PowerPoint Critique




ThePowerPoint presentation “Nursing theorist: Patricia Benner” wasprepared by Nicole Beal. Although Beal does not give her ownbackground before making the presentation, she gives an excellentbackground of the theorist, Patricia Benner” who is a lecturer andan author.


Bealcomprehends the basic component of the theory of novice to expert.For example, Beal is able to list and explain all stages that onefollows when acquiring clinical competence under the novice theory.These stages include novice, advanced beginner, competentprofessional, proficient, and finally the expert stage. These stagesare presented in a logical way. However, Beal does not indicate gapsin her presentation and fails to include the sources for the content.This makes it difficult to judge the accuracy of specific slides.

Informationon inductive and deductive development

Failureto provide a deductive or inductive explanation of about thedevelopment of the theory of novice limited Beal’s ability toexplain how the theory came into existence. However, the author doesnot indicate gaps in her presentation and fails to include thesources from where the content was obtained. Therefore, it isdifficult to judge the accuracy of specific slides.

Impacton nursing research

Bealoffers a comprehensive presentation of how the theory of novice canbe applied in the field of nursing (such as development of nursingcurriculum), which indicates a though understanding of the theory.The content is presented in a logical way. Most importantly, Bealindicates that the theory of novice contributes to nursing researchby facilitating the development of clinical simulation. However, itmay be difficult to judge the accuracy of presentation since Beal didnot indicate sources for content on each slide or even identify thetheory’s gap with regard to its contribution in the nursingresearch.

Utilizingthe theory to promote safe and quality care practices

Bealexplains that the theory of novice help nurse leaders gives anorientation to the graduate nurses and makes an emphasis on the factthat graduates need the support of registered and experienced nurses,even after graduation. This helps them offer quality and safe care topatients. This confirms Beal though understands of the topic. Inaddition, the content on the use of the theory is presented innumbers, which confirms that the logical flow of the content.However, the audience may not be able to judge the accuracy ofpresentation since Beal did not indicate sources for content on eachslide or even identify the theory’s gap with regard to itscontribution in the nursing research.

Time,length, and delivery

Thetotal number of slides is also within the recommended limit of notmore than 15 slides. In addition, Beal’s presentation takes about 7minutes, which is within the require limit of less than 20 minutes.In overall, the presentation is quite organized and the flow of ideasmakes it easy to follow. However, seven minutes is quite less, andpresenter seems to lose a lot of time that should have been used toexplain the details of the theory.


Generally,the visual appearance of the slides is appealing to the audience, butthere are a few weaknesses. For example, Beal compressed the contentwhile leaving a lot of white or blank spaces, which forced the authorto use very small font size making it difficult to read from adistance (Beal, 2015). The template was well utilized and theselection as well as the organization of themes is professional.Moreover, the use of different colors of the headings or themes makesit easy for the audience to follow the presentation. In addition, theauthor failed to make appropriate use of graphics or images to makethe presentation more appealing. There are no significant grammarerrors found in the presentation.

Thetwo sources cited at the end of the presentation are credibletextbooks, which confirm the accuracy of the Beal’s content.However, these sources were not indicated in specific slides toindicate specific information that was obtained from each of them.


Beal,N. (2015, November 13). Nursing theorists. YouTube.Retrieved November 16, 2015, fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RtL4dskBuU&ampfeature=youtu.be