Assignment: Concept Analysis
In “Isolation: A Concept Analysis,” Gilmartin, Grota, and Sousa (2013) analyze the concept of isolation using Walker and Avant’s methodology. They explain that the term isolation is used widely in everyday language, yet has specific scientific meanings. The authors conclude that “systematic studies of isolation using this concept can ultimately enhance nurses’ knowledge base and contribute to the quality of life for isolated persons” (p. 54). The other articles in this week’s Learning Resources present a variety of concept analyses that also have implications for nursing research, practice, education, and/or leadership
- Identify a primary concept related to your phenomenon of interest. (You may use the same concept you addressed in this week’s Discussion.)
- Review Walker and Avant’s method of concept analysis presented in the McEwen & Wills text (2019) and Walker and Avant (2019). Also, review examples of concept analyses presented in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Use the eight concept-analysis steps outlined in Chapter 10 of Walker and Avant (2019) to conduct a concept analysis related to your phenomenon of interest.
- Consider how the information and insights you gain from completing this exercise influence your understanding of the concept. Also, think about how you will use the results of your analysis to direct further inquiry.
- In addition, think about the applicability of other concept development approaches (i.e., concept derivation and synthesis) described in the Learning Resources for your future dissertation work. Would it be helpful to use concept derivation or concept synthesis to study your phenomenon of interest? Why or why not?
- Begin to draft a 3- to 5-page paper, following a format similar to the journal articles in this week’s Learning Resources (e.g., Moore and Walker, 2011). Include the following:
- Clearly identify the concept and provide essential context
- Synopsis of your concept analysis
- Discuss your findings from your review of the literature
- Describe antecedents, attributes, and consequences
- Present a model case, as well as one or more additional cases
- Describe empirical referent(s)
- Explain how this concept analysis has influenced your perception of the concept, and how you will use the results of this analysis to direct further inquiry.
Write your 3- to 5-page paper, as indicated above.