Nursing: NURS 3041: Becoming a Registered Nurse: Assignment 1

Assignment 1

In this assignment you need to write a 2000 word formal academic essay.
You should use a range of quality sources to support the argument that you are presenting in your essay. This workshop will get you started finding resources for your assignment.  

Please refer to the learnonline course site for assessment instructions.

Understand the task

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help planning your assignment and making sense of the assignment and instruction words;

Plan your search

Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for these concepts which, together with the concept term, become your searchable keywords.

Watch this video here to learn more about addressing a topic.

Example: Discuss how empathy contribute to enhancing person centred care in nursing

Concepts Keywords
Empathy Sympathy, Sympathies, Commiserate, Commiseration, Compassion, Compassionate
Nursing Nurse
Person centred care Person-centred care, Person centered care, Person centered care, Patient centred care, Patient-centred care, Patient centered care, Patient centered care

Combined search string

Empathy OR Sympathies OR Sympathy OR Commiserate OR Commiseration OR Compassion OR Compassionate


Nursing OR Nurse


Person centred care OR Person-centred care OR Person centered care OR Person centered care OR Patient centred care OR Patient-centred care OR Patient centered care OR Patient centered care

With truncation / phrases

Empathy OR Sympath* OR Commiserat* OR Compassion*




"Person centred care" OR "Person-centred care" OR "Person centered care" OR "Person centered care" OR "Patient centred care" OR "Patient-centred care" OR "Patient centered care" OR "Patient centered care"

More information about constructing a search strategy is available here.

Tip: In your assignment you are asked to discuss multiple concepts.
You might need to use individual search strings for each concept in order to locate relevant resources for each concept.

Find Journal Articles for your Assignment

Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output. For this assignment you need to conduct extensive research and locate relevant, credible resources to support your arguments within your assignment.

Use these databases to search for journal articles

Find Full Text of your Articles

Problems finding full text?

Find books and reports for your assignment

You need to use relevant, credible academic sources and non-academic sources (e.g. government reports) to support your ideas within your assignment.

Books can provide definitions, topic overviews, in-depth information on a topic and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.

You can use the Library Catalogue to search for books and reports.

Evaluate your References

Once you have identified potential articles, you need to start evaluating them to identify which articles are the most relevant and appropriate.

Write your Assignment

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.


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