Nursing Assignment Resuscitation Workshop

Nursing students, would you like to brush up your assignment skills before the start of semester two?  If so, this workshop is for you!

Come along to the Library on Monday 16th of July and we will take you through academic writing skills, researching your assignment and correctly referencing your sources.

The workshop will be held in B2.07 and will run from 9.00 am – 1.00pm.  A light morning tea will be provided.

If you have any questions  or would like to register to attend, just comment on this blog post, including your full name (so we know who you are).  Remember to let us know if you have anything you would like specifically covered in the workshop.

NSB117 Drop In Session


If you would like some extra help researching or writing your assignment for NSB117, come along to the Library on Monday the 2nd of April, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Bring your assignment and your questions to B2.25 and a librarian will work through them with you.  Just remember, while we’re happy to check your reference lists, we don’t proofread entire assignments.  What we will do though, is help you to proofread your assignments by explaining appropriate language, grammar and structure to you.

There is no need to book, just come along!

FAQs for QUT APA: health resources

If your discipline uses QUT APA to reference your assignments (e.g. nursing), some health resources can be tricky to get just right.  We’ve compiled the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

I’m referencing well known organisations like the World Health Organization or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Do I have to spell the full name out each time?

For APA referencing, you can use the abbreviation if the first time you spell out the title and place the initial in the square brackets. So if the first reference was:

(World Health Organization [WHO], 2011)

All following references could be: (WHO, 2011).

If it is a less well-known organisation or if there is any scope for confusion (e.g. in the unlikely scenario you’re discussing both the British Broadcasting Corporation and Brisbane Boys College) you can use the full name each time.

How do I reference a specialist health resource like a Systematic Review, Evidence Summary, DynaMed entry et cetera?

QUT Cite|Write has full examples for specialist health resources from  MIMS Online, JBI Connect +, DynaMed, Nursing Consult & Cochrane. They are located in APA Examples > Journals. Select, DynaMed, MIMS, Systematic Reviews or Evidence-based resources to find an example for your resource.

Screenshot of QUT Cite|Write

I’m actually citing something that’s not a journal article, because it’s a factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster about a particular health issue. How do I do that?

 This is relatively easy with QUT APA. Provide the four key elements of the reference (author, date, title, location details). Plus, if it’s not clear from the title of the work whether it is factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster, insert this information in square brackets after the title. E.g.:

Queensland Health. (n.d.). Common breastfeeding concerns: When do I stop breastfeeding? [Factsheet]. Retrieved from

 Of course, QUT Cite|Write is only a guide, so check with your lecturer/tutor if there are any special requirements (E.g. Psychology students follow A guide to formatting in psychology).

You can also refer to the APA 6th Manual, ask a librarian (online or on campus) for help with QUT APA.

Or submit your own Frequently Asked Referencing Question to Add Lib – just leave a comment below and we’ll post an answer.