Write!

A Guide for Graduate Nursing Students and Professionals

Joyce E. Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN, Conway School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
Kevin M. Rulo, Ph.D., Department of English, University Writing Center, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA

978-1-60595-510-0, December 2020, 254 pages, 6×9, softcover book

  • Provides the skills and knowledge necessary for nurses in PhD, DNP and MSN programs, and nursing professionals to convey written content persuasively
  • Focuses on immediately improving writing skills and provides strategies to overcome writer’s block
  • Refreshes knowledge of basic writing mechanics and engages readers through practice exercises
  • Includes practical and easy-to-follow tools for presenting complex content with clarity and technical accuracy
  • Includes many writing examples to illustrate key points
  • Covers major genres of the field including graduate-level class assignments, the DNP project, PhD dissertations, and Master’s Capstone projects
  • Addresses the grammar issues that most frequently derail written narratives
  • Promotes effective written communication as engaged nursing professionals regardless of venue
  • Bolsters confidence in writing course assignments and in developing professional publications

This concise and approachable guide provides the skills and knowledge necessary for nurses enrolled in PhD, DNP and MSN programs, as well as for nursing professionals, to convey written content with clarity and technical proficiency. Readers receive guidance and support to develop and complete high-quality written course assignments, major course papers, DNP projects, PhD dissertations, and Masters’ Capstone projects. Chapter content addresses core writing content as well as specific tools for mastering grammar and enhancing writing skills quickly. The guide is ideal for all nurses enrolled in graduate nursing programs and working on course assignments, projects, and presentations. Likewise, nurse leaders and all nursing professionals will benefit from this easy-to-use handbook designed to refresh writing skills and elevate writing proficiency.

From the Preface

We wrote this handbook for nurses who are considering or are enrolled in graduate degree programs, as well as those interested in successfully publishing or developing effective narratives for communication in professional environments. This book – a collaborative professional endeavor – is unique because it is customized for nursing graduate students and professionals. The content will help nurse writers create clear, concise, and accurate manuscripts and articles that meet exacting professional standards. More importantly, this handbook will enable writers to develop written manuscripts that readers enjoy reading!

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

SECTION I

Chapter 1. Why Good Writing Matters in Nursing Today

  • Introduction
  • Professional Nursing Today
  • Nursing Faculty Voice Concerns
  • Growth in University Writing Centers
  • Core Writing Concepts
  • References

Chapter 2. Acquiring and Enhancing Writing Skill Sets

  • Introduction
  • A Failed Educational System
  • University Writing Centers
  • Nursing School Program(s) Accreditation Requirements
  • Writing Considerations
  • References

SECTION II

Chapter 3. A Rhetoric for Nursing Writers

  • Introduction
  • Reader (Audience)
  • Purpose
  • Subject/Message
  • Literature Reviews
  • Dissertations
  • Seminar Papers
  • Journal Articles
  • Reflections and Narrative Writings
  • Writer (Author)
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 4. Academic Writing at the Apex: The Masters Capstone Project Paper, The DNP EBP Project Scholarly Paper, and the PhD Dissertation

  • Introduction
  • The Capstone Project Paper
  • The DNP EBP Project Scholarly Paper
  • The PhD Dissertation
  • Commonalities
  • Example A
  • Example B
  • Example C
  • Example D
  • Example E
  • Example F
  • Example G
  • Example H
  • Example I
  • Example J
  • Example K
  • Example L
  • References

SECTION III

Chapter 5. The Messy Writing Process

  • Introduction
  • The Stages of Writing
  • Creating an Outline
  • Developing the Narrative
  • Writing the Introduction
  • Using Sources for Evidence
  • Logical Flow
  • Writing the Conclusion
  • Revise, Revise, Revise
  • Writing to “Impress” vs. “Express”
  • Editing: The “4th” Stage of the Writing Process
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 6. Writing a Lot

  • Writers Block
  • The Importance of Planning: A Cautionary Excursion
  • A Formula for Writing Productivity
  • Time
  • Place and Ritual
  • Goals
  • Onus
  • Know Thyself
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 7. Organizing and Developing the Manuscript

  • Introduction
  • Spinning or Finding the Angle for the “Story”
  • Framing the Manuscript
  • Structuring or Organizing the Manuscript
  • Developing the Manuscript
  • Writing Abstracts
  • A Word about Beginnings and Endings
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 8. The Tools and Rules of Writing

  • Introduction
  • Active vs. Passive Voice
  • Parallel Construction
  • Restrictive vs. Non-restrictive Clauses
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Who vs. Whom
  • Modifiers
  • Transitions
  • Scrubbing
  • Practice Exercises
  • Answers to Practice Exercises
  • References

SECTION IV

Chapter 9. Techniques to Immediately Improve Writing Rigor

  • Introduction
  • Passive vs. Active Voice
  • Eliminate Use of “Be” Verbs
  • How to Eliminate Using “Be” Verbs
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 10. Word Choice: A Strategic Imperative

  • Introduction
  • Accurate Word Selection
  • Learning New Words
  • Diction and Syntax
  • Using Too Many Words When Few Will Do
  • Avoiding Clichés
  • Overuse of “Big” Words
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

SECTION V

Chapter 11. Assuring New Nursing Knowledge Dissemination

  • A Writing Proficiency Crisis
  • The Effectiveness of Writing Interventions
  • Understanding Writing Problems
  • The Importance of Graduate Student Engagement
  • Successful Writing Interventions
  • Writing for Publication: Improving Submission Acceptance
  • Committing to Dissemination of Professional Knowledge
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Chapter 12. The Importance of Collaboration

  • Introduction
  • Writing as a Group
  • Leadership Matters
  • Selecting a Publication
  • Ethical Concerns
  • Working with Journal Editors
  • Working with Librarians
  • Working with Independent Writing Experts
  • Editing with Peers
  • Practice Exercises
  • References

Index

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