Overview 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 Communication between the nurse, the patient and other health professionals.

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. Details
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”
Explain why it is necessary for a nurse to communicate effectively in their professional practice.
Your explanation should take account of self-awareness and the effect of this on communication
in relation to the following aspects: Communication between the nurse, the patient and other health professionals
To prepare and write this essay effectively, you should ensure that it is:
– Well researched “ you must refer to AT LEAST eight (8) relevant, reliable and current from 2007t-, 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.

Accurately referenced “ you MUST:a) Acknowledge all the sources of information within the essay (in-text referencing) and in
a Reference List at the end of your essay.
b) Ensure you have created a reference list not a bibliography. A bibliography contains all
readings done in preparation for writing an essay. However, only material that is cited in
text in your assignment should appear in the final reference list. References must be
correctly and adequately given in the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.)
c) Use of non-academic literature is not acceptable. Further, it is not acceptable to copy
any information from other sources, including Websites or other electronic sources,
other students, books, journals, etc. and present it as your own work.
Appropriately expressed “ you should write clearly using a formal academic style, and ensure
grammatical accuracy.

Work must be typed, double-spaced, at least 12 font Arial with 3 cm margins All pages are to be sequentially numbered.


Introduction is clear, well constructed and provides a clear thesis statement which clearly outlines the main points of the essay.

The aspect of communication in nursing practice to be discussed is clearly and concisely stated.

Discusses the necessity of communication in nursing practice in relation to self awareness and its effect on communication in the context of the chosen topic (Communication between the nurse, the patient and other health professionals).

The discussion follows a logical sequence as per
the outline presented in the introduction with a
coherent and cohesive linking of ideas.
All paragraphs are appropriate and well structured with the main point being introduced in the topic sentence and elaborated on in supporting sentences.

All main points relate to and develop the thesis
statement using a clear progression of ideas.

Excellent evidence of critical thinking which
consistently gives consideration to the context of the situation and other perspectives.

Current, WITHIN FIVE (5)YEARS FROM 2007- relevant and reliable literature
consistently used to support the discussion.

Excellent summary of the essay s main points and
a clear restatement of the thesis position.

Concludes with a final comment which effectively brings together the discussion.

Evidence of a clear and well organised conclusion.

The writing style is concise and demonstrates use of a wide range of appropriate academic vocabulary, which describes ideas in a precise manner.
Grammar, spelling and punctuation is accurate.

Reference list has 8 or more references that are
current,from 2007-, reliable and
relevant to the topic.

Reference list contains a mix of references drawn
from the course readings and those identified from
the student s own database and library searches.

In-text referencing and the reference list are
consistently accurate and follow the APA style of


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