|In this assessment you will investigate how the three concepts of belongingness, resilience and emotional intelligence will assist you in three stages of transition to professional practice as a newly graduated registered nurse.|
For full assessment details, please review your course outline.
Begin by clarifying the assessment requirements. Read the assignment instructions and marking criteria supplied on your course site. The video below explains more about writing assignments at uni.
If you need to develop a research topic/question, visit the Formulate a Question tab on this guide to learn how.
You’ll need a broad understanding of your topic before searching. Brainstorm what you already know and what you need to investigate.
Searching for background information can build your understanding of your assignment. Find this through the Library Catalogue or the web (see step 6).
Select the plus symbols below to learn more about background information.
Make sure you read Duchscher & Windey's (2018) article and have a good understanding of their 'transition to practice' theory.
To search effectively it is important to prepare a search strategy.
Identify the key concepts (main ideas) in your assignment. Terminology used will vary, so be sure to consider alternative terms for each. These will be your search keywords.
Have a look at the topic below to see how to start preparing your search strategy
You can use quotation marks (“ “) to find an exact match, e.g. “healthcare professional”
Combine your terms to form your search strategy (you'll type this in the search box):
This list doesn't show every possible search term, just a few examples.
You can search for information using a range of tools, including the Library Catalogue and databases, Google Scholar, and internet search engines. Choose the sources that are best suited to your need.
Select the plus symbols below to learn more.
This is the default option when searching in the Library Catalogue.
1. Add in one keyword for each concept, combining them with AND.
Note: Searching for more general terms will find more results.
2. Select Search.
3. Swap your keywords with your alterative terms to see different results.
If you would like to do a more comprehensive search, use the Advanced search.
1. Put each concept on a new line
2. Add your alternative words, combining them with OR.
3. Select Search.
Use the filters on the left to limit and refine your results.
You could try limiting to:
Full text online
Publication date range
Searching in Medline is different to searching in the Library Catalogue.
1. Type your first concept and alternative words into the search box.
2. Untick the box labeled Map to Subject Heading.
3. Select Search.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your next concepts.
5. Tick the boxes next to each of your concept lines.
6. Select Combine with AND.
7. Scroll down to see your results.
You can do a basic or advanced search, just like in the Library Catalogue.
1. Type all your keywords for your first concept into the search box.
2. Select the plus symbol to the right to add a line for your next concept.
3. Add all your keywords for your second concept into the search bar.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have used all your concepts.
5. Select Search.
More useful databases:
You can search Google Scholar in the same way as a Catalogue basic search.
You can use Google to search for information from professional bodies, governments, and non-government organisations. This might include reports, clinical guidelines, professional standards, codes of conduct, and more.
Google has a number of useful search features that can make your searching more efficient:
To find relevant websites that are recommended for your area of study, have a look at the Find evidence: government and organisation information tab in this guide.
The following websites may contain useful information for your assessment:
If you are looking for information on the internet, it's worth downloading LibKey Nomad. It's a browser extension for Chrome that will look for full text PDFs of journal articles from websites outside of the Library Catalogue. This is helpful when looking on pages such as Wikipedia, because you can easily access and read the articles from the reference list. Instructions to download LibKey Nomad are available here.
You should critically evaluate all resources found to determine their appropriateness for your assignment. The video below explains more.
View the Student Engagement Unit's Study Help website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.