Overview and Requirements to help with the prewriting assignment


This is a prewriting assignment that will lead to a problem solving essay rough draft, then final draft. The problem is Nursing call offs, and how it effective patient care. Below I have instructions for this assignment and continued with additional information that may help with what is required for the entirety of the assignment.

My assignment instructions

A prewriting/”discovering” exercise to generate lots of ideas, like freewriting, brainstorming, or concept mapping. (3 points)

A working thesis statement (directly addresses the prompt; most effective as the last sentence of the introduction. (2 points)

An outline of your essay. (3 points)

An annotated bibliography with 6 sources. Make sure to review this document for information about how the annotated bibliography should be constructed. (10 points)

Overview and Requirements to help with the prewriting assignment

Being a nurse requires you to solve problems at a moment’s notice. For this essay, identify a problem you have encountered and prepare a plan for how to solve it. You may find it useful to consult the “Organizational Patterns for Solving a Problem” chart in the “Solving a Problem: Crime and Justice” chapter of your textbook for help organizing your essay. And, refer to this Planning a Problem-Solving Essay document for further information. Read the several example essays in the “Solving a Problem: Crime and Justice” chapter to see how others have presented their problem and solution.

You may choose one of these contexts:

A problem you have encountered working as a nurse: Nursing call offs, how it effects patient care.

Whichever topic you choose, your essay must include the following:

At least one direct quotation from the each article on your references page

At least one paraphrase from each article on your references page

At least 5 unique sources total, cited and referenced properly on a references page

A clear thesis statement in the introductory paragraph

Excellent organization of your ideas

A word count of 1250 words, at minimum

Additional Information our teacher gave us to help write a problem solution essay.

Planning a “Problem-Solution” Essay

Students are often asked to write essays that address a particular problem. Based on a series of

questions, the Dewey Sequence was developed by educator John Dewey as a reflective method

for solving problems. The idea is to work through the list of questions and use the answers you

come up with as the basis for organizing and developing the ideas for your essay.

Step One: Define the Problem

1. What is the specific problem that you or your colleagues are concerned about?

2. In stating this problem, what terms, concepts, or ideas need to be defined?

Step Two: Analyze the Problem

1. What is the history of the problem?

2. What are the causes of the problem?

3. What are the symptoms of the problem?

4. What methods (approaches, laws, policies, etc.) exist for dealing with the problem?

5. What are the limitations of these methods?

Step Three: Determine Criteria for an Optimal Solution

1. What are the guidelines for a workable solution? Sample criteria may include cost,

feasibility, enforcement, etc.

Step Four: Propose Solutions

1. After you have analyzed the problem and suggested criteria for a solution, try to

envision possible solutions in tentative, hypothetical terms. You might begin by

suggesting a variety of possible solutions without evaluating them.

Step Five: Evaluate Proposed Solution(s)

1. After you have compiled a list of possible solutions, select the best possible solution(s)

in light of the criteria that the group developed in step three.

2. What are the disadvantages or downsides to the solution? Do the disadvantages

outweigh the advantages?

3. Does the solution conform to the criteria you formulated in Step Three? (You may need

to modify the criteria).

Step Six: Select a Solution

1. Weigh the merits and deficiencies of your top one or two solutions.

2. What would be the long-term and short-term effects of this solution if it were adopted?

Step Seven: Suggest Strategies to Implement the Solution

1. How can you get public support and approval (buy-in) for the proposed solution?

2. What specific steps are necessary to implement the solution? What’s the first step?

3. How can the group evaluate the success of its problem-solving efforts?

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