English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;
display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.

Unit 6
Textbook Readings
McEwen, M., & Wills, W. (2018). Theoretical basis for nursing (5th edition). Wolters Kluwer Health
● Chapter 12: “Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Theory”
● Chapter 20: “Application of Theory in Nursing Research”
Journal Readings
Please retrieve and read the following Journal articles from the Library. Articles can be located through a search in the CINAHL database, OVID database, Course Documents, or by using the link at the end of the reference if provided.
● Bird, M., & Strachan, P. H. (2020). Complexity science education for clinical nurse researchers. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(2), 50–55.
● Hagle, M., Dwyer, D., Gettrust, L., Lusk, D., Peterson, K., & Tennies, S. (2020). Development and Implementation of a Model for Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Innovation. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 35(2), 102–107.
● Kuennen, J. K. (2015). Critical reflection: A transformative learning process integrating theory and evidence-based practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 12(5), 306-308.
● Lynch, E. A., Mudge, A., Knowles, S., Kitson, A. L., Hunter, S. C., & Harvey, G. (2018). “There is nothing so practical as a good theory”: a pragmatic guide for selecting theoretical approaches for implementation projects. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 857.