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Nurs Sci Q. 2012 Oct;25(4):301-6. doi: 10.1177/0894318412457060.

A beginner's guide to writing the nursing conceptual model-based theoretical rationale.

Nursing science quarterly

Eileen Gigliotti, Nancy N Manister


  1. College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. New York, USA.

PMID: 23087334 DOI: 10.1177/0894318412457060


Writing the theoretical rationale for a study can be a daunting prospect for novice researchers. Nursing's conceptual models provide excellent frameworks for placement of study variables, but moving from the very abstract concepts of the nursing model to the less abstract concepts of the study variables is difficult. Similar to the five-paragraph essay used by writing teachers to assist beginning writers to construct a logical thesis, the authors of this column present guidelines that beginners can follow to construct their theoretical rationale. This guide can be used with any nursing conceptual model but Neuman's model was chosen here as the exemplar.

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