Musaabir Laiyemo
Professor Atkins
ENGW 104 038
November 22 , 2015
Critical Writing Redefined
Much can be said about the debate between academic and critical writing. I believe academic writing is any writing that is done for a class in a high school, college, or university and follows a particular guideline. Critical writing would be writing that is done to analyze and critique anything that the writer d eems fit . This includes but is not limited to books, plays, art, speeches, sports events, or even a normal conversation. In regards to my major, nursing, critical writing would be writing that it done to analyze and critique a paper and understand the reason why the author chose to write it. These two forms of writing have a couple of similarities and differences that distinguish what their purpose is. Academic and critical writing are two forms of literary writing that analyze and respond to events or texts for different reasons in different ways.
As stated in the introduction, I believe that critical writing is writing that is done to analyze, critique, and comment on the stren g th of the argument of an event . While critical writing is usually associated with being done in response to literary work, it could be done in response to anything at all. In regards to my major (nursing) critical writing could be writing that is done to analyze and examine anything within nursing as long as it relates to the field. For example, "The Politics of Intimate Care: Gender, Race, and Nursing Work" by Charissa J. Threat is a prime representative of critical writing within nursing. This article critically examines the history of nursing and analyzes what made the field predominately female the way it is today. To accurately redefine what critical writing is in nursing, one would have to have a knowledge of what critical writing is and have experience reading and writing papers on the topic. This form of writing would be done solely for those who are in the nursing field and have a certain understanding and knowledge about the topic. This is because it would contain a lot of jargon that anyone outside of the field may not understand.
While a certain form of critical writing would only be for those in the nursing field, critical writing can exist in any format. The same article that can be published in a medical/nursing journal can also be published in an everyday magazine like People or Us Weekly. However, it'd have to be written differently because the target audience isn't the same. A lot more common and simpler words would have to be used so the mainstream audience can understand. In "The Politics of Intimate Care: Gender, Race, and Nursing Work", Threat uses simple terms to describe early viewpoints on nursing. She analyzes the concept of nursing being meant for women because the actual nursing job is "inferior to medicine" (Threat 14) and women were considered to be inferior to men. Therefore, it was supposed to be the perfect job for women because they were supposed to be "cooperative, loyal, and obedient" (Threat 11) or something the y have been their whole lives. These commonly known words help strengthen her argument because the audience understands them and can now see her point of view better and take their own stand on the topic.
Writers in nursing have a responsibility to their fellow peers to explain the topic that they are writing on and provide reasons for why it is important and should be taken seriously. The writer has to make sure that the topic that he or she is writing on is relevant and affects the lives of numerous people. On the other hand, writers who write for audiences outside of nursing have a harder job. These writers would have to make sure they explain what the topic is and why the audience should even read the piece of work. Moreover, the writer has the responsibility to avoid jargon and use common words to explain their topic while keeping the work fairly concise. They would also have to make sure the writing is engaging enough so that the reader doesn't put down the