Liberal Arts & Nursing Paper Guidelines – Course Objective 1
Introduction: The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to apply theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience as it relates to the care of diverse populations in the science of nursing. In order to so this I would like you to select a movie, an art piece, or a piece of literature and write about how you believe this applies to nursing. How does the knowledge or experience you gained shed light on the nursing profession and what it means to be a nurse.
This assignment is also designed to develop your ability to write and express your thinking in a critical manner. To accomplish this assignment, please follow these guidelines. An evaluation rubric is included. Use this as an additional guide to ensure that you have met all criteria.
Make your selection in the area of liberal arts. (this includes the disciplines of sociology, psychology, art, history, theology, literature, philosophy). For example; you may choose to watch the movie: And the Band Played On. This is a compelling drama about the AIDS epidemic. Another movie that is powerful is WIT. There is also the Art in Nursing exhibition in the Gato Gallery which reflects a photographers view of nursing. Regardless of the medium you select, reflect on how this relates to your chosen profession.
Write an outline to follow. Here are the general categories to help you organize your thoughts:
General introduction of the individual and the area of interest or particular accomplishment that you plan to discuss
The purpose of the paper, clearly state what you intent to accomplish through this paper
The body of the paper (middle) includes:
Major points you want to make about You reflection of the impact of this on your perception of nursing particularly new ideas related to your role as a nurse. Discuss how this experience may help you as a nurse care for diverse groups.
The conclusion: A summary of your main points
(one test to use as to whether you have written a good paper is the so what test…so what are you trying to communicate, so what is it about this topic that is important to a nurse…I want to learn something new and know that you did too).
Writing is an important skill. You cannot wait until the night before and write a solid paper. This is a short paper so it is critical that you organize your thinking in order to clearly make your point. You must read and digest what you have read. Then write a detailed outline. The next step is to write the first draft, leave it for a day or two and then go back and re-read it to make corrections. After doing so, you are on to your second draft. Repeat this process until you are pleased and proud of your work.
The Learning Center is available to help with grammar, spelling and the organization of you paper. It is always good to have someone read your paper as they can pick up errors which you might not see. You are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from the Learning Center.
You must use APA format. I strongly urge you to purchase the APA text since you will need it throughout the entire nursing program. However, if you do not have an APA text you can Google APA format and there are many websites that will be helpful to you.
Make sure that you include
A title page
A running head
Citations in the body of your paper to avoid plagiarism
A reference list, one of which should be your text.