A reflective essay


Must be completed in 2200-2500 words (excluding the reference list) and is worth 60 marks.
The Assessment 2 paper should predominantly be written in narrative form but you may prefer to list specific
learning goals and objectives.
The word limits show the minimum and maximum word count (excluding the reference list). Each 100
words or part thereof beyond the upper or lower limit will incur a 5% (3 marks) penalty.

In Assessment 2, you are asked to develop an academic paper that demonstrates how you will draw on your strengths and capabilities to successfully progress from being a student nurse to a graduate nurse.

Your written work in Assessment 2 will provide you with a basis for updating or enhancing your own Professional Portfolio, such as in relation to critical reflections on and self-assessment of your professional practice, and undertaking continuing professional development.
You will need to critically reflect on how you will address and manage up to six (6) key challenges that you are likely to encounter in transitioning to graduate practice. In particular, you are asked to describe how you intend to address and manage the key challenges you are likely to experience in relation to:
a. Applying for a position as a Registered Nurse, including attending and succeeding in a job interview
b. Successfully completing your first 6 months of practice as a first year Registered Nurse.
While a scholarly work is expected, this assessment is substantially reflective, so the appropriate use of the first person is acceptable. Ensure your paper commences with a suitable introduction and ends with a suitable conclusion.

The following general guidelines for the presentation of the written papers must be observed.
•Use Word (.doc or .docx format) – do not submit in PDF
•A Times New Roman font size ‘12’
•Double line spacing on A4 clear paper
•A left margin of 2.5 cm on each page
•All pages need to include a footer with your Student ID number and the page number.
•Presented professionally in an academic style
•The paper must be expressed clearly and succinctly with correct grammatical expression and spelling
•Use a variety of credible sources to support the discussion, analysis and debate (it is expected that
students use database searches to obtain recent, refereed manuscripts)
•Adhere to the presentation requirements described specifically for each assessment activity
•APA (6th ed.) referencing style must be used.