NR 501 DeVry Week 3 Steps of Concept Analysis

NR 501 DeVry Week 3 Steps of Concept Analysis  

NR 501 DeVry Week 3 Steps of Concept Analysis

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Steps of Concept Analysis (graded)

Choose a nursing concept (be sure to utilize a nursing theory) and then respond to each of the steps in a concept analysis according to your chosen topic. This knowledge does not have to be exhaustive, but it should serve as a foundation for the forthcoming work. Include at least one scholarly reference.

As you begin, take a moment and reflect on the following course/program outcome:

Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO #4)

In order to begin this discussion, it is important to first reflect on the steps involved in concept analysis. Wills & McEwen (2014) include a table identifying the steps of concept analysis (derived from Walker & Avant, 2005).

The steps include the following:

  1. 1) select a Concept;
  2. 2) determine the aims or purpose of the analysis;
  3. 3) identify all the uses of the concept possible;
  4. 4) determine the defining attributes
  5. 5. Identify model case;
  6. 6) Identify borderline, related, contrary, and illegitimate cases;
  7. 7) Identify antecedents and consequences; and
  8. 8) Define empirical referents.” (p. 58).

See Box 3-1. See you in the threaded discussions.

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In your response to this question, I want you refer back to the steps of concept analysis that are explored in the chapter. Identify a concept and show how you would apply the concepts in your current practice. Take this response as far as you can go in terms of a basic concept analysis. Please make an attempt to reflect a clear and diligent attempt of applying the steps. I look forward to seeing you in the threaded discussions.


Wills, E. & McEwen, M. (2014). Concept development: Clarifying meaning of terms.

In M. McEwan & E.M. Wills (Eds.), Theoretical basis for nursing (4th. ed.; pp. 49-71). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Dr. Kari Luoma

At the end of Week 4 your concept analysis is due. This threaded discussion provides an opportunity to start this assignment.

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