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By Mike Dinh
On 05, Dec 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Mike Dinh
Bridging the Gap: Breaking into Writing in the University
“Naturally, there are some students who transition from high school writing to university writing easier than others. Unfortunately though, a majority are frustrated and lose sleep from struggling to accomplish the new standard of writing. Touched in Virginia Crank’s journal, “there seems to be a clear consensus among writing teachers and researchers—in comments quantitative, qualitative, and purely anecdotal—that students entering college are not fully prepared to do the kinds of writing tasks required of them at college” (Crank, 2012, p2). The university is diverse and big. The student will have to adapt and acquire experience of several different writing styles to accommodate each different course taken. There is an obvious difference in practice between the nursing factual writing style versus the other majors’ writing. Sometimes this process of learning how to write can be lengthy. University professors should create forms of practice courses, work-shopping, and also interact with the student in class to better familiarize incoming freshman with the writing discourse of the institution.”
At this point of my writing career in Engl 150-21 I was able to easily identify an audience and write an arguable thesis. Writing had become easier, and I understood how to write according to the courses expectation.
Nursing Writing versus University Writing
“Previously stated, when entering the university it is hard for students to excel in the writing discourse. This trouble is because there is a discrepancy in all the different courses, majors, and professors. This is described by Jacob Brumfield, a nursing major student, “I think in a sense it makes each discourse unique” (personal communication, November 14, 2014). Examining the nursing major, its writing is an aggregation of data, objectivity, statistics, anatomical terms, and factual investigations. The nursing writing is scarce within the university, but in contrast to the rest of the writings in other majors, the writings in nursing forsakes extra “fluff”. It focuses on precision and comprehension of material to be applied to the practical field. Exemplified by a composite case study, “In doing so, the ANP considered many possible nursing diagnoses. With the low CD4 count and the need for prophylaxis treatment to prevent opportunistic infection, the ANP considered ineffective health maintenance” (Reyes, 2013, p2). The reason behind this writing style is to foster an environment that prioritizes the care of its patients by accurate analysis without personal opinion. These differences in contrast to the expectations of other majors’ writing that require; finding a claim, creating body paragraphs to support that claim, and concluding while repeating the claim, is the perfect illustration of why universities should construct programs and interact more with the student to break them into the various writing discourse in the university. Otherwise, it is only natural for students to struggle while adapting on their own to the higher expectations.”
Because this was still a research paper, I had to still understand the rules of citing and avoiding plagiarism. Also, I had to collect sources to support my claim. I had to incorporate a new type of sourcing. It was interviewing someone with professional experience on the topic.
Initiation Struggle into University Writing
“Specifically, the most common factors that inhibit adapting to the university writing are mistaken literary customs learned in high school and the disconnection with college professors. The distance with the instructor makes it more difficult to correct those high school writing habits to be implemented in academic writing. This situation is described in Jacob Brumfield’s interview, “All my instructors had given me a synopsis of their expectations at the beginning of the year, but after that it was you turn in one paper and had to base all my understanding of the writing in that class off the marks and comments of the first paper”(personal communication, November 14, 2014). Even with the popularity of dual-enrollment classes, it is natural that freshman will have less experience with university writing and along the way might have to contradict or unlearn their previous high school habits. Students struggle the most here, and it is a prime opportunity for the university’s professors to intervene and guide the student to development and comprehension of the discourse in the academic community.”
Gap in Experience
“Traditionally speaking, outside the classroom, students must seek for the professor’s assistance. However, sometimes that is hard when, inside the classroom, professors are reluctant to interact with the student. This scenario where the instructor does not communicate adequately, reoccurs countless times within the university. The detrimental effects of this “outsider relationship” involving the professor is explained by Lucille McCarthy, “This lack of interaction, limits knowledge of understanding the “true meaning” of the class and the continuous low grades further alienates the student from the instructor” (McCarthy, 1987, p253). Professors must put in the effort when setting up the classroom structure to expect their desired results. If a student can’t talk to a professor in class, the same can be expected outside the course. Explained in the article “Understanding the Gap between High School and College”, “best teachers try to find out as much as possible about their students, not in order to judge them but to help them learn more effectively” (Beil & Knight, 2007, p2). The first step professors can take to improve and facilitate the transition from high school to the university is to just interact and hold opinionated discussions, to reach out, provide constructive feedback, develop a relationship, guide the student, and play the role of an experienced professional.”
Crash Course for Writing in the University
“Second, professors should implement an optional practice course for their class to allow incoming writers to get a grasp of the standard for writing within that subject. Confirmed by Jacob Brumfield, “A definite tool for writing appropriately is the experience you accumulate” (personal communication, November 15, 2014). Basically, there is a “gap” in experience when entering the university. To bridge that “gap” and accelerate that gain of experience, professors should develop an opportunity to work-shop with different professors of different courses and identify what makes sense for each course writing. Similar to the Collegeboard website’s writing SAT practice exams, each professor would administer timed practice prompts and provide constructive feedback whilst grading the practice papers without actual impact on real grades. This gives authentic practice and prepares students for the specific course without the pressure of a bad grade. Also, it would improve communication between professor and student. If the instructor does not aid his/her own students’ success, no one will.”
We are all in this Together
“Third, professors should explicitly state the academic assistance the university already offers and have communicate with the students about the benefits of seeking that assistance. Sometimes, the struggle of students boils down to ignorance regarding facilities the university offers. As concluded by Qatar University, “Faculty across the curriculum need to be aware of the complexities of writing and the linguistic and rhetorical demands of their writing assignments to assist academic writing development in their course and assignment objectives, guidelines, and practices” (Pessoa & Miller & Kaufer, 2014, p24). Professors cannot expect incoming students to be perfect in a new environment. Students will struggle to learn the ropes and framework of each course and its literary expectations. Instead of prolonging this academic distress, professors should ease the transition into the literary discourse of their class because that’s what the students are enrolling for, to learn new things and grow academically.”
Even though I was already experienced in writing for this course, I admit I am still not a good writer. I still had to write and rewrite countless times. But because I understand I’m not a good writer, I can seek improvement. Besides These Engl 150-21 outcomes, I know I have still a lot to learn in my course to come.
By Mike Dinh
On 05, Dec 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Mike Dinh
The topic I chose for my “Investigating a Writing Rule” paper was plagiarism. It was a rule I knew about, but was never strongly familiar with. For this paper we had to actually research and accumulate knowledge about our topic to support our argument effectively. I thought it was perfect to fully understand the impact of plagiarism within my major. Which fulfilled the outcome:developing knowledge of conventions for different kinds of texts and demonstrate substantial control
of the conventions of Edited American English. I had to understand format guidelines in academic research writing and follow them.
“However, every person has their own definition of what counts as plagiarism or not. Plagiarism is the intellectual theft of another person’s work and an ethical breach in the Nursing Handbook which revolves around three evident rules. These rules are absolute when maintaining the professional expectations of nursing. When directly taking quotes from an author, the quote must be properly cited and within quotation marks. While paraphrasing and/or summarizing passages from the original text, it must always be re-examined to make sure it is written “in your own words.” Third, always remember to cite all sources used on a bibliography page in APA format. Violation of these rules are followed by immediate academic discipline that could easily lead to expulsion from the program permanently with the first offense. These strict rules not only exist to give credit where it’s rightfully due, but promote ethical and moral excellence required for nursing. These regulations are forsaken by students so easily because they are so strict.”
The outcome it achieved in this paper was engaging in academic inquiry using and evaluating a variety of sources, incorporating and documenting source material appropriately, and avoiding plagiarism. The style of writing a research paper was a new experience for me. Specifically, having to cite and format my paper into APA format.
“Without a doubt, plagiarizing displays incompetence and doesn’t show comprehension of the material which is detrimental towards someone aiming for a profession of high credibility. A specific example by the Nursing standard, “In extreme cases…constitutes a breach of the nurse’s professional code of conduct and may be referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2011). In such instances, the nurse is at risk of professional penalty, including removal from the nursing register,” (Price, 2014, p 2). The reason for these set ramifications, in regards to the medical field, is to restrict unqualified personnel from entering a environment where patients’ trusts and lives could be compromised. The harsh repercussions of plagiarism are to uphold the integrity of the nursing profession. Nursing professors are already familiar with this integrity and should pass the values down to rising students through understanding and assisting the students when needed.”
Here I demonstrate in-text citing in APA format. During this paper I also fulfill another outcome understanding and adapting to rhetorical and contextual differences in tasks involving reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In this specific writing I had to uptake a more formal style of writing and really illustrate the difference between speaking and actual writing. ex: no first person.
“Naturally, there are several causes for a nursing student to contemplate plagiarism. A common reason is that the nursing clinical are preset into everyone’s schedule to reserve entire days. As a result, nursing students must fulfill their remaining credits within the limited time left, often leading to an overly compact schedule. Another cause is the emphasis on achieving good grades and the weight they carry. For example the nursing major sets an ultimatum, “students that do not achieve a minimum score of a 90% on the Medication Calculation Exam must remediate and retake the exam, a second failure results in withdrawal from all nursing classes and is regarded as failure,” (Ulmer, 2014, p.27).”
“These factors and consequences takes form of a devil’s conscience for nursing students. With nursing student’s strenuous schedule and the fear of the possibility of being forced to change their major, nursing students fall into a mindset explained by the nursing standard, “There is a growing epidemic where students will be reluctant to inform an instructor about cognitive difficulties and when the situation gets too taxing, they fixate on just obtaining a passing grade,” (Price, 2014, p 4). All these factors are the exact reason why nursing professors should reach out and provide leniency when the situation calls for it because they have experienced that trepidation before. Everyone is human and sometimes life overwhelms people in different ways. An extension or advice in any way from professors could make or break a nursing student’s academic life.”
In synopsis this piece of writing demanded numerous skills and outcomes to convey my claim clearly. I had to learn about contextual differences, properly cite sources, and evaluate the credibility of those sources.
By Mike Dinh
On 01, Dec 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Mike Dinh
This paper was assigned in my Lsem class. The doctor’s aim was to have each student research a different nursing career and present it. This allowed a diverse description of job pathways for us freshmen to start thinking about what specialization/environment we’d like to work in. In this paper you’ll see basically a list a facts without extra “fluff” or a thesis.
The differences this paper exhibited from Engl 150-21 writing was that unlike Engl 150-21, this paper did not require a thesis or audience to persuade. It was just an aggregation of facts and averages. It’s only purpose was to inform, but some similarities were present. For example the paper still required research and citing source material. Also, for this paper, I still had to go through a writing process and critically think about what made sense for this paper.
A travel nurse is a profession created to alleviate the nursing demand. It is a nurse that is commissioned to temporarily fill staff openings for short term or long term contracts. Typically travel nurse jobs last between 13-26 weeks. Travel nurses enact the same care permanent facility staff do with various specializations as well like: ER, ICU, physical therapy etcetera. The patients treated are generally the same any registered nurse would handle in a hospital. The requirements to be a travel nurse is at least: earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), a minimum of 18 months of experience in the medical field, and to pass the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The NCLEX must be passed for licensure, and if the nurse’s home state is a part of the NLC (Nursing Licensure Compact) they have a multistate licensure to work in other participating states as long as the home state license is in good standing. Where a travel nurse works is up to them, as implied in the name, they will travel and work where there is a necessity for nurses. Usually, a travel nurse will select an agency to serve as an intermediary for example: TravCorps, American Mobile, Medical Solutions etcetera. Most travel agencies will provide healthcare, housing, retirement, and travel reimbursement. Some positive aspects of this line of work is the flexibility to choose your work environment, generally higher pay that permanent staff 30-50$/hour, travel allowance/reimbursement, opportunity for free continuing education courses through the agency, health and dental coverages, and 401(k) plans for retirement. The cons and challenges of travel nursing is finding a reputable company with a recruiter that has your success in mind. Also you must endure the process of packing and unpacking, but usually that’s why you chose the profession, to travel. In the end though it all boils down to the salary made because college debt isn’t going to pay itself. Regardless of location, a travel can expect to earn a salary of $75,000, estimated from a 48 hour work year for 40$ an hour.
By Mike Dinh
On 01, Dec 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Mike Dinh
I was not a very proficient writer entering ENGL 150-21, so our first paper was sort of a trial paper to model the rest of my essays after. I expected it to not to be an A+ right away. During the period when this assignment was given, our class had just learned about identifying your own writing process and what works best for you. I was never aware of my own writing process, nor knew if any certain steps benefited my writing, so in this paper I was able to experiment with various methods on how to write a paper in my “shitty rough drafts”.
“Being literate is an essential part of understanding and interacting with society. But to be honest, I had absolutely no opinion on what it meant to be literate before this paper. Recollecting the past though, I realized that many accumulated variables lead to how I communicate with my community now. A truth I was able to recall out of twelve years of many truths was, “Literacy is a clue to unravel countless mysteries.” What my twelfth grade English teacher tried to convey was, reading and writing are tools to explore innumerable perspectives, periods in time, studies, etcetera, to answer your questions or passions. Improving your literacy as a high school student is an indispensable skill to be able to avidly participate and communicate in the real world.”
In high school I was never taught about the importance of narrowing an audience or having a strong thesis. I chose these paragraphs because they provide the perfect example of how I tried to support/strengthen my thesis by writing around it’s central claim. And how I try to persuade and identify the reader (high school students) by trying to relate with the the reader’s process of developing literacy.
“Not maintaining a standard of literacy is detrimental to being able to learn and grasp social behavior as a high school student. Personally, I vividly recall how hollow I felt not being able to keep up with the crowd. During my adolescence, while experiencing various turmoil from the pressures of SATs and apathy from life, my grades plummeted and reality struck me hard. I was surrounded by success, competition, and I couldn’t help but to be disgusted at myself. If I had just applied myself to my studies and “gave a damn,” I could have been a part of the picturesque life. But I was struggling to understand the meanings behind the teacher’s lecture, and struggling to communicate with my peers because I didn’t know how to phrase what I meant. My literacy level was not up to par, and not being able to express my intentions blurred my path to be included into society. Literacy is the basis for comprehension and communication. It’s a tool for connecting with society and without it one’s cognitive ability deteriorates.”
Because this paper was specifically narrative writing, I was allowed to write through my point of view and add emotion to argue my point better. I recalled my immature writing process and stated how it affected me personally, trying to exemplify why developing literacy is important. I definitely believe that if I’m allowed to incorporate 1st person within my writing, I can be more enthusiastic about the topic, but I’m also more prone to go off on tangents and forget about my original topic.
The outcome I achieved in this paper is developing flexible processes for engaging in academic inquiry because I was able to learn more about my own writing process and how I can adapt it to fit the numerous styles of papers I’ll have to write in the future.
By Mike Dinh
On 26, Nov 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Mike Dinh
Greetings, I’m an aspiring male nurse named Mike Dinh studying at Longwood University. Studying gives my life purpose. Otherwise it’d be spent wallowing in my own filth watching videos online everyday, so college and a higher education was the route for me. I’m literally attracted to the human body, specifically understanding how it functions.It is exciting and fulfilling when I get enlightenment on the functions and limits of the body. Another fun subject to me is Psychology. To be able to identify and tune the cogs within the mind is worth studying. To me science is the closest thing to magic and I want to immerse myself in its miracles. This blog will be an academic archive of my literary work for me to reflect back upon and others to immerse themselves in my writings. This blog will display the writing across several different courses of study for reference.