NURS – 6003N Discussion: Networking Opportunities


Post a brief introduction of yourself to your colleagues. Include an explanation as to how Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Also include an explanation for how the Walden MSN Program Outcomes and perspectives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.

My name is xxx. I am currently a night shift nurse, working with the Department of Corrections. I have been a nurse for almost 2 years, and other than a few months working in home health, my entire time has been in Corrections. I currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and have lived here since 2016. Prior to my career in nursing, I was a member of the Security Forces (Military Police) career field, in the Air Force, for just over 20 years. I retired in 2016, and now here I am. I enjoy most things outdoors, and really have a passion for fishing.

When I began researching University’s, to move forward into a Masters program, I was looking for a place which aligned with my personal beliefs and ideas of what kind of professional I was looking to become. I wanted my professional and academic goals to mirror the University’s goals. This search led me to the September 2020 Walden University Course catalog, and their Vision statement. Walden “envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good” (Walden University, 2020). What better place to begin the journey, into a Masters degree program, than a university whose vision is to advance global good.

This leads me into positive social change and becoming a scholar-practitioner. In Walden’s definition of social change, they finish the section with a key phrase: “Walden supports positive social change through the development of principled, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners, who are and will become civic and professional role models by advancing the betterment of society” (Walden University, 2020). Tie this to Walden’s mission of providing “a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2020), and you have a University committed to personal and professional beliefs I hope to guide my practice.

Another important factor in my degree program, was my desire to continue with Offenders, in the Department of Corrections. One of Walden’s MSN Learning Outcomes it to “integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care” (Walden University, 2020). One of the places in which great health disparities, with poor outcomes, occur is in Correctional facilities. According to a 2021 article from the Department of Government and Justice Studies, at Appalachian State University “when it comes to what we do know about inmate health, a gloomy picture is often painted. Due to circumstances that occur before, during, and after incarceration, prisoners are often at an increased risk for poor health outcomes” (Zaitzow & Willis, 2021, p. 3). These outcomes, tied to increased chronic health conditions, have led to my passion in offender care.

All of the points covered above are easy to type on paper, but how do we tie them into our future practice? The University’s goal “to produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents of positive social change” (Walden University, 2020). I cannot think of a place where positive social change is needed more than a correctional setting. Offenders deserve professionals devoted to this positive change. In Walden’s definition of social change, they finish the section with a key phrase: “Walden supports positive social change through the development of principled, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners, who are and will become civic and professional role models by advancing the betterment of society” (Walden University, 2020). This is the professional I hope to become. This is the professional, the patients I care for deserve.

Finally, there are so many individuals and teams that I will need to collaborate with over the next two years. It started with my Enrollment Specialist, who assisted me in getting registered, changing my degree, and followed up with a weekly phone call just to ensure I was staying on task. Now that classes have begun, it will be the Library, Academic Success, Professors, fellow students, Financial Aid, and the Writing Center just to name a few. I am sure there are so many more, and I hope you can point some things out I may have missed.

Respectfully,

Reference:

Walden University. (2020). Master of science in nursing (MSN). Retrieved March, 2, 2020, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

Walden University. (2020). Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved March 2, 2020, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595

Zaitzow, B. H., & Willis, A. K. (2021). Behind the wall of indifference: prisoner voices about the realities of prison health care. Laws 2021, 10(11). https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10010011

sample response 1

I enjoyed reading your discussion post. I find your background very impressive. Let me start by saying thank you for your service; what an interesting change you had from serving in the Military Air Force to nursing? After conducting my research, I also felt that Walden University was the right fit for me to pursue my goal as an APN in mental health. I concur with you that correctional facilities are experiencing great health disparities with little to poor outcomes. The majority of them are dealing with poor socioeconomic issues with no income to buffer against the negative outcomes of any detrimental effect on their health. This population will benefit from your career path.

In comparison, I feel our patient population is similar. I’m currently working at a psychiatric state hospital and we serve a distinct patient population consisting of adults who are civilly committed, individuals on forensic status (NGRI: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, IST: Incompetent to Stand Trial, patients who fall under the provisions of Megan’s Law, and individuals on a detainer from a county jail), individuals with developmental disorders/neurological impairment who also have a mental illness, and individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders ( APH fact sheet).occurring These population also need a knowledgeable and ethical scholar-practitioners who can advocate for them from a non-judgmental point of view. Great discussion post.

References

(2017). The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey. ANCORA PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL FACTSHEET. Retrieved from http://www.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/ancora/APH_FactSheet_2017.pdf

sample response 2

Vision: Your vision statement parallels our Walden University vision. As a Walden University, student expectations include: to imbibe into practice compassion, tenderness, honesty, to cherish caring services, encourage methods of measuring and improving outcomes, foster the habit of teamwork (Wofford, 2018).

Mission: Your mission statement parallels our Walden University mission. As a Walden University, student expectations include: to immense and indulge into studies, acquire professor-led, professor-guided classroom and clinical experience. The primary foundation led down by the professors, curricula empowers the student to clinical leadership positions, withstand challenges in practice, encourage critical judgment, foster academic and clinical research (Walden University, n.d., 2018).

Goals: Your vision statement parallels our Walden University vision. As a graduate of Walden University, endowed with the qualities of expertise, the student will contribute immensely to establishment of accessible ambulatory, non-ambulatory. As a graduate of WU, the student endowed with competence, confidence, will establish clinical training grounds for future nursing students (Walden University, n.d., 2018).

In conclusion, to ensure success the student needs to stay focused, abide with course work instructions, and maintain community and professional networking.

References

Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved November 14, 2018, https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should 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

Wofford, P. (2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/

sample post 2

Main Question Post:- My name is xxx, I received my master in nursing administration and leadership from University of Maryland and my master in business administration from University of Baltimore almost 20 years ago. I’m currently practicing as a psychiatry executive nurse director in a home and community based facility. My setting is an outpatient facility that has a wide variety of support and services provided to psychiatry patients and their families in their own home or community. We help such patients meet their daily needs, for assistance to improve their quality of lives and case management.

Studying here at Walden University is a great opportunity, to complete my post master nurse practitioner certificate program in psychiatry mental health. I believe that specializing in mental health is very important in our contemporary society of this day and age. I always imagine the social change of mental health anguish, emotional destruction and psychological pain cause by Covid-19 global health pandemic, which is brought upon the entire society, drove me to pursue this specialization. I believe that caring for Individual’s emotional and behavioral state of mind, to make him or her operate at an optimal level in order to function well is highly needed at this time. Individuals in the society should experience a stable mental health to be able to participate in activities of daily living in a healthy manner.

My motivation for pursuing this career also comes from several years of experience working in different mental health care facilities as a registered nurse. I enjoy working with mental health patients at all ages. I enjoy educating my staff, my patients’ and family member about mental health illnesses. My passion and knowledge in psychiatric care motivate and inspires others to go beyond call of duty in caring for patient holistically. Pursuing this advanced degree at Walden University School of Nursing’s will prepare and help me bring my goals to reality in advancing mental health wellness to all patients, families and staff that I will work with in my community. While in school, I will learn to be successful academically and professionally by networking with all the available resources such as, center for academic excellence, my course professors, faculty and administration, alumni, library and librarian, enrollment specialist, writing center, classmates, financial aid office and staff, catalogs, technical and student support services.

I found Walden University and the school of nursing program’s vision, mission and goals, best fits and appealing during my school search selection, and it’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence. One of my goal is to graduate from one of the best online program in the nation, to learn how to apply my passion and knowledge in psychiatric to care for patients upon completion of the program. Walden University education will fulfil my dream of caring for the mental health wellness to patients at all stages of life, and become an expert in this field. The knowledge I will gain from the program with modern technology will serve the population of my community well. In addition, I will utilize evidence base advanced scientific tools I learn to treat acute and chronic illness, and promote mental health well-being.

Mental illness awareness is highly needed now than ever, that means the opportunities to promote mental wellness and advancing this career are in high demand. Therefore, to provide adequate help to individuals who are suffering from a mental illness worldwide, one must acquire a great deal of advance knowledge on the various mental illnesses. Providers will help clients who have been stigmatized for many years in order to overcome the knowledge deficits of what these individuals are going through on a daily basis. This program will expose me to a great deal of knowledge on the various therapeutic interventions and treatments spectrum that have been successful in helping the individual get to their desired state of psychological well-being both historically and currently. I believe that this program will help me develop knowledge in providing collaborative network to improve patients’ health outcomes.

In conclusion, upon completion and earning this advance degree, I will impact my community greatly by providing family oriented holistic quality mental health care. I will continue the home and community based services. I will continue to provide a psychiatry mobile treatment, whereby my clients will receive home health, and be treated in their homes as needed or care via telehealth. I will ensure that the services I provide meet the expected goals and objectives of a professional high standard I learn from Walden University. I will have an advance training ability to perform comprehensive assessment, medication management. I will be able to interpret multiple, sometimes conflicting scientific data to all the patients under my care as a psychiatry nurse practitioner.

References

Walden University Catalog. (March 2021). Student Handbook and University Guide Books. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/index.php

Walden University. (2020). Master of Science in nursing (MSN). Achieved Catalog. Retrieved March, 3, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

sample response

Posting is very good and interesting, it made a great sense in the whole world to me. I will like to share some facts about mental health care history in America, and the origin of it’s scarce resources and funding. In 1916, Congress officially name the institution Saint Elizabeth Hospital, originally known as the Government Hospital for the Insane, was founded by Congress in 1852 through the efforts of a Ms. Dorothea Lynde Dix. Ms. Dix is just like Florence Nightingale. She was a pioneering mental health reformer who worked to change the view of the mentally ill and how to properly care for them. She advocated for the mentally ill to “provide the most humane care and enlightened curative treatment” for the insane. The founding legislation for the hospital, written by Ms. Dix, opened the hospital to patients from Army and Navy as well as both black and white Fellows of the District of Columbia. Saint Elizabeth was America’s first federal mental hospital, and it was the first mental hospital in the District of Columbia.

The hospital was the only government facility in America to treat mentally ill military personnel until 1919, and World War II brought in the largest patient numbers (over 4,000) in its history. In 1946, however, Congress ended the long association between the hospital and the armed forces, in favor of treatment at the nation’s expanding system of Veteran’s Hospital. The loss of interest and funding from the Congress to mental health care was born, that leads to the development of community-based alternatives to institutionalization, and new attitudes toward mental health care subsequently reduced the need for large public mental hospitals.

The continue cuts in federal funding of mental health programs place future control of mental health services at the state and local community level and drastically reduce the funds available for training new and specialize professionals. This funding squeeze has force increase collaboration between community psychiatric facilities (short-term inpatient, outpatient, and auxiliary services) and long-term inpatient state facilities. Mental health care needs serious attention in term of funding and more resources from elected officials and the Congress to provide holistic care. Mental health professionals have experienced enormous social changes in perspectives, focus and direction, in a “limited to non-existent in a setting of very scarce resources”, as you stated, these cause lack of an excellent care to patients and families..Thank you very much and I wish you good luck.

References

District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health..Saint Elizabeth Hospital Achieves. Retrieve March 05, 2021 from https://dbh.dc.gov/page/saint-elizabeths-hospital

sample post 3

I have been a nurse for 9 years. I was a licensed practical nurse since 2012 and registered since 2012. I worked in long-term care for 5 years, and I started working in an acute psychiatric unit the last 2years. Working in my last setting gives me the desire to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, which explains my presence at Walden University. I then started a bridge program that goes from RN to MSN. I started the 1st of June 2020, and it has been quite a ride joggling family, work, and school. I encounter some difficulties while looking for the school to choose for my career goal because first, I was new to online school and honestly do not know what to expect, and secondly, there were so many programs and schools out there. I finally choose Walden to pick Walden because a colleague nurse working on his FNP and doing some research on the school’s mission, vision, and goals.

Walden University vision aligns to mine “Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that its graduates can apply it to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good” (Vision, Mission, and Goals, n.d). I identify with Walden’s vision because it adapts to this century while students can balance their work, family, and school together. It is an amazing fact that students, even though living in a different part of the earthwork, achieve a common goal. I want to focus my clinical practice on children with mental health issues. My personal goal is to empower myself to become a professional practitioner in my practice to enable change. My mission is in alignment with Walden’s mission. I believe that nurse is an agent of change at all level, but obtaining a master’s degree allows the nurse to grow from novice to expert and evidence-based the practice has shown nurse advanced degree is associated with better patient outcome Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). [Video file]. Nurses should always work to become the best version of themselves to increase the quality-of-care delivery.

I started working in a children’s psychiatric acute center 3 years ago without any previous psychiatric background apart from nursing school. I was amazed by how many children are struggling with mental health issues. I choose to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner to bring change to the delivery system. As I graduate with my master’s degree in nursing at Walden, I will be empowered to reduce healthcare inequalities by accurately assess. diagnose, plan, and implement cost-effective noted in Master of Nursing (MSN) (n.d.). I believe Walden University will help me build the foundation of my career as a practitioner, and I am extremely excited about the journey.

There are many people I will collaborate with during this journey first, I have my enrollment advisor here at Walden, the writing center, my mentor is the director of nursing in the facility, my medical director, and my instructors. I strongly believe that intentional professional networking is important in the pursue my degree

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: The Journey Begins [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Master of Science (MSN). (n.d.). Walden University Catalog. https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.phpcatoid=178&poid=70112

Vision, Mission and Goal. (n.d.). Walden University

NURS – 6003N Week 1 Discussion: Networking Opportunities

Hello. My name is xxx and I have been a nurse for almost 5 years. I worked at a small critical access hospital for the first year where I learned a lot about nursing quickly. I then worked for three years on a surgical unit at a level one trauma center at UW Hospital in Madison, WI. I now work in the Neuroscience ICU at the same hospital. I am very happy in the ICU and love what I do. I have a husband of a year and half and a four year old dog. My dog’s name is Nora and she is a Wheaten Terrier, and she always is within about six inches of me when I am at home. My husband works for Epic, which is an Electronic Health Record (EHR) that many companies across the US use for documentation and billing purposes. I wish we lived somewhere a little warmer but he really loves his job and so do I, so we are staying put for now.

Waldens goals and mission statement are ones that are important to me, as it speaks a lot about the university. Their mission is to provide “a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, n.d.). This is very important to me as a non-traditional student. I am a grad student attending school online, which is more common these days, but I still like to think that the school respects diversity and understands that not all students benefit from the same situation. For me personally, I would not have been able to benefit from a rigid classroom setting. The college of nursing vision statement discusses a “continuum of care… across the human life span to meet the needs of individuals and local and global communities” (Walden University, n.d.). This is powerful to me because I would like the opportunity to care for individuals across their lifespan, through becoming a FNP. And while I know that I will have an impact on my patients that I care for individually, it may be nice to create a larger impact throughout my career, which Walden makes possible. While I may work in a clinic setting, I may someday find the time and energy to advocate for the importance of unions in the healthcare setting.

The MSN program outcomes also align with the goals that I have for myself. I would like to provide cost effective care on a daily basis, which is heavily emphasized in the program outcomes. The program outcome that resonates the most with me is “Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury” (Walden University, n.d.). Additionally, I would like to practice as a scholarly practitioner and always incorporate current evidence based practice to promote the best outcomes for my patients. Additionally, I am a preceptor to new nurses and nursing students, so I am always trying to provide them with a quality education that will promote improved outcomes for their patients in the future. Patelarou et al. (2020) reports that undergraduate nursing students are not exposed to enough EBP and lack skills because of this. So my goal is often to incorporate EBP into all of the education that I provide to my students. From an academic perspective, it is always enlightening to be exposed to so much evidence based practice during the educational process. Oftentimes I find myself incorporating new practice to promote safety and infection prevention in my daily practice, which are two aspects of healthcare that I am very passionate about. I think working in the neuro ICU has led me to appreciate extremely clean work environments, as many of my patients have drains that are going into their brain, and an infection in this area would be catastrophic to their recovery.

Academic and professional resources through the University include professors and advisors, as well as writing center resources and more. I look forward to improving my writing skills over the next two years. Since I work at a teaching hospital, it seems that the resources provided to me are practically endless. I work directly with many NPs. My manager is a great advocate and resource, as are the charge nurses, and even the nurses I work with on a daily basis. Many of my coworkers are pursuing higher education and working toward becoming Nurse Practitioners or have the goal of becoming CRNAs. I enjoy being surrounded by so many professionals with great potential. I am excited to hopefully be working to my full potential as a nurse practitioner in just a few years. A recent case study during the Covid-19 crisis was able to show that NPs provide high-quality patient centered care when there was a shortage of doctors available (Thomas-Gayle & Muller, 2021). I look forward to working with all of you and learning together over the next two years!

References

Patelarou, A. E., Mechili, E. A., Ruzafa-Martinez, M., Dolezel, J., Gotlib, J., Skela-Savič, B., Ramos-Morcillo, A. J., Finotto, S., Jarosova, D., Smodiš, M., Mecugni, D., Panczyk, M., & Patelarou, E. (2020). Educational Interventions for Teaching Evidence-Based Practice to Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17). https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.3390/ijerph17176351

Thomas-Gayle, P. & Muller, L. S. (2021). Nurse Practitioners Bridging the Gap. Professional Case Management, 26(1), 38–42. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000481.

Walden University. (n.d.). College of Nursing. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son#s-lg-box-3837398

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

sample reseponse

Your vision, mission, and goals are  in perfect line with Walden University’s vision, mission, and goals. More so, with the quality of academic, clinical, environmental, and social educational preparation and exposure, the Walden student is adequately and legitimately prepared to take on the primary care provider. This is due to the fact that any Walden prepared nurse practitioner has been built by astute professors to take on the world of expert leaders, confident fearless speakers, who fight for the common good of the society related to health care issues and services especially for the targeted special populations of our society. Walden prepared nurse practitioners are equipped  on how to manage received grants, or raise funds to provide and make available accessible clinics-ambulatory, non-ambulatory, children’s hospital, maternity clinics, on-the-site care centers, etc. (Walden University, n.d., 2018).

Walden students nurse practitioners form the solid networking that will influence and penetrate into the grassroots of pursuing positive health care policies for the good of the society (Wofford, 2018).

In conclusion, the inevitable successful story of the student nurse practitioner is well written with the assistance of the enrollment specialists, our instructors, the writing center specialists, nursing organizations who have the quest to make ensure that the institute of nursing is equivalent to the Institute of medicine (Walden University, n.d., 2018).

References

Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved November 14, 2018, https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurse should 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

Wofford, P. (2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/

sample response 2

I enjoyed reading your post. Your post made me miss ICU. I had visions of Ventrics and Balloon Pumps in my head. Your husband working for Epic reminded me of a lifetime ago when I was a Superuser for them. I’m sure Epic has changed a lot over the ten years it has been since I used it. I agree with you in regards to the physician shortage. NPs and other mid-levels will be the futures of healthcare. Many MDs and DOs will need to go into surgery to offset the shortage as the need for surgeons grows. This will further increase the shortage of clinic based physicians. According to Boyle (2020) two out of five physicians will be over 65 in the next ten years. Their age of retirement will vary, but this figure indicates that the number of physicians practicing will decrease expeditiously over the next few decades. This will create a void that NPs and mid-levels will be able to fill.

Resources

Boyle, P. (2020, June 26). U.S. physician shortage growing. AAMC. https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/us-physician-shortage-growing

post 2Discussion – Week 1My Goals

Hello everyone, my name is xxx. I graduated from nursing school in 2017 with my ADN and I completed my BSN in 2018 at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. I have been a nurse for almost 4 years in home health providing private duty nursing care. I have had the opportunity to care for diverse clients with complex needs such as managing IVs, g-tubes, tracheostomies, and ventilators in the home setting with both the adult and pediatric population. However, since my scope of practice as a registered nurse is limited, I wanted to get more experience and knowledge in caring for patients with these needs. I decided to look into the acute care nurse practitioner role. My professional goal is to work with patients in the advanced practice level in an acute care setting. I found that by pursuing an MSN in AGACNP at Walden University, I will be able to get qualified to work in this nursing position and meet my goal of caring for patients with complex needs in the acute setting.

Walden University

Walden University’s vision, mission, and goals include “immediate solutions of critical societal challenges,” and “transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2020c). This relates to my professional and academic goals because I hope to use the knowledge I gain to positively impact my local and global community. I believe that by completing my education at Walden University, I will be better equipped to contribute new solutions to world challenges based on research and critical thinking.

As a nurse I was able to and have enjoyed the chance to help support clients’ lives in the community and helping them stay out of the hospital. With an MSN degree from Walden, I hope to have the opportunity to make a better impact through social change in my community and in healthcare. I really liked the emphasis Walden has on creating positive social change and making a difference in the world. The college of nursing uses the scholar-practitioner model to advance nursing practice and implement progressive skills “in order to transform society” (Walden University 2020a). I feel that the MSN program’s outcomes meet my goals of becoming a scholar-practitioner hope to “transform health outcomes for diverse populations” as an AGACNP promoting the health of the community (Walden University 2020b).

References

Walden University. (2020a). College of nursing. Retrieved from

https://www.waldenu.edu/about/colleges-schools/college-of-nursing

Walden University. (2020b). Master of science in nursing (MSN). Retrieved from

https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

Walden University. (2020c). Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved from

https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595.

response

Hello xx I enjoyed reading your post and learning about your background in nursing before Walden. I agree that attending Walden and pursuing your MSN in AGACNP will open up more opportunities and allow you to contribute new solutions to world challenges based on research and critical thinking. I also love your outlook on helping clients’ lives in the community and helping them stay out of the hospital.  I work in Public Health, and with my clientele, that is our primary goal. Once they leave the acute care setting, how can I, as a Public Health Nurse, aid in bettering their health and lifestyle changes? Attending Walden University will allow practitioners “cost-effective health care strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy”(Walden University – Acalog Acms™, n.d.). If we empower our patients in the community to educate and help them understand their conditions better, they will better care for themselves. They will not land themselves back in a crisis that often leads them back into the hospital.

Additionally, I feel that for our growth as lifelong learners, collaboration and networking with our colleagues are also very beneficial to our continued education. I think that joining a professional association would provide up-to-date information and resources and allow you to network within your specialty.  Professional networking “serves as an invaluable resource for knowledge that can be instrumental in advancing the nurse’s career”(Schmidt, 2020)

            I wish you well and success during your AGACNP journey and I hope to collaborate with you more during the course of the class!

References

Schmidt, K. (2020). 5 Reasons Nurses Should Engage in Professional Networking. BluePipes. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/

Walden university – acalog acms™. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=179

Week 1 Discussion

My name is xxx. I am currently enrolled in my first year at Walden University with a major in FNP MSN. I have been a nurse since 2006. Since graduating from The University of Texas and obtaining my RN BSN, I worked in the ER, ICU, Med-Surg, Home health, and finally Dialysis. I currently am a Clinical Manager of an In-Center Hemodialysis clinic in Crockett Texas. I have been in my current position for five years, and I have managed two different clinics. I live and work in East Texas. I completed my MBA in 2020.

My Goals and University Vision and Mission

My personal vision is to leave my community, patients, and society in a better position than I found them. This aligns with Walden’s Vision of immediately solving societal challenges and advancing the greater global good. My mission is to provide support and the highest level of care in my personal and professional life, thereby promoting positive social change. Walden’s Goals for multicontextual educational opportunities, learner-centered education, diverse process-learning approaches, and producing agents of positive social change are similar goals I have for my patient population (Walden University, n.d., 2021). By providing this type of patient education and promoting positive social change through action and example, I can make positive social change happen in my community.

MSN Program Outcomes and Perspectives to Professional and Academic Goals

The goal for my future is a continuation of my current career goals. I will continue to provide the highest level of care to every patient every day. I have many contacts in my local community. I look forward to partnering with local practitioners to provide clinic based family care to our community with a free clinic option on Saturdays. Achieving my FNP MSN from Walden would allow me to achieve these academic and professional goals. Receiving the highest level of education will give me the best opportunity to give patients the best care.

Academic and Professional Collaborators for Academic and Professional Success

I will use the knowledge and experience provided by Walden’s instructors, academic advisors, enrolment specialists, the Writing Center, and (most importantly) other students to learn and grow my academic and professional knowledge. I will continue to work with RNs, FNPs, MDs, and other healthcare professionals in my area to further grow my knowledge base specific to our local patient population needs. Many healthcare professionals work together in a common goal to improve patient care.

Concepts for Walden Student Readiness

Time management will be the most important concept for student readiness. Effectively managing my time will allow me to reap the full benefits from Walden’s education program, and not have to limit my time dedicated to my patient. I gained a lot from the Student Readiness Orientation. Knowing how to navigate the home page and Blackboard will limit the learning curve of starting a new program. I now know where resources are located in the event I need them. Working with other healthcare professionals through collaboration in assignments and feedback will help each of us grow as professionals.

Individuals and Teams in the MSN Program

I will be working with many individuals and teams to achieve my FNP MSN over the next two years. I anticipate I will be hearing from my course instructor and my student teams on this submission in the next few days. I’m sure we are all nervous about our first submission. I want to submit enough information to fulfill the grading rubric, but I also want to remain “brief”. The primary teams and individuals that will help us all through this program are our Instructors, Academic advisors, writing department, Financial Aid, families, professional colleagues, and on and on. This list could go on for pages.

I want to thank you all for your time and energy throughout this process. We can all help each other in our common goal.

References:

Walden University. (2020). Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved March 2, 2020, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595

Walden University. (2020). Master of science in nursing (MSN). Retrieved March, 2, 2020, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

Schmidt, K. (n.d). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking. https://www.bibme.org/apa/website-citation/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.bluepipes.com%2F5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously%2F

Discussion: Networking Opportunities
In this module, you begin laying the foundation for your academic and professional success. Your efforts begin with a vision that includes your own definition of success. Your vision may vary from those of your colleagues, but this does not mean you have to take these first steps alone.

Walden University and the College of Nursing also have a vision and mission, which include helping you to make your own vision a reality. Members of your new academic community, such as faculty, support teams, and fellow students, can also be helpful. Current practitioners and other member of the professional community can also help you to clarify your vision.

This Module’s Discussion asks you to consider how the Walden mission and vision as well as the College of Nursing’s mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. You will also begin to identify individuals and teams who can help you along the way as you begin designing the “blueprint”—your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision for academic and professional success.

To Prepare:

Review the Walden and College of Nursing mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this Module’s Learning Resources.
Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.
Consider how the information in these resources fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.
Also consider academic and professional individuals and teams with whom you may collaborate in support of your efforts as a student at the university and as a professional within your organization and career.
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post a brief introduction of yourself to your colleagues. Include an explanation as to how Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Also include an explanation for how the Walden MSN Program Outcomes and perspectives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.

By Day 6 of Week 1
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by suggesting additional individuals and/or teams with whom you wish to collaborate or by offering additional networking strategies.

sample response 1

I enjoyed reading your discussion post and was very impressed by your own personal goal to “leave my community, patients, and society in a better position that I found them”. You could not have said it any better. I believe that we are all in our profession for a reason. That each and everyone of us innately cares about how we leave this world and how much of a impact we can bring to society no matter how big or small. We all have made an impact on people, patients, community and society as nurses. Now we all have the opportunity to make an even bigger impact as we are continuing our education and become Scholar-practitioners.

I agree that during this journey, support from our instructors, academic advisors, writing department, families and professional colleagues will help up succeed through this program. I do have one suggestion to add to your success. I think that joining Family Nurse Practitioner associations or Student NP groups would also benefit as well. Being members of those associations would be a great way to not only network within the associations but would also be kept up to date on CEU opportunities, conferences, policies and laws that may be changing within the field.

I look forward to collaborating with you in the future. Good luck this quarter!

response 2

I enjoyed reading your post. You have a lot of experience as a nurse in many different specialities, which I am sure has given you a great foundation in your career. It is so wholesome to see how committed you are to your community, with the consideration of providing a free clinic on Saturdays. I can see how underserved communities would deeply benefit from a resource like this, and from a nurse like you! I am from Iowa and lived near The University of Iowa for four years. The University of Iowa has a mobile clinic that provides free care to underserved populations such as “immigrants, refugees, migrant farmworkers, individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income individuals, and people who live in rural communities” (Palma et al., 2020). 44% of the recipients report that this is the only healthcare that they receive, and 97% of recipients report that their quality of care is good or excellent (Palma et al., 2020). With this information, it is clear that you have huge potential to make a great difference in the lives of your patients. I also agree that time management is extremely important as an online student. Many of us are working, managing families, and studying full-time. According to Martin et al., students who participate in online courses benefit from self-discipline and time management to meet deadlines (2020). This will be a learning experience for me, and I am sure that I will have to improve my time management skills over the next two years in order to be successful.

References

Martin, F., Stamper, B., & Flowers, C. (2020). Examining Student Perception of Readiness for Online Learning: Importance and Confidence. Online Learning, 24(2), 38–58.

Palma, M. L., Arthofer, A., Halstead, K. M., Wahba, J. M., & Martinez, D. A. (2020). Service Learning in Health Care for Underserved Communities: University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, 2019. American Journal of Public Health, 110(9), 1304–1307. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.305755

sample response 3

Your goals, vision, and mission agrees with Walden University for academic and professional expertise, in leadership, clinical and academic practice, training future nurse practitioners s well as building infrastructures for classroom teaching, clinical teaching, and training. The preparation of nurse practitioners in Walden University incorporates fearless confidence, advocacy, the ability to withstand adverse circumstances when the health of the society or any specific targeted population is at stake. The Walden University produces nurse practitioners equipped with the absolute integrity of measuring outcomes in the classroom, in a clinical setting, on the job, etc. (Wofford, 2018).

In conclusion, the advanced preparation of the nurse practitioner in Walden University lays the foundation for competent, confident primary care providers who are committed to perfection in health care delivery. The foundation in networking reinforces and incorporates the political drive to meet the needs of patients, families, and their health care services (Walden University, n.d., 2018).

References

Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved November 14, 2018, https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurse should 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

Wofford, P. (2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/

sample discussion post 2

A Need for Change

My name is xxxx. I have been in the medical field for 38 years as a nurse. I must say I have an addiction to floor nursing. The down side of this is floor nursing has had a negative effect on my health due to the physical nature of the job. Nursing is everything to me and I do not see myself doing any other profession. So, I decided in order to continue to do the thing I most cherish in my life, I would have to enhance my knowledge by returning to college in order fulfill my dream. I decided to get my Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). Most of my clinical experiences have been in the field of cardiology and critical care. After much research I found the area of Adult Gerontology Acute Care as a Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP). Voila! I immediately knew that was the perfect fit for me.

Why Walden?

One of the reasons I chose Walden was what was written in the School of Nursing’s (SON) mission statement. Walden SON focuses on the scholar-practitioner model. The scholar-practitioner model allows one use the knowledge they possess to enhance their educational goals, in combination with developmental research (Walden 2021 para. 6)I figured that my many years of experience and knowledge would definitely be an asset as I move from novice to expert.

A Walden Promise: Social Change

Walden University promotes social change. When I hear that term I think of the way we as a society interact with one another and the byproduct of those interactions. I wait in anticipation to see the impact Walden will have on my journey towards my contribution with regards to social change. I have been fortunate to have been in this field long enough to see the changes in nursing as it has evolved into an entity that promotes wellness. Back in the day we practiced basic nursing and now it is more of a preventative/health promotional nursing practice. The doctors wrote the orders and the nurses followed them without question. Very little patient education was used and you did not dare give your suggestion to that doctor. Thank God for change. Preventative/health promotional nursing essentially places the responsibility of maintenance care in the hands of the patient. We as nurses are responsible for providing the necessary tools the patient requires to maintain a state of individual wellness. I love nurturing and providing my patients the empowerment of knowledge. I believe this is an example of how social change can be utilized to achieve positive outcomes. Walden uses terms like dignity, individual development, and worth and how imperative they are to the advancement of social change (Walden 2021 para.4). It is like growing a garden. Walden provides the talented professors and positive role models, and we are the seeds. Once watered and nurtured we will bloom into the same if we follow the guidelines set by Walden. And in return we will follow suit and like perennials we have the ability create social change. And so the cycle begins. It’s just my analog

A Meeting of the Minds

The University of Walden has three noted “cornerstones” in their mission and vision statement, quality, integrity, and student-centeredness (Walden 2021 para.8). Of the three cornerstones noted one stuck and sealed the deal for me, student-centeredness. Walden stated “it believes that academic programs must be learner-centered, incorporating learners’ prior knowledge and allowing them to focus their academic work on their needs and interests (Walden 2021 para. 11). Again this fits my goals to a tee. This is what we describe in the spiritual realm, as being equally yoked.

References

Walden University. Vision, Mission, and Goals. Retrieved from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595&hl=MISSION+VISION+STATEMENT&returnto=search

Walden University. FAQ about Walden’s Online Program. Retrieved from

https://www.waldenu.edu/

sample discussion post 3

Week 1 Main Post

My name is Emelia Korkor, originally from Ghana. I am a mother of three boys. I have been a Registered Nurse for six years and graduated from Shenandoah University. It is worth to state that I have been in the nursing profession for twenty years since I have imparted into the lives of the elderly to celebrate their individualities, the middle age to manage their medications and pain levels and a preceptor to nursing students. I started as a Certified Nurse Assistance (CNA), then pursued to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and currently as a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor with both American Heart Association and American Red Cross.

As stated by Education Producer (2018), obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) allows nursing professionals to pursue careers in focus areas such as neonatal or psychiatric care. This writer however, decided not to return back to school because of financial constrain, time management and changing shift from full time to part time. Surprisingly, I came across the mission statement of Walden University Catalog (2019) “To provide diverse community of career professionals with opportunities to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so they can effect positive social change.” as well as the mission statement of Walden School of Nursing (2011-2012), “for a diverse array of nursing professionals seeking enhancement of critical thinking skills, abilities to select and implement evidence-based practices, and core and specialty nursing knowledge in order to transform society’’. These statements caught my attention as they were in alignment with my thought pattern as I continuously make efforts to improve on my critical skills and to seek knowledge to be responsive to the needs of my patients.

Further, my goal to pursue MSN program connects with Walden University’s mission, vision, and social change, to become a Mental Health Nurse practitioner who has acquired knowledge, put into practice to benefit the community by providing emotional needs and being able to assess patients progress in an efficient manner.

Lastly, for academic and Professional Success, this writer will make good use of any available resources at her disposal provided by Walden University such as instructors, academic advisors, enrolment specialty and other knowledgeable experienced health professionals including physicians and nurses I am currently working with to gain more knowledge.

References

Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a master’s in nursing.

Walden University (2011-2012) School of Nursing Mission and Vision. Retrieved from

https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=41&navoid=5304

Walden University Catalog (2019). Retrieved from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/Laureate

response

I enjoyed reading your post and how you have worked your way from a CNA to an LPN, an RN, and a CPR instructor. I tell my daughter, an RN, that nursing is a field of opportunity and growth that you cannot get in some careers. Moving into the MSN program to become a nurse practitioner is a big step, but I am glad you came across Walden’s mission statement, as I did too, and after reading To provide a diverse community of career professionals with opportunities to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so they can effect positive social change.” as well as the mission statement of Walden School of Nursing (2011-2012), “for a diverse array of nursing professionals seeking enhancement of critical thinking skills, abilities to select and implement evidence-based practices, and core and specialty nursing knowledge in order to transform society.” These two essential values and missions aligned with my own, and I contacted Walden that day, which I had not done with any other school as I had been searching. As a senior in high school, did I ever get that chance to have that feeling of when visiting a college campus, “yes, this is it”, but I did get that feeling when I read Walden’s Mission and Values. I took a deep breath and took the next step, and I am so thankful I did. Welcome to class

Nicole

References:

Walden University (2011-2012) School of Nursing Mission and Vision. Retrieved from

https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=41&navoid=5304

Walden University Catalog (2019). Retrieved from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/Laureate

sample discussion post 3

Week 1 Discussion:

Hello, My Fellow Walden Classmates:

My name is xxx, RN. I have currently enrolled in the RN to MSN with a major in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through Walden University. I recently completed the bridge classes and excited as this is one of two of my first master program courses. I have been a registered nurse for over 16 years but have been in the nursing field for 26 years. I obtained my ADN through Waukesha County Technical College. As a single mother, this was my best and most affordable option to reach my goal and dream still to be a nurse. I have worked in various nursing areas from medical-surgical, ICU, burn units, local travel, cardiac clinic, and I currently work at a rural family medicine clinic in Baraboo, WI, as a triage and POD RN. I have been in this role for five years.

My vision is to be an active member of my community to provide the citizens, patients, and society in general in a better position than I found them. This also is within Walden’s Vision of immediately solving societal challenges and advancing the greater global good. My mission is to provide support and give compassion, and the highest level of care in my professional life and personal life. I want to deliver and be a part of positive social change within my community. Walden’s Goals for educational opportunities, learner-centered education, diverse process-learning approaches, and producing positive social change agents are similar goals I have for my patient population (Walden University, n.d., 2021). By giving this type of patient education and promoting positive social change through action, tools, and lead by example, I can make positive societal within my rural community.

In MSN Program Outcomes and Perspectives to Professional and Academic Goals, I have vital goals for my future to continue my career goal of becoming an AGAC NP. I have deep compassion for the nursing profession and currently and in the future to continue to provide the highest level of care to patients and families I encounter every day. Though I have only been in this area of Wisconsin for nine years, I have developed multiple contacts and professional relationships in the community, such as ADRC, Sauk County Health Department, and Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

I look forward to networking further with local practitioners with a primary focus on cardiac and vascular in providing acute care to our community by working in the local hospital to provide quality evidence-based practice care to the patients I care for. Achieving my AGAC MSN from Walden would allow me to achieve these academic and professional goals. Receiving the highest level of education will give me the best opportunity to provide patients the best care.

I will use the knowledge and experience that Walden University provides. I will utilize the provided resources of my academic professors, academic advisors, the Writing Center, and networking with other students to learn and grow within the nurse practitioner profession as I work through the AGAC- NP program for professional academic collaborators for academic and professional success. I will continue to work with RNs, PAs, NPs, MDs, and other healthcare professionals in my work profession and friends to build on my knowledge and gain experience to provide high-quality care to the patients in my small community. Healthcare is a web of teamwork as multidisciplinary professionals work together to provide and improve patient care.

Time management has always been a concept I struggle with, but I know it is an important concept for students’ success. After being out of school for sixteen years, I struggled with managing and balancing work, home, family, and school life in the first year of classes in the Walden program. As each course began and completed, I felt that time management that eluded me was becoming better and more accessible, and I think I am better. Effectively managing and balancing my time and energy will allow me to learn and take full advantage of Walden’s education program. This will allow me to provide excellent patient care when I reach my goal of being an AGAC-NP. I reviewed the Student Readiness Orientation several times over the last year as I would forget about resources at the click of a mouse key through Walden University. After reviewing the Readiness, my first class helped me with blackboard from the home page and easy navigation to messages, class content, and additional resources such as the writing center (Walden University, n.d., 2021).

I currently and will continue to work as an individual and part of a team to achieve my career goal of becoming an AGAC- NP; just like in an organization, being a team member and an active participant is essential in the program. We all have strengths and weaknesses and can help each other achieve our end professional and personal goals. I remember the first time I wrote RN after my name and the sense of accomplishment and pride I felt and still do today. The following credentials to write after our names will be exciting and a sense of self-pride. I cannot wait to get to know all of you, and we learn from each other. As reading through the discussion and class café posts, we can offer and help each other. Nursing is a challenging but rewarding field. Still, my favorite quote I have as my screensaver “Nursing is the hardest job you’ll ever love.”

References:

Walden University. (2020). Vision, Mission, and Goals. https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595

Walden University. (2020). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

Place your order
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
$26
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Urgency
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our Guarantees

Money-back Guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism Guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision Policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy Policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

4-hour deadlines

Your urgent tasks will be completed within 4 hours. Your discussion responses and late orders will be will be handled fast and we still maintain our quality.

Read more
error: