Developing nursing theory

Working with and developing nursing theory is challenging. Nurses are trained to think in linear, cause and effect, process oriented environments. Theory inspires us to apply creative principles to the thinking process and approach problems from a new perspective.

Review the following web-based discussion on creative thinking.

(note: website is also available through the Supplemental Learning Activities link)

Answer the following questions:

  1. Describe 3 methods of creative thinking.
  2. Identify 1 negative attitude that may block you from creative thinking
  3. Identify 1 psychological block that prevents you from thinking creatively
  4. Share 2 positive attitudes you have that can help you think creatively.

* Responses need to address all components of the question, demonstrate critical thinking and analysis,


Harris, R. (1998) Introduction to Creative Thinking; Retrieved from

Post response no later than Thursday.  Responses need to address all components of the question, demonstrate critical thinking and analysis, and include peer reviewed journal evidence to support the student’s position. Please see grading rubric for additional requirements.


Students are expected to:
1. Post an initial substantive response of 200-250 words to each question.
2. Read postings and engage in the discussion boards 4-5 days per week.
3. Respond to at least two other student’s postings with substantive comments.
Substantive comments add to the discussion and provide your fellow students with information that will enhance the learning environment.
The postings should be at least one paragraph (approximately 100 words) and include references as indicated by the instructor.
4. References and citations should conform to the APA 6th edition.
Remember: Please respect the opinions of others, even if their views differ. In other words, disagree professionally and respectfully.
Plagiarism is never acceptable – give credit when credit is due – cite your sources

Wills, E. & Kluwer, W. 3rd. ed. (2010) Theoretical Basis for Nursing; Lipincott Williams and Wilkins ISBN 1605473235


Chin, P. and Kramer, M. 8thed. (2010) Integrated Theory and Knowledge Development in

ISBN 0323077188


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