Week 3: Steps of Concept Analysis

Week 3: Steps of Concept Analysis

Week 3: Steps of Concept Analysis

Definition of concept: The concept this author has selected for analysis is caring. The caring concept is found in the nursing Theory of Human Caring, this Nursing Theory was developed by Jean Watson. According to Chamberlain College of Nursing (CCN) concept and theory analysis are dominant instruments that benefit and bring light to the nursing practice. There are eight steps to carry out when developing a concept analysis. These steps will be discussed by the writer during this discussion question.

The concept of interest for this discussion question is Caring.  Caring and nursing are two terminologies that are impossible to be separated. According to Lindberg, Fagerstrȍm, Sivberg, & William (2014) caring is the basis of nursing and is firmly connected to ethos, whereas nursing primarily relates to actual work done by the nurses.

Caring is the core of nursing

and is closely connected to ethos, whereas nursing mainly

relates to the actual work done by the nurses

According to Lindberg, Fagerstrȍm, Sivberg, & William (2014) caring quality encompass respect for patient self-determination, practice aspect of nursing, caring relationships that nurses and patients establish and the health and wellness attitude. In other words, it is crucial in caring to have an understanding of the culture, attitude, variability, relationship, action and acceptance.

To provide a description of one antecedent and one consequence of the concept we could start by stating that nursing education is of paramount importance for the profession. The achievement of nursing accomplishments is a key antecedent for nursing. In order for a nursing student to become an RN the candidate ought to complete and be successful in completing nursing school as well as achieving passing scores on the board exam. The student nurse must fulfill a set of clinical practice hours in the clinical settings in which the student will achieve the necessary clinical skills where they will apply the theoretical content learnt in the classroom setting. Once the nursing student accomplishes the degree and becomes a professional registered nurse, and get a job, there is a necessary training period to confirm that this newly graduated nurse is self-sufficient, confident and has adequate skills that is safe to care for patients.

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Identification of at least one empirical referent is how the concept of caring may be measured or assessed (CCN, 2017). Caring may be challenging to define and measure, since judgement and perception depends on both, the person providing and receiving the care. At the institution I currently work patient satisfaction is measured by a survey. This survey is mailed to patients at their home or by a telephone call survey after care is provided. This is a convenient tool that is able to set and maintain good quality standards within an institution.

There are many variations and perceptions of caring that may cause difficulties to explain in the sense of nursing, and can be perceived differently across cultures (Lindberg, Fagerström, Sivberg & Willman, 2014). This writer selected the concept of caring, focusing specifically on the care nurses provide to patients utilizing Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring.  


Chamberlain College of Nursing. (2017). NR-501 Week 3 Development of Nursing Theory and Concept Analysis [Online lesson]. Talley, IL: DeVry Education Group

Lindberg, C., Fagerstrȍm, C., Sivberg, B., & William, A. (2014). Concept analysis: patient autonomy in a caring context, Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(10), 2208-2221. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/doi/10.1111/jan.12412/epdf (Links to an external site.)

Thank you for your additions and insights made to my response on this week discussion questions, I appreciate your observations and recommendations.

According to Ozan, Okumus, & Lash (2015) even though caring might represent an empirical and challenging form of a concept analysis; as a nurse I strongly believe that caring and its monitoring is of crucial importance. Indeed, the theory of Watson’s Human Caring focuses on human and nursing paradigm, which affirms that a human being is unable to be cured as an object. It disputes on the contrary that a human being, whether male or female, is an element of his or her environment, essence, and the macro world. Environment is described in this theory as appropriate, pleasant, appealing, and peaceful and that caring is the moral optimal that encompasses mind-body-soul commitment with one another. Nursing, classified as a humanitarian science, also described as a career that carries out personal, scientific, ethical, and aesthetical practice. Watson’s caring theory focus on assuring equity and cooperation between health and disorder that a person experience.

Measuring and evaluating care, is of extreme importance and is needed for the improvement of care and satisfaction of patient needs, however it is an abstract action, since it is based on perceptions. According to Ozan, Okumus, & Lash (2015) the theory of Human Caring is people-oriented that acquires the distinct character of human virtue without compromising its mind-body spirit. The theory postulates that the highest and most powerful curative source in nursing care is love. Watson’s caring theory describes nursing as the process of human-to-human caring that encompasses four elementary ideas: healing processes, interpersonal maintenance of relationship, the caring moment, and awareness of healing. Caring involves being present, a detailed observant, conscious, and intentional.


Ozan, Y. D., Okumus, H., & Lash, A, A. (2015). Implementation of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring: A Case Study. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 8(1), 25-35. Retrieved from http://www.internationaljournalofcaringsciences.org/docs/4-Lash%20-%20Original.pdf (Links to an external site.)

The loss of a loved one is very distressing to the family of the deceased, but most people don’t think about the fact that it is distressing to the nurses that cared for them as well.  Intensive care unit (ICU) nurses spend the most time with their patients and their families due to nurse-patient ratio assignments.  As a result, they are the ones who will most likely need to be educated on bereavement when it comes to dealing with end-of-life cases.  As a matter of fact, many ICU nurses report feeling underprepared to give the families the appropriate support when needed, especially during the event of sudden death of a patient (Shariff, Olson, Santos Salas, & Cranley, 2017).  According to Shariff et al., nurses who frequently deal with death and dying face psychological, emotional, and physical consequences as a result (2017).  A similar experience occurred for me not too long ago, I lost my grandfather while he was in the ICU and the nurse caring for him was not very good at comforting my family and I.  This was not a big issue for me being in the field and knowing how busy it can be to be there for us the entire time.  However, a physician assistant that was present at the time of my grandfather’s death made a difference.  He was very emotionally supportive and that made a big impact on the whole experience.  As a nurse, I was in the shoes of those families who experienced the death of a close relative, and it made me realize how important it is for us to seek education about dealing with grief, both for our own sake, and the patient families’ sake.


Shariff, A., Olson, J., Santos Salas, A., & Cranley, L. (2017). Nurses’ experiences of providing care to bereaved families who experience unexpected death in intensive care units: A narrative overview. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 28(1), 21-29. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=5bf75750-99d0-45f2-9fc9-86160e09dd3f%40sessionmgr4009