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How to Write a Case Study Paper (with a sample Nursing 52 paper)

The Nursing 52 case study paper is a complex paper involving many sections.  For a full explanation of how to write a case study paper, please talk to your instructor. The information below is a basic guideline for how to write a case study paper; if there are any differences between what your instructor has told you and this website, please do as your instructor has asked.

In order to write a case study paper, you must carefully address a number of sections in a specific order with specific information contained in each.  The guideline below outlines each of those sections.

Section Information to Include
Introduction (patient and problem)
  • Explain who the patient is (Age, gender, etc.)
  • Explain what the problem is (What was he/she diagnosed with, or what happened?)
  • Introduce your main argument (What should you as a nurse focus on or do?)
  • Explain the disease (What are the symptoms? What causes it?)
  • Explain what health problems the patient has (Has she/he been diagnosed with other diseases?)
  • Detail any and all previous treatments (Has she/he had any prior surgeries or is he/she on medication?)
Nursing Physical Assessment
  • List all the patient’s health stats in sentences with specific numbers/levels (Blood pressure, bowel sounds, ambulation, etc.)
Related Treatments
  • Explain what treatments  the patient is receiving because of his/her disease

Nursing Care Plan

Nursing Diagnosis & Patient Goal
  • Explain what your nursing diagnosis is (What is the main problem for this patient? What need to be addressed?)
  • Explain what your goal is for helping the patient recover (What do you want to change for the patient?)
Nursing Interventions
  • Explain how you will accomplish your nursing goals, and support this with citations (Reference the literature)


  • Explain how effective the nursing intervention was (What happened after your nursing intervention? Did the patient get better?)
  • Explain what the patient or nurse should do in the future to continue recovery/improvement

Your paper will be graded on how well you complete each of the above sections.  You will also be graded on your use of APA style (see the APA section of this website) and on your application of nursing journals into the treatments and interventions.  For integrating nursing journals, remember the following:

  • Make sure to integrate citations into all of your paper
  • Support all claims of what the disease is, why it occurs and how to treat it with references to the literature on this disease
  • Always use citations for information that you learned from a book or article; if you do not cite it, you are telling your reader that YOU discovered that information (how to treat the disease, etc.)

Download the PDF below for an example of a student's case study paper with notes showing where and how this student included all the information above.

Sample Nursing 52 Case Study Student Paper