Choose a condition, issue, problem or situation (status quo)
Define scope/context of problem
Propose solutionthat addresses the condition or ONE part of the problem/issue.
Research the problem/solution gathering context, statistics/trends, scope of condition/problem needing solution
SAMPLE TOPIC: how to address/prevent growing trend of nursing injuries in hospital setting
Possible factors/causes/context of the problem from this 2/4/15 profile .npr.org/2015/02/04/382639199/hospitals-fail-to-protect-nursing-staff-from-becoming-patients”>http://www.npr.org/2015/02/04/382639199/hospitals-fail-to-protect-nursing-staff-from-becoming-patients include:
injury trends to nurses in hospital setting (last two decades or so)
estimated cost trends to hospitals/nurses due to injuries
heavier patients (in keeping with changing demographics in general population)
sicker patients (given high costs of hospitalization only sickest patients are hospitalized)
up and out of bed sooner procedures for better patient outcomes, and earlier discharges from hospital
safe heavier patient handling procedures (do not exist, are not followed, etc)
special equipment designed for lifting heavier patients not-purchased or too few purchased
Given the above what might a process-solution focus on:
can’t focus on heavier patients since that is larger public health issue
can’t focus on sicker patients since that has to do with broader issue of high hospitalization/health costs issue
could reconsider hospital preferences for getting ALL patients up and out of bed so soon but patients are still heavier and sicker
FOCUS–Safe heavier patient handling procedures—do they exist, do they work, are they followed (and if not, what needs to be adjusted)—present a process-solution focusing on safer patient handling procedures for heavier, sicker patientswhich better protects nursing staff from being injured.
This process MIGHT include:
special equipment designed for lifting heavier patients (available, affordable, adequately stored, etc.0
training required to operate equipment
sufficient (possibly additional?) staff in operating procedures/equipment
retrofitting of hospital facilities
submit your process prewriting byclicking on the Prewriting Process link (above). Include/cover:
description of the problem/condition/issue requiring a process/solution
outline steps in proposed process/solution
identify outcome/goal to be achieved
PREWRITING is a planning document; it is not a draft but the mental roadmap in the form of an outline that you plan on following in writing the draft. Turn in what you have, as thoroughly and thoughtfully as you can, by the Friday deadline, and earlier if possibl. If you proceed with writing a draft before having the prewriting evaluated, you will not receive credit for prewriting and more importantly you risk putting substanital work into the draft of a topic that may need to be completely scrapped and reworked.
Think small, think pragmatic. Choose something possibly even work-related that you can use as a basis to examine, evaluate and recommend a stepped approach to implement change or achieve X–whatever that X is.
If considering a broader issue or topic please noteTOPIC LIMITATION:you may NOT write on any aspect of abortion, capital punishment, obesity or any eating disorder, bullying, or the decriminalization of any drug, including medicinal marijuana.
Length: 5 pages double spaced, plus l page references
Writing a Process Essay is beneficial in other ways, too.
Separating a process into steps and explaining each involves making judgments. When you detail the way something works or how a particular action is accomplished, you develop greater understanding of the subject while teaching others.
The ability to explain a process can also provide valuable skills for the workplace. If you have an idea for a new product, for example, you’ll know ways to effectively explain it to management. Or you might have a strategy that will ensure your company saves money; categorizing and explaining the process of your plan will help others visualize and enact what needs to be done.
Writing a Process Essay is also a great way to hone instruction-taking skills and reinforce ability needed to accomplish a large project by breaking it into manageable pieces. This kind of thinking will assist in many college endeavors, especially when you are tasked with completing a large class project or research assignment.
1) Select a process about which you’d like to write, keeping in mind that this process should be in the form of a solution or method by which you achieve a stated goal. Your textbook offers the following prompts to spark your thinking: process in nature, process in the news, process that helps someone get a job or attain another objective, process that helps people accomplish a specific goal. SEE TOPIC LIMITATION STATEMENT ABOVE.
2) Brainstorm ideas for the paper.
3) Use the opening section of your essay to introduce the topic, giving an overview of the issue/condition, and the process/solution that addresses the issue, and why it is important.
4) Use the middle section of your essay to describe specific steps or parts of the process, ensuring the reader understands how each is linked to the others; describe the outcome of the process and its relevance.
5) Use the closing section of your essay to summarize the process and how/why the steps in that process results in the stated outcome.
6) Revise the entire document as many times as necessary to ensure your thoughts are clearly conveyed and paragraphs are logically developed. Your essay’s final version should be written in 3rd person: Do not use 2nd person (“you”) or 1st person (“I”).
7) Integrate outside sources following either MLA or APA guidelines for in-text and end references.
8) Ensure the final draft is 5 pages in length, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Use Times New Roman style and 12 point font. Include a separate title page with an essay title that does more than simply restate the assignment type.
9) Edit for spelling, grammar, and punctuation