This assignment has been modified from the past Block 2 writing assignment. It is our hope that you may regard this as a favorite writing assignment in nursing school.


Throughout history, nursing has required certain virtues, values, knowledge and skills. These requirements are still necessary and relevant among individuals who choose to become nurses. The purpose of this assignment is for student nurses to explore the traits and attributes that our profession define as those of a “great” nurse. This assignment requires personal reflection, which includes a description of why you chose to become a nurse.

Reference literature to discover what qualities define a great nurse (as defined by the nursing profession and the communities we serve), and you may research general virtues that define a great person.
Explore personal qualities that contribute to the development of your “personal brand” of nursing.

Four pages total:

Page 1: Title sheet

Pages 2, 3 or 4 (students may now write two or three pages of content) written in APA format

Page 5 or last page: APA Reference page. You do not have to buy an APA textbook or online source, because you may use one in the library or locate a free online source. You may use any source that has instructions for correct APA format, in-text citations and the reference page guidelines. The online site below gives examples of most types of citations and references you will use for your paper, and how to list them (without having to buy or access an entire guidebook):

Basic APA Format, In-text Citations & Reference Instructions: Link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Updated Guidelines Attachment Below

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Resources for Research of Qualities of a Great Nurse Attachment Below

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Narrative Essay Rubric
Narrative Essay Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Mechanics

Excellent: Minimal errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, word usage
5.0 pts