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Tips for scholarly writing in nursing

Dexter P ...see all

Journal of Professional Nursing, vol. 16, issue 1 (2000) pp. 6-12 Published by W.B. Saunders

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Abstract

Professional nurses, and certainly those in academia and nursing service leadership positions, are experiencing an increasing need for writing skills. Among the most important skills required for scholarly writing are those relating to critical thinking. With this in mind, suggestions for scholarly writing in nursing are presented in this article, organized according to Paul's criteria for critical thinking: clarity, precision, specificity, accuracy, relevance, consistency, logicalness, depth, completeness, significance, fairness, and adequacy for purpose. Although becoming proficient in scholarly writing takes time and effort, the rewards in terms of career advancement, professional contributions, and personal satisfaction and enjoyment are considerable. Copyright © 2000 by W.B. Saunders Com-pany.

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  • Nursing
  • Professional writing
  • Scientific writing
  • Writing

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  • Phyllis Dexter

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