How to write a case study for HIV Nursing

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community)

Case studies are a lived experience and something that can be used for reflection and learning for other nurses. We all have funny/scary anecdotes, interesting scenarios, and those clients and situations that would be good to share as learning exercises. We discuss cases constantly in ward rounds, clinical supervision, multidisciplinary team meetings and casually with colleagues. Writing a case study isn’t difficult but it can take time to pull together the pertinent information that you want to discuss and, when you have lived that situation, keeping it to a strict word count can be tricky.
Here is a guide to help
A case study can often be written in a more relaxed style than a normal scientific/academic report, making it an easier read. You want the reader to identify with some of the issues you experienced in this particular case. Think about the message that you want to convey in the case study: this may be an unusual event, a unique case, an event that you feel shows best practice, or a clinical incident that shows learning. Read more…