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Writing in Nursing

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Tips for writing in Nursing:

 By Dr. Sharon Jacques

  • In nursing, a clear communication of facts, using correct spelling, is essential for documentation of patient care. Lawyers may pursue a negligence suit against those who have written a chart sloppily.

  • In my classes, clarity, conciseness, and accuracy are all important. Proper citation of sources, using APA format, is essential for scholarly professional papers.

  • When I review papers, students’ understanding becomes clear when I see original thinking, creative use of resources, and reflection on individual experiences. Because Nursing is a practice discipline, we always are building on what we know and what we have seen and done.

  • Students who make Bs write papers with a few errors (maybe 1-2 per page). They may use improper citations, and their writing might be a bit shallow.

  • Students who make Cs write papers with more errors (perhaps 3-4 per page). They also do not pull the topic together with individual depth.

  • Students who make Ds write papers that cause my red pen to run dry, that are entirely too short, or that miss the point of the assignment altogether.

  • Writing is central to my classes because I teach mostly online. I require regular writing from my students in discussion groups.

  • Every nurse is responsible for documenting patient care. Other nurses have a flair for sharing personal experiences that inspire. A few nurses have a talent for scholarly and scientific investigative reporting.

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