This assignment is designed to ensure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism and to give you practice applying techniques that will help you avoid plagiarism in your writing. It reinforces the material presented last week. It will also assure that you have practiced creating a paper using the APA style.

Assignment Guidelines
In a brief paper using the APA style, please complete the following three-part assignment. This paper may not be fully cohesive as an academic paper. It is designed to give you practice citing various types of references in-text and completing a reference list, while reflecting on last week’s readings and other sources.

Professor’s Tips
Use the instructional materials as resources when you complete this assignment. The directions are here. The format is shown in the google doc. The Word template with APA formatting is what you will use to create the document. Lastly, the rubric is what we will use to grade your assignment. You must put all these various pieces together to create your product.

Part 1
Write an introduction that includes a definition of plagiarism, why it is important to avoid plagiarism, and an explanation as to how citing references appropriately assists the writer to avoid plagiarism.

Part 2
Below are links to three readings. Read each reading and complete the tasks below using correct APA format.

Read each reading
For each reading, paraphrase a section of the article using proper APA formatting for in-text citation (APA, pp. 262-263).
For each reading, cite a direct quote taken from the article using proper APA formatting for in-text citation (APA, pp. 271-274).
Article 1 (PDF) (Links to an external site.)
Article 2 (PDF) (Links to an external site.)
Article 3 (PDF) (Links to an external site.)

Part 3
Create a reference list on a separate page, including all articles and texts cited in parts 1 & 2 (APA, pp. 283, 303, & 317-333).

This assignment will be graded using the Avoiding Plagiarism Rubric found in your course syllabus.

Sample Paper

Part 1

Plagiarism refers to stealing or passing off another person’s idea as one’s own. It is termed plagiarism when a writer uses another author’s work without crediting or citing the source. Essentially, plagiarism is more of theft and deceit committed simultaneously, and it is illegal and a violation of the United States copyright laws. When writing, it is important to avoid plagiarism as it compromises the work’s integrity (Smith, 2016). Besides, losing respect to mentors and peers can cost an individual some valuable professional referral and future career advancement. However, plagiarism results in financial losses and even leadership roles that are too costly to incur as an academician in an academic setting.

Additionally, avoiding plagiarism helps one invest in themselves as plagiarism is more of cheating oneself. Cheating oneself means that we tend to prevent one from using their ideas and opportunities to tackle a specific topic. In a nutshell, avoiding plagiarism is very important as it helps a writer borrow ideas and incorporate their own in writing, which aids creativity and the establishment of one idea in an article and even academic work (Smith, 2016). Similarly, we can avoid plagiarism by citing sources from which we have borrowed information. Citing is essential in differentiating ideas from other individuals and those that belong to you, thus depicting credibility and honesty in your work. Additionally, citing gives evidence on what one is saying, thus allowing others to see one has used and vice versa.

Part 2

Article 1: Evidence Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare

Different researches incorporate scientific processes that generate new knowledge through research utilization. The approach has been frequently utilized to improve the know-how of the study. For clinicians, the approach is essential to ensure a follow on different medical criteria and at the same time enhance patient’s safety. According to Melnyk, B & Fineout-Overrholt (2015), “the EBP process involves rigorous critical appraisal, including synthesis and recommendations for practice, of a body of evidence comprised of multiple studies and combines it with the expertise of the clinician as well as patient/family preferences and values to make the best decisions about patient care (p.1). Through quality improvement the process is incorporated to improve the outcome of the population in question. Still, many times the approach is confused with EBP. For instance, the use of ventilators in healthcare to cater to pneumonia depicts various protocols being initiated through scientific approaches to ensure better outcomes (Melnyk, B & Fineout-Overrholt, 2015). In n nutshell, the goal of quality improvement is to enhance evidence-based approaches.

Article 2: Determining barriers to care

In matters of barriers to care, it is evident that the evidence-based approach is incorporated most of the time (Vincent et al., 2015). For instance, the article states, “Some barriers to the use of evidence in clinical practice have been well documented and include lack of awareness, agreement or familiarity, time, access to information, and confidence in critically appraising the evidence and translating it into the care of individual patients” (Vincent et al., 2015, p. 48). From the statement above, it is evident that different factors come in handy where care is involved and thus the need for EBP to enhance efficiency and effectiveness more in healthcare.

Article 3: Translating and integrating scholarship into practice

Professional nursing incorporates an ethical translation of evidence and practice. Therefore, nurses need to question and inquire on areas of difficulty to ensure better care   (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2017). However, “The master’s-prepared nurse examines policies and seeks evidence for every aspect of practice, thereby translating current evidence and identifying gaps where evidence is lacking” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2017, p. 2). From the above, it is factual to state that policies are essential in care-driven interventions. Thus, change needs to be effected to improve the overall outcome.



American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2017). The essentials of master’s education in nursing. March 21, 2011. 1 -2

Melnyk, B., & Fineout-Overrholt, E. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. Retrieved 17 January 2022, from.Evidence-Based-Practice-Nursing-Healthcare-Guide/dp/1605477788

Smith, L. S. (2016). Conquering plagiarism in nursing education. Nursing202046(7), 17-19. https://journals.lww.com/nursing/FullText/2016/07000/Conquering_plagiarism_in_nursing_education.5.aspx

Vincent, D., Hastings-Tolsma, M., Gephart, S., & Alfonzo, P. M. (2015). Nurse practitioner clinical decision-making and evidence-based practice. The Nurse Practitioner40(5), 48 https://journals.lww.com/tnpj/Fulltext/2015/05000/Nurse_practitioner_clinical_decision_making_and.10.asp