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Access the Program of Study (POS) appropriate for your specialization within your “Online Application Page” on your Walden Homepage. You may also reach out to your Academic Advisor to obtain a copy of your POS. Casey, D., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement.British Journal of Community Nursing, 15(11), 547–552. Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. Thompson, T. (2011). Electronic portfolios for professional advancement. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal For Advanced Nursing Practice, 25(4), 169–170. Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. An electronic portfolio can be easily kept up to date and may even be preferred by potential employers. As you read this article, consider the advantages of keeping an electronic portfolio. https://www.rnantnu.ca/registration/continuing-competence Professional Development Plan Guidance Professional Development Plan Purpose of the Professional Development Plan Students conceptualize a personalized blueprint for approaching their Walden studies and present it in a written Professional Development Plan (PDP). Writing the essay allows students the opportunity to • reflect on their personal history, professional accomplishments, and future aspirations; • initiate a discussion with instructor about graduate study in general and the Walden program in particular; and • articulate academic interests and set goals for their Walden educational experience. Content and Structure of the Professional Development Plan Although a general outline is provided for the content and structure of the PDP (see Week 1 Application Rubric), students are encouraged to write an essay that reflects their individual experience, achievements, and goals. Students write the essay in the first person and include their thoughts on how the plan relates to their chosen field of study. Personal and Professional Goals In this section, students write a brief personal introduction, state their personal and professional goals, and articulate how these goals intersect with their academic interests and selected field of study. Students reflect upon the mission and vision of the university. Students discuss how specialized learning and the attainment of a graduate degree will help them meet career and personal lifegoals. Educational Background and Research Proficiency When developing this section, students reflect on the formal and informal learning experiences that compose their educational background and discuss how these experiences support the direction of study established in Part I. Walden encourages students to include individual knowledge, skills, and accomplishments. Students explain the academic and research proficiencies they bring to the program and identify areas to improve while a Walden student. Students are expected to evaluate honestly their readiness to pursuegraduate education. Categories for students to consider when writing this section include the following (note that not everyone will have all of these experiences, and that is okay; the purpose of this exercise is to focus your reflection on what experiences you do bring to your graduate education and how your education will facilitate your development as a nursing professional): • Academic coursework in nursing and related sciences. • Academic coursework in other fields. • Professional presentations, seminars, and workshops. • Volunteer activities. • Prior experience designing and executing research (if any). • Publications and other writing experiences. • Teaching assignments. • Professional trainingAcademic strengths and weaknesses. • Research strengths and weaknesses. • Availability of library, reference, and information technology resources. Professional Goals, Learning Goals, Practicum In these three sections relate your professional and educational background to your future goals as you complete your graduate degree. SAMPLE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Professional Development Plan Florence Nightingale Walden University NURS 6001, Section 10, Foundations of Graduate Study November 1, 2014 Professional Development Plan As graduate study in nursing begins, identifying the program of study and professional development plan aligned with personal and professional goals is crucial. The purpose of this assignment is to provide a description of my educational and professional background as well as explore professional and personal goals related to the course and the practicum. Education and Professional Background My name is Florence Nightingale and I want to start by giving you some insight into my personal life. I currently reside in Orange County, California, where the military has placed my family. I am an army wife, an associate degree nurse, and a mother of two boys. From a small town in Virginia, my only opportunity to obtain a higher education degree was to attend a local college that offered a two-year degree in nursing. I had an opportunity to begin my chosen profession early, having a family, and never have to worry about finding employment. I always knew I wanted to increase my knowledge and do more. Year after year it seemed impossible to go back to school in the traditional way, since raising small children and moving interfered with finishing a degree. Nursing has been the most rewarding career. It is not a job to me but my life. My formal education began in 1989 at a branch of Kent State University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 1993. Working and going to school full-time put a strain on my grade point average (GPA), but the experience helped me grow both professionally and personally to an independent self-motivated practitioner. Currently, I work in an endoscopy department where I developed many standard operating procedure guidelines which are being utilized throughout the hospital. I am also planning to obtain my Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) certification this year. Another certification workshop I plan to attend is a nurse management seminar in July. Currently, I hold certifications in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and conscious sedation. Prior certifications held were electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation and neurology assessment. My experiences are very diverse which has made me flexible, efficient, and have given me a broad knowledge base. The different areas of expertise include neurology, orthopedics, urology, day surgery, endoscopy, telemetry, home health, recovery, and research-based projects. In many of these fields I was chosen to take on leadership roles such as charge nurse, team leader, preceptor, computer specialist, educator, and admission/discharge specialist. I like new challenges at work. Being involved in leadership roles confirmed my desire to advance my career in leadership and administration. Professional Goals My personal goal is to do my best in all that I do and make a difference in people’s lives. My professional goal is to obtain my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with the specialty being in leadership and management. Reflecting on the University’s vision and mission statement, it is a privilege to attend this graduate level program in order to learn how to positively transform society for the greater global good. As a professional, I want to personally make society a better place, not only for my children, but for all the children of the future. Also, this specialization gives me a way to make a difference in the community around me that would not be possible at my current degree status. My experience has proven that to be a great leader, you must first serve. As a professional, I desire to serve my community through various outreach programs that will provide members with the tools and information needed to improve overall health and wellness. I also desire to make a difference as a leader in the organization I serve. I want to transform the landscape of positively managing and leading staff. Lastly, I wish to obtain certification in my field as a nurse leader. I am looking forward to accomplishing my professional goals and making a difference. Course Outcomes At first, being an adult in a learning atmosphere was a challenge for me. Through this course, I have developed the skills necessary to function proficiently as an online learner. I learned how to navigate through the various platform areas and more importantly, the resources available to assist all students as they transition into an online learning environment. In addition, I have learned new strategies that are helping me improve my ability to plan and manage my time as a student while obtaining resources, using technology, and communicating effectively in the online environment. Lastly, I developed sound knowledge of academic integrity and the importance of crediting sources. Although there are many areas this course has helped me improve upon, continued growth is still needed. Since I have not been in a student role for many years, American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing is new to me. This is where Walden’s online program can help me reach my goals without sacrificing my commitment to my family. In order to grow in my knowledge of APA, I plan to view several webinars offered by the Walden Writing Center on this topic. In addition, I will seek out feedback from the Writing Center tutors on written assignments. Practicum I view the practicum as an exceptionally important part of the Master’s education. I began planning for the practicum in leadership on the day I was accepted into Walden’s nursing program. I contacted a nurse manager, Victoria Smith, from a local acute care institution. I know of Smith’s work and reputation as a nurse leader in our community. Smith agreed to serve as my preceptor when it is time for me to enroll in the practicum. Although this will happen in two years, Smith feels confident that she will continue to be in the current position and have the flexibility to mentor a student. During my practicum experience, I would like to develop and implement a nurse preceptor program. In this program, I would like to develop several classes for experienced nurses that want to become preceptors for new employees and graduate nurses. I believe more needs to be done when it comes to preceptors understanding their role and how they can be successful at meeting the needs of new employees and graduates. Summary I am excited for the journey ahead. I believe my experience and past education has prepared me to be successful as I pursue my MSN degree. Moreover, as a graduate prepared nurse, Walden will provide me with the knowledge and tools necessary to make a positive impact in the world around me. Since starting back to school is a new experience, especially the online program, I am planning to view webinars and to seek assistance from Writing Center tutors to learn more about APA writing style. My degree completion date is February 2016. I look forward to expanding my knowledge base as a scholar practitioner through Walden University. PERSONAL INFORMATION: FOREIGN PHYSICIAN F/CUBA, GRADUATED IN 1994. GRADUATED IN FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IN 2011, SINCE THAT RN-BSN, AND CRRN(CERTIFIED REGISTERED REHABILITATION NURSE). WORKING IN COMMUNITY/HOME HEALTH CARE/MENTAL ILLNESS PEOPLE/FIELD NURSE/don/supervisor. Private life: My treasure / my children/2 CHILDREN, BOY/18 YEARS OLD, GIRL 10 Y/OLD, MARRIED, LOVE ANIMALS, PLANTS, ESPECIALLY ORCHIDS, AND HELPING PEOPLE. ADMIRE HONESTY AND COMMUNICATION. The rest you may be creative! ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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