Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)

  • MSN
  • MN-NP
  • PhD

NURS 511

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the evolution of nursing knowledge and the processes of theoretical and analytical reasoning as they apply to nursing. In the context of the course students will apply critical thinking to the understanding and resolution of nursing problems.


  • Describe the ways in which nursing theory has evolved historically
  • Identify important  social and theoretical influences on the development  of nursing knowledge
  • Discuss the relevance of explorations of nursing knowledge to the advancement of the nursing profession and one's own nursing practice
  • Explore various assumptions that underlie nursing knowledge development
  • Apply critical reasoning to clinical nursing problems
  • Propose possible resolutions to key conceptual issues facing nurses
  • Analyze ontological, epistemological, and methodological presuppositions and implications of various nursing theories
  • Explore the significance for nursing practice of various ways of thinking about nursing knowledge
  • Explore various approaches to the development of nursing knowledge
  • Analyze nursing phenomena from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Synthesize ways of conceptualising nursing knowledge
  • Examine, interpret and synthesize findings from the literature in a scholarly written format

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