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APA Rant by RN

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by pedsrnjc pedsrnjc (New Member) New Member

pedsrnjc has 1 years experience and works as a Pediatrics.

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I am an RN working on my BSN. This is a vent. Oh how I hate APA, if I never get my BSN it will be because of APA. It's not that I don't understand the need for information to be organized in a uniform fashion so that other's can easily access your resources, or it's not that I have difficulty using it. I got it down.

But...I absolutely hate it. It's tedious, even if I feel passionate about the topic, I get stuck on the stupid APA. I just don't wanna do it. I hate it. I know, I should be doing it instead of complaining about it, but Oh how I hate it. I have great ideas about nursing, things that should be researched to improve evidenced based practice, but nobody will ever get to see what's on my mind, (Sorry American Journal of Nursing) because of stupid APA.

There it's off my chest. Now, back to work.

BTW...yes, it's laziness.:smokin:

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AgentBeast has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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MLA is far far worse than APA, but that is only my opinion.

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I used the program Perrla. It formats everything into APA.

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i just started working towards my bsn last week. i very quickly discovered citation machine and i will be using it. the class is so tedious, thank goodness it's only 5 weeks long :dncgbby:

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netglow works as a RN.

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EXACTLY!!!

I so agree with you OP, there is a feeling of "dumbing down" with this crap.

With my first degree, it was about building the future, the next innovators, we are! After all, why the heck go to college, if this is not encouraged, right?

So, when I had to research and write for nursing, I had to pretend I was a "silly person" and just tow the line.

Major frustration, for me. Here is what I did, get some beer, write the paper. Be done with it. :cheers:

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highlandlass1592 has 13 years experience as a RN and works as a Critical Care Nurse.

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Totally agree with you. I bought: http://thewritedirection.net/drpaper/ software, formats the paper in APA or MLA as you type. Pretty easy and I don't worry about the added headaches. If you don't like that software, there are others. Good luck..just finished my BSN and now on to grad school!

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pedsrnjc has 1 years experience and works as a Pediatrics.

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EXACTLY!!!

I so agree with you OP, there is a feeling of "dumbing down" with this crap.

With my first degree, it was about building the future, the next innovators, we are! After all, why the heck go to college, if this is not encouraged, right?

So, when I had to research and write for nursing, I had to pretend I was a "silly person" and just tow the line.

Major frustration, for me. Here is what I did, get some beer, write the paper. Be done with it. :cheers:

Thanks, my paperwriting drink of choice is Merlot, I guess I picture it to be more intelligent :lol2:

Seriously, I have microsoft office word, and if I type the junk in there it formats it for me, I just don't like doing it.

It's a little early to break out the Merlot...I guess I'll just have to continue to tow the line. Thanks.;)

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dthfytr has 30 years experience as a ADN, LPN, LVN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I and works as a Disabled.

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In the early 80's we had to use a crude machine called a "typewriter." Guess this was about 10 BCE (Before Computers Existed, at least in the common household). The APA format gave me fits, and many trees sacrificed themselves needlessly for each completed term paper. Come to think of it, the good old days sucked. Anyway, I told you all that so I could say I think the APA has control issues. It feels good to finally get that out. Thanks for the post.

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blueheaven works as a RN.

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I never liked APA or MLA, but I use http://www.citationmachine.net/

so I don't really have a problem with either of them anymore.

cool! Going to give that a try! I really don't like any of them myself :p

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Jenfire has 33 years experience and works as a PACU.

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In the early 80's we had to use a crude machine called a "typewriter." Guess this was about 10 BCE (Before Computers Existed, at least in the common household). The APA format gave me fits, and many trees sacrificed themselves needlessly for each completed term paper. Come to think of it, the good old days sucked. Anyway, I told you all that so I could say I think the APA has control issues. It feels good to finally get that out. Thanks for the post.

LOL -- Was right there with you! Quit whining girls you have spell checker, delete buttons and auto save!

Jen

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MassED has 15 years experience and works as a ER.

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there are programs out there that you can buy that will put your Bibliography into APA format, as well as correctly put your sources into your paper. It was a great help for some of those tedious tasks.

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