1. Collect all your information about the assignment
2. Analyse and prepare
3. Read for Information
4. Start writing
See HNB1205 Foundations in Nursing 2 on VU Collaborate for information about essay requirements.
Once you have reviewed your Essay topic and done some preliminary reading you are ready to break down the topic into areas for research.The next step is to identify keywords, which can be selected from both the topic and your readings. Brainstorm synonyms or alternative terms that are relevant to your topic.
Keywords can be single words or phrases. You will need to use different combinations of keywords in a number of different searches to ensure you cover all aspects of the topic.
Below are example keywords that could be used to retrieve journal articles from a library database, such as CINAHL. The topic under investigation is medication errors, causes, effect on patients and the nurse’s role in prevention.
Keyword and sample search examples
medication errors OR “adverse drug event”
medication errors AND risk factors
medication errors AND ( aetiology OR etiology OR causes)
(medication errors OR "adverse drug event") AND prevention
medication errors AND nursing role
medication errors AND (nursing role OR nursing practice)