NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

My passion is correctional nursing and medicine, I started as an LPN in a Medium Security Prison.  I have held many positions to include shift supervisor, emergency response and most current is booking nurse in the county jail I currently work at. I have also worked in a family practice clinic on the Flathead Indian reservation, where I was a clinic nurse and diabetes education specialist.  Initially I wanted to go what I would consider a traditional university, the problem with that was the school I was looking at only offered two routes for NP. The first being Mental Health and the other is Family Practice, neither are right for me. I have chosen to further my career as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP with plans of getting my post master’s certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care.  I have chosen these routes over FNP for two reasons, the first is I want to be able to give quality medical care in someone’s time of need and its adults that are incarcerated. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study



When I came across Walden University what stood out to me was the vision statement “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, 2020a)”.  Of all the universities I have researched this one was the only one whose Vision statement and Mission statement resonated with me.  When looking through Walden’s vision, mission and goals the phrase that stands out to me the most is effect positive social change (Walden University, 2020a).

Positive social change is defined by Walden University as “the deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies(2020a).”  Individuals who are incarcerated come in with a plethora of medical needs as they are typically are part of the population that does not have health insurance, access to medical, homeless, addiction issues or have mental health issues.  Jail-involved people also tend to be sicker than the general population, with high rates of chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension; communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis B and C; mental illnesses; and substance use disorders (Turner, 2014).  The need for medical providers in this arena who understand the medical complexities of these patients is imperative.  As outlined by Walden University MSN learning outcomes students will 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 (2020b) as well as being able to evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury (2020b).   My professional goal is to be able to give quality medical care to a population that most would like to forget existed, in order to reach that goal I had to find a school that academically held themselves to a higher standard in educating students to becoming scholarly as well as reflective practitioners(2020b). NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study


Walden University. (2020a) Vision, Mission and Goals.  Retrieved from:

Turner, J. S. (2014, March 1). The Critical Link Between Health Care And Jails. Retrieved from Health Affairs:

Walden University. (2020b) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved from:



Hi xxx,

The pursuit of your career as an Acute Gerontology Acute Care NP program sounds like a perfect fit for you. I have known a friend of mine who finished that program successfully and she has thrived in a hospitalist as well as an entrepreneur. Most of all, it is very important how to assess, treat, and evaluate patients, which can mirror the best patient outcomes as a clinician in your working environment. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

Walden offers AGACNP program to meet the societal needs from advanced nursing assessment to evaluation in the specialty area and the program satisfies the growing demands in health care industry (Walden University MSN-nurse-practitioner-acute-care, 2020). Also, the IOM’s report’s emphasis on the development of personal skills–“knowledge of systems,” “knowledge of variation,” “knowledge of psychology,” and “knowledge of how to gain knowledge”–complements the restructuring of archaic healthcare systems, which can be another mission in career advancement for us (Institute of Medicine, 2011, p. 496).

I would like to recommend you the network at and for further inquiries and wish you the best of luck!


Institute of Medicine. 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington. DC: The National Academies Press.

Walden University. (2020). Retrieved from (October 14, 2020)

American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2020), Retrieved from, (October 14, 2020)

Discussion: Networking Opportunities

This week you begin to lay the foundation for your academic and professional success. Your efforts begin with a vision, which 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 members of the professional community can also help you to clarify your vision. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

This week’s Discussion asks you to think about how the Walden mission and vision and the College of Nursing mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. You will also begin to identify individuals and teams that can help you along the way, as you begin to design 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 the College of Nursing mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this week’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 that you may collaborate with in support of your efforts as a student at the University and as a professional within your organization and career.

By Day 3

Post a brief post introducing yourself to your colleagues. Include an explanation for 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. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

Becoming a nurse has been one of my greatest challenges, yet one of the most rewarding. Being a nurse for over 12 years I have seen how resilience can stand the test of time. Continuation of my studies from a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to a registered nurse (RN); to a Bachelor degree in Nursing has allowed me to keep recent and up to date on evidence based practices. The continuation of my studies has allowed me to implement the best evidence based care to those I care for. This truly aligns with Walden University’s College of Nursing mission statement “enhancement of critical thinking skills, abilities to select and implement evidence-based practices”(2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020).

The nursing profession humbles me more every day. Before becoming a nurse I always envisioned the important role the profession would play in the lives of those I would care for; however, no one could have prepared me for the physiological component of nursing. I learned different levels of compassion empathy and respect.  I realized even throughout burnout periods the type of service I was expected to provide.

My decision to further my education and join the FNP program at Walden University did not come alone. The decision came with responsibilities, resistance, and perseverance but most importantly with family and networking support. The opportunity to embark in this journey comes with sacrificing much and serving selflessly. I ‘am a firm believer that in order to create change one must equip themselves with the tools to effectively create this change. Walden’s University college of Nursing vision statement “to transform the provision of nursing services along the continuum of care and across the human life span” (2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020) truly constitutes my own visions. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study


Having the proper tools will allow me the ability to be a scholar practitioner in my field of practice. It seems clear to me that Walden students are given those exact tools to ensure an expert professional in their field of choice. Those core values are a clear stepping stone for my professional and personal development.

Social Change

I believe there are many social hidden epidemics in our field. I believe more than ever we have to be expertly prepared to break down the barriers between patients and practioners. However, in order to do so we need to be experts in our field and understand the health information we are providing to our patients. If we cannot take the necessary actions for the best possible outcome, I believe we cannot make an appropriate health decisions. As Walden’s university college nursing mission states “Specialty nursing knowledge in order to transform society” (2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020). NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study


Walden University (2020). (2020). 2020-2021 Walden university catalog. Retrieved October 13, 2020, from

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

List of Nursing Organizations. (n.d.). Retrieved October 13, 2020, from

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, by suggesting additional individuals and/or teams with whom to collaborate or by offering additional networking strategies.

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.

My Professional goal and University Vision and Mission. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study


I have been a nurse for five years. I am currently working as a chemotherapy-certified nurse at George Washington University Hospital participating in the care of cancer patients and their family.  As the health care industry is in crucial need of expert and proficient nurses in the order to provide the best patient care and improve the patient outcome. For this, I decided to advance my degree not only to earn a higher degree but also to be successful in my role as a nurse. So, I started searching for the best university or college of nurses that will provide me with an academic program designed to help its students to achieve their professional goal as well as their academic goal. I then found Walden. The very first information I received from my enrollment advisor fits me. Also, when I come across Walden’s mission and vision statement and college of nurse mission and statement, According to Walden University vision and mission ( Walden University, 2020), which stated “the Walden University envisions a distinctively different A 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”. Also, 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”.  Also, the welcome atmosphere of all the academic members of Walden, from the Student success advisor, enrollment team, the administration members, and more, inspire me a lot. Especially the welcome message from the chief academic officer, Sue Subocz touches me. She stated that “Throughout your journey toward graduation, please remember that you are never alone. The faculty and student support teams here at Walden have you at the center of everything they do. They are committed to your success. Reach out to them when you have questions, need guidance, or advice on advancing your goals. We’ve seen what our alumni have accomplished, and we want the same for you NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study



We value your time with us and the trust you put in Walden to challenge your mind, unlock your potential, and make it possible for you to achieve your goals”. (Walden University, 2020).


From all these, I believed Walden university is the right university for me. It has many great academic resources as well as individuals who will help me to achieve my professional growth.


Integration of Positive social changes


Walden the university is continuously involved in positive social by empowering its student and academic members with action that dedicated to encouraging them to do good. For example, “Walden University’s scholar-practitioner model supports the efforts of universities to install social change ideals in students. Students’ knowledge and research results are applied to real-world situations, affecting immediate positive social changes in the students’ community. Potential dissemination of research results, for example through projects created by the students, is a form of advocacy on behalf of the community that needs to be supported the most (less privileged). The results of this study demonstrate a significant relationship between degree level, meaning also time spent in education, and the importance they assign to involvement in positive social change as well as their reported level of social change involvement. With the increase in students and the number of students that are pursuing college degrees as well as the efforts by most universities to help students develop an ethical responsibility, it can be assumed that more humans are actively engaged in making the world a better place for all”. (Brown, M. S., &Balts, B., 2017, P. 139). This demonstrated that at the end of my curriculum, I will be ready to put into practice the positive social changes by utilizing the knowledge gained at Walden University. Also, from the knowledge gain Walden, I can collaborate with my colleague to implement a patient-centered care plan to improve patient satisfaction at my workplace as well as to contributes to the social well-being of people all around the world. This will help decrease mortality and morbidity, improve human conditions, and positively impact their lives, and also moves society toward a more positive future. NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study


Brown, M. S., & Baltes, B. (2017). The Relationship Between Social Change Involvement and Education. ScholarWorks.

Walden University. (2020). Vision, mission, and goals. (n. d.) Retrieved October 13, 2020, from

Walden University. (2020). Welcome to the Catalog, Student Handbook,
and University Guidebooks. (n. d.) Retrieved October 12, 2020, from

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Hi, xxx! I am also an oncology nurse. I work at New York University Langone Health in an outpatient infusion center. Oncology is a very difficult specialty, but you meet some of the bravest people there! I’ve cried with patients who received bad news and rejoiced with patients for finishing their round of chemotherapy. I’m sure you can relate.
I love that Walden is bringing all of us together from all parts of the world. I agree they are very welcoming and truly care about our success at Walden. Are you a member of the Oncology Nurse Society? I am a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. They have a network feature on their website where you can “stay connected to more than 35,000 fellow oncology nurses to ask questions, share clinical best practices” (Oncology Nursing Society, 2020). They also have communities where you can join in discussion boards, and they also provide many free continuing education credits. My job requires us to have 15 continuing education hours for our evaluation yearly at work and I use ONS to find free ones.

Lynch, Cope and Murphy-Ende (2001) stated that “APNs are expected to advance nursing knowledge and resolve clinical problems by participating in research. Clinicians critique research and apply the findings to practice to improve care” (p. 1528). ONS is a great resource for educational material for you to use and apply to your practice. ONS also offers conferences where you can gain educational insight and network as well.

What are some ways you can improve patient satisfaction at your workplace? What would you change at your workplace after becoming an advanced practitioner?


Lynch, M. P., Cope, D. G., & Murphy-Ende, K. (2001). Advanced practice issues: results of the ONS Advanced Practice Nursing survey. Oncology Nursing Forum28(10), 1521–1530.

Oncology Nursing Society. (2020). Networking Opportunities. Retrieved October 14, 2020 from  NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study