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This is a scholarly paper and should be written as such. Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence
structure, and use of APA formatting is required and part of the grading criteria. The final paper should be
approximately 7-8 pages in length including the title and reference page.
You may only use 3 short quotes (less than 40 words) or 1 long quote (more than 40 words) in this paper. Use
of more than the allotted number of quotes will result in you needing to resubmit your paper and receive a 10%-
point deduction for each resubmission due to overuse of quotes.
When your paper is turned into the assignment tab, it will automatically be submitted to Turn-It-In. Turn-It-In
is a program designed to assist a student with possible concerns regarding plagiarism. Once Turn-It-In
examines your paper, you will receive a “score” next to your assignment submission. Any papers that are
over 30% matching will not be graded and will receive a grade of zero. Students can have multiple
submissions and are highly encouraged to review submissions and re-submit.
The paper is worth 200 points or 30% of the course grade and is due during Week 4, on Sunday by 11:59 P.M.
Late papers will not be accepted. Please see the Theorist Paper Template for assistance with formatting your title page, header, and headings.
TITLE PAGE: 5 points
The title page should be formatted according to APA formatting guidelines. Please refer to your APA resources.
INTRODUCTION: 10 points
The introduction provides an overview of the paper. The reader should have a clear idea of the purpose and
topic(s) of the paper after reading the introduction. General facts and supportive information should be
BODY OF THE PAPER: Each heading is worth 35 points
Use the following four subheadings to organize the content of your paper:
– History of Nursing: Discuss and describe the history of nursing. Include a definition of nursing.
Include 3 major influences on the profession and describe how these influences impact current nursing
– Evolution of Nursing Theory: Discuss the evolution of Nursing Theory. Describe how theory began
and its application to past and present nursing practice. Define the 4 major concepts (person, health,
environment, nursing) related to nursing theory.
– Theorist Choice: Identify a theorist to review. Include a discussion of the theorist’s background. This
should include a discussion of the theorist’s personal and family life, education and professional
backgrounds, contributions to nursing, and influencing factors related to the development of the theory. – Theory: Identify and discuss the theory developed by your chosen theorist. Include a brief overview of
how the theory relates to the 4 major nursing theory concepts. Further theory information will be
completed in your course project.
CONCLUSION: 10 points
The conclusion of the paper should be concise and reiterate the main topic(s). Do not introduce new material in
the conclusion of the paper.
HEADINGS: 5 points
Each subheading or section listed above should be used as the Level One headings for the paper and formatted
according to APA guidelines. Please refer to your APA resources for assistance.
REFERENCE PAGE: 10 points
The reference page should be formatted according to APA formatting guidelines. Please refer to your APA
resources. Use a minimum of 3 scholarly and current (less than five years) sources. One of the sources can be
the textbook assigned for the course. Peer-reviewed journals are recommended for the other two sources. Peer-
reviewed journals are accessible through the McKee Library. Library staff are available to assist with searches
for information if this is a new skill. Points will be reduced if less than 3 scholarly and current references are
IN-TEXT CITATIONS: 10 points
APA papers require the use of in-text citations to validate the information in your paper. In-text citations must
be used after sentences that are not your own thought or idea. Utilize your APA resources to assist in proper
SPELLING AND GRAMMAR: 10 points
Proper spelling and grammar usage is required. It is recommended that you utilize tutor.com located in course
resources to assist you with this section.