Nursing Career Synthesis: Secondary sources

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Nursing is one of the most sought after career paths in the U.S and the world. It offers unrivaled job security, mobility as well as a chance to grow in the competitive field. However, the motivations for choosing nursing as a career path almost always point towards an urge to help and care for people. People who go to hospitals seek to find physical both physical and emotional support. The nurse’s job is to provide these services in a way that promotes the health of the individual.

As with any other field, writing is critical to communicate information in the field, including research journals. Research, as well as other writing methods. The role of this synthesis is to analyze three secondary sources related to the nursing career. The synthesis will focus on how one can be prepared to write in the field, how writers in the fields use persuasive methods of pathos, logos, and ethos, and a discussion of current controversies that arise in the field.


The secondary sources that I will be using as examples for the career synthesis are mentioned in detail as follows;

Source One

Price, S. L., Hall, L. M., Murphy, G. T., & Pierce, B. (2018). Evolving career choice narratives of new graduate nurses. Nurse education in practice, 28, 86-91.

The article provides an excellent piece of writing that seeks to gain perspective on graduate nurses’ experiences when they finish school and enter practice. The article provides an in depth look into how the nursing practice. The article is an excellent source that will provide a prospective student with a snapshot of what it is like to be a nurse and how the nursing field is like. The text is an excellent example of writing that is geared towards providing information. From the article, we can see that one way of preparing to write is by doing research. The nursing field is a technical field meaning that evidence-based research is required to write papers. The type of audience who read nursing material is a knowledgeable audience. Therefore, the writer needs to base their research on findings and be as broad as possible on the subject.

The authors of the article demonstrate that they did their research. They base their article on evidence-based on a longitudinal study of the professionals who have graduated and have started the nursing practice transition. Based on the article, we can see that articles’ writing is one form of media applied in the nursing field. The type of text in the field is scientific. Articles like this are numerous in the nursing field, in that they are articles that are scientific and well researched. The author appeals to pathos by providing data backed by qualitative research since the audience is one that looks for knowledge. Based on the article, we cannot see a specific controversy that is in nursing.

Source Two

Patrick, K., & Lavery, J. F. (2007). Burnout in nursing. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24(3), 43.

The article focusses on the rigors that are part of the nursing field. Burnout is an aspect of nursing that is well documented in most writings. A prospective student wishing to gain knowledge in the nursing field can use such an article to gain insight into the challenges faced while working in the field. A nurse provides service to patients, an act that needs a lot of interactions with people and a lot of movement. For one to enter the field, they must be prepared for long working hours characterized by extensive fatigue. The authors of this article did good research before writing the article. The author has cited previous research, meaning that other writings are available on the subject of work stress that affects nurses. From the article, we can see that the author has used a research-based writing style that is both concise and informative to explore the issue at hand. The author also shows us an example of appeals that a prospective writer in the field can emulate.

The writer appeals to logos by using a lot of writings that are backed by research and data. The intended audience who may respond to logos are other peers in the nursing field who may wish to adopt some research and propose solutions for the same. The author also used pathos by showing just how bad the problem of work stress is to the nurse. The intended audience of pathos is potential students who may want to get into the nursing field; they may empathize with their current situation. Finally, the article shows a major controversy within the nursing field on how much a nurse can work? Some solutions to the problem include working in shifts, taking regular breaks, and stress relievers on the job.

Source Three

Kunyk, D., & Austin, W. (2012). Nursing under the influence: A relational ethics perspective. Nursing ethics, 19(3), 380-389.

In this article, the author explores an ethical angle toward nursing. Ethics are part and parcel of the nursing fields, and therefore, it is crucial for a prospective student to feel how ethics affects the profession. The authors explore how nurses’ addictions can affect both the nurse’s health and that of their patients. One cannot write about nursing without touching upon the ethical side of the field. A prospective writer or student who wishes to explore the field can use the article to get an idea into the importance of ethics in the nursing field. The authors are well versed in the topic, and their knowledge is shown in how they present their ideas. The authors also appeal to the ethos of the audience. The article presents the dangers of having a nurse under the influence of work on a patient. The patient may be harmed or treated so badly that they lose all confidence and trust in the care provider.

Given that nursing is a field whereby trust is crucial, this would present a problem. By appealing to the ethos of the intended audience, which is prospective nurses, the author can send a message to them, rather subtly, to provide the reader an insight on ethics in the nursing field. The authors also appeal to both logos and pathos. They use logos by providing well-researched evidence as well as historical background on nursing under the influence. They use pathos to appeal to the emotional side of their audience. The audience may feel a sense of enragement to discover that some nurses go against ethics and perform their jobs under substances’ influence. The controversy a reader can get from the article is how nurses under the influence breach nursing ethics. The solution presented in the article is an ethical one. By considering the breach of ethics, nurses can contemplate just how bad their actions are and may effect change in their actions.


By exploring secondary sources on nursing, prospective students and writers can get a myriad of information that they can adapt to their use. For instance, prospective students can use the synthesis to have a basic look at how the nursing field is, the types of writings used in the field, how the authors appeal to pathos, logos, and ethos, and explore various controversies. The case applies to a writer who can also get the same information.