Strengths-basedÂ nursingÂ (SBN) is an approach to care in which eight core values guideÂ nursingÂ action, thereby promoting empowerment, self-efficacy, and hope. In caring for patients and families, the nurse focuses on their inner and outer strengthsâ€”that is, on what patients and families do that best helps them deal with problems and minimize deficits. Across all levels of care, from the primary care of healthy patients to the critical care of patients who are unconscious, SBN reaffirmsÂ nursingâ€˜s goals of promoting health, facilitating healing, and alleviating suffering by creating environments that work with and bolster patientsâ€™ capacities for health and innate mechanisms of healing. In doing so, SBN complements medical care, provides a language that communicatesÂ nursingâ€˜s contribution to patient and family health and healing, and empowers the patient and family to gain greater control over their health and healing.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computerâ€™s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper â€“ in silence and then aloud â€“ before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at â€œpaddingâ€ to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.