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Scholarly Writing in Nursing

This guide assists students and faculty in Nursing

While there are always exceptions, primarily your paper will be organized as follows:

First paragraph:

Statement of the problem. What is the subject of your research, who is impacted by the topic and to what extent?  You may want to include a shocking statistic or the impact of the topic on society. If necessary, background information will allow the reader to understand the topic more thoroughly.The last sentence should introduce a particular problem that can be addressed with nursing interventions. (Don't give all of the details as to how it can be address--that is what the conclusion is for. This is just to give the reader an idea about where the paper will go.)

Body paragraphs:

How did the researchers try to solve the problem?

Evidence based research will present the details of original research. How did the researchers try to solve the problem presented in the last sentence of the introduction? What were the researchers looking for? How did they conduct the research? What did they find?

Try to put as much as possible in your own words. (Your professors want to know that you can read something and understand it enough to explain it to someone else.) You still need to cite this!  Even when you paraphrase and summarize, you are quoting someone else's thoughts, ideas, research and concepts, not your own. 

Conclusion paragraph:

How can nurses solve the problem? Based on all of the research, how can nurses solve the problem presented in the last sentence of the introduction? What should nurses DO based on the research? Keep your implications for nursing practice specific to the actual information discussed in the articles you cited.

Do not restate the information presented in the paper. This is the section where you show that you know how to apply the information you learned in your research.