How to write a nursing column
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Nursing columns are a lot like writing fiction.
You want to keep it interesting, you want to write in a conversational style and you want the readers to be able to follow along.
But, there is a big difference.
Writing a nursing article requires a lot of thinking and a lot more practice.
I’ve been a nurse for 35 years, and in that time I’ve seen first-hand the need for professional writing.
I also have a background in journalism.
My job as a nurse editor has allowed me to write for a wide range of publications and magazines, from local newspapers to national publications, and from local to national.
But for the most part, I write for myself.
And I don’t write for the sake of writing.
If I could do it over again, I’d write about anything.
And so, as a writer, I’m here to share with you the secrets to writing a nursing-oriented column.
If you want a more hands-on approach, I’ve written a free sample nursing column, which you can download here.
So, what is a nursing writer supposed to do?
In my experience, it doesn’t get much simpler than writing a column.
There are two main ways to write an article: a) to share the story of the patient and the nurse, or b) to describe the experience of the nursing staff.
I don.t. know if this is what the nurse column should be about.
If it is, however, you should be aware that you’re not going to write your column like you write a novel.
You’re going to have to create a fictional world that you want readers to believe in.
And the more plausible the world, the more you need to create tension.
You’ll need to build a narrative arc that feels like it’s coming to a head, with a few twists and turns along the way.
You might even need to take a shot at a few different versions of the same event.
For example, in this case, I could use the example of a patient who needs a CT scan and the nursing team decides that it’s too expensive.
They have to go to a third-party lab, which, I assume, they won’t pay for, so they send the patient home.
But the nurse doesn’t have to pay for the CT scan, so the patient will just get the scan at home.
In this scenario, the patient’s story is not the nurse’s.
She could be a hospital employee, a pharmacist, or a social worker, or maybe she’s a nurse herself.
She’s in the middle of the story and, like any good narrator, needs to tell us what happened.
That’s when the story really begins.
A nursing column should also be very personal.
There’s no need to make it feel like a hospital story, as this will just make it more of a hospital experience.
A good nurse’s story should be something that resonates with the readers.
And a good nurse is someone who will listen to her patient and help her get to the best outcome.
So in the next few paragraphs, I’ll explain how to do this.
The first step is to define your story.
The goal is to write about a patient, nurse, doctor, or person.
Then you need some way of getting the reader to care about the patient.
So here’s what I mean by the goal: to create the impression that the patient, nurses, or people in the nursing profession care about each other.
This means not just the nurses who are involved, but also the people in management or administrative roles.
A nurse in the front office, for example, will want to make sure that her patients are cared for.
The nurses in the ER, on the other hand, will be happy to provide care if the patient needs it.
I’m not saying that you should have a nurse with a clipboard who can call the doctor’s office and have the patient brought to the ER.
But you should make sure the nurses are connected.
This is why you’ll want to put in a narrative element that you know will resonate with the reader.
That will include the nurse taking the patient to a different hospital, the nurse coming in, and the nurses saying things like, “Oh, this guy’s been waiting for you.”
You can also put in an element of surprise.
If the nurse at the front desk is really nice and welcoming and asks you to come in, you’ll feel good that you are doing something right.
But if she comes in and is rude, you might wonder what’s going on.
So put in some elements of surprise, too.
If she comes to the nurse station and starts yelling at the nurse and saying that she’s not a nurse and is doing it herself, you can think of this as a surprise to the patient or, in some cases, a hint that she might not want to see her doctor.
A second step is a narrative plot.
A narrative plot involves a story
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