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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janet F. Cogliano, DNSc, RN, CS (Towson University College of Health Professions)
Description: This book is a beginner's guide to improving writing skills. This goal is achieved by including information on the elements of good writing, common errors in grammar and style, and the application of writing skills to academic and employment settings.
Purpose: The main purpose is to help nursing students improve their writing skills. However, nurse clinicians, managers, and faculty should also find this book useful.
Audience: This book is intended to help individuals who have or expect to have difficulty in writing papers. Those needing a review of writing skills will also find it helpful. Practical information on writing cover letters, resumes, or articles as well as publication format are included. The author is a registered nurse who has an extensive background as a writer, editor, teacher, and consultant on writing.
Features: This book has several features — comprehensiveness, practical examples, self-assessment exercises and quizzes, and the use of acronyms to facilitate the retention of key points. To develop the foundation of quality writing, creative acronyms are used. For example, to explain the writing process, the acronym PROCESS is used: Plan; Research; Outline; Create (rough draft); Edit; Shine (final version); Submit (finished copy). The basic elements of communication are described using SMART: Source; Message; Audience; Route; Tone. The chapter on common errors in writing is very useful, listing problems such as the use of long, complex sentences, lack of parallel structure, and misused words.
Assessment: This book is useful and convenient because information is provided in one volume that normally would require the purchase of several books. Although less depth is covered with this approach, readers of this book will not feel shortchanged because the author presents the most relevant information using an efficient writing style.