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 New Web Site to Help Nursing Students Improve Writing Skills 

 

SPOTLIGHT

June 16, 2004

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine; gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

NEW WEB SITE HELPS NURSING STUDENTS AT CLARION, EDINBORO AND SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITIES IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.A new Web site that provides access to a chatroom, reference library and tutors at a writing center is the latest tech-savvy tool for students in the collaborative Clarion/Edinboro/Slippery Rock Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program. The resources of this innovative program are also available to students enrolled in Slippery Rock University’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

            SRU’s Virtual Writing Center developed the site for nursing students, since many of them juggle work, school and family needs. It enables students to communicate with one another and their professorsat any time. They may also obtain help on papers from SRU’s Writing Center staff.

           The Web site, supported by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, includes a digital drop box, so students can submit papers for feedback from home, said SRU graduate student Kat Ricker, project manager. Writing Center tutors will review papers and explain how to make them better, she said.

           Even stronger writing skills will give graduates an advantage in their careers. “A hallmark of the nursing profession is good communication, including writing,” said Dr. Joyce Penrose, professor of nursing and director of the graduate-level collaborative. “We expect nurses to be able to write professional reports, clinical articles and procedures manuals. We expect them to be able to communicate clearly and cogently.”

           Penrose initiated discussion of the Web site project. SRU’s Dr. Joseph McCarren, associate professor of English and Writing Center director, and writing center staff brought it to fruition. Dr. Ramona Nelson, professor of nursing at SRU, spearheaded the extension of the resources of the Writing Center to undergraduate nursing students.

Technology abounds

           The Web site is but the latest technology in the collaborative nursing program. The program featuresclasses with interactive television, exposing students to professors from each of the universities and enriching their education. Faculty also use the Internet for presentations, and a document camera projects clinical slides onto a big screen to help students with diagnostic work.

For more information,call the Writing Center at 724-738-2654.

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