The purpose of this discussion paper is to enable transition students to acquire insight

| March 29, 2017

Assessment 5: Professional Nursing Issue Discussion Paper

Length: 1200 words

Weighting: 50%

Due Date: Week 15, Saturday 3rd November 1700hrs

Overview

The purpose of this discussion paper is to enable transition students to acquire insight into the
contemporary issues in nursing at a national and international level and to demonstrate effective
consolidation of nursing theory and practice, in preparation for transition into the professional nursing
workforce.

Details

Students are required to identify and critically analyseonecontemporary nursing issue impacting on the profession as highlighted in the current nursing literature. The discussion should also include the impact the identified issue has on healthcare in an Australian and/or global context.

The essay must be supported by at least 5 peer reviewed journal articles relevant to the identifiednursing issue.

The essay must be submitted through Turnitin as per School policy (refer to Submission

Requirements section of this Learning Guide). A hard copy of your essay will then be submitted intoyour tutor’s designated assessment box on your home campus, along with a copy of thecompleteTurnitin Report and marking criteria.

Resources

i. Annotated examples will be available on the vUWS site.

ii. There are a number of textbooks available through the UWS Library that will assist you to

identify a nursing issue. However, please ensure that your critical analysis of your identified issue is contextualised to a global and/or Australian perspective. That is, your discussion should not focus on another country.

Marking criteria and standards (over page)

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CRITERIA

The introduction
clearly states the

MARK

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Assessment Item 5: Professional Nursing Issue Discussion Paper
Marking Criteria and Standards Guide

HIGHDISTINCTION DISTINCTION CREDIT PASS

5-4 3.5 3 2.5

Introduction is clear and Introduction is clear Introduction is clear Introduction is
well constructed, providing and well constructed, and well present, but the

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FAIL
<2.5

Introduction is not clear or well

professional nursing issue and provides an outline of the

essay’s main points

CRITERIA

Contemporary
nursing issue
identified and

critically analysed, including its impact on healthcare in an Australian and/or global context

5

MARK

20

a clear thesis statement
which clearly states the
significance of the nursing
issue, and a sequential

outline of the main points to be discussed.

HIGHDISTINCTION

20-17.5

Excellent evidence of
identification and critical
analysis of appropriate

contemporary nursing issue and its impact on

healthcare in an Australian and/or global context.

providing a clear

thesis statement which identifies the

significance of the
nursing issue, and
identifies the main

points to be discussed.

DISTINCTION

17-15

Very good evidence of identification and

analysis of appropriate contemporary nursing issue and its impact on healthcare in an

Australian or global context.

constructed,

providing a thesis statement which states the

significance of the nursing issue, and identifies the main points to be

discussed.

CREDIT

14.5-13

Good evidence of identification and analysis of a

contemporary

nursing issue and its impact on

healthcare in an
Australian and/or
global context..

construction, thesis statement and/or outline of main

ideas may need editing.

PASS

12.5-10

Adequate

identification of a contemporary

nursing issue and its impact on

healthcare, but the discussion is largely descriptive.

constructed. The
thesis statement is
not clearly stated
and the significance
of the nursing issue
is not clearly

defined. The main
points of the essay
are not identified.

FAIL
<10

Inadequate

identification of a
contemporary
nursing issue.
Discussion is

descriptive and does not consider the impact on

healthcare.

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CRITERIA

Adequate and appropriate synthesis

supported by at least 5 peer-

reviewed academic
journal articles to
support discussion
of the identified

nursing issue

CRITERIA

Scholarship demonstrated through

appropriate

academic writing style and

referencing

CRITERIA

Conclusion

MARK

15

MARK

5

MARK 5

5

HIGHDISTINCTION

15-13

Exceptional
synthesis of

current, key, peer
reviewed academic
literature to support
cogent, focused,
structured,

discussion of topic.

HIGHDISTINCTION

5-4

Exceptional writing style and

referencing.

HIGHDISTINCTION

5-4

Exceptional, clear, concise conclusion, excellently drawing on significant

points in the

discussion paper and drawing these together in an

outstanding manner.

DISTINCTION

12.5-11.5

Very good synthesis
of current, key, peer
reviewed academic
literature to support
cogent, focused,

structured, discussion of topic.

DISTINCTION

3.5

Very good writing
style and referencing.

DISTINCTION

3.5

Very good, clear, concise conclusion, succinctly and

meaningfully drawing
on significant points in
the discussion paper
and drawing these

together in a very good manner.

CREDIT

11-10

Good integration of
current, key, peer
reviewed academic
literature to support
reasonable

discussion of topic.

CREDIT

3

Good writing style
and referencing, but
with minor errors.

CREDIT

3

Good conclusion that reviews/

summarises the preceding

arguments and
significant points in the discussion

paper and draws these together in a good manner.

PASS

9.5-7.5

Adequate use of a
limited range of
current, relevant
peer reviewed

academic literature,
or over reliance on
secondary sources,
to support

adequate

discussion of topic.

PASS

2.5

Adequate style with some errors but

they do not impede
meaning. Mostly
follows referencing
protocols.

PASS

2.5

Adequate

conclusion with
some

review/summary of preceding

arguments and
significant points in the discussion

paper.

FAIL

< 7.5

Inadequate/inappropriate range, quality and

currency of literature to support discussion.

FAIL
<2.5

Inadequate writing style
with errors that impede
meaning. Referencing
does not comply with
protocols.

FAIL
<2.5

Problematic conclusion that fails to

review/summarise preceding arguments and issues in the

discussion paper.

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