CNA149 Professional And Discipline Studies In Nursing 2


Essay or Digital Narrative

This assignment requires you to develop and extend your skills in sourcing scholarly information to answer a question on a specific topic. You may submit your assignment as either a traditional essay or a recorded PowerPoint presentation. Whichever you choose.

Assignment topics

There are eight National Safety & Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in 2017. Choose three (3) of these Standards and discuss how they relate to nursing. Your discussion should explain why it is essential that nurses are aware of the quality and safety frameworks that govern nursing practice.

Essay option: How to structure an essay

To write a correctly structured essay, your paper needs three sections: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. For your assignment, these sections might look like this.

1. The introduction

The introductory paragraph to your essay should set out the topic of the paper and how you are planning to address it. This sets the context for the rest of the essay, so the reader knows what to expect, and it should clearly address the assignment requirements. For an assignment of 1500 words, four or five sentences should be sufficient, In academic writing you should use the third person. Introductions do not usually contain references; if you are using a definition (and therefore a reference), this should be included in the first paragraph of the body of your paper rather than in the introduction.

For example: “This essay will explore some of the characteristics that a professional nurse should exhibit and the professional behaviour that is appropriate to the role, in order to fulfil the responsibilities of our social contract with society. I will be concentrating on the characteristics of XXX and YYY, and describing how they can be demonstrated by a professional nurse.”

2. The body

This is where you discuss the topic in detail. It should consist of a number of paragraphs, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of the discussion. The first sentence of each paragraph (known as the topic sentence) should explain the context of that paragraph, and the rest of the paragraph will expand on this. (Please note a single sentence is NOT a paragraph – you need to expand on the idea in the sentence, or merge it with the previous or following paragraph.) It is a good idea to plan your paper around these topic sentences – use them to set out the structure of your discussion, then fill in the details. Ideas should flow from one paragraph to the next, with clear links between ideas so the flow is logical and the reader can follow your argument.

Ideas and opinions should be supported by references as they are expressed (ie don’t leave the references to the end of the paragraph, use them at the end of sentences in which the idea is used). Remember to use references whenever you use somebody else’s ideas, and to support your own ideas to produce a stronger argument.

3. The conclusion

A conclusion is not a summary of what you have done step-by-step through your essay (eg ‘I started by defining the concept, then I discussed it using references to support my argument, and now I’m concluding’). Instead, the conclusion draws together the threads of your discussion and demonstrates to your reader that you have addressed the topic you outlined in the introduction, and shows how you have proven your argument/supported your viewpoint. Again, in a paper of this length it will be quite short. (You don’t need to start it with ‘In conclusion’, as the fact that it is at the end of the essay will let your reader know that.) This is also another good opportunity to use the first person, to finish the paper strongly in your own voice. For example: “I have shown how XXX and YYY are essential characteristics for a nurse, as they allow the nurse to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently by [behaviour]. By behaving in this manner, nurses display professionalism and gain the trust and confidence of their patients and from society.”

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