Field reports are common in disciplines such as Law, Industrial Relations, Psychology, Nursing, History and Education.
You might remember from our discussion of those issues that abbreviations and other terms that might be confusing can be used in health care records – if you come across anything in a care plan that you don’t understand, make sure you ask a registered member of staff to explain its meaning.
Nursing is a profession focused on the health care and protection of communities, families and individuals so they can maintain their quality of life and health. As a professional nurse, you should know how to portray and write everything you have done for him properly.
They are common in all the Sciences and Social Sciences.
These reports use a standard scientific report format describing methods, results and conclusions to report upon an empirical investigation.
Good reports are documents that are accurate, objective and complete.
They should also be well-written, clearly structured and expressed in a way that holds the reader's attention and meets their expectations.
Often reports are structured in a way that reflects the information finding process and the writing up of the findings: that is, summary of the contents, introduction or background, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and/or recommendations.
The inclusion of recommendations is one reason why reports are a common form of writing in industry, as the informed recommendations are useful for decision making. It depends on three key factors: the report's intended audience, the report's purpose and the type of information to be communicated; for example, technical reports communicate technical information, so the degree of technicality in the report will depend on the reader's familiarity and understanding of technical concepts.
At university, you may be required to write several different types of reports.
Technical and Business disciplines with an applied focus such as Engineering, Information Technology, Commerce, Accounting and Finance, will set report writing assignments that simulate the process of report writing in industry.