Nursing Theory to use: From Novice to Expert

Nursing Theory to use: From Novice to Expert

Nursing Theory to use: From Novice to Expert

  • Population/ Patient Problem:  Consider how your selected nursing theory may guide you in selecting the population and/or patient problem
  • Intervention:  Does your selected nursing theory identify a possible intervention?  If not, how is your selected intervention consistent with your selected nursing theory?
  • Outcome:  How would the outcome of your PICOT study contribute to your selected nursing theory?  Would it add new information?  Would it confirm some part of the theory?


Nursing Theory to use:

From Novice to Expert – Patricia E Benner


NR 500 PICOT question:

What education/method can be implemented by the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses in order to prevent bloodstream infections from central line venous catheters (CVLs) in critically ill patients in the ICU?

P (Population) – ICU patients with CVLs

I (Intervention) – Education for nurses to prevent bloodstream infections

C (Comparison) – CVL bloodstream infection caused by lack of education/proper care by ICU nurses

O (Outcome) – Decreased number of infections, decrease in cost of care and length of stay, and decrease in number of deaths in ICU patients with CVLs

T (Timeframe) – Immediate with continuous monitoring of outcomes




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