effective communication

In their professional practice, nurses need to communicate in many different ways. By the time you start this essay you will have learnt about how they might effectively do this as professional practitioners. This essay provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your growing understanding of what it means to communicate effectively as a nurse. It also allows you to demonstrate your capacity to think critically about issues (i.e. to give consideration to context and / or other perspectives), organise ideas logically, and to write them down in a scholarly way. It is important, therefore, to develop your work beyond being descriptive.
Present an essay (1200 words) that gives your response to the following question:
According to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse (2006), nurses are required to “communicate effectively with individuals/groups to facilitate provision of care” (p. 7).
To prepare and write this essay effectively, you should ensure that it is:
 Well researched – you must refer to AT LEAST five (5) relevant, reliable and current sources to support your ideas. These sources may be accessed from any or all of the following: course readings, relevant electronic databases such as CINAHL and MEDLINE, and / or library shelves.
 Logically structured – you should organise your response following the conventional essay format that comprises an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
In the introductory paragraph (about 10%), introduce which aspect you will discuss, and present your thesis statement which clarifies your position on the topic and outlines the main points that support this claim.
In the body paragraphs, you should not only relate to and develop your position on the topic, but you should also support your ideas with evidence (e.g. references to authorities in the field, explanations and / or examples from your own experiences or observations). You should also ensure that your paragraphs are logically sequenced (as per outline), that they show clear paragraph structure – main idea is introduced in the topic sentence, then explained and elaborated on in supporting sentences, and that they establish clear links between ideas both within and between paragraphs.
In the concluding paragraph (about 10%), restate your thesis, summarise the main points that support this, and conclude with a final statement on the topic.


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