Welcome WRIT 324 and NRSB 105. This guide is designed specifically for you, and for other nursing students who would like to learn to become good writers.
These pages offer an array of resources you will need in an easy point-and-click listing of sources. It will include databases of books and journal citations in full-text on virtually any topic of interest to you--clinical issues, political issues, educational issues, etc. Also included are writing tools that will make your writing experience easy and enjoyable, including tutorials for the mastery of these tools. Website links are distributed in several places, but the majority are listed within the WEBSITE tab. These are hand-selected websites you will find useful for generating ideas, finding help and ready assistance, including tips for successful writing. Writing blogs allow for sharing of writing experiences and positive feedback that fine-tunes your writing skills.
Why a writing course in nursing? If you hated writing essays in high school or college and think you made an escape by going into nursing where you would work only with your heart and hands; think again. The ability to write well is an essential skill to succeed in almost any field, including nursing. Nurses write documentations, clinical notes and journals about their patients, careplans, interviews, etc. Besides writing as part of nursing practice, contributing to the knowledgebase in your discipline or communicating to advocate for better health care, or for better funding, and more...are all good reasons to learn to write well.
Barbara Hafer, Pennsylvania treasurer, has this to say about writing as one of the tools in nursing. "While writing is as indispsensable a tool to the professional nurse as the stethoscope, thermometer or BP cuff, it is more powerful because of its ability to bring about change..."
NSRB 105. Writing for nurses
Edna Loveless, PhD
School of Nursing
Nelia Caan, MLS, AHIP
Del E. Webb Memorial Library
WRIT 324. Writing for Nursing
Robert Boehm, PhD.