NR 451 Week 8: Your Future

Week 8: Your Future! 

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Now that you are very close to completing this major accomplishment in your nursing career, what are your plans for your future? Please share your plans to keep up to date in your chosen specialty and nursing in general. What professional and nursing organizations do you plan to actively participate? Have you considered continuing your education to pursue a graduate degree? 

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Collapse SubdiscussionKirsten Crush 

Kirsten Crush 

Oct 15, 2017Oct 15, 2017 at 4:36am 

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I currently work in Pediatrics.  I really feel that this is where my heart is.  I recently transferred from the clinic setting to acute care at the hospital.  I would like to work for a year and then study for my certification exam.  I will start the masters program in about three years.  Right now I just want to focus on my skills and knowledge withing the pediatric realm of nursing.  

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Latrice Collison 

Latrice Collison 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 10:48am 

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Good Luck Kirsten! That is one area that I have not worked in my 22+ years. I just never had it in my heart to be able to. My hats off to you as you work towards your masters and that Certification! That’s an awesome goal! And I wish you the best! 

I will be sitting on a beach by Wednesday taking a much needed vacation myself!  

 

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Donna Hew 

Donna Hew 

Oct 18, 2017Oct 18, 2017 at 7:57pm 

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Hi Kristen,  

I am so proud of you, Keep up the great work, All the best in your certification exam, and all the best in your future endeavors.  Congrats!!! 

Donna. 

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Collapse SubdiscussionCandee Crane 

Candee Crane 

Oct 15, 2017Oct 15, 2017 at 5:57am 

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Professor Maddox and Classmates, 

As this session comes to a close, I can’t help but think of all the possibilities that are available for nurses. I never imagined obtaining my bachelor’s degree but, I will be a BSN-prepared nurse at the end of this week. I have already begun my research to determine which university will best meet my needs as I progress forward and obtain my Family Nurse Practitioner licensure. I am excited about the growing possibilities in nursing and am so very happy that I chose a career in healthcare. 

Currently, I am not a certified emergency nurse. I am planning to take the exam next month. “Achieving and maintaining certification validates the knowledge required for competent practice, which can make a difference to health care administrators, employers, nurse and physician colleagues, patients, and, perhaps most important, to the emergency nurse” (American College of Emergency Physicians, n.d.). The field of medicine is constantly changing and it is important to stay up-to-date with the advances in healthcare. Nurses are consistently striving for more autonomy and advocating for themselves and the patient. “The dynamic nature of the healthcare practice environment and the growing body of nursing research provide both the impetus and the opportunity for nursing to ensure competent nursing practice in all settings for all healthcare consumers, and to promote ongoing professional development that enhances the quality of nursing practice” (American Nurses Association, 2015, p. 49). 

Nursing has come a long way. In the early to mid-1800s, “physicians began scattered efforts to ‘train’ low-status women to assist them with menial tasks” (A Timeline of Nursing Education, n.d.). Now, staff nurses collaborate with the physician to provide the best possible outcomes for the patient. “New roles are empowering nurses to play a greater role in improving patient experiences and population health and lowering costs” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015). By obtaining my Doctorates of Nursing Practice, I will be able to assist patients even more. I am eager to pursue my dreams of being an excellent provider. 

~Candee Crane 

References: 

A Timeline of Nursing Education. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2017, from https:// www.americansentinel.edu/blog/2016/09/06/a-timeline-of-nursing-education/ 

American College of Emergency Physicians. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2017, from https://www.acep.org/Clinical—Practice-Management/Emergency-Nurse-Certifications-Do-Make-a-Difference/ 

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2015). Nurses take on new and expanded roles in healthcare. http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2015/01/nurses-take-on-new-and-expanded-roles-in-health-care.html. 

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Collapse SubdiscussionJennifer Wiley 

Jennifer Wiley 

Oct 15, 2017Oct 15, 2017 at 8:26am 

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Candee, 

Great post! 

I am also researching universities to attend from to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have been a RN for over 13 years and never thought I would go back to school, but look at me now! 

You’re right to say that nursing has come a long way. I have always been interested in the history of things and finding interesting facts. After some research, I found some fun facts about nursing. I’ll share a few. The nurse’s cap was patterned after a nun’s habit so hair would be kept neatly in place. It was phased out because of infection control issues. Nepal, Italy has one of the lowest nurse per capita. They have only 5 nurses for every 100,000 people. And we just think we work short staffed! James Derham was a slave owned by several physicians, who worked as a nurse. He bought his freedom with his nursing salary. He later became the first African-American physician. Mary Todd Lincoln was the only first lady to volunteer as a nurse. She helped in Union hospitals during the civil war (20 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Nursing, 2017). It is important to know our history. It is amazing to see how far the nursing profession has come and its evolution doesn’t seem to be slowing down. 

As you stated, it is important for healthcare professionals to stay up-to-date on the advances in our professions. One of the most important attributes to grow is your curiosity. This is a powerful tool to utilize to stay up to date on changes (Staying current, 2014). Curiosity turns into research. Research turns into evidence. Then what do we have? Evidence-based practice! And that’s how we can give the best care. 

Congratulations on finishing your BSN. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. 

Jennifer Wiley 

 

Reference 

20 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Nursing. (2017, February 09). Retrieved October 12, 2017, from https://www.nursebuff.com/facts-about-nursing/Links to an external site. 

Staying current. (2014, April 27). Retrieved October 12, 2017, from https://www.nurse.com/blog/2014/04/28/staying-current/ 

 

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Collapse SubdiscussionLatrice Collison 

Latrice Collison 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 10:53am 

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Congratulations to you both!  

I have to agree with you all. I have been a nurse for over 22 years. And I was very content with my associate degree. I have done well with it but wanted to “secure” that more with a BA degree so here we are, almost done!  

I agree Candee, nursing has came such a long long way. I mean I would have never imaged I would be working at home in my PJ’s everyday??!! Who does that as a nurse??!!! Nursing really has an expanded base of opportunities these days and we are utilized in so many “non-facility” areas.  

So never doubt where you can go! I wish you all the best!  

Here’s more on Work at home jobs for nurses, if any one is interesting.  

https://www.realhomejobsnow.com/work-from-home-nursing-jobs/Links to an external site. 

I, myself will be sitting on the beach by Wednesday enjoying a much needed vacation! 

Take care all, 

Latrice 

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Collapse SubdiscussionJulie Miller 

Julie Miller 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 3:08pm 

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Latrice, thank you for your insight and dialogue throughout this course. I wish you all the best. I appreciate the link ,as I will be taking a break from the education scene, in order to pay off some of the accrued debt I have taken on. Since my daughter is in the first year of college in Chicago, I am also helping her financially to keep student loans at a minimum, as much as possible.  I had actually been contemplating a part time job I could do from home as a supplement to her student loan debt. In the NICU setting, there are periods of what we call feast and famine. Sometimes you can get all the overtime you want. The census tends to fluctuate and we also have periods of low census where we are required to take ATO due to low acuity. A part time job would be perfect. Thanks again.   

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Latrice Collison 

Latrice Collison 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 4:11pm 

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I totally understand Julie! Working from home has some great advantages for sure! I do love it!  

Best of luck to you and your daughter both!!  

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Donna Hew 

Donna Hew 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 10:53pm 

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Latrice, 

     Latrice, I enjoyed your posting and thanks to you for sharing that work site. I do agree with you that nursing has come a long way. Technology has taken nursing to a new direction and as healthcare and technology changes, so is the need to change processes to deliver quality care. Nurses keeping abreast with new technology and evidence-based research have an edge in creating innovative ways to care for their patients and the community. According to this week’s lesson “The reality is that it is essential for nurses today to utilize current research and evidence-based practice to become change agents in their practice setting. It is essential for nurses to exercise the autonomy that is available to them.”  

    Before my BSN program, I did not pay much attention to the resources available to nursing. I have always shy away from the internet by only using it when I found it necessary, now I have visited many sites because of my course and it has open my scope. I have learned so much and I am happy to say I can do my own research and apply it to my practices area. 

 

References: 

Chamberlain University College of Nursing, What does the future hold?  Week 8 [Online Lesson]. Downers Grove, IL DeVry Education Group Retrieved from https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/9011/pages/week-8-lesson?module_item_id=1014344 

 The National League for Nursing. (2015). The Changing Faculty Role: Preparing Students for the Technological World of Health Care. Retrieved from   https://www.nln.org/docs/default-source/about/nln-vision-series-(position-statements)/a-vision-for-the-changing-faculty-role-preparing-students-for-the-technological-world-of-health-care.pdf?sfvrsn=0Links to an external site. 

 

Latrice enjoy your beach trip, you deserve it !! 

 Thanks, Donna. 

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MELISSA MADDOX 

MELISSA MADDOX 

Oct 20, 2017Oct 20, 2017 at 1:48am 

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Jennifer, 

Thank you for that information!  I’m so glad they got rid of the cap!  I had to wear mine at my first nursing position, the administrator required it.  We would keep them on the shelf in the med room and when she would make rounds we would quickly put it on.  I worked nights at the time so it was very seldom that she made a round at night 🙂 

Prof. MM 

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Donna Hew 

Oct 16, 2017Oct 16, 2017 at 1:08pm 

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Hi Professor, Classmates, and Candee, 

      Candee, I enjoy your posting. I see where many people in our community are the emergency room for primary care. This can be very costly and leaves crowing in the waiting room. Half of these people are treated for minor issues and sent home. We do have some primary care clinic in our surroundings, but there is a need for more. A visit to the clinic cost much less than the visit to the hospital.  I am interested in being a part of The National Association of Rural Health Clinics. and as I prepare for my next journey, I will use the tools and skills gained in my BSN program to educate and find resources that are of the best quality of care and cost effective for our patients and for the community as well. 

    “The purpose of the Rural Health Clinics program is to encourage and stabilize the provision of outpatient primary care in underserved rural areas through the use of physicians, physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs).” (The National Association of Rural Health Clinics, 2017). 

     The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) is an organization is dedicated to providing services to people in rural areas that have unmet needs provided by Medicare and Medicaid. With over 3000 federally certified rural clinics across the United States, they provide primary care services to the underserved in the rural area in the United States. The Rural Health Clinics Program (RHC Program) was developed not only to advocate for the policy needs but to assist in promoting, expanding and protecting the interest of rural health clinics in order to improve cost efficiency, and quality care to people in these regions. 

 Reference: 

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics. (2017). The Rural Health Clinics Program (RHC Program) Retrieved from https://narhc.org/about-us/Links to an external site. 

Thanks, Donna. 

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MELISSA MADDOX 

MELISSA MADDOX 

Oct 20, 2017Oct 20, 2017 at 1:51am 

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Hello Class, 

I plan on taking my CNE sometime this year and I’m in the DNP program with Chamberlain at this time and it is a challenge at times to hold it all down but in the end it will be worth it. 

Nursing has come such a long way even in my 30+ years.  I really amazes me how far we have come but we still have a ways to go for sure. 

Prof. MM 

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Wanda Jallow 

Wanda Jallow 

Oct 17, 2017Oct 17, 2017 at 7:42am 

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Hi Candee, another great post! I agree that the state of “nursing,” is ever changing and keeping up with these changes are the most importance if we are to provide good nursing care.  I enjoyed reading your discussion post over the last 8 weeks. You impressed me to be a great nursing and I wish you well on your future endeavors. 

 

Wanda J. 

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Lametary L. McDaniel 

Lametary L. McDaniel 

Oct 17, 2017Oct 17, 2017 at 1:34pm 

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Hi Candee,  

I enjoyed your post as always. Yes its amazing we have achieved our BSN and its a wonderful feeling. I am also in the process of obtaining certifications for ACLS,  Stroke, Diabetes, and others, as I decide my next step with my MSN. Yes, nursing has came a long way with autonomy and collaboration with physicians providing the best quality care. I wish you the very best, I know that you will be great with your nursing career while obtaining your dreams and accomplishments. 

 

Lametary 

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Odion Osayimwen 

Odion Osayimwen 

Oct 17, 2017Oct 17, 2017 at 7:22pm 

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Hello Candee, 

I read your post. Great post! I want to congratulate you for your near completion of the bachelor’s degree program. I am excited for you. I pray that your heart desires come through. I am also wishing you success in your oncoming emergency nurse certification exam. Truly, bachelor’s degree prepare nurses have a lot of possibilities available to them, and I am so proud that I am among these number. My future plan is also to go back to school for an advanced nurse practitioner. I will be partnering with my brother who currently has a home health Agency. I also plan to give back to the community by organizing free clinic sessions. In addition, I want to join the international nurses association as well as other international organizations that provide free healthcare services to the poor and needed all over the world. I wish you success in all your future endeavor. Thanks for all your contributions to this course. 

Truly, bachelor’s degree prepare nurses have a lot of possibilities available to them, and I am so proud that I am among these numbers. My future plan is also to go back to school for an advanced nurse practitioner degree. I will be partnering with my brother who currently has a home health Agency. I also plan to give back to the community by organizing free clinic sessions. In addition, I want to join the international nurses association as well as other international organizations that provide free healthcare services to the poor and needed all over the world. I hope to make a difference in the lives of the people I serve. I wish you success in all your future endeavor. Thanks for all your contributions to this course. 

I want to thank you for all your contributions to the entire course. You added great value to the class. I enjoyed your weekly discussions and contributions. I wish you success in all your future endeavor. Thanks for sharing! 

Best regards, 

  1. Osayimwen
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