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Central Theme: Nursing Topic
This quarter you are going to identify one topic from the nursing literature in the practice area you are interested in. This topic needs to have a nursing focus and will become the focus of most of your work in this course. By the end of the quarter, you will have read three peer-reviewed articles on this topic, written a paper about the topic, and created a visual resource, either a PowerPoint presentation or a poster. Either of these presentation materials could be used to explain the importance of the topic to your nursing colleagues. We will discuss this more in our first Collaborate session.
Journal browsing: During the library session, you will learn how to use the search functions available to you as a Drexel University student. Choose a nursing topic and begin browsing the professional, peer-reviewed nursing journals which best reflect your clinical practice interest. Learning to browse journals on-line via the Drexel Health Sciences Library portal is a very important skill which you will need throughout your academic career so please learn to do it now. Even if you can access your journal through other sources, use the Drexel library achieves to locate the articles you will use for your assignments. Remember to keep track of the search terms during your library work as you will need these terms later. One of the assignments in this course will require you to provide a screen shot of your library search.
Two important points:
Nursing Topic Descriptive Essay: Draft 10% Final Paper 15%
In order to complete this assignment, you must first identify a nursing topic. Using the Drexel Library search feature, browse for nursing journal articles that best match your nursing topic. Are there articles that pique your interest more than others? Remember, you only need to find three articles but the articles must have been published within the last five years and the articles must originate from peer-reviewed nursing journals.
Write a short descriptive essay on your Nursing Topic. This descriptive essay must be formatted using the APA manual and the Purdue Owl. Refer to the APA Help Guide posted in Module 2 for further assistance. Use the headings provided for each of the five sections of the paper. The questions under each of the six sections listed below are meant to help guide your writing. The body of this paper should be no more than 3 pages long; the reference page and title page bring the total page limit up to 5 pages. You may not have more than 5 pages including the title and reference pages. You may not use direct quotes for this assignment. Writing and submitting a draft will provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your work. Your draft should have all of the components that are required for the final paper. You will also give feedback to 2 of your peers in the PeerMark system in Turnitin. Giving feedback may help you to identify some of the common errors you make as well as assist your peers with their writing process.
The Intellectual Honesty Certificate will be acknowledged by you when you submit this assignment. There is no need to attach the document to the paper.
APA format is required. This paper does not require an abstract. The paper will be evaluated on correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure as well as content. The body of the paper should be no more than 3 pages in length, not including title page or references. Review APA citation guidelines found in Resources and the narrated lecture Do I need to Cite That? in Module 3.
Consider making use of the Drexel Writing Center. If you wish to use their services you must plan ahead and contact the center for an appointment. The Writing Center staff will work with you and give you suggestions for your paper; however, they are not an editing service. Be sure to allow yourself sufficient time to make the changes the Writing Center staff suggests prior to submitting the final paper in Module 4, Week 7. Information on the Writing Center can be found in the lab labeled RN-BSN Student Writing Resources/Writing Resources/Drexel Writing Center.
Grading Rubric Nursing Topic Descriptive Essay
Introduction of the Nursing Topic
Discussion of the first article
Discussion of the second article
Discussion of the third article
What new things did you learn about the Nursing Topic from reading these articles?
How do these articles connect to each other?
Use of headings for the five sections of the paper (No heading for Introduction)
Correct grammar, sentence structure and spelling
Correct use of APA format
Total 100 Points