Networking Opportunities NURS – 6003N week 1 discussion

Networking Opportunities NURS – 6003N week 1 discussion

Hello, my name is xxx. Firstly, I am very excited about starting this journey with all of you and I wish you all the best of luck with your studies. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and have lived here ever since. I have a lot of family around and enjoy the city and its attractions. Thankfully, I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. I have a two-year-old girl and a nine-month-old boy. They keep me on my toes and don’t usually give me much time to rest. Although its sometimes-challenging balancing work, married life, the kids and now school, it forces me to have the skills of prioritzation and organization Networking Opportunities NURS – 6003N week 1 discussion.
I attended University of Maryland for my nursing degree. I received a master’s in nursing in a program called Clinical Nurse Leader and graduated in 2018. The program teaches regular nursing as well as leadership skills and areas of education. As a nurse, I work on a critical care unit for the past two and half years and have gained much there.  I learned many disease processes, medications, patient interactions, and so much more. I enjoy the intensity of critical care and love to be there for the patients and families during challenging times.  The medical field and nursing in particular is so fascinating to me. The vast knowledge of diseases, treatments and medications are endless.


                                                                      My Goals and University Vision and Mission 
My professional goal is to advance my nursing knowledge and skills to provide care for my patients on a higher level. Advancing my degree has always been a goal of mine, the challenge was how to do it while still working and having a family life. When I found out about Walden University and the flexible online learning, I thought it may be an option for me (Walden University, 2020). As I began to find out more about the school, I was astounded by the support I was receiving, just as student inquiring information. I thought to myself, if this is how they look out for me now, I know there will be supportive staff and community thorough out my academic course. In addition to the flexible learning and tremendous support Walden gives it students, Walden University helps its students network within their field. Networking is important for many reasons, including staying up to date on current treatments, sharing ideas with peers and connecting with mentors who are in roles I hope to eventually be. Networking takes courage and my sometimes be uncomfortable, the tips given for social media, volunteering and networking were helpful for me (Wofford, 2018).
When looking at the Walden vision, mission and goals I saw similarity to my own professional and academic goals. Walden’s vision to provide education related to society changes is something I see as imperative to further education. The society is changing so rapidly, and current knowledge will help me in my field. Walden’s mission to have a diverse community with room for individual growth will allow me to make positive changes in my profession. The diversity gives room for new ideas and creative thinking amongst my peers, which makes this school a place where I want to learn and gain more knowledge. Providing high quality learning through different teaching methods will give me the opportunity to grow and learn in a way that is best for me (Walden University, 2019).
                                                                                   Incorporation of Social Change
The social change initiative is a process of, “creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies” (para. 4)  Learning with that in mind will help helps students create and apply new ideas to help better their own community and within their specific population (Walden University, 2019).  By furthering my education, here at Walden University, I will incorporate my learning to be a role model for my peers and promote positive change in my institution and environment.
The MSN program goals correlate with my career goals in many ways. I hope to use my knowledge gained here to facilitate change within my institution and community. I see from my experience in the past two and half years that nurses never stop learning. Learning in the medical field is endless and my goal is to remain a lifelong learner. Another goal of the Walden MSN program is to teach legal and ethical integrity which is something I hope to advance. I hope to gain skills to bring up new ideas and work with my peers to help implement them (Walden University, 2019).

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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 Networking Opportunities NURS – 6003N week 1 discussion.

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 Networking Opportunities NURS – 6003N week 1 discussion.

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.

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My name is xxx, and I have been a Registered Nurse for the last five years. I have worked in healthcare for the past 12 years. I started as a unit clerk on a children’s ward in a hospital and quickly fell in love with healthcare. It was not long after that until I became a CNA, and then a year later went to college to become a cardiovascular technician. After working as a monitor tech for two years, my brother unexpectedly passed away from a tragic accident where a drunk driver killed him. I realized that I wanted to become an RN because when I read his autopsy report, I could not understand anything that I read. 2 years later, I had my Associates’s degree as an RN. I recently graduated from Walden with my BSN.

I am a mother of 4. I work two jobs currently. I am a Float Pool nurse in my local hospital full time, and I work casually as a Hospice Nurse. I will be interviewing for a third job next week. My professional goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. With Walden’s flexible schedule, I will be able to achieve this goal. Walden defines their mission as “providing a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can affect positive social change” (Walden University, 2020, para 2). Walden’s mission is precisely what I want to do. I want to transform myself into someone more remarkable, and I want to make a social change in my community.

My goal as a mother is to raise productive citizens of this world and to make them want and achieve more than I ever have. I am hoping that with my leadership and guidance, they will become just that.


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