Writing a dissertation

A dissertation need not be too stressful. With careful planning. an open mind to learn new techniques and persistence you will complete this critical piece of work on time. In this section of the website- we have strategies designed to help you in easy to follow chapters.

Writing a dissertation is not an easy task especially when it is about nursing. The reason is that nursing is quite irrelevant to tasks such as dissertation writing. Therefore, it becomes difficult for nursing students to write an effective dissertation. Through this article, nursing students can learn how to write a nursing dissertation. Moreover, it will help you to improve your writing skills. The nursing dissertation requires the students to submit high-quality in a very short duration. Moreover, you need to ensure that, whatever you write is clear, concise and in detail. A good nursing dissertation is a way to present your organization and current work. Writing good nursing dissertation requires a systematic approach.

Purpose of a dissertation:

Nursing students are asked to write a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to focus on a subject, examine it in detail through systematic enquiry and identify relevant theories.  Equally important is the development of various levels of critical insight.

What your dissertation must demonstrate:

  • Ability to delve into a subject through systematic enquiry
  • Capacity to present written work in an orderly, academic form
  • Working knowledge of a subject
  • Clarity of purpose, clarity of thought and sophistication of argument
  • Ability to focus, plan, organise and work methodically
  • Ability to think critically

Fail to Plan - Plan to fail

The sections below list the building blocks of creating a competent, academically robust dissertation - a final thought before we explore the nuts and bolts - the more you plan out your dissertation the easier it will in writing it  - remember the adage - 'fail to plan, plan to fail'


The Start

Whether it's writing a letter, an essay or a dissertation, the hardest part is putting that opening paragraph or statement down onto paper. But before you get to the pen to paper stage,you should have spent a significant amount of time thinking, researching, planning, re-thinking, re-planning  and so on. The more you plan out your dissertation, the more likely you are to finding problems and solutions to those problems.

Planning to Succeed

In the last section we impressed upon you the importance of planning out your dissertation before you even put pen to paper. In this section we shall look at a planning strategy that will help you effectively manage your time and effort so that you can hand in your nursing dissertation on time and to the best of your ability. 

Scope and structure

To scope out your project will allow you to make decisions on what questions you will answer, how you will answer them and what research you will need to answer these questions effectively. In this section we explore methods and tips on how you can scope out your dissertation to ensure you create a clear path to successfully submitting an academically robust thesis on time with the minimum of fuss.

Finding effective resources

As part of your dissertation you will need to be able to demonstrate the rationale for your research. 

This section looks at where you find resources, what sort of resources you should identify as useful and if necessary, how you can refine your thesis around the available resources.

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