Implementing a writing course in an online RN-BSN program

Carol J. Stevens, Barbara D'Angelo, Nathalie Rennell, Diann Muzyka, Virginia Pannabecker, Barry Maid

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Scholarly writing is an essential skill for nurses to communicate new research and evidence. Written communication directly relates to patient safety and quality of care. However, few online RN-BSN programs integrate writing instruction into their curricula. Nurses traditionally learn how to write from instructor feedback and often not until midway into their baccalaureate education. Innovative strategies are needed to help nurses apply critical thinking skills to writing. The authors discuss a collaborative project between nursing faculty and technical communication faculty to develop and implement a writing course that is 1 of the 1st courses the students take in the online RN-BSN program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalNurse educator
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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