Discussion Board 6.1: Theory Evaluation
Discuss the outcomes and results of the theory evaluation and critique you performed on
your selected theory.
Do you feel your theory requires further development and refinement?
Explain your position.
The results of the theory critique I performed on Patricia Benner’s theory of “Novice to
Expert” were very enlightening. I used the Fawcett and DeSanto-Madeya method, which
included analysis then evaluation of the theory. I appreciated that the scope of the theory is really
applicable. Benner used the Dreyfus model to aid in creating the basis of her theory, which was
initially used to evaluate airplane pilots and chess players (Benner, 1984). It is very adaptable to
many different forms of nursing and really any skilled work. The context of the theory I to
nursing care and expresses that there are five levels of proficiency in nursing that one builds off
of to advance their skills and career: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and