Walden University’s Vision, Mission, and Goals

My name is xxxx and I have been a nurse for seven years come this May. I started with a bachelors in Kinesiology because I wanted to help people manage their health through exercise, then after five years decided I wanted to manage individuals’ health through a different platform. After two years at my local community college I completed my associates in nursing and started working in the intensive care unit immediately after graduation. Instead of waiting, I started working towards my bachelors in nursing online while working full-time. Once I completed my second bachelors I changed my patient demographic to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During my four years in the NICU I have become more embedded in patient and family-centered care and have learned the fundamental importance of interdisciplinary care. This jump-started my goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner and my extensive search for the right online program.

When discussing Walden’s vision, mission, and goals and its relationship to my academic and professional goals, it is important to recognize what goals I have. My goal as a scholar-practitioner is to provide the best evidence-based care possible to each individual, and the way to accomplish this is to continually research and think critically. The two statements that stuck with me are “to provide an inquiry/action model of education that fosters research, discovery, and critical thinking and that results in professional excellence”, and “knowledge that can be applied to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good” (Walden University, 2020b). Nursing is a field that is constantly changing and evolving based on current research and new advances in technology. This also means that societies are continually changing and it is important to meet these demands to provide quality patient-centered care.

Walden’s MSN Program Outcomes and Perspectives

The deciding factor for me choosing the masters in nursing program at Walden was this specific outcome: “Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice” (Walden University, 2020a). Autonomy and human dignity are principles that can sometimes get lost when nurses are overworked and stressed. These are important principles that I value deeply and a goal of mine is to maintain these in my practice of being a scholarly-practitioner. Although patient autonomy has become more prominent in the field of nursing “Respecting autonomy may, on occasion, lead to concerns regarding professional accountability and responsibility for patient welfare” (Greaney & O’Mathúna, 2017). After obtaining my masters in nursing I want to work towards more defined parameters to aid health professionals in providing care based on the patient’s wishes without fear of retaliation and to remove the health care professionals personal opinion on what the patient should do.

References

Greaney AM., O’Mathúna D.P. (2017) Patient Autonomy in Nursing and Healthcare Contexts. In: Scott P. (eds) Key Concepts and Issues in Nursing Ethics (pp.83-99). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49250-6_7

Walden University. (2020a). Program: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Learning Outcomes. Walden University catalog. Retrieved March 1, 2021 from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=178&poid=70112&returnto=64000

Walden University. (2020b). Vision, Mission, and Goals. Walden University catalog. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595

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.

NURS_6003_Module01_Week01_Discussion_Rubric

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List View
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.
Supported by at least three current, credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.
At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth.

Supported by at least three credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s).
One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed.

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Post is cited with two credible sources.

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains some APA formatting errors.

0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately.
Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria.

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Contains only one or no credible sources.

Not written clearly or concisely.

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Main Post: Timeliness
10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.
Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.
Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.
Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.
Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.

Second Response
16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.
Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.
Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.
Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.
Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.

Participation
5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
Name: NURS_6003_Module01_Week01_Discussion_Rubric
NURS 6003 Week One Discussion

My Goals and The University’s Vision, Mission, and Goals

I have been a Registered Nurse at my local hospital’s Emergency Department for only a year and a half, but I was an emergency room technician for two years’ prior, while attending nursing school. I always believed that working in the Emergency Department was my calling until I became pregnant and had a baby during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic completely changed my perspective on bedside nursing. Since the pandemic began, I felt as if there was more for me to accomplish. I knew there was more that I should do as far as furthering my education, not only myself and my family, but also for my community. “Your life is busy, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your education,” (Walden University, 2020c, para. 2). This statement on Walden University’s “Why Walden” page really resonated with me. As a new mom of a 9-month-old baby girl, being busy now has a whole other meaning. Walden just felt like exactly what I needed to expand my knowledge and further my education.

Many of my colleagues have attended Walden University and I have always heard positive feedback about the university. After conducting some research about the MSN program, and learning about their mission, goals, and need to positively effect social change, I decided to enroll. According to the Walden University College of Nursing (2020b), their mission and goal is to positively influence communities by providing diverse, scholarly, and knowledgeable practioners. A reason I chose Walden is due to the university’s vision statement… “knowledge is worthy to the degree that it can be applied…” (Walden University, 2020a, para. 1). One may have all the knowledge in the world, but if that knowledge isn’t applied by helping others or affecting others in a positive manner, then that knowledge may not be used to its entirety. Their mission, goal and vision describe my professional and academic goals as I want to expand my knowledge and abilities in my practice to help my community and hopefully educate and motivate individuals to want to better their health.

Walden’s Program Outcome

Some learning outcomes listed on the Walden University website include evaluating the need of a population to promote health and prevent illness and implementing cost-effective strategies to reduce health disparities by patients (Walden University, 2020a). These are similar to the goals and outcomes I aspire to have when learning and practicing as a Family Nurse Practioner. I want to become a nurse practioner to promote health to those in my community and hope to help those before illness starts, thus, implementing a more cost-effective strategy in promoting health. I truly believe that Walden will assist me in accomplishing these goals along with my determination and ambition and one day my outcomes will be similar to those listed on the Walden University Website.

References

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

Walden University. (2020b). Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=153&navoid=49950

Walden University. (2020c) Why Walden. Retrieved from https://www.waldenu.edu/why-walden

response

I noticed that you are a Corrections RN. Having spent 17 years in corrections, I applaud your decision to serve the population that many are hesitant to even talk to, let alone assist. “Effecting positive social change and advancing the greater global good” happens in the place where you are…right now. (Walden University, 2021) I met an amazing array of people in the prison system. I am sure that you are finding many people of diverse backgrounds, talents and skills that will help you grow as a person, nurse and future nurse practitioner. Don’t be afraid to network with others outside of nursing in the prison system by joining committees within the system. Networking is not simply a one way street. The nurse’s network and collaborative efforts may also effect change within their immediate environment such as the “…development and implementation of an organization’s processes and procedures.” Schmidt, K. (n.d.) Your influence is more important than you realize at times.

References

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post]. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/

Walden University (2021). College of Nursing. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://www.waldenu.edu/why-walden/social-change

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