Philosophy of Nursing APA Assignment

Philosophy of Nursing APA Assignment

Philosophy of Nursing APA Assignment


Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology NUR111 Guidelines for Philosophy of Nursing APA Paper Assignment: The writing of a personal philosophy is a product in process and will likely change along your professional career. In writing a philosophy paper, remember there are virtually no right or wrong answers; it is a written version of your values and views of the world. A personal philosophy is always written through a personal lens even though it may refer to the ideas of published authors in making clear your views. Refer to yourself as “I” rather than “the writer”. A philosophy of nursing should include your perspectives on nurses, nursing, health and illness, health care recipients, policy making, community issues, and other topics, which you feel define your practice as a nurse.

*Draft: Submit draft 2 weeks prior to due date. Review and revise as necessary. Submit final paper as per course schedule.

Format: This is an essay to be written in APA style based on course APA Minimum Expectations. Essays must be structurally intact with appropriate grammar, sentence and paragraph composition, spelling, punctuation, and logical, clear essay development (including introduction and conclusion). Begin the paper by introducing yourself to me, the reader, with such information as prelicensure background, years out of school, reasons for returning to school, current nursing practice specialty, and future plans. This journal is due as indicated on the course calendar. Paper length approximately 2-3 pages, excluding cover and reference pages. References are optional.

Content: Address the following topics as you begin to think about yourself as a nurse and about being a member of this profession. You may, of course, include additional topics you feel are important to your personal philosophy:

1. About you: Influential experiences, individuals, and/or values that influenced your thoughts and views about nursing. What led you to nursing? Include your “why” here. Type of learner: How do you LEARN/PROCESS INFORMATION the best?

a. Professional goals. Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?

b. Current social or political issues of most interest to you professionally

2. Meaning of “health” and “illness” to you.

3. Recipients of care: Do you feel it is a right or privilege?

4. Roles of professional nursing in health care, and roles that are not within nursing’s realm.

5. Ideal qualifications to be a professional nurse

6. Future of the profession

7. Provide an example how nursing’s past affects its present and future.

8. Other information you wish to include

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.