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Team working part 5: Everyone is valuable

Take 2 minutes to reflect on the team that you work with; jot down the names of each person in your team and then, next to their name, list the roles that each of them have. Now think about the people...

Team working part 4: managing a team

Take a few moments to reflect on managers you have worked for and identify their individual management skills and abilities. Think about your own skills as a manager; what is it that you expect of...

Team working part 3: leading a team

I hope that as you begin to reflect on these questions, you will appreciate the complexities of team working and team leadership. If you again reflect on your own team and the leadership and...

Team working part 2: Team meetings

Take a few minutes to reflect on two recent meetings you have attended that seemed to be wasting time. Try to identify why you felt that way and compare your thoughts with those below:.

Team working part 1: Nursing is a team profession

There are a number of jobs, occupations and professions that involve a group of people working together. In these groups there is often a named ‘team leader’, but such groups can lack the quality of...

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...

Academic essays part 9: Use of your own experience

As discussed in previous articles in this series (Fowler, 2020), the foundation of an assignment should be the critical appraisal of relevant evidence-based literature. This is something that the...

Academic essays part 8: managing the literature

Whereas the previous articles have explored the more theoretical side of this process, this article gives you practical tips on how to extract, arrange and structure the information from your...

Academic essays part 4: exploring the question

Although this appears reassuring and gives the student a degree of confidence that they understand the question, there is a danger that they miss one or two important parts of the assignment. This may...

Academic essays part 3: how to pass an assignment

I've been setting and marking essays for over 30 years, supporting a range of staff from first-year students to specialist nurses undertaking Masters and PhDs. From this, I've identified eight...

Academic essays part 1: the importance of academic writing

For most nurses who struggle with academic skills, it is usually not their innate academic ability that is the problem, but the lack of specific skills required to research the question and then...

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