Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 6: Finalizing the Plan

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NURS 6002: Foundations of Graduate Study

Academic and Professional Success Plan Template

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This document is to be used for NURS 6002 Foundations of Graduate Study to complete Assessments 1-6. Just as importantly the document serves to organize your thoughts about planning for your academic and professional success.

For specific instructions see the weekly assessment details in the course, or ask your instructor for further guidance.

Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

· Clearly and accurately identify at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and accurately identify at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and accurately explain how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

As a student at Walden University with the full intention of becoming one of the best in the field of psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, I need all the collaborations and supports to achieve my goals. I have identified and secured the participation of the following academic and professional individuals and/or teams to form the basis of my network. This network will help me to clarify my vision for success and will help guide me now and in the future.

NETWORK MEMBER 1

Name: Cabral Valerie, MSN

Title: Manager, Spinal Cord Unit E.

Organization: James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

I Selected Mrs. Cabral because not only she is my unit manager but also I have worked with her on many projects concerning the unit and the whole hospital. I have built a great relationship with her. I know that Mrs. Cabral will be a great support system and a mentor to me during my MSN program as she has always been. She is very educated and loves to teach.

Notes: Mrs. Cabral Has been working for the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital for about thirty years. She has been a mentor a great help to great number of nurses.

NETWORK MEMBER 2

Name: Lee Calmes

Title: FNP-BC Spinal Cord Injury Outpatient Clinic

Organization: James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Lee is a big inspiration to me. Lee is a nurse practitioner on the Spinal Cord Injury unit. I always go to him for advices and always point me in the right direction. Lee explained to me all the details to me step by step on how to become a Nurse practitioner. Lee is going to be a great help and mentor.

Notes: Lee received his master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Since then he has been working at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name: AANP

Title:

Organization: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

The American Association of Nurse Practitioner will provide me with all the necessary tools and resources I need in order to deliver excellent care. The Organization will help me link with other students and nurse practitioners.

Notes: The mission of AANP is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership (AANP, 2020)

NETWORK MEMBER 4

Name: APNA

Title:

Organization: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association will help me stay current with the latest evidence-based practice. APNA will help me grow as a nurse practitioner, provide safe and excellent care to my patient.

Notes: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders (APNA, 2019)

ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is not an easy field to pursue, therefore, the need to have the support that will guide me to achieve my professional and educational objectives is very important. I have chosen these academic and professional resources and/or individuals to success in the nursing practice in general or my specialty in particular.

Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three academic resources or strategies that can be applied to the MSN program.

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three professional resources that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in general or in a specialty.

· Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail how you intend to use these resources, and how they might benefit you academically and professionally.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Introduction

Despite the American working system seemingly becoming complex to most of its working-class citizens, there are still ways of maintaining a competitive advantage in the workplace. An article by Bradley University explains that the transition to or from an MSN program can be one of the toughest events to individuals who are not perfectly prepared. The article highlights that an individual must be both psychologically and emotionally ready to encounter such challenges through a thorough academic background.

Academic Resource/Strategy 1

Being always on top of assignments.

One must be able to possess educational strategies such as being always on top of assignments. This aspect is most helpful in that environment where there is stiff competition, and people are majorly scrambling for the limited resources available. Being on top of the assignments given will not only make me be in favor of the seniors and the supervisors, but it will also create some sense of seriousness in the eyes of the supervisors and the seniors.

Academic Resource/Strategy 2

The second strategy is the element of schedule creation.

Coming up with a schedule ahead of the stipulated time for the exercise can be a perfect head start for people who have challenges in starting or keeping up with the exercise. A schedule will not only act as a reminder but will also ensure that I am always ahead of time.

Academic Resource/Strategy 3

The third strategy is to focus on self-care.

Self-care is a very important strategy when someone is keen on advancing a career more so since it involves much of holistic development both mentally and emotionally.

Professional Resource/Strategy 1

The first professional resource that might be helpful is the vast knowledge and access to the nursing research database (CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Medline).

These are database that is equipped with the necessary and relevant information that is helpful towards the advancement of the career in nursing.

Professional Resource/Strategy 2

The second important resource is the attendance of the annual conference.

Some of the notable annual conferences include the AANP Specialty and Leadership Conference, the National Student Nurses Association Annual Conference, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Professional Resource/Strategy 3

The third resource is board review courses.

These are courses that may prove helpful in building a competent long-term legacy in the nursing field. Some of these board review courses include Advanced Practice Education Associates (Hollier), Core Concepts Anesthesia Review, and Marye Dorsey Kellerman’s Necessary NP Review.

How can one use these resources?

The mentioned resources can be used to the advancement of a career in MSN through various aspects. For instance, knowledge and access to the nursing database can be beneficial in being updated with whatever the field has been up to on a periodical basis. This aspect helps to ensure that I keep in line with the required changes. Attendance of annual nursing conferences can be helpful in building my networks and gaining more knowledge and information while engaging in board review courses can be used as a platform for my career advancement through being ahead of fellow nurses.

Conclusion

As an aspiring or a practicing nurse, it very important for me to be up to date with some of the possible professional resources in the field. These are the components that are highly effective in ensuring that I am competent in the field through frequent updates and follow-ups. Every aspiring MSN nurse in the country should be able to at least observe any of the mentioned academic strategies or be in full practice of the professional resources mentioned. This is because of the competitive nature of the nursing field, where being ahead is the key to success.

References:

Bond, J. (2020). 85 Great Resources for MSN Students. Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. Retrieved from https://www.bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com/student-resources/

Bradley University. Tips for Maintaining a Work-life Balance While Studying for an MSN-FNP. Retrieved from https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/nursing/msn-fnp/resources/tips-for-maintaining-a-work-life-balance-while-studying-for-an-msn/

Week 3 | Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics

I have analyzed the relationship between academic integrity and writing, as well as the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics. I have also identified strategies I intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of my academic work while a student of the MSN program, as well as my professional work as a nurse throughout my career. The results of these efforts are shared below.

Directions: In the space below craft your analysis/writing sample, including Part 1 (The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity) and Part 2 (Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work). Utilize headings formatted in proper APA throughout each Part to clearly identify key topic area requirements.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Part 1: Writing Sample: The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity

In the space below write a 2- 3-paragraph analysis that includes the following:

· Clearly and accurately explains in detail the relationship between academic integrity and writing.

· Clearly and accurately explains in detail the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics.

· Accurately cite at least 2 resources that fully support your arguments, being sure to use proper APA formatting.

· Use Grammarly and SafeAssign to improve the product.

· Clearly and accurately describe in detail how Grammarly, SafeAssign, and paraphrasing contributes to academic integrity. Include sufficient evidence that Grammarly and SafeAssign were utilized to improve responses.

Academic writing and academic integrity remain to be two important terms that correlate in any given set up, which involves both professional and academic prospects. But what is the actual connection between these two terms? Academic integrity, just from the name, is all about the general observation of ethics when it comes to matters to do with academic work. This aspect can be observed in various aspects, which involves individuals coming up with means of protecting the actual cause of academic prospects. Bauer College of Business (2019) expounds that academic integrity is all about doing the right thing even when there is no one on the lookout in an academic set-up. They say that it is all about upholding all the values associated with academic prospects and achievement, such as honesty and truthfulness. Academic writing, on the other hand, is the actual observance of academic integrity and requirements in a piece of writing. This may involve observing certain written codes and values that must be used to write an academic piece while observing academic integrity. These two components correlate in the aspect that for one to successfully achieve academic writing, he or she must have practiced academic integrity. One cannot achieve the writing part without the integrity part.

What is the relation between professional practices and scholarly ethics? In a medical set-up, professional practices can be interpreted to mean those attributes that define people formally observe when inter4acting with fellow workers in a professional set-up. Scholarly ethics is the aspect of observing academically approved interactive methods to explain or outline a concept within a professional set-up. Mackenzie (2017) outlines that for a successful prospect in any typical professional condition, one must observe scholarly ethics to achieve professional practices.

Grammarly and SafeAssign are essential tools in the process of writing that need to be used for one to be able to come up with quality and original work. SafeAssign tools can point out the mistakes made by highlighting them. However, Grammarly can point out the level of plagiarism and give a comprehensive report of the research paper that is ready for submission. The word counts in the paper can also be seen. While using Grammarly, a student can fix spelling, punctuation, grammar mistakes, and sentence structures. The presence of these tools makes it easier for students to submit a high-quality original paper.

PART 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work

Expand on your thoughts from Part 1 by:

· Clearly identifying and accurately describing strategies you intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of your 1) academic work while a student of the MSN program, and 2) professional work as a nurse throughout your career.

· Include a clearly developed review of resources and approaches you propose to use as a student and a professional.

As a student of MSN program, certain strategies are necessary to maintain integrity both in the profession and in the outside world. Dworkowitz (2013) outlines that one can observe strategies such as sticking to one’s values. The idea of having values is very important in the maintenance of work integrity. This involves aspects such as observing the idea of working on deadlines on time and having a good relationship with everyone within the workplace. Sticking to one’s value can also be beneficial in ensuring that one does not succumb to unnecessary pressures since one will be able to conduct his or her affairs within the stipulated timeframe. Secondly, one can avoid moral complexities that may be experienced within a professional set up, such as in the MSN. Moral complexities can easily confuse individuals into making tough decisions that may ruin a professional prospect, and in this case, the element of simplicity may be key to ease such complications.

In nursing practice, integrity in the workplace can further be achieved through various other aspects. For instance, a nurse can choose to maintain social and emotional contact with the patients to improve the wellbeing of the patients. This will promote an ethical relationship with the patients, which is an important part of professional ethics. Secondly, one can choose to observe integrity by overcoming certain barriers that are associated with the various daily work schedule. This can include aspects such as sticking to the planned schedule and not involving various attributes that might not be beneficial to achieving an open discussion platform within the institution. An effective professional strategy in the nursing platform should further be enhanced with a perfect working mechanism in the workplace that involves coming up with plans that will ease the tension in the working environment.

References

Bauer College of Business (2019). What is academic integrity and why is it important? Retrieved from https://www.bauer.uh.edu/current/academic-honesty.php

Dworkowitz, V. (2013). Integrity Defined in Nursing Practice. Elite Healthcare, 26 April 2013. Retrieved from https://www.elitecme.com/resource-center/nursing/integrity-defined-in-nursing-

Mackenzie C. R. (2017). Ethics and Professionalism, 2016. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association128, 75–82. practice/ retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525404/

Week 4 | Part 4: Research Analysis

I have identified one topic of interest for further study. I have researched and identified one peer-reviewed research article focused on this topic and have analyzed this article. The results of these efforts are shared below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by using the table and subsequent space below identify and analyze the research article you have selected. Complete Step 2 by summarizing in 2-3 paragraphs the results of your analysis using the space identified.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Step 1: Research Analysis

Complete the table below

Topic of Interest:

Partnering for a Sustainable Interprofessional

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education

Curriculum

Research Article: Include full citation in APA format, as well as link or search details (such as DOI)

Peterson, B. L., Pittenger, A. L., Kaas, M. J., & Lounsbery, J. L. (2019). Partnering for a sustainable interprofessional psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner education curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(12), 723-727. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.3928/01484834-20191120-08

Professional Practice Use:

One or more professional practice uses of the theories/concepts presented in the article

The article dwells on some of the challenges likely to be encountered by Interprofessional educators (IPEs) in their implementation of the working mechanism when it comes to the care and support necessary. Secondly, the article looks into an innovative approach that can be created to Doctor of Nursing Practice, PMHNP, and PharmD

Education. Thirdly the article highlights some of the available educational designs and strategies that are necessary in meeting IPE goals and overcoming challenges that the doctors can experience along the way.

Research Analysis Matrix

Add more rows if necessary

Strengths of the Research

Limitations/Weaknesses of the Research

Relevancy to Topic of Interest

Notes

Gives detailed account on what is likely to be encountered by doctors administering mental health related issues

Does not outline some of the obvious challenges that such care givers encounter daily within the scope of their work.

The article is relevant towards giving the details on individual wishing to pursue psychiatric mental health practitioning. This aspect is because it provides detailed and substantial elements that the practice encounters in a technical scope.

Step 2: Summary of Analysis

· Write a 2- to 3-paragraph summary that you will add to your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan that includes the following:

· Clearly and accurately describe in detail your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research.

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in finding peer-reviewed research.

· Provide a complete, detailed, and specific synthesis of at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed research.

· Integrate at least one outside resource and 2-3 course specific resources to fully support your summary.

Just like any other professional health practice, mental health care is a vital part in the health care system which requires practitioners to be well equipped. The general idea of coming up with a well strategy to be used by mental health care givers is to ensure that each and every aspect of the patients is well taken care of. Additionally, it is also important to look into the welfare of the mental care givers through considering various aspects of their working environment which may involve looking into the various aspects that affects their work directly.

In identifying another peer-reviewed research, it is important to consider two strategies. The first strategy is on whether it is specific on the roles required to be performed by mental care givers. Does it look into what the IPEs will be required to do in the event that there is need to make the care givers be updated with the necessary requirements. Secondly, is that the article must be in line with some of the laid down procedures and requirements of mental health care givers within the required jurisdiction. Is the guideline provided friendly to what majority of the mental health personnel familiar with? With a perfect strategy it is likely that a caregiver or a student will be in line with the necessary provisions towards what it takes in ensuring that mental health practitioners are in line with what is generally required. Ideally, mental health resources should be adequate in addressing some of the necessary improvements within the scope of the sector.

One of the sources intended to be used is by Elis (2018) which highlights Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner student preceptorship: Perspectives on the clinical training. It is an important choice of resource because it prepares students on some of the major issues and challenges that are necessary in the implementation of mental health care and care giving across all spheres of nursing. Other key resources will include findings on how the nurse’s attitude is likely to affect the working mechanism and the output while the other resource will be on why is it that urgent to come up with means of improving mental health care and how are the mental healthcare practitioners likely to survive with an improvement in the sector.

References

Elis, J. (2018). Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner student preceptorship: Perspectives on the clinical training. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 2018, Vol. 8, No. 12. https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v8n12p82

Dickens, G.L., Ion, R., Waters, C. et al (2019). Mental health nurses’ attitudes, experience, and knowledge regarding routine physical healthcare: systematic, integrative review of studies involving 7,549 nurses working in mental health settings. BMC Nurs 18, 16 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-019-0339-x

Lake, J., & Turner, M. S. (2017). Urgent Need for Improved Mental Health Care and a More Collaborative Model of Care. The Permanente journal, 21, 17–024. https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/17-024

Week 5 | Part 5: Professional Development

I have developed a curriculum vitae to capture my academic and professional accomplishments to date. I have also developed a statement identifying one or more professional development goals, and a statement proposing how I might align one or more of these professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.

The results of my efforts are below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by developing (or copying and pasting) a curriculum vitae (CV) in the space provided. Complete Step 2 by clearly identifying and accurately stating in detail your professional development goals. Complete Step 3 by clearly and accurately stating in detail how to accurately and appropriately align one or more of your professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Introduction

Professional development is essential for nurses who would like to exhaust their potential. However, it is imperative that one has a clear professional development plan to point the way. This part of the assignment entails my professional development plan that should light my way to professional fulfillment.

Step 1: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Use the space below to create a fully developed and accurate curriculum vitae (CV) based on your current education and professional background. Alternatively, you may write this in a separate document and copy/paste the results below.

NOTE: If needed there are a variety of online resources available with tips and samples of graduate nurse CVs.

John Vernet

3105 E Elm St. Tampa FL, 33610

[email protected]; (813)255-8875

Professional Summary

A passionate nurse formally registered to care for patients. I have practiced for more than three years in diverse settings, including triage, recovery room care, spinal cord injury, and medication prescription for mental health patients. I have impeccable knowledge of standards of care in all practice settings, as well as strong understanding of pharmacology and medicine. I am reliable, with a tremendous interdisciplinary rapport, and committed to the best quality of care for patients.

Skills

· Strong interpersonal skills that enables me to work well with fellow professionals and patients.

· Dedicated to highest quality care for patients, which implies patient needs are my number one priority.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Excellent multitasking capabilities.

· Team player.

Work Experience

Registered Nurse July 2017 – present

· Perform diagnostic tests and physical exams

· Performed counselling sessions with families and their patients

· Working alongside physicians and nurse supervisors to create appropriate treatment plans for patients.

· Patient education on treatment plans

· Collecting patient history, interpreting the information, and making appropriate decisions.

· In charge of nursing students undertaking internship duties.

Education

Internship 2016

St Joseph’s Hospital Behavioral Health Center

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2015

Utica College

St. Petersburg, Florida

Hobbies and Interests

I have a strong background in sports, where I played soccer on the Campus Team. When time allows, I play soccer with friends at a local club. In addition, I find fishing a relaxing pastime, which I undertake at least once a week. It helps me to cool the nerves and to ready them for my 12-hour shifts on weekdays. When not playing soccer or fishing, I enjoy fictional thrillers with a warm cup of green tea.

Step 2: Professional Development Goals

To complete the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a specialization in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

To acquire advanced nursing knowledge and skills in psychology.

Step 3: Alignment with Social Change

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One of the University’s commitments is to produce graduates whose purpose is higher geared towards transforming the lives of the patients under whose care they fall. In line with this quest for social change, my primary professional development goal is to complete the MSN program with a specialization in Psychiatry. According to Hodgkinson, Godoy, Beers, and Lewin (2016), many children in low-income areas experience mental health problems but lack proper access to necessary care. Therefore, I would like to help change this situation once I attain my professional development goal. This way, I will be fulfilling one of the University’s social change objectives.

Conclusion

An excellent professional development plan enables registered nurses to have clear objectives and a defined line of trajectory. As such, one can easily make adjustments as demands change. This professional development plan lays out my future that is built on my experience. Ultimately, it should guide me to the attainment of set goals.

Reference

Hodgkinson, S., Godoy, L., Beers, L. S., & Lewin, A. (2016). Improving Mental Health Access for Low-Income Children and Families in the Primary Care Setting. Pediatrics139(1). doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-1175

Week 6 | Part 6: Finalizing the Plan

I have considered various options for my nursing specialty, including a close look at my selected (or currently preferred) specialty and second-preferred specialty. I have also developed a justification of my selected (or preferred) specialty. Lastly, I have examined one professional organization related to my selected or preferred specialty and considered how I can become a member of this organization.

The results of my efforts are below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by writing 2-3 paragraphs in the space below comparing the nursing specialty you have selected – or the one you prefer if your choice is still under consideration - to your second preference. Identify each specialty and describe the focus and the role that graduates are prepared for. Identify any other differentiators you feel are significant, especially those that helped or may help you reach a decision.

Complete Step 2 by writing a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.

Complete Step 3 by examining and identifying one professional organization related to your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this organization.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Step 1: Comparison of Nursing Specialties

Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty

Step 3: Professional Organizations

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