Writing Effective Papers

Clinicals are very important but writing a paper for Research, Leadership and other non clinical classes can make or break you in nursing school. Writing papers can also be frustrating if you are not a good writer or just don’t like writing papers. This will help you get the passing grade needed whether you like to write of not.

 

  • Review your instructor’s directions before finalizing the paper.
  • Make sure you use the correct manual for referencing (APA, AMA)
  • Organize your thoughts by writing an outline before sitting in front of the computer to start typing

 

Papers mainly consist of paragraphs with a topic that has elaborative points. There should be at least 1 ½ - 2 double-spaced paragraphs per page. Always write a final paragraph that summarizes the paper instead of just ending it after answering the last question of the assignment. Read the rough draft aloud or even better, have someone else read it and then revise it.

 

Common grammar errors:

  • Noun/Pronoun agreement must both be singular or both plural.

Correct: When a nurse teaches patients, that nurse must assess learning needs first

Correct: When a nurse teaches patients, she must assess learning needs first

 

Incorrect: When a nurse teaches patients, they must assess learning needs first

Correct: When nurses teach patients, they must assess learning needs first

 

  • Use of 2nd person voice is informal in academic writing.

Correct: One cannot avoid the topic of community health

Correct: No one can avoid the topic of community health

Incorrect: You cannot avoid the topic of community health

 

Here is a list of more common errors

Correct: Each pronoun should agree with its antecedent

Incorrect: Each pronoun should agree with their antecedent

 

Correct: Between you and I, case is important

Incorrect: Between you and me, case is important

 

Correct: Verbs have to agree with their subject

Incorrect: Verbs has to agree with their subject

 

Correct: Do not be a person who is always late

Incorrect: Do not be a person whom is always late

 

Correct: Do not write run-on sentences. You must punctuate them

Incorrect: Do not write run-on sentences you got to punctuate them

 

Correct: It’s important to use apostrophes in the right place

Incorrect: Its important to use apostrophe’s in the right place

 

Correct: Be careful never to split infinitives

Incorrect: Be careful to never split infinitives

 

Correct: Never use a preposition to end a sentence. The instructor will not put up with that practice.

Incorrect: Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. That is a practice up with which your instructor will not put

 

Correct: Parallel structure will help you write more effective sentences and express yourself more gracefully

Correct: Parallel structure will help you to write more effective sentences and to express yourself more gracefully

Incorrect: Parallel structure will help you in writing more effective sentences and to express yourself more gracefully

 

Correct: Modern-day writers hyphenate compound adjectives, as when they refer to nineteenth-century History

Incorrect: Modern day writers hyphenate compound adjectives, as when they refer to nineteenth century History

 

 

Using computer spelling and grammar checks will not detect words that are spelled correctly but used inappropriately. Don’t make a homophonic error by spelling homophobic!

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