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Writing Skills for Nursing and Midwifery Students

Writing Skills for Nursing and Midwifery Students

December 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Nursing and midwifery students are required to communicate in writing in a variety of forms, for a variety of potential audiences including their colleagues, allied health professionals, administrators and, most importantly, their patients and the public.

Dena Bain Taylor is an experienced teacher of writing and critical skills across the range of allied health professions, and understands the types of writing nursing and midwifery students do and the writing issues they face. Her accessible, straightforward book – tailored specifically to the content and conventions of nursing and midwifery curricula – teaches students to write persuasively and correctly, both to support them in their courses and to prepare them for their professional careers.

The book:

  • Offers practical strategies for using language to achieve clear, persuasive writing
  • Provides clear explanations of underlying principles
  • Contains samples of good and improvable writing, leading the student step-by-step through the whole writing process
  • Focuses on the genres and styles of writing that nursing and midwifery students are typically asked for

With regular summaries, learning aids, checklists and a glossary of key terms, nursing and midwifery students at all levels will find this book easy to follow and handy to refer to for help with the writing they need to do throughout their course.

Essential Management and Study Skills
Essential Management and Study Skills
Critical Reading and the Iterative Writing Process
Becoming a Better Writer
Critical Argument
How to Use and Acknowledge Sources
What Is a Literature Review?
How to Review the Literature
An Introduction to Professional Writing
Successful Presentations
Reflective Writing
How to Write Course Papers: Samples of Student Writing

The book is well conceived with familiar guidance on study skills and the basics of sentence and paragraph structure.  It has a chapter on attribution of sources and avoidance of plagiarism, and there is a useful brief review of academic versus professionals writing for the press and for writing presentations.

Bob Price
Director, postgraduate awards in advancing healthcare practice, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University.
Cancer Nursing Practice

Good as a starting basis for new students to use throughout the course

Ms Sarah Jane Lewis-Tulett
Institute of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
November 24, 2016

Good basis for 1st year students

Mrs Rosie J Dawson
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
September 4, 2015

Easy to read. Useful guide to help improve your writing skills.

Mrs Suzanne Banford
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
October 22, 2015

A very helpful resource for those wanting to upgrade their academic writing skills

Mr Mark Gillespie
School of Nursing, University of the West of Scotland
May 14, 2015

An excellent hand sized book describing the essential requirements for academic writing for undergraduate healthcare students.

Mr Paul White
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
June 20, 2014

Useful to point students who are stuggling with their writing skills

Ms Sheila Baldwin
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
December 11, 2013

This is an excellent book for both nursing and midwifery students. It is comprehensive and covers a wide range of academic skills such as studying hints and tips, how to prepare a presentation avoid plagiarism in addition to writing skills for different types of assessment such as essays reports, narratives. It is easy to read and students can dip in and out of chapters according to their individual learning needs. The inclusion of samples of students work is particularly useful. I have recommended this as essential reading for my students.

Mrs Julie Foster
Faculty of Health, University of Cumbria
November 21, 2013

This text provides practical guidance on the essential skills required for academic literacy.

Whilst communication is an essential skill for all healthcare practitioners, the ability to write well confers huge advantages to those engaged in academic programmes of study.

The straightforward and clear approach make this text highly accessible as a useful learning resource.

Mrs Hazel Abbott
Health , Oxford Brookes University
November 13, 2013

I felt this was fairly basic for all the students to have on their reading list. However, for students that have been out of education for some time or found these skills more complex, I would advise they read this.

Mrs Jo Killingley
Nursing and Midwifery, Middlesex University
October 23, 2013