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The write stuff : a proactive approach to increasing academics' writing skills and outcomes
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Trudy DwyerTrudy Dwyer, Deborah FrielDeborah Friel, Margaret McallisterMargaret Mcallister, Kerry Reid-SearlKerry Reid-Searl, Dolene RossiDolene Rossi
Abstract: An important way to advance the profession of nursing, to promote best practice and to improve the quality of nursing care, is for nurses to publish. A publication track record is necessary to gain competitive research funding, build knowledge, disseminate new insights and advance the profession. However, academics often experience obstacles in publishing ranging from a pervasive teaching culture, lack of confidence in writing, and lack of strategies to write more strategically. The benefits of writing retreats have been discussed within the nursing and other academic literature but the specifics about the method as well as the unplanned benefits have not been explored. More exploration and discussion is needed about factors assisting writers to complete papers and successfully publish. This paper discusses a novel intervention which aimed to seed the beginnings of a flourishing scholarly community at a regional Queensland University. The paper also presents qualitative and quantitative evaluation data.