REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING RESEARCH PAPER 1. Using current nursing research, write a paper on a selected nursing or health related topic. The instructor will randomly assign a topic to students by the 2nd class session. Once a topic is assigned it may not be changed without written permission from the instructor. 2. The content of the paper is outlined below. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Disciplinary actions will follow the procedure outlined in the PGCC Student Handbook 3. APA format is required in constructing this paper. Refer to the PGCC library web page, PGCC Writing Center, or google Purdue Owl Writing Lab for proper APA notation. 4. Criteria: See rubric for scoring criteria. Format: APA pages must be 8 ½” x 11″, typed with 1″ margins on all sides. The paper must be neatly typed, doubled-spaced, font in Times New Roman with font size 12 (11 font will be accepted). Staple final paper with only 1 staple, in the upper left hand corner (no folders, no paperclips, no plastic cover, and no dog ears.) Organized: Title page has running head on the top left header of paper and pages are numbered in the top right header. The body of the paper should be a minimum of four (4) typed pages and maximum of six (6) typed pages. This does not include title page, outline, and reference list which are required. (More than six (6) pages will not be read). Papers not meeting this requirement will receive a grade of “0”. See below for order of submission. Content: Topic is well-developed and complete. Prepare an outline prior to writing the paper. This outline will be included with the paper. The content of the paper must thoroughly address the topic and include research from the professional practice of nursing, the background, and a conclusion with a summary of the main ideas related to the selected topic. Verify grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation is correct. References must to be correctly cited using APA format. References: Reference list using APA format with applicable citations. Students must include at least four (4) professional references (peer reviewed journal articles) published within the last five (5) years. Textbooks may not be used as part of the four (4) professional references. If you use a website, be sure to cite the “doi” or “url” address. This allows the reader to easily access the original document that you are referencing.* Submit your research paper in the following order:  Title page  Outline (no table of contents and no abstract)  The body of the research paper (minimum of 4 pages and maximum of 6 pages)  References

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