My name is C. T and I am a new graduate Emergency Department Nurse. I recently just graduated in May and I have been working in my new role since July. While in school I provided tutoring to students in various classes which led me obtain a passion for teaching. My ultimate end goal is to become a nursing school and clinical instructor to undergraduate students. In addition, I plan to start a mentoring
program for nursing students and new graduate nurses to provide support and advice to people in need. To be in the teaching profession, I knew that I needed to further my education to reach my professional goals.
Vision, Mission & Social Change
Walden University was referred to me by a colleague that also attended here and obtained her advanced practice degree. In doing my research of various programs, Walden’s program intrigued me because of the flexibility and dedication to professional development that they provided. As an aspiring professor, I want to uplift and contribute to change to upcoming nurses which relates to Walden University’s mission statement which is to “provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves so that they can provide social change.” (Walden University, 2020) Being a professor, I want to instill lifelong knowledge to my students and leave an impression that motivates more students to want to become a professor just like me. There is a nursing school professor shortage and I want to help change that which will contribute to ending the nursing shortage we have today. Walden’s vision correlates with my professional goals because the knowledge I obtain from this school will help me spread what I know to other aspiring nurses that will eventually be working in various communities.
Being an educator and leader, you must be able to communicate effectively which of one Walden’s learning outcomes. Effective communication is essential in being an educator and setting an example for other students. At the end of this program, I want to be a Nursing Educator that knows how to give information correctly and have professional dialog with my students. Also, I would like to know how to effectively assess and plan different diagnoses to become more competent in different disease processes. (Walden University, 2020) This goal is instilled in Walden’s MSN outcomes and will help me become more knowledgeable and be able to efficiently educate my students. As a future educator, my beliefs and goals are very similar to Walden’s Vision, Mission, and Goals. Proving a better education to the community is my passion and enhancing my knowledge through Walden University will ensure that I am prepared in my mission.
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog. Vision, Mission, and Goals (March 2020). (2020). Retrieved August 30, 2020, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=172
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020). (2020). Retrieved August 30, 2020, fromhttps://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=172
Walden University, (2020), Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics- in Nursing (MSN), Retrieved from https://www.waldenu.edu/online-masters-programs/msn-nursing-informatics
When reading your post, I was impressed that as a new graduate you have already decided on a career path in education. The one bit of advice I wish had been offered to me when I was first starting out is to keep my options open. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved my career in the OR, but sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had explored other options earlier on. The field of nursing offers an array of opportunities and one ever knows what doors may open. Schmidt asserted that “…developing a professional network with a broad scope will help you move in a new direction if desired” (2018, p.3).
During my career, one of the networking options that I have found most valuable is my membership with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Likewise, there are many associations for nurse educators that can provide you with tools and networking options to be successful in this arena. One that comes to mind is the National League for Nursing (NLN) which offers “professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives” (NLN, 2020). Sometimes there are even discounted memberships available for students. I am a full believer of taking advantage of any knowledge source available. NURS 6003 Discussion Networking Opportunities
National League for Nursing, (2018). The voice of nursing education. Retrieved on September 4, 2020 from http://www.nln.org/
Schmidt, K., (2018). 5 Reasons nurses should engage in professional networking. Retrieved September 2, 2020 from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/
Chanel, I am so excited to hear that you have chosen not only the Emergency Department as your specialization but that you have intentions of going forward to educate our new younger generations of nurses coming through the rigorous program. The ED has been my home for 15 years and I love seeing nurses coming in green and blossom into successful independent warriors in the ED. Reading your discussion I am going to guess you have either just completed your orientation or are coming up on completing it. Congratulations! I commend your hard work and dedication and I am sure you will have lots of experiences by the time you move into the role of instructor.
Educating new nurses inside or outside of a clinical setting is crucial to their success in their career. In an article by the Journal of Emergency Nursing it talks about how imperative it is that new graduates coming into the ED spend time “ reinforcing their knowledge, learn and practice new techniques, increase their organization skills, develop their ability to prioritize, and become comfortable with the emergency nurses role” (Loiseau et al., 2003). As an instructor you will be able to help lay the foundation for your students to be successful when they enter the world of nursing. Taking mentoring classes and learning from your own experiences through your orientation process will be an asset that you will be able to bring forward to your own students someday. Classroom settings are great foundations, but they are not as valuable as real-world experiences in my opinion. A simulation manikin cannot replace the hands-on touch of a person but with your knowledge you can bring that simulation to life.
I remember crying more then not during my first year of nursing and I also remember how important my preceptor was for me but also remembering everything my instructors had taught me in school. They brought a wealth of knowledge to me personally and professionally and it holds true today when I sit back and think about my own path. Nursing burnout and stress are a big factor and you are correct that communication will help you to improve your overall goal of developing well rounded nurses. Nurses are in short supply and high demand and stress plays a big role in that. In an article in the Nursing Research journal it talks primarily about “the effect that stress has on the health and performance of nursing students can be mediated by other life stressors, as well as personal, behavioral, social and environmental factors that are experienced during school or earlier in life” (Alvarez et all., 2019). Every one of us who has gone through nursing school has experienced stress and burnout and we had not even stepped foot inside of a hospital. As a leader and educator you can help your students develop coping skills to take on the stress they will experience, as well as, give them your own experiencing and how you worked through challenges you faced. You will also be able to motivate your students to push through those days of doubts and show them not every day is gloomy, there are many exciting and rewarding days in the field of nursing. Good luck to you Chanel.
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Alvarez Olvera, H.A., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Slavich, G.M., Laurent, J., Browning, M., McKee-Lopez, G., Robbins, L., & Spengler, J.D. (2019). Stress and Health in Nursing Students: The Nurse Engagement and Wellness Study. Nursing Research, 68(6), 453-463. http://ovidsp.dc2.ovid.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ovid-b/ovidweb.cgi?QS2=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
Module 1 (Week 1): Networking for Academic and Professional Success
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Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: The Journey Begins [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Networking and Collaboration [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
- Analyze relationships among Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives to professional and academic goals
- Analyze the relationship between MSN program outcomes and perspectives to professional and academic goals
- Analyze the importance of networking
- Identify concepts for Walden student readiness
- Identify academic and professional collaborators for academic and professional success
- Identify individuals or teams to collaborate with for success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse
Hello everyone, my name is Chioma Onuoha. I am married with five kids. My focus in the MSN program is family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I have been a registered nurse for more than ten years. And during those years, I have worked both in hospital, nursing homes and in people’s homes. I have been at the bedside providing holistic care to individuals and their families. Having worked in different capacity for that long, I believe that it’s about time that I advance my nursing career.
In the current time period of DNA genome sequencing, and other perimeter of research efforts that focuses heavily on the mastery of the human anatomy at an infinitesimal level, it is my utmost belief that the future of health care lies within the beck and call of the health care providers that have clasped the dividends of exploration and transformation. It was based on this hypothesis, that I started searching for a graduate nursing school that will train me to be able to conduct an in-depth research to ascertain the overall patient outcomes when health care providers adjust and employ new research initiatives in the treatment of the patient. I reached a verdict that Walden MSN program will prepare me for this mission because her outcomes and perspectives relates to my professional and academic goal of becoming a scholar-practitioner. Walden university’s diversity, multiculturalism within their profession, communities and society as well as their global outreach and accessibility to busy adults, especially working professionals who are determined to advance their learning, positions her as my number one choice. An MSN degree from Walden University, School of Nursing will avail me a spot in the nursing of the future.
Healthcare systems around the globe are becoming increasingly overwhelmed especially in the wake of this covid-19 era. As such, it has become imperative that healthcare professionals are highly needed in order to meet the demand for quality healthcare delivery systems in the 21st century. The covid-19 pandemic tested the quality of several healthcare emergency preparedness and disease surveillance systems around the world. In addition to the lack of a potent vaccine, this situation succeeded in putting a strain on the existing lean healthcare workforce, particularly in the U.S., thereby creating a global crisis for quality of life, quality of healthcare delivery systems and well-being of communities and the human population overall. Hence the need to develop robust health policies that ensure sufficient healthcare funding, quality of health data collection, analysis, decision-making and by extension, the sustained wellbeing of humanity in the 21st century and beyond. It is my prerogative to be part of the team that will provide solution to this problem. This is in line with Walden’s school of nursing’s vision to be recognized as a preeminent 21st-century school of nursing in which the contributions of nursing, health, and related sciences will transform the provision of nursing services along the continuum of care and across the human life span to meet the needs of individuals and local and global communities
On another note, I can confidently state that Walden University academic culture will tremendously advance my critical thinking, communication, leadership skills and professional values which remains an integral part of nursing practice. Nevertheless, considering that nursing care to the sick, needy and the vulnerable has always been my desire, it is my firm belief that Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives which relates hugely to my professional and academic goals will enable me to avail an evidence-based care and outcomes to both New Jersey and New York communities. It is my passion to become an active player in the future of nursing, a future that is hinged on evidence-based practice
Networking is a vital part of learning. It will help me achieve both professional and academic goals by enabling me to improve and develop nursing skill set, stay on top as far as the latest trends in the healthcare industry goes, keep a pulse on the healthcare job market, come to close quarters with prospective mentors, partners, clients, etc., grant me both the platform to synergize with colleagues and an access to important resources that will advance my nursing career.
All in all, I believe that by acquiring an MSN degree from Walden University, I will someday begin to live the life of excellence that I have always imagined, as a scholar-practitioner.
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Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml
Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post]. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/
Walden University. (n.d.). Connect to Walden. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.waldenu.edu/connect
Walden University. (n.d.). College of Nursing. Retrieved October 5, 2020, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son#s-lg-box-3837398
Review the College of Nursing’s vision and mission.
Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu
Select College of Nursing, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the MSN Learning Outcomes on this page.
Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu
Select Introduction, then the link “Vision, Mission, and Goals” under the Introduction header. Review Walden’s vision, mission, and goals.
Walden University. (n.d.). Writing center. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter
Wofford, P. (2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/
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In the world, as humans we have something that motivates us toward a goal or an end result. My priority goal at this point in my life is to obtain a degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Walden’s College of Nursing websites states that its vision and mission are to “produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities: Use their knowledge to positively impact their profession, communities, and society. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning” (Walden University). This statement directly ties into what I envision for myself. Being a part of an organization that is like-minded and working toward a common goal together helps form a great part of me reaching my professional goals.
The definition of success is a personal one that can take on many different forms. How one defines success is important because it is something that grows deep within our core and motivates us to reach that particular goal. Success to me means reaching my goals of pursuing a higher education and being able to use my knowledge, skills, and talents in order to help the community and provide a stable foundation for my family in the future. With doing this, I can hopefully make a positive difference in the lives of others and continue to grow as an individual. Walden University (2021) states that they are passionate about preparing scholar-practitioners that can go out into the world and create social changes. This mission and passion truly aligns with my goals. Given that we both share this vision, I am positive that this program will provide me with the foundation and resources necessary to reach the success I envision for myself. I will be able to go out into the world, well prepared and help make positive social changes in the community.
Relationships and Networking Opportunities
Another contributing factor in reaching my goals is having individuals in my life that share the same vision and provide feedback and support. According to Schmidt “having a network of social interactions and personal relationships” is key to building strong bonds that can help me reach my goals. Working with professors, classmates, healthcare professionals and having a strong home support system is crucial in pursuing a degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. We, too, need help along the way in order to help others in the future. After all, we are human and sometimes need some caring for and support from others. I know I became a nurse in order to help others in even the slightest way, but we do not always have to give too much of ourselves, sometimes we need support too. I am thankful that I have colleagues that I can approach with questions and help if I need and most importantly, I also have a family that supports my endeavors. Obtaining a Masters degree is no easy task and takes dedication, time management, sacrifice, and a true passion. Walden University along with key individuals in my life and the staff will provide me with the support necessary to reach the success I have set out for myself. Walker (2018) states that sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone to create a path for ourselves in the future. I am comfortable taking those steps and stepping out of that zone. The classmates and professors I meet during this journey will play a key role in my success because we share a common goal and vision. Being able to engage with another through discussion boards and give feedback to one another will provide a great support and foundation. All-in-all, I know that Walden University shares the same mission and values in creating a great nurse practitioner that will provide excellent care out in the community.
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As a nurse for 27 years, my professional life has been a journey from physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of dealing with the realities of life. I’ve learned and never forget that I deal with a human being who has needs that must be met. This time, my goal is to advance my career to the next level and broaden my knowledge. Choosing Walden University as an online school to cater my needs in fostering my education had been one of the best options that I ever made. Walden University’s vision, mission and goals to prepare scholarly practitioners through education (Walden University, n.d.) will serve as my inspiration to secure the best foundation in helping me accomplish the agenda of getting through the course of Master’s of Science in Nursing with concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care.
As we all know, nursing is a broad term when caring for the health of the population as a whole. Walden University highly emphasized that “positive social change results in the improvement of human and social conditions (Walden University, n.d., para. 4). As a nurse, I become part of a team that advocates research through evidence based practices (Master of Science in Nursing, n.d.). Utilization and incorporation of networking collaboration (The Foundation of Success, 2018) with the advancement in technology will help me find a solution for a successful outcome in accomplishing the skills and academic performance as required. Preparing students just like us, could be valuable in meeting the needs of the changing society by promoting the wellness of not just the people in the community but also to effect changes that will help provide better outcomes towards achieving a meaningful goal that could benefit the entire human being in this world.
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I am very excited to embark on this journey with you all! I work in the field of acute critical care in a small community hospital in the Philadelphia suburbs. I’ve been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for five years and have always wanted to further my education. As a result, my acceptance into this program is both exciting and terrifying. The majority of this course appears to be devoted to networking and identifying people who can help you in times of stress. My two older brothers and one younger brother are both nurses in Acute or Long Term Intensive Care. Both of my parents are registered nurses. My mother has worked as an ER nurse for thirty years, and my father has also worked as a nurse for thirty years. My father has always been an advocate for continuing education (he holds many degrees himself, from Bachelors in nursing to MBA). I had a positive impression of what I was signing up for after reviewing Walden’s vision, missions, goals, and societal change because of his emphasis on “never slowing down” and “always utilizing education to help you improve.” In contrast to Walden’s Mission While reading Walden’s “Visions,” it became clear that their goal is to promote the greater good. Hopefully, learning knowledge to help me grow in a professional setting will reflect the impact we all hope to make, which is to promote the greatest good to those we care for on a daily basis.
The “missions” section simply emphasized the importance of having an outlet that promotes growth in an individual, in this case through an educational program. Walden’s mission of assisting in the transition into a knowledgeable and confident nurse who serves the greater good aligns perfectly with the roles my father attempted to instill in me at a young age, as previously discussed. Walden provides a number of program objectives, but one in particular stood out to me. The ultimate goal, according to their website, is “to produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents for positive change” (Walden University, n.d.). This stood out because I really enjoy the second half. Change is a term that is thrown around too often without emphasizing its significance, and hearing my father’s influence float around throughout my life has made me realize how powerful change can be. From Walden’s perspective, social change appears to be entirely driven by growth and development, with the implication of application to a society for the greater good. The social change aspect really appeals to me because it emphasizes not only the importance of this knowledge, but also the importance of applying the skills we will learn along the way. Through Walden, I hope to hone my application skills in order to better serve those with whom we interact on a daily basis. Walden provides University Outcomes that appear to flawlessly wrap up everything mentioned previously.
The second outcome is the most pertinent to my objectives and desires as a result of this program, as it covers everything I’ve mentioned. According to the mission statement, the objective is to use the acquired knowledge to benefit the community, society, and profession. Following in the footsteps of my father, I hope that this program will assist me in fostering the growth of individuals with whom I interact, whether by providing for an individual or the entire community in which I serve. Possible Networking Opportunities NURS 6003 Final Considerations and Conclusion I really anticipate participating in Walden’s community service, which is absolutely remarkable. The world is a constantly evolving place, and the healthcare industry is no exception. According to the author of “Missions and Organizational Performance in the Healthcare Industry,” “the diverse characteristics of the healthcare market make it essential for employees at all levels to not only have a clear understanding of what they are trying to accomplish, but also a sense of support and involvement in determining the mission” (Forehand, A., 2000). This is something I truly believe in, and Walden’s comprehension of my goals is crucial. Another item I read stated, “Successful organizations will be those that are unwavering in their pursuit of their vision, unrelenting in their commitment to their goal, and unwavering in their commitment to their values” (MacLeod L.,2016). Every argument made by Walden is consistent, and I’ve found myself aligning with their vision. I believe in the success that this organization will bring and look forward to achieving the personal goals that my father defined for me when I was younger and growing with the principles that this institution offers! Discussion: Networking Possibilities NURS 6003
Forehand, A. (2000). Mission and Organizational Performance in the Healthcare Industry. Journal of Healthcare Management, 45(4), 267.
MacLeod, L. (2016). Mission, Vision and Values Statements: The Physician Leader’s Role. Physician Leadership Journal, 3(5), 18–25.
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Very nice to meet you here! I also enjoy helping others through nursing and am excited to have the opportunity to grow, learn, and practice beyond my current scope to provide care for and positively impact my patient population. You are making an intelligent decision, pursuing gerontology as a nurse practitioner. According to Henderson et al. (2017), the number of people in the US over the age of 65 is expected to more than double between 2015 and 2060, highlighting the need for competent advance practice providers to deliver care during a time of primary care physician shortages (Liu et al., 2020). I believe that Walden will assist driven folks like you and I to success in our respective fields.
As I mentioned in my positing for this week’s discussion, networking is important to nurses because it aids in improving patient outcomes. Here in this virtual classroom, we are given the opportunity to network. Using platforms like this in addition to social network sites increase student-instructor and peer interactions, generate more opportunities to work with professionals and obtain more education, and increases overall interaction and interprofessional learning by the students (Kakushi & Évora, 2016). That being said, I look forward to learning and networking with and everyone in this class!