NURS 8250/NURS 8250N Week 4: Concept Analysis

NURS 8250/NURS 8250N: Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Perspectives in Nursing | Week 4

Evan was excited to investigate the phenomenon of interest he had identified: Patient satisfaction after outpatient surgery. He selected “satisfaction” as his primary concept and began conducting a concept analysis. He thought it would be fairly straightforward—that is, until he began searching literature and considering how the term is used by different disciplines and in various settings. He started to debate how “satisfaction” should be defined; even the dictionary definitions raised questions. In one sense, “satisfaction” means contentment, pleasure, gratification, enjoyment, or happiness; in a different sense, it indicates the fulfillment of an obligation or claim. All these seemed to have some degree of application to his phenomenon of interest. His concept analysis was eliciting more questions than answers at this point.

This week, you deepen and refine the concept analysis you began working on last week. In the Discussion, you and your colleagues review each other’s concept analysis paper drafts. You may integrate the feedback you receive from colleagues and hone your concept analysis prior to submitting your paper by Day 7.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Apply concept analysis methods to selected concepts
  • Explain effects of concept analyses on concept perceptions
  • Evaluate strengths and limitations of concept analyses

In Week 3, you viewed instructions for conducting your concept analysis and drafting a paper to convey the results of your analysis. For this Discussion, your Instructor has assigned you to a small group; you will review your small-group colleagues’ paper drafts and exchange feedback.

This type of collaboration can be highly beneficial as you complete a concept analysis. For instance, it can expose misunderstandings about the meaning of your selected concept and help you discover new ways of expressing the defining attributes of the concept.

You and your colleagues may use the feedback to improve your concept analysis prior to submitting your paper by Day 7 of this week.

To prepare
  • Review the instructions for the Week 3 Assignment and complete a draft of your concept analysis paper as indicated.

By Day 3

Go to the Groups area of the course navigation menu, continue to your specific group area, and post a draft of your concept analysis paper.

Read your small-group colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond to all of your small-group colleagues as follows:

  • Evaluate strengths and limitations of the concept analysis.
  • Provide concrete examples of specific choices (e.g., sources, sentences) and their impacts (e.g., questions you have, possible interpretations).
  • Offer specific suggestions to help your colleague refine his/her work.

In addition, you may respond in one or more of the following ways:

  • Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.