Graduate Nursing Student Success Modules




Phillips, Angela
Smoot, Teresa
Neely, Shaina
Rausch, Mary
Klaehn, Daniel
Mueggenborg, Lacy
Dowd, Whitney

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Graduate Nursing Student Success Modules Abstract Writing is hard for every student. Strong academic writing is essential for graduate students. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate student writing is expected to stretch and grow critical thinking skills and therefore contribute productively to their area of interest within nursing. Faculty have expectations for students in writing as they enter into graduate programs. Effective instruction from faculty directly impacts student success; thus it is essential for faculty to lead students to develop their writing ability. At West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), in the Graduate nursing programs, faculty noticed that students do indeed struggle with writing. Analysis of the topics students most struggle with include paraphrasing, quotes, APA citations, and plagiarism. Students also lacked the skills necessary to utilize scholarly resources. In 2021, Graduate nursing faculty began working with library staff to formulate specific writing resources for students. An information guide began to be offered to students in the fall semester of 2021. Students can access writing modules directly through a library link. Beginning fall semester of 2022, MSN students recently admitted were required to complete modules before beginning graduate courses. The goal of this poster is to report ongoing use of writing modules within Graduate nursing at WTAMU.


Writing has been found to be an issue for graduate nursing students however, strong academic writing is essential and faculty have expectations for graduate writing skills. Effective instruction from faculty impacts student success. Faculty found the topics students struggle with most include paraphrasing, quotes, APA citations, and plagiarism. Data collection methodology is descriptive statistics regarding module completion.


2024 Faculty and Student Research Poster Session and Research Fair, West Texas A&M University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Poster, Academic writing, Graduate students, Nursing