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A Writing Intensive Introductory Course for RN to BSN Students

Tesh, Anita S. PhD, RN, CNE; Hyde, Yolanda M. PhD, RN, BC, OCN; Kautz, Donald D. PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000008
Departments: Teaching Strategies

This article describes learning strategies used with RN to BSN students in their 1st nursing course to successfully learn how to write formal papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) format. This 1st nursing course, a writing intensive, requires 4 short papers with self, peer, and teacher critiques and opportunities to rewrite. Students learn the style of professional nursing discourse, mastery of APA format, and development of additional skills in following directions and in critiquing their own work. An additional benefit is to enhance learning about professional nursing topics. By mastering writing skills in this initial course, students are able to successfully complete writing assignments in future courses and, in some cases, move on to publication.

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Author Affiliations: Professor and Associate Dean (Dr Tesh), Assistant Professor (Dr Hyde), and Associate Professor and Director of Hickory Outreach Program (Dr Kautz), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Kautz, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402 (

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