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This guide has has been put together by the State College of Florida BSN Faculty for the Nursing Department.  It can be used as a template. It does show appropriate APA set-up for a paper. Models the following:

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  • Purdue OWL: APA 7th Edition Style Guide This resource, revised according to the 7th edition, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.
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Examples below are taken from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, “Reference Examples.” 

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  • Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style A free tutorial about APA 7th edition from the American Psychological Association.

APA 7th ed. Examples

  • Reference List
  • Journals & periodicals
  • Journal article with a DOI
  • Journal article without a DOI
  • Newspaper & magazine articles

Arrange entries in the Reference List in alphabetical order by surname of the first author. For more than one work by the same author, arrange in date order, earliest first. One-author entries precede multiple-author entries beginning with the same surname.

The general format for periodical articles (items published on a regular basis, like newspapers, magazines,and  journals):

Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (year). Title of article.  Title of Periodical, xx,  pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxx

When there are up to twenty authors, spell out all authors’ names. After the nineteenth author, use ellipses before the last author’s name.

APA style requires the addition of a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for journal articles if one is available. Most current journals articles and many historic articles found in PsycINFO will have a DOI.

If retrieving an article from a private database (examples of private databases include ProQuest or PsycInfo), it is not necessary to include the database information in your reference. However, if there is no DOI available for a journal article, you should look up the home page URL of the journal and include it in your reference.

Journal article with a DOI  ( Manual  section 10.1.1)

McCauley, S.M., & Christiansen, M.H. (2019). Language learning as language use: A cross-linguistic model of child language development.  Psychological Review, 126 (1), 1-51.  https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000126

Journal article without a DOI, from a print journal or database  ( Manual  section 10.1.3)

Anderson, M. (2018). Getting consistent with consequences.  Educational Leadership ,  76 (1), 26-33.

Goldman, C. (2018, November 28). The complicated calibration of love, especially in adoption.  Chicago Tribune .

Journal article without a DOI, with a non-database URL  ( Manual  section 10.1.2)

 Ahmann, E., Tuttle, L.J., Saviet, M., & Wright, S.D. (2018). A descriptive review of ADHD coaching research: Implications for college students.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31 (1), 17-39, https://www.ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/jped/archived-jped/jped-volume-31

Newspaper article  ( Manual  section 10.1.16)

Guarino, B. (2017, December 4). How will humanity react to alien life? Psychologists have some predictions.  The Washington Post.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/04/how-will-humanity-react-to-alien-life-psychologists-have-some-predictions/

Magazine articles   ( Manual  section 10.1.15)

Bergeson, S. (2019, January 4). Really cool neutral plasmas.  Science , 363 (6422), 33-44. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aau7988

Bustillos, M. (2013, March 19). On video games and storytelling: an interview with Tom Bissell.  The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/on-video-games-and-storytelling-an-interview-with-tom-bissell

Citing References in Text (Manual, section 8.10)

APA style uses an author-date format for in-text citations. Every reference cited in the text of your document should be included in the reference list. Generally speaking, the author’s last name and year of publication should be inserted into the text when appropriate. If the author’s name is part of the narrative, then the publication year alone is included in parentheses. If the author’s name is not part of the narrative, then both the author’s last name and the publication year is included in the parentheses.

One author  ( Manual  section 8.10)

Karaka (1884) describes the religious customs and traditions of the Parsis settled in Gujarat.

One of the most prominent men of the time had a close relationship with the British (Karaka, 1884).

Multiple authors  ( Manual  section 8.17 - 8.18)

If a work has two authors, then include both names every time the reference occurs in the text.

Forte and Hewitt (2006) propose the idea that

For a work with three or more authors, include the name of only the first author plus "et al." in every citation, including the first citation, unless doing so would create ambiguity. To avoid ambiguity, when the in-text citations of multiple works with three or more authors shorten to the same form, write out as many names as needed to distinguish the references.

Kapoor, Bloom, Montez, et al. (2017)

Kapoor, Bloom, Zucker, et al. (2017)

Book Citations

  • Book with a DOI
  • Book without a DOI
  • Book chapter
  • Reference book
  • Entry from online reference work
  • Government report

From Manual section 10.2.20

Brown, L.S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000092-000

From Manual  section 10.2.21.

Burgess, R. (2019).  Rethinking global health: Frameworks of power.  Routledge.

From Manual section 10.2.22

Christian, B., & Griffiths, T. (2016). Algorithms to live by: The computer science of human decisions. Henry Holt & Co.

From Manual section 10.2.

For a chapter in an authored book, create a reference for the whole book (see "Book..." examples) and provide the chapter information with the in-text citation only.

From Manual section 10.2

Zalta, E.N. (Ed.). (2019). The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2019 ed.). Stanford University. https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2019/

From  Manual section 10.3.48

Graham, G. (2019). Behaviorism. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2019 ed.). http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/behaviorism/

Entry in an online reference work, no individual author or editor ( Manual section 10.3.47)

Merriman-Webster (n.d.). Self-report. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary . Retrieved July 12, 2019, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-report

From Manual section 10.4.50. See also  Citing Gov Docs .

Australian Government Productivity Commission & New Zealand Productivity Commission. (2012). Strengthening trans-Tasman economic relations. https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/australia-new-zealand/report/trans-tasman.pdf

Citations for Other Types of Resources

  • Websites or Web article
  • Web message/comment or Blog post
  • Wikipedia or other wiki entry
  • Video or Film

To mention a website in general, do not create a reference list entry or an in-text citation. Instead, include the name of the website in the text and provide the URL in parentheses ( Manuel  10.16). If you are citing multiple or specific documents on a website, however, follow the example(s) below.

Web article with author listed  ( Manual  10.16.112)

Martin Lillie, C.M. (2016, December 29). Be kind to yourself: How self-compassion can improve your resiliancy. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-compassion-can-improve-your-resiliency/art-20267193

Web article with no author listed  (http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/web-page-no-author.aspx)

Justice Sotomayor:  A boon for business? (2009). Retrieved from http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=7449

Web message/post/comment with author listed  ( Manual  section 10.1.18)

KS in NJ. (2019, January 15). From this article, it sounds like men are figuring out something that women have known forever. I know of many [Comment on the article "How workout buddies can help stave off loneliness"]. The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/2HDToGJ

Provide the comment title or up to the first 20 words of the comment, then write "Comment on the article" and the title of the article on which the comment appeared.

Blog post  ( Manual  section 10.1.17)

Use the author’s name if known, otherwise use a screen name.

Klymkowsky, M. (2018, September 15). Can we talk scientifically about free will?  Sci-Ed.  https://blogs.plos.org/scied/2018/09/15/can-we-talk-scientifically-about-free-will/

From  Manual  10.3.49

List of oldest companies. (2019, January 13). In  Wikipedia . https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_oldest_companies&oldid=878158136

Cite the archived version of the page so that readers can retrieve the version you used. Access the archived version on Wikipedia by selecting "View history" and then the time and date of the version you used. If a wiki does not provide permanent links to archived versions of the page, include the URL for the entry and the retrieval date.

(Example from APA.org )

O'Donohue, W. (2017). Content analysis of undergraduate psychology textbooks (ICPSR 21600; Version V1) [Data set]. ICPSR. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36966.v1

Video on website such as YouTube  ( Manual  section 10.12.90)

Fogarty, M. [Grammar Girl]. (2016, September 30).  How to diagram a sentence (absolute basics) . [Video]. Youtube. https://youtu.be/deiEY5Yq1qI

Film  ( Manual  section 10.12.84)

Jackson, P. (Director). (2001).  The lord of the rings: The fellowship of the ring  [Film; four-disc special extended ed. on DVD]. WingNut Films; The Saul Zaentz Company.

From Manual  Section 10.12.87

Korsh, A. (Writer & Director). (2019, September 25). One last con (Season 9, Episode 10) [TV series episode]. In D. Liman & D. Bartis (Executive Producers),  Suits . Untitled Korsh Company; Universal Content Productions; Open 4 Business Productions.

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Citation tools are often available in many databases.  Databases will create the citation for an article in the style you want.  However, formatting does not always copy correctly and you may need to adjust indentations and confirm that the information requested by your instructor is included in the citation generated.  It can be a real time saver.  See the tutorials below:

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Below are APA sample papers that you can download or print for guidance: 

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This guide will introduce you to APA 7 citations, both for the References page of your paper and in-text citations. It is offered in multiple file formats below. 

  • Citation Examples - APA 7 - Word Document
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This guide will tell you exactly what to do if your resource is missing a citation element. Can't find the author, publication date, page numbers, or something else? Use this guide to find out what to do! This guide is offered in multiple formats below. ​​​​​​​

  • Missing Elements - APA 7 - Word Document
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  • Typed, double-spaced paragraphs.
  • 1" margins on all sides.
  • Align text to the left.
  • Choose one of these fonts: 11-point Calibri, 11-points Arial, 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode, 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, 10-point Computer Modern.
  • Include a page header (also known as the "running head") at the top of every page with the page number.
  • APA papers are broken up into sections. Check with your instructor for their expectations.
  • In general, headings and title are centered.

APA 7th edition recognizes two kinds of paper formats - student papers (undergraduate students) and professional research papers (graduate students and professionals). At Clackamas CC, you will use the student paper formatting conventions.

You don't have to format a paper from scratch! Download this APA-formatted document template as a Word document or Google document. Save it, erase the existing text, and type your text right into the template. Learn how to format a paper in APA format by reading the contents of the template. The References page has been formatted with hanging indents.

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For reputable online resources about APA Style, explore the following links: 

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The following links from the APA Style website will provide you with information on how to format papers and cite/reference sources according to the APA 7th Edition guidelines. 

  • Paper Format
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  • In-Text Citations
  • Reference Examples

View sample papers formatted in APA 7th Edition style from the following online resources:

  • APA Style Website - Sample Papers
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Most research databases (such as CINAHL or PubMed) provide options for quickly formatting a selected reference from your database search results in APA Style. Instructions for using these tools are provided below.  IMPORTANT! Please use these citation tools cautiously and be sure to check for accuracy by consulting the original APA Style guidelines (see resources above). 

CINAHL  (and other EBSCOhost databases)

  • From your search results list in CINAHL, or any database on the EBSCOhost interface (such as MEDLINE or PsycINFO), click the title of the article you want to reference. 
  • A Citation Format screen will appear with examples of how your selected article reference should be formatted according to a variety of styles, including APA 7th Edition . 
  • Highlight the reference, and copy and paste.
  • Check the reference for accuracy and edit accordingly. 

PubMed  (access via the PubMed @ UT link )

  • From your search results list in PubMed, click the title of the article you want to reference.

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  • A small pop-up window will appear with your selected article reference
  • Under the Format menu (lower right corner), choose APA .
  • Click the Copy option to copy the reference, then paste into your document.

All UToledo students, faculty, and staff can download a copy of the EndNote bibliographic management software program for free . 

EndNote helps you format papers according to specific styles, including APA 7th Edition . When writing lengthy papers, EndNote can save you time and frustration by automatically inserting in-text citations and formatting your reference list. 

Download EndNote

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The Library has access to tools that will help you keep track of your sources, create in-text citations and reference list entries, and more.  Try these:

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  • Zotero Zotero has two parts: a program or application that you install on your computer, and an add-in for Microsoft Word or Google Docs that allows you to insert in-text citations and reference list entries in your paper. Check out our in-depth installation guide at https://stevenson.libguides.com/zotero
  • Mendeley Reference Manager Mendeley Reference Manager is similar to Zotero, with an application that you install on your computer and integrated citing with Microsoft Word. It is available through our ScienceDirect database. Scroll to the bottom and click on the Mendeley link.
  • ZoteroBib If you need to quickly cite a resource, ZoteroBib is an online resource t hat helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. It’s brought to you by the team behind Zotero.

Introduction

This section of the guide includes APA, Research, and Writing resources that will help you with papers and other assignments as you complete the nursing program. The primary APA resource that all students should use is the APA guide that is required for their program.

The following APA guide is required for your program:

Traditional and Graduate

American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

RN/BS and ATB

American Psychological Association (2020). Concise guide to APA Style (7th ed.).

APA Style Guide and Website

The Library has print copies of the current  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association at all three locations:

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The website APA Style includes a great deal of information on citing and writing research papers, including online examples of how to cite different types of sources .  While not a substitute for the required manual, it can be very helpful if you don't have yours with you or need to check something question. Homepage of APA Style.Org, this site includes APA Style Tips, Frequently Asked Questions and more.

Examples of how to cite the most common types of sources are also available on the Library's APA In-Depth guide .

More Resources

For additional help with citing in APA style and general writing, try the following links:

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Setting Up your Paper in APA Style

Nursing APA Sample Paper

This sample paper demonstrates how your paper should be formatted and organized to meet APA style guidelines. The sample paper is in pdf format; your papers should be created and saved using Microsoft Word* unless otherwise specified or allowed by the instructor or course instructions.

*Note:  All students have free access to Office 365, which includes Microsoft Word.

Checklist for Paper Submission

This checklist was created by nursing faculty to ensure that you follow the steps to submit your best possible paper. It was created for students taking SUO nursing courses, but students in the traditional program may want to view it as well. Feel free to download a copy and use as a resource when writing a paper.

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Getting Help

Nursing students have access to writing tutors who can assist with citation as well as the general organization of an academic paper.

Students taking on-campus classes can make an appointment with Academic Link writing tutors through the TutorTrac system .

Students taking online classes have access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service.  The online tutors can review your writing or answer questions in a live session. You can access Brainfuse from your Blackboard course.  Find more information about Brainfuse by viewing their website .

SafeAssign is being used in the majority of nursing classes when your work is submitted through the assignment link. This tool checks submitted assignments for originality against other submitted works in the Global Reference Database.

Click here to learn more about how SafeAssign works

When you submit your assignment it may take up to 24 hours for the originality report to be generated for your review. It is important that you understand how to review your SafeAssign Originality report and how to interpret the scores. Review the links below for detailed information.

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Click here to learn how to interpret your SafeAssign scores

Some instructors may have a suggested threshold for your SafeAssign score.  Check your syllabus or assignment instructions for more information.

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APA Style 7th Edition: Student Paper Formatting

An audio/visual guide to formatting student research papers by Samuel Forlenza, PhD (for Contents time stamps, link to YouTube - ad supported). This video highlights how to properly set up an APA Style paper for students, which includes setting margins and font; creating a title page; organizing the main text with section headings; and (if needed), formatting pages for references, footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. For textual instructions, go to Handouts and Guides - Paper Format.

APA Style 7th Edition: Professional Publication Paper Formatting

An audio/visual guide to formatting student research papers by Samuel Forlenza, PhD (for Contents time stamps, link to YouTube - ad supported). This video highlights how to properly set up an APA Style paper for Professional Publication. For textual instructions, go to Handouts and Guides - Paper Format.

APA Style 7th Edition: In-Text Citations, Quotations, and Plagiarism

An audio/visual guide to formatting your in-text citations by Samuel Forlenza, PhD (for Contents time stamps, link to YouTube - ad supported).This video will go through what plagiarism is and how to avoid it; how to cite sources using both parenthetical and narrative in-text citations; how to cite organizations, multiple sources at once, and avoid duplicate citations; and how to quote shorter and longer passages.

APA Style 7th Ed.: Reference Lists (Journal Articles, Books, Reports, Theses, Websites, more!)

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Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style

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Format Nursing Papers in APA Format: A Guide

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The Institute of Medicine shows that nurses are responsible for 65% of healthcare delivered in the US. With this amount of responsibility, students preparing to join the nursing profession must adhere to the highest academic standards. One way to ensure this is by following formatting guidelines when writing nursing school assignments . The American Psychological Association (APA) style is a standard formatting style used in nursing papers that provides a comprehensive framework for structuring documents, citing sources, and presenting research findings.

Since nursing studies rely on evidence-based practice, rigorous research, and attention to detail in conveying ideas and documenting sources, one must master how to format nursing papers in APA format. Whether you are writing an essay or research paper, following proper referencing in nursing papers is essential for success.

In this article, we will provide you with all the details of APA format nursing, from forming title pages, headings, citations, references, and overall paper structure.

What is APA and Why Is APA Important for Nursing Papers?

APA guidelines refer to the set of writing institutions, and guidelines followed when citing papers in Nursing, psychology, and related fields. These guidelines are provided by The American Psychological Association (APA, 2006) to facilitate scientific communication for manuscripts submitted to the same publication. Thus, the APA formatting style is used in papers submitted to publications and student papers submitted to nursing schools.

Nursing students are encouraged to use the APA formatting style for the following reasons:

Provide Clear and Concise Citations

APA style enables uniformity in locating critical findings and ideas in nursing and medical research and provides clear guidelines on how to cite these sources. By including these sources in your paper, it ensures that proper credibility is given to the original authors while also allowing readers to assess the provided information.

Encourage Clarity of Information

APA guidelines provide a standardized way of formatting all nursing papers, including title pages, spacing margins, etc. This encourages uniformity and consistency in the papers, which allows readers to easily read them.

In addition, APA encourages the use of clear language, such as active voice, unambiguous tone, and being mindful of the writing style.

Provide Logical Organization of Ideas

APA formatting guidelines emphasize the logical organization of information, which is crucial in nursing papers. You must include headings and subheadings to divide the information in your paper into logical sections. This ensures your arguments and ideas are well-represented and organized with enough scientific evidence.

Please note that using the APA format in nursing is challenging, but our nursing writers understand this. If you are struggling, our writers can help.

How to write Nursing papers in APA Style

Now that you understand why using the APA style in your nursing papers is important, let's dive into how to use it.

Nursing Paper Title Page in APA Format

The first thing you will need to write is an APA title page. It should appear on the top page of your nursing paper. A good title must be clear and concise and express the main ideas discussed in the body section. Ensure you eliminate irrelevant words or phrases. Additionally, do not include abbreviations in the title of your nursing paper.

According to the APA manual 7 th edition, a good title page must include the following key elements in order:

Page Number

A page number is the first element appearing on a title page. When you want to write nursing papers in APA format, place the page number at the top right side of the page. Ensure you keep a 1-inch side margin and 0.5-inch top margin.

Title of the Paper or Essay

The second element of the title page is the title itself. Center the title at least 3–4 lines from the top margin. Capitalize the first letter of every important word then bold the whole title.

Please note that there is no maximum length for writing titles in nursing. However, ensure the title is clear and concise. For instance, the Impact of the Middle Eastern War on the Lives of Women and Children.

Author Byline

This is where you provide your details for readers to know who you are. Just like the title, center your name just below the title (leave a double space below the two). Write your name using both Upper case and Lower Case, for example, John Smith.

If you wrote the paper or essay with another person, include their names and separate the names with the word "and." If this was a group project and there were more than two people, separate each name with a comma (,) and use the word "and" to separate the last name.

Affiliation

The affiliation is your institution's name. Provide both the course department and the name of the school, which are separated by a comma. For i nstance, the Department of Nursing, Harvard University. This information should appear below the author by line. Place a double space between the two.

Course Name and Number

Just below the author affiliation, provide the course number and name. Use a colon to separate the two. For instance, BIO 204: Introduction to Biology.

Instructors Name

After the course name and number, place a double space, and then write your instructor's name. Just like the other elements, center the names and write them just as they appear on the course manual. For instance, Dr. Edward Smith.

Assignment Due Date

When using APA style for nursing papers, you must also provide the due date for your assignment. Center this information just below the name of your instructor. There is no appropriate way to write the date; use the standard date format in your country.

The following is an APA nursing paper example for a title Page,

Source: APA Style

Write the Abstract

When writing nursing papers in APA format, you must provide an abstract, which comes after the title page. An abstract is a short, comprehensive summary of your paper that describes what you have done in the research paper.

An abstract is necessary for the following reasons:

  • To provide readers with an overview of what is to come so they can decide whether to proceed with reading or not.
  • Allows readers to follow the information, ideas, arguments, counterarguments, and analyses in your paper.
  • Helps readers remember what your paper was about later on after reading the paper.

The recommended length for an abstract in APA format is 250 words. Anything above that will be deemed unnecessary.

The abstract of your research paper should address the following:

  • The main problem you are addressing in your nursing research.
  • Main aspects of the literature review.
  • A clear hypothesis.
  • The methods used to conduct the research.
  • The results of your research.
  • Implications of your research.

According to APA, the abstract of a nursing paper must include descriptive keywords that capture the most important parts of your research. Some of the keywords you should use include research, population, method, and research topic. Include at least three or five of these keywords in the paper.

How to Format an Abstract in APA Style

Follow these instructions to write an abstract:

  • It should appear on the second page of your nursing paper.
  • Include the page number on the top right side of the page.
  • Label this page “Abstract,” then put it in bold and center it. It should be on the first line of the paper.
  • Use either of the following fonts: 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode, 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or 10-point Computer Modern2.
  • Place a 1-inch margin on all sides.
  • Skip a line below the abstract title and begin writing your text.
  • The text should be double-spaced.

For the keywords, indent them and use the title "keywords" for easy identification. Follow these guidelines to format the keywords.

  • Indent the keyword 0.5 inches from the margin of the paper.
  • Double-space the text
  • List the keywords and separate them using a comma.

Please note that if your instructor asks you to include a running head, you need to provide it at the top margin of every page in your paper. The running head appears with the page number. Follow these guidelines to insert a running head in MS Word.

Running heads are not necessary for student papers, but they are mandatory for professional papers.

Here is an example of an abstract of an APA-style paper.

How to Structure the Nursing APA Paper

Here is how you are supposed to structure the body of your paper.

Introduction

If you have added a running head, ensure you include it in the body of the essay or research paper and repeat the title of the paper.

Once you have written this, include a concise introduction that provides a context for the paper. Unlike an abstract, an introduction describes and provides the context of your research. It must include the following information:

  • Background information about the topic.
  • Why is the topic important?
  • How do you intend to address the problem?
  • How you have organized the paper.

The introduction of the nursing paper must begin on a new line.

When writing an introduction, move from general to specific, and then end with a thesis statement. Ensure you include the importance of the problem and why the research was necessary.

There is no need to include the label "introduction" because its position is easily identifiable.

Another piece of information to include when writing a nursing paper structure in APA is the research methodology . This section is important because it describes how you conducted the research and ensures it is reproducible. Ensure you provide the following subheading in the method section of your research paper:

  • Subjects describe the total number of participants involved in the research and their demographics. They also explain how they were selected and organized.

The methodology section can range between 1500 to 2500, depending on the length of your research paper.

APA Results Section

Also called the findings, the results section outlines what you find out in your research. It is essentially the most important part of the research paper. You have to report your findings based on the research questions in order. Ensure you write this section without any bias.

Please ensure you are summarizing the results of the study instead of reporting them in full detail.

The APA results section should also include both text and illustrations. Doing so makes it easier for readers to go through the results of your findings, especially if you are dealing with large amounts of data.

Consider using tables and figures to summarize these results. The best way to do this is to first create the tables and figures, organize the results logically, and then provide a summary of your findings.

A table outlines numerical data and textual information, e.g., responses from the research participants. On the other hand, a figure is any other thing that is not a table. This could be a graph, chart, plot, drawing, etc.

Follow the above guidelines to follow tables and figures in nursing research:

Table number.

This must appear above the title of the table in bold. If there is more than one table, number them in the order they appear in the paper.

The title comes second after the table number. Place a double space between the two. Capitalize the title in italic title case.

Depending on how you arranged your research data, a table could have multiple headings. For all your tables, include a column heading and a subheading (leftmost). If there is no other suitable heading, use the label "variable." Ensure you center the headings.

According to the Publication Manual, some tables could have column spanners, table spanners, and decked heads.

The body section of your table should include rows and columns.

  • Use either of the following spacing: single-space, one-and-a-half space, or double-space.
  • Left align the text in the stub column.

The following is an illustration of the components of a table in APA.

Source: APA

Figures must have the following components:

This appears first on top of the title in bold font.

Place a double space below the number and capitalize the title of the figure in an italic title case. Ensure you provide a descriptive title.

This could be the graph, photograph, or chat you plan to use in the paper.

If present, provide a legend or key within the figure's border. Ensure you explain all the symbols used in the figure.

Nursing papers in APA format must also include a discussion section as the final part of the body section. This is where you evaluate, interpret, and explain the implications and limitations of your research findings.

According to the APA guidelines, the discussion section must draw inferences and conclusions from your results; you must show how it contributes to the field of nursing.

So, how do you structure the discussion section in the APA section?

  • Reiterate the main problem that led you to conduct the research. You can begin by saying, "The purpose of this research was to find out or gain a better understanding of...”
  • An overview and a comprehensive explanation of the results. Ensure you tell readers why these findings are important. It should answer the “so what” question.
  • Compare your results to similar findings in nursing. To do this, use words and phrases such as “these results are consistent with the claim that …”
  • Consider alternative interpretations of your findings.

The reference section is the last page of your research paper or essay. It consists of the following elements: author, date, title, and source.

The most important element in the reference section is consistency. Here are the rules for formatting the reference section;

  • Center the label reference in bold font in the sentence on the page.
  • Double-space the whole reference section.
  • Follow the alphabetic order for all entries for the author's last name.
  • For all individual sources added to the list, create a hanging indent.

Please note that for essays, you do not need to include the discussion, results, or method section. An essay in APA format only has four main parts: The title page, the abstract, the main body, and the reference page.

In-text Citation for Nursing Papers

In APA, your essay or research paper must include an in-text citation, which is a brief reference in the body section of the paper. This is one way of acknowledging the contributions of other authors in your field.

So, how do you cite and in-text citations in APA? An in-text citation in APA follows the Author-Date format (year of publication), e.g., (Smith, 1996.)

The following are general guidelines for in-text citation:

  • Use the proper spellings for the names of the authors. It should match those in the reference list entries.
  • Only cite the sources for the ideas you have read and used in the paper.
  • Avoid using a long string of citations, as readers might have a hard time understanding them.
  • Only cite primary sources. However, if you must use secondary sources, do so sparingly.
  • Only cite information that is not common knowledge.
  • You can cite personal communication even when it is not retrievable. Avoid using unrecoverable online sources.

Only use in-text citations where appropriate, for instance, when you do either of the following:

  • Paraphrasing other people's ideas.
  • Directly quote other people's ideas.
  • Refer to the data
  • Use tables, figures, images, and even those free from the internet.

Nursing Paper Headings and Subheadings

Headings are important when writing nursing papers in APA format. These headings help in dividing the different sections of your paper. All your headings should be as descriptive as possible.

APA style of referencing has five levels of headings.

  • Level 1- This is the highest level of heading.
  • Level 2- is the subheading of level 1.
  • Level 3- This comes below level 2.
  • Level 4 is the subheading of level 3.
  • Level 5 is the subheading of level 4,

You do not need to use all the heading levels. The number you use will depend on the length and complexity of your nursing paper.

  • Only use those that are necessary to differentiate the different sections in your paper.
  • Always ensure that all headings accurately represent the information below them.
  • If there are sections with equal importance, ensure you use the same level of headings.

Writing nursing papers in APA format is one of the ways of ensuring uniformity and consistency in your work. Writing a paper in APA format requires that you begin with a title page, abstract, body of the paper, and reference section. Ensure you follow all the above instructions to ensure your paper meets all the APA guidelines.

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When you reference another source use an in-text citation in the body of your paper. 

Basic Format: (Author's Last Name(s) or Organization, Year).

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Summarizing or Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing or summarizing the main findings or takeaways from a research article is the preferred method of citing sources in an APA paper. Always include the last name of the author(s) and the year of the publication, so your reader can find the full citation in the reference list.

According to Shavers (2007), limitations of studying socioeconomic status in research on health disparities include difficulties in collecting data on socioeconomic status and the complications of classifying women, children, and employment status.

Direct Quotes

If you're quoting the exact words of someone else, introduce the quote with an in-text citation in parentheses. Any sentence punctuation goes after the closing parenthesis.

  • According to Brown (2019), "Direct quote" (p. 1021).
  • Brown (2019) found that "Direct quote" (p. 1021).
  • [Some other introduction] "Direct quote" (Brown, 2019, p. 1021).

If you're directly quoting more than 40 words, use a blockquote . Block quotes don't need quotation marks. Instead, indent the text 1/2" as a visual cue that you are citing. The in-text citation in parentheses goes after the punctuation of the quote.

Shavers (2007) study found the following:

While research studies have established that socioeconomic status influences disease incidence, severity and access to healthcare, there has been relatively less study of the specific manner in which low SES influences receipt of quality care and consequent morbidity and mortality among patients with similar disease characteristics, particularly among those who have gained access to the healthcare system. (p. 1021)

Toro Tip: Use direct quotes sparingly! Focus on summarizing the findings from multiple research studies. In the sciences and social sciences, only use the exact phrasing or argument of an individual when necessary.

In-text citations differ depending on the number of authors listed for a work, and if there is a group author .

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You only need the author's last name comma year in parentheses.

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Connect both authors' last names with & (ampersand) comma and the year.

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If there are 3 or more authors use et al., which means "and others," comma and the year.

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First time with an abbreviation:

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Then all subsequent citations: (CDC, 2019)

Include the complete citation at the end of your paper in a references section. References are organized by the author's last name in alphabetic (A-Z) order. Use an hanging indent to separate each list item.

Basic Format: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of the work. Source where you can retrieve the work . URL or DOI if available

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Journal Article

  • Author(s). Note: List each author's last name and initial as Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. Use an ampersand (&) before the final author's name. Read more from the APA Style website if there are 21 or more authors.
  • Title of the article. Note: For works that are part of a greater whole (e.g. articles, chapter), use sentence case. Only the first word of the title and subtitle and proper nouns are capitalized.
  • Title of the Journal , Note: Italicize and capitalize each word in the journal.
  • Volume Note: Italicize the journal volume. If there is no issue, include a comma before the page range.
  • (Issue), Note: If there is a issue number in addition to a volume number, include it in parentheses.
  • Page range. Note: If there is no page range within the journal volume/issue, this can be excluded.
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Read more about DOIs from the APA Style wesbite.
Ashing‐Giwa, K. T., Padilla, G., Tejero, J., Kraemer, J., Wright, K., Coscarelli, A., Clayton, S., Williams, I., & Hills, D. (2004). Understanding the breast cancer experience of women: A qualitative study of African American, Asian American, Latina and Caucasian cancer survivors. Psycho‐Oncology , 13 (6), 408-428. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.750

Online News/Magazine Article

  • Author(s). Note: List each author's last name and initials as Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. Use an ampersand (&) before the final author's name.
  • (Year, Month Date). Note: You do not need to abbreviate the month.
  • Title of the online newspaper or publication . Note: Capitalize each word in the publication and italicize. If the publication has an associated newly newspaper in print, use the newspaper article reference example .
Rogers, O. (2021, July 9). Why naming race is necessary to undo racism. Psychology Today . https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/who-am-i-who-are-we/202107/why-naming-race-is-necessary-undo-racism
  • Title of the book. Note: For works that stand alone (e.g. books, reports), italicize the title. Only capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle and any proper nouns.
  • (Edition). Note: If there is an edition or volume, include it in parentheses and use abbreviations of ed. or vol.
  • Publisher. Note: You do not need to include the publisher location or databases where you retrieved it.
Schmidt, N. A., & Brown, J. M. (2017). Evidence-based practice for nurses: Appraisal and application of research (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Book Chapter with Editor(s)

  • Author(s). Note: List each chapter author's last name and initials as Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. Use an ampersand (&) before the final author's name.
  • Title of the chapter. Note: For works that are part of a greater whole (e.g. articles, chapter), use sentence case. Only the first word of the title and subtitle and proper nouns are capitalized.
  • In Editor(s), Note: List each editor's last name and initials as A. A. Editor, B. B. Editor, & C. C. Editors, include (Ed.) or (Eds.) in parentheses, and end with a comma.
  • Title of the book Note: For works that stand alone (e.g. books, reports), italicize the title. Only capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle and any proper nouns.
  • (pp.xx-xx).
McCormack, B., McCance, T., & Maben, J. (2013). Outcome evaluation in the development of person-centred practice. In B. McCormack, K. Manley, & A. Titchen (Eds.), Practice development in nursing and healthcare (pp. 190-211). John Wiley & Sons.
  • Author(s). Note: List each author's last name and initials as Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. If there is no author, spell out the name of the organization or site.
  • (Year, Month Date). Note: Read more about date formats from the APA Style website . Provide as specific a date as is available. Use the date last updated, but not the date last reviewed or copyright date. If there is no date, use (n.d.).
  • Title of page or section. Note: Italicize the title of the page.
  • Source. Note: Usually the official name of the website. If the source would be the same as the author, you can omit the source to avoid repetition.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Preventing HPV-associated cancers . https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/basic_info/prevention.htm/

Online Report

  • Author(s). Note: List each author's last name and initials as Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. If there is no author, spell out the name of the organization that published the report.
  • (Year, Month Date). Note: Provide as specific a date as is available.
  • Title of the report or document. Note: For works that stand alone (e.g. books, reports), italicize the title. Only capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle and any proper nouns.
  • Source. Includes the names of parent agencies or other organizations not listed in the group author name here.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. (2017, January). Key indicators of health by service planning area . http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ha/

Dissertation or Thesis

  • Author. Note: List the author's last name and initials as Author, A. A. There is usually only one author for a thesis or dissertation, you don't need to include any faculty advisers.
  • Title of the dissertation or thesis [Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis, Name of University]. Note: For works that stand alone (e.g. books, dissertations, theses), italicize the title. Only capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle and any proper nouns. The title page will indicate whether it's a Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis and list the name of the university granting the degree.
  • Source. Note: Include the name of the database or institutional repository where you can access the work (e.g. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, PQDT Open, CSU ScholarWorks) here.
  • URL Note: If available it's available.
Valentin, E. R. (2019, Summer). Narcissism predicted by Snapchat selfie sharing, filter usage, and editing [Master's thesis, California State University Dominguez Hills]. CSU ScholarWorks. https://scholarworks.calstate.edu/concern/theses/3197xm925?locale=en

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Formatting Your APA Paper

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What is APA 7th

The “APA style” is an author-date style for citing and referencing information in assignments and publications. This guide is based on the "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" 7th edition (2020).

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APA 7th: the basics

A basic reference list entry for a journal article in APA must include:

  • Author or authors.  The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year of publication of the article (in round brackets).
  • Article title.
  • Journal title (in italics ).
  • Volume of journal (in italics ).
  • Issue number of journal in round brackets (no italics).
  • Page range of article.
  • DOI  or URL
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example:  

Ruxton, C. (2016). Tea: Hydration and other health benefits. Primary Health Care , 26 (8), 34-42. https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2016.e1162

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Examples of the APA 7th Referencing Style in Health

The American Psychological Association provide a detailed website on how to reference with the APA 7th style. You may access the website here: APA Style

Link to the e-book on how to reference with APA 7th here: https://stella.catalogue.tcd.ie/iii/encore/record/C__Rb20709609

Students should not that the APA Style ONLY applies to referencing and citation, and NOT to the formatting of the document. Please following formatting guidelines provided in your student manual.

Examples for Nursing & Midwifery:

Journal article:.

Modigh, A., Sampaio, F., Moberg, L., & Fredriksson, M. (2021). The impact of patient and public involvement in health research versus healthcare: a scoping review of reviews. Health Policy, 125 (9), 1208-1221. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2021.07.008

Hughes, J. L., Cannon, B., Camden, A. A., Treadwell, K. R. H., Thomas, J. G., & Perdue, B. M. (2023). Conquering APA style for the seventh edition: Advice From APA style experts. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research , 28 (1), 2–13. https://doi-org.elib.tcd.ie/10.24839/2325-7342.JN28.1.2

Book Example:

Hinkle, J. L., Cheever, K. H., & Overbaug, K. (2021). Brunner & Suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing. Wolters Kluwer.

Book Chapter Example:

Hinkle, J. L., Cheever, K. H., & Overbaug, K. (2021). Assessment and management of patients with hearing and balance disorders. In Brunner & Suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing (pp. 2093-2124). Wolters Kluwer.

HSE Reports:

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit, & Health Service Executive. (2020). Occupational Health Nursing Strategy 2020-2024. http://hdl.handle.net/10147/628652

In text: (Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit & Health Service Executive, 2020)

Government Statutes:

The Constitution of Ireland (Irish: Bunreacht na hÉireann) Irish Statute Book , (1937). https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d5bd8c-constitution-of-ireland/

Irish Policy Document:

Department of Health, & Health Service Executive. (2022). Sharing the vision: A mental health policy for everyone: Implementation plan 2022- 2024. http://hdl.handle.net/10147/631962

In text: (Department of Health & Health Service Executive, 2022)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. (2017). Advanced practice (nursing) standards and requirements. https://www.nmbi.ie/NMBI/media/NMBI/Advanced-Practice-Nursing-Standards-and-Requirements-2017.pdf?ext=.pdf

In text: (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2017)

Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 (Act No. 41/2011). http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2011/act/41/enacted/en/html

BNF: Print & Digital:

Joint Formulary Committee. (2023). British national formulary 86 . BMJ Publishing and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Joint Formulary Committee. (2023). British national formulary 86. Retrieved October 9, 2023, from https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/browse/bnf

In text: (Joint Formulary Committee, 2023).

NICE Guidelines:

The first time you cite NICE, write the full National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. You can abbreviate subsequent citations to NICE.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2019). Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management [NICE Guideline No. 143]. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng143

In text: First citation: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE] (2013)... or National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2013) reported... In text, subsequent citations: (NICE, 2013) or NICE (2013).

Other reference examples: https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/reference-examples.pdf

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