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Creative Writing

Benefits of Creative Writing for Student Nurses

Creative writing can be fun AND improve academic writing.....WHAT?! 
                                                                                                                              
But really...
Creative writing motivates 
 “self-discovery, 
self-understanding 
and self-expression” (Hanauer, 2011, p. 112).


Writing poetry helps students “learn

  • vocabulary,  
  • grammar and  
  • integrated language skills” (Ahmad, 2014, p. 131).

 

“Along with purposeful, specific use of language, writing poetry also offers
great benefits for building literacy and language acquisition” (Kolk, 2015, para. 6).

Writing poetry can increase student nurses’

  • empathy, 
  • compassion (Coleman & Willis, 2015), and  
  • critical thinking (Coleman & Willis, 2015; Hunter, 2002).

 

All of these benefits help poets “stimulate their relationship with language” (Holmes & Gregory, 1998, p. 1192).

 

References

Ahmad, J. (2014). Teaching of poetry to Saudi ESL learners: Stylistics approach. Study in English Language Teaching, 2(1), 123-139.                               https://doi.org/10.22158/selt.v2n1p123 

Coleman, D., & Willis, D. S. (2015). Reflective writing: The student nurse’s perspective on reflective writing and poetry writing. Nurse Education               Today, 35(2015), 906-911. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.02.018 

Hanauer, D. I. (2011). Meaningful literacy: Writing poetry in the language classroom. Language Teaching, 45(1), 105-115.                                                 https://doi.org/10.1017/s0261444810000522 

Holmes, V., & Gregory, D. (1998). Writing poetry: A way of knowing nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 28(6), 1191-1194.                                              https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00848.x 

Hunter, L. P. (2002). Poetry as an aesthetic expression for nursing: A review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 40(2), 141-148.                                                https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02356.x 

Kolk, M. (2015). Use poetry to build vocabulary and comprehension at all levels of language acquisition.                                                                              http://web.tech4learning.com/use-poetry-to-build-vocabulary-and-comprehension-at-all-levels-of-language-acquisition