Review the literature on your topic
What are the current thinking and practices around your topic?
How has this changed over time?
What are the implications of these changes?
What challenges do nursing staff face in implementing these changes?
How can nurses best support each other to overcome these challenges?
Consider ways to improve nursing practice in relation to your topic
What are the opportunities for change?
What are the potential barriers to change?
How can these barriers be overcome?
What are the implications of these changes for nursing staff and patients?
Evaluate the evidence on your topic
How strong is the evidence?
Develop a research question related to your topic.
Conduct a search of the literature to find articles that relate to your research question.
Critically appraise the articles you have found.
Synthesize the findings from the articles you have appraised.
Write your paper, using the synthesized findings to support your thesis.
When you are ready to start writing your paper, it is important to do your research. Read scholarly articles and books that relate to your topic, and talk to nurses in the field to get their perspectives. Be sure to use credible sources to support your claims. Your paper will be graded on content, organization, use of sources, and grammar/mechanics.
Once you have done your research, it is time to start outlining your paper. Make sure you have a clear thesis statement that you can support with arguments from your research. Your paper should be well-organized and free of grammatical errors.
After you have finished your outline, it is time to start writing your paper. Focus on making your argument clear and concise. Be sure to support your claims with evidence from your research. Your paper will be graded on content, organization, use of sources, and grammar/mechanics.
After you have finished writing your paper, it is important to edit and proofread it. Check for grammar and spelling errors. Make sure your paper is free of plagiarism. Use a citation checker to ensure that all of your sources are properly cited.