Category Archives: Professional writing

Five Tips for Writing Your Nursing School Application Essay

This month my post theme has focused on issues surrounding advancing your nursing career. Getting an advanced nursing degree has its challenges and writing the nursing school application essay is probably one of those areas with which people struggle. As someone who has read many application essays, in this post, I’ll give

How to Write a Literature Review

At some point in your graduate nursing program, you will most likely have to write a literature review about an assigned topic or a self-selected topic (e.g., your thesis, dissertation, or capstone project topic). Undergraduate students don’t typically have to write a full-blown literature review; however, the tips in this post

How to Write an Annotation and Annotated Bibliography or Reference List

At some point in time, your faculty may ask you to write an annotated bibliography or an annotated reference list.  This may happen in your undergraduate program, but it is more likely to be a requirement in your graduate program.   This post will define terms, outline the difference between

How to Use a Theory to Frame Your Research Study

This post will explain how to use a theory to frame a research study.  General recommendations that can be used for any research will be shared.  Theories, Frameworks, and Models – Oh My! Frameworks to guide research can be based on philosophies, theories, or conceptual models. Every research study has

5 Tips on Writing a Theory Paper

Several readers have asked me about providing a step-by-step on writing a theory paper. As every instructor has different criteria, that is a hard thing to do! But I think I can give some guidelines that I would give my students, that may be helpful for your theory paper assignments.

Tips for Getting the Most out of the APA Publication Manual

In my nursing programs, all formal papers had to be written using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guidelines.  So I learned APA style, as required. I really learned it.  Other than revisions for a new edition, once I learned APA, I didn’t have to learn it again — I