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Requirements for the Formal Paper are:
Must be 3-4 pages body.
Paper must not have more than one direct quote.
This paper does not require an abstract or table of contents.
Must have introduction paragraph(s), body paragraphs, conclusion
paragraph(s), and reference page(s).
Introduce the topic in one or two paragraphs
Define the topic using current literature
Sources must be cited for this information
Introduce the purpose of the paper- “to describe, to discuss,
to explore, to inform about…..”
Discuss Key Point One in one to three paragraphs
Discuss Key Point Two in one to three paragraphs
Discuss Key Point Three in one to three paragraphs
Use headings for main points
Each paragraph should have its own point and all information
in that paragraph must be related to that point
Sources must be cited in the text for all information obtained
This paper is not about opinion, student experience, or social
norms. All information shared in the paper is obtained through the
student researching and analyzing current literature.
1. Restate the purpose of the paper
2. Summarize the key points
3. Cite sources where appropriate
o Reference Page(s):
1. Must be in APA format
2. Must include a minimum of five current sources (five
years old or less)
o Three sources from nursing journals written
o One source must be a current textbook used in
the nursing program
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o One source must be must from a valid,
reputable website as defined by Sewell (2019)