MN502 Identification of a Concept

Question Description

The assigned readings from the articles this week discuss methods of concept analysis that are useful in nursing. Select a concept you will analyze in this course. Your concept needs to interest you, possibly associated with your current or future work or something that intrigues or even bothers you. Try to avoid selecting a concept that is too broad or too narrow [see the unit overview for a discussion of broad or narrow concepts]. Explain the following:

Name of the concept of interest

Why you selected it

What you hope to discover or learn from the concept analysis

What the concept means to you currently [prior to any literature review]

Why the concept is of interest to the nursing profession


Christensen, M. (2011) Advancing nursing practice: Redefining the theoretical and practical integration of knowledge. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 873–881.

Eriksson, K. (2010). Concept determination as part of the development of knowledge in caring science. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 24, 2–11.

Kagan, P. N., Smith, M. C., Cowling, W. R., & Chinn. P. L. (2009). A nursing manifesto: an emancipatory call for knowledge development, conscience, and praxis. Nursing Philosophy, 11, 67–84.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010). Chapters 3 and 4. (6th ed.).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Raholm, M. (2010). Abductive reasoning and the formation of scientific knowledge within nursing research. Nursing Philosophy, 11, 260–270.

Raholm, J. (2010). Theory development and the logic of discovery. International Journal for Human Caring, 14(3), 36–42.Include at least 3 references

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