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Academic essays part 10: Developing themes

The previous nine parts of this series on writing academic essays have covered the common reasons why someone will fail an essay, and how to avoid those mistakes. They highlighted the importance of...

Practice makes perfect?

‘The tireless and outstanding commitment of all our nurses over the past year … is the best advert for the nursing profession.’ .

The future of nurse education? Studying at the Open University in Scotland

As the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reached its peak in the UK from March to May 2020, the ‘clap for carers’ campaign demonstrated the strong public appreciation of nurses and other key workers...

Differences in critical thinking skills between nursing students on a fast-track versus traditional 4-year programme

The ‘advanced standing programme’ (ASP), the ‘accelerated track programme’ and the ‘2-year second-degree nursing programme’ are different terms used interchangeably in North America to describe a...

The importance of supernumerary status during a pandemic

‘Programme providers must ensure that students are supernumerary during all practice learning. Supernumerary means that the student will not, as part of their programme of preparation, be contracted...

Introducing a flipped classroom in a pharmacology course

The flipped classroom concept was derived by high-school chemistry teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams in 2007 (Phillips and Trainor, 2014). The idea is to flip the traditional mode of...

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