Professional communication for nurses

Professional communication for nurses


Word Limit: 1,500 wordsWeighting: 40%

Due Date: 24 May 2018 11:00am


The purpose of this written assignment is to enable you to demonstrate understanding of issues involved in professional communication for nurses.

You are required to build on the topic focussed on in the Annotated Bibliography assignment and provide a wider critique of the issues involved in a relevant topic related to professional communication for nurses.


For this assignment you must write an essay that focusses on professional communication for nurses.

You should provide a critique related to the subject, including discussing strengths, limitations, criticisms of the concepts chosen and their application to nursing practice.

You should provide an introductory paragraph about the aims and structure of the critique followed by the main body of the discussion and finalising with a conclusion and recommendations paragraph identifying the implications for nursing practice.


  1. Select a subject related to professional communication for nurses, search for relevant source material to use as support and produce a written discussion and critique of the concepts involved, highlighting the implications for nursing practice in context.
  • Ensure the presentation and structure of the critique has a logical flow of arguments and conforms to the word count (excluding your reference list).
  • Use academic language[1] throughout and use the third person unless otherwise instructed.
  • Ensure that you use scholarly literature[2] (digitised readings, research articles, relevant Government reports and text books) that has been published within the last 5-10 years.
  • Your essay should be supported by no fewer than 10 different sources from scholarly literature, conform to APA 6th edition style and references are to be presented on a separate page.

Additional information:

  • Always refer to the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide
  • Word limits for assessment items need to be strictly adhered to. The word limit for an assessment item includes in text citations, tables and quotations. The word limit DOES NOT include the reference list. Please note the marker will cease marking your submitted work once they have reached the allocated word limit.
  • Refer to the marking criteria when completing your assignment. This will assist you in calculating the weightings of the sections for this assignment.
  • Submit your assignment to the final submission point of the annotated bibliography assessment in Turnitin as per the instructions on you

Marking Guidelines

 All components to the Essay are included:
A high level response will provide: 

o    An introduction to the topic (1)

o    A main body including discussion of main aspects related to the topic (1)

o    A range of appropriate references (min 10) used to support the discussion (1)

o    Conclusions/Recommendations for practice (1)

o    A separate page for reference list (1)

Comprehension and evaluation
A high level response will provide:o      Accurate detailed discussion of key aspects related to the topic (5)

o      Evidence of understanding of the topic related to information drawn from the literature discussed. (5)

o      Some discussion of strengths highlighted from the literature (5)

o      Some discussion of limitations highlighted from the literature (5)

o      Evidence of application of the main conclusions to nursing practice (5)

Presentation, Structure and Referencing
A high level response will provide: 

o       Referencing as per APA Style 6th Edition (2)


o       Essay is well presented, with correct spelling, grammar, sentence construction and paragraph structure (4)

o       All components of the Essay are included:  Introduction, Critique, conclusion/recommendations (2)


Total Marks[weighted at 40%]  Total/40


[1] Everyday language is predominantly subjective. It is mainly used to express opinions based on personal preference or belief rather than evidence. Written academic English is formal. It avoids colloquialisms and slang, which may be subject to local and social variations. Formal language is more precise and stable, and therefore more suitable for the expression of complex ideas and the development of reasoned argumentation.

[2] Scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields, as opposed to literature such as magazine articles, which reflect the tastes of the general public and are often meant as entertainment.

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