Tell Your Story. But Wait, There’s A Catch!

I hate APA with the fire of ten thousand suns. Yes, it was the format of choice for my undergraduate major too, but sheesh, could there be a more user-unfriendly, aggravating way of citing your sources?

Okay, I feel better now with that rant out of the way. I have spent the last couple of days writing a “personal paper” for my Role Development class. Basically a re-creation of our nursing school admission essays with some research into nursing roles and values thrown into the mix. But as you probably surmised from the title of this post, there was a definite twist to our little assignment. In order to “ease” us into the practice of academic writing, we are not allowed to use first person language. When expressing our opinions or describing our experiences, we have to use the phrase “This nursing student…” or something along those lines. N.B.: It is supercalifragilistically difficult to tell your story without using “I”. Try it sometime.

A few more papers under my belt and I’ll feel better about this whole mess. But right now, my brain and my keyboard don’t seem to be on very good terms.

P.S. Wanted to give a shout out to my classmates who have discovered Nurseteeny’s blog via trusty ol’ Facebook! Hello folks – I promise that as much as I use this venue to rant and rave over the next few years, it won’t be directed at y’all. We’re in this together and I truly believe that.

Welcome to my brain on nursing school! 🙂

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