5 Reasons To Write: For Nurses Who Want To Get Published
There are many factors that go into writing for publication in nursing but sometimes the hardest part can be getting started. The best way to find motivation is to consider why you are writing in the first place. Let’s talk about the five main reasons to write:
1. You want to share ideas
Writing is a fantastic way to share ideas with other nurses. Through publications, you can describe best practices, innovations for patients, staff, and students, and new techniques you are using in clinical practice, teaching, management, and administration.
If you decide to write, your findings can educate nurses from all scopes of the field, which should bring you a sense of accomplishment and pride. When you’re in the field, you already know what that feels like with your patients, but to receive that from colleagues is a whole other ball park.
2. Your research findings can help others
If you’re involved in research studies or evidence-based practice projects, it is critical to the field that you disseminate your findings and outcomes. Writing is the perfect avenue to share your knowledge, provide new evidence for practice, and develop studies that build on one another.
You’ll want to consider how to disseminate your findings to a wide, appropriate network through presentations at conferences or publishing in journals. Remember, your work can impact nurses and patients everywhere, but only if it’s shared.
3. You want a promotion or tenure
If you’re a teacher at a college or university, professional writing is often the gateway for a promotion or the security of tenure. Generally, the highest weight publications are databased papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
Even if you’re in a clinical setting, where it’s not necessarily required, writing is still important for job mobility. No matter which setting you practice in, becoming published is a great way to achieve confidence and security in your career.
4. You want to learn and grow
You can’t develop a manuscript without thoroughly researching the topic you’re writing about. By the time you’re finished you’ll be an expert and your knowledge base will have expanded immensely.
A good writer brings a valuable skill to endeavors that range far beyond writing for publication. The time, research, and efforts needed to publish in nursing will aid in your own growth and positive perception received by others.
5. It just feels good!
Writing gives you a sense of personal satisfaction in sharing expertise with other nurses and contributing to the development of the profession. Sharing your stories with the world can have a beneficial impact on others, so why wouldn’t you? Your time and effort will not be forsaken, no matter the breadth of the research.
Even if you’re not being paid to write, knowing that your findings could help someone like you, or a patient in need, should help motivate you to at least think about picking up that pen or typing out your idea.
*Excerpts from this blog have been taken directly from ‘Writing for Publication in Nursing, Fourth Edition’ by Marilyn Oermann PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF and Judith C. Hays PhD, RN.
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