Nursing Performance Appraisal

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Nursing Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal In Nursing Writing Assignment

Despite costs associated with performance appraisal, it is one way health care organizations can ensure that only competent, qualified nursing personnel care for patients. Some management experts have recommended that performance appraisals be eliminated from the work setting. Based on scholarly journals/publications, do you feel that  they should  be eliminated, altered, or continued in a different format?  Support your position with at least 2 recent (less than 5 years old) cited sources, preferably from Nursing journal articles.

Do you agree with these experts? Why or why not? Be specific.

Remember this is scholarly writing and not a venue for your personal opinion. Support your assertions with evidence from recent, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals (preferably nursing journals). ( To reiterate, “recent” is less than five years old.) Remember, your textbook is not a journal.

This assignment should be submitted in a Word document in APA format including citations in text and on the reference page. The body of the paper should be 2-3 pages,excluding the cover page and reference list. You may only submit one file and no late submissions will be accepted.


N421 Performance AppraisalWritten Assignment Rubric


Category Substantially Developed

(20-25 points)

Moderately Developed

(14-20 points)

Minimally Developed

(7-13 points)

Inadequately Developed

(1-6 points)

Ideas 1.  The purpose of the writing is clear to the reader. Clear and focused. 4

2.  States position & rationale on whether to continue or eliminate performance evaluations5

3.  Develops ideas cogently.  Easy to understand. Interesting. 4

4.  Supports premises with at least two recent peer-reviewed journal articles4

5.  Central idea is clearly communicated. 4

6.  Excels in responding to the question4

1.  Decisions related to style, and content aid in achieving the purpose of the writing. 7

2.  States and supports position but not as fully as possible.7

3.  Adequate but treatment of ideas that responds less well to the assignment.


1.  The purpose of the writing is difficult to discern.2

2.  Mundane treatment of ideas. 2

3.  Some confusion or irrelevant details present. 2

4.  Responded to less than half of assignment. 3

5.  Position on the topic is not clear, or support is lacking.4

1.  The purpose of the writing is not clear to the reader. 1

2.  Unclear, repetitious, confusing or disconnected thoughts; 1

3.  No clear central idea; 1

4.  Unfocused introduction or conclusion; 1

5.  Does not respond to the assignment.1

6.  Too brief a response, incomplete development, and/or inadequate support of topic.1

Organization 1.  Order, structure, and presentation of information is compelling; 5

2.  Flows smoothly; Draws reader in; 5

3.  Well organized.5

4.  Clear and specific introduction and conclusion. 5

5.  Writes 1-2 pages, Word doc,  excluding title and reference pages5

1.  Overall organization is clear. 4

2.  Recognizable introduction and conclusion. 4

3.  Adequate transition of ideas between paragraphs. 4

4.  Most ideas relate together.4

5.  Needs further development of ideas.4

1.  Organization is hard to follow. 4

2.  Connections between ideas unclear at times. 4

3.  Paper is too brief, or incompletely supported5

1.  Ideas arranged randomly rather than logically. 2

2.  Logic relating to the central idea not always clear. 2

3.  A clear sense of direction is not evident.2


Personal Work & APA Style 1.  Work shows reflection and paraphrasing. 7

2.  Displays originality and creativity.6

3.  Sources of information are cited correctly using APA format for both in-text citations and in the reference list. 6

4.  Less than 15% direct quotes used.6

1.  Work provides some reflection and paraphrasing. 7

2.  Minor and/or occasional errors in APA formatting are present7

3.  Less than 20% direct quotes used.6

1.  Work shows little reflection or paraphrasing. 4

2.  Several errors in APA formatting (if applicable). 5

3.  Less than 25% direct quotes used.4

1.  Work provides no reflection or paraphrasing. 2

2.  Major and/or frequent errors in APA formatting are present 2

3.  Greater than 30% direct quotes used.2

Spelling, Grammar, & Language 1.  Writing is essentially error-free in terms of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and language usage. 15

2.  Words are clear and accurate. 5

3.  Uses direct language.5


1.  Minor errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and language usage which do not detract from the writing nor impede understanding. 10

2.  Words are clear and mostlyaccurate. 10

1.  Uses generalizations, clichés or platitudes. 6

2.  Several errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and language usage that detract from content understanding. 7

1.  Writing contains frequent spelling and grammar errors which interfere with comprehension of content. 2

2.  Errors in language block the reader’s understanding of content. 2

3.  Language is wordy or repetitive.2

Instructor Comments:  



The following program policy applies Written Assignments and Final Project:

  1. Are to be submitted by the due date and time.
  2. Students failing to meet the deadline will receive an automatic 50% reduction on their paper prior to actual grading. If the student fails to submit within the next 24 hours, a grade of “0” will be assigned.
  3. It is the student’s responsibility to recognize their failure to submit and notify the instructor or teaching assistant within the 24 hour time frame. Contact should be made via email with the late assignment attached. (This is not for routine use. It is only for late assignments.)