Wherever you are within the RN-to-BSN Program, you have come in contact with American Psychological Association (APA) format. As you recall, this is the citing and referencing system used when publishing in most peer-reviewed journals. Also, recall that peer-reviewed journals are those that are reviewed by experts in the field prior to publishing in said journal.
We have heard from many of you wondering why the RN-to-BSN Program requires and grades APA format in your writing assignments.
Your Capstone project in your final course prior to graduation will require APA format. When your Capstone is complete, you are about 70% along the way to having material suitable for publishing. Wouldnt that be a nice addition to your resume? If you pursue higher education, APA will be required as a part of that educational track as well. Finally, there is publishing as a part of your professional role. Thus far, you have explored several peer-reviewed journals. Have you noticed that many articles are written by practicing nurses?
Your assigned Discussion Forum is as follows.
Please consult your favorite professional journal and search for Author Guidelines. Attach the guidelines to the Discussion Forum along with your discussion content (we will set Moodle to accept 1 attachment). The Discussion Forum itself will include your comments on the following:
1. Why would a practicing nurse want to publish?
2. Comment on the guidelines youve attached to your discussion. Point out those things that
are familiar and those things that are not.
3. If you were writing an article today, do you currently have enough information to successfully follow the guidelines?
4. If you do not have enough information to successfully follow the guidelines, where might you locate the information?
Your personal opinion is warranted for item one (1) above. However, for the remaining items (2-4), you must show critical analysis of the topic and, in addition, all items must be supported by evidence from the scholarly literature. Your response must be typed (or copied and pasted) directly into the discussion thread. The word limit is no less than 200 or more than 300 words, with at least 2 peer-reviewed journals no older than 5 years. Please double space between paragraphs but do NOT use double spacing or indentions throughout. The only APA format should be for citation of sources in-text and the reference list. No file can be uploaded.