NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion

NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion

Hello Professor and class

My journey into nursing started when I was working in a private medical practice, I remember seeing students come for their clinicals for their advanced degrees from different universities NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion . I decided to go back to school and become a nurse, having been out of school for 20 years it was challenging. I do not have any hospital experience, so this program is a little intimidating because a lot of the students are coming in with a lot of experience.

It’s my goal to obtain an advance degree in order to boost my knowledge. This is  very essential to my professional goal and also it will effectively guide me on how to provide competent care to the community that I serve. Nursing field is one of the fields that you can never stop learning, the more knowledge you can acquire the better profound care you can provide. Learning is a life-long commitment for me (Laureate Education) NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion .


My decision to choose Walden University was made based on my personal goals and good reviews from students that came through my office. Walden stated in its vision, “immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good (Walden University, 2020).”   This directly aligns with my goal to be challenged and to have a wealth of knowledge so that I can accomplish a greater good for my patients, and community. Walden enables scholar practitioners to “build connections with those who share similar goals (Walden University)” from the day I enrolled I joined the Facebook group (Wofford, P. (2018). NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion  I found some amazing like-minded people and believe some of them will end up being a part of my life and will help motivate me when I feel overwhelmed. I will be working closely with my student advisor who is always in contact with me and has made starting this journey much easier. I have joined an association which will help with resources for school and job opportunities.

According to the Walden University (2020), the vision is to visualize a distinct form of acquisition of knowledge by the graduates and use in solving societal problems and invariably the greater global benefit. It is important to view nursing as a lifelong learning commitment and applying it to professional development because it helps in improving the standard of nursing practice by advocating for patients and nurses, bridge the gap of health care disparities and involvement in a professional organization and eliminate the high cost of care.


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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.

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 NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion .
  • 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.

Click on the Reply button below to reveal the textbox for entering your message. Then click on the Submit button to post your message NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion .


In the evolving healthcare and increasingly demanding patient population, clinicians require adaptability and knowledge on current practices and policies. It was this dynamic nature of nursing that attracted me to nursing in the United States. For someone who completed her nursing degree from India, the United States was a door to endless opportunities. Since then, I ventured through whatever opportunities came my way, but the thought of pursuing a graduate degree was frightening. The discovery of Walden University and the interactions with the staff brought back my zeal for education. This discussion aims to address my personal goals and their relation to the University’s mission and vision.


Personal Goals and the University Mission and Vision


After achieving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009, I worked on different units with varying acuity. My current position as a multidisciplinary float pool nurse develops my understanding of flow within the hospital and gain the knowledge required in the different settings. At this point in my career, I want to advance further. After much deliberation, I became a student of the graduate program at Walden University with the intention and determination to grow in my field of practice and gain expertise in the subjects I need to apply. I applied to the University after a mentor’s suggestion. Though I was skeptical initially, the University’s mission and vision reassured me. The University commits to providing barrier-free access to education while being flexible with reasonable accommodations (Walden University, 2020a) NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion .


In my personal opinion, knowledge should be applicable. At Walden University, programs provide platforms for students to master the application of knowledge, skills, and abilities (Walden University, 2020b, para. 3). The University’s outcomes emphasize that the graduates produced will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning (Walden University, 2020c). In healthcare, where there is a determination to push for the best evidence-based practice, professionals must demonstrate information literacy.


Positive Social Change


The MSN program at Walden University provides the preparedness necessary for positive social change to improve our communities and society. In a healthcare setting, professionals have therapeutic relationships, and it is imperative to uphold the dignity of the different social groups and respect the diverse cultures present in society. Walden University supports the development of conscientious, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners to reform advancements and betterment in the community (2020d, para. 6) NURS – 6003N Networking Opportunities week 1 discussion .

Vascular access is, to some extent, a new but rapidly growing field of nursing. As a nurse practitioner, I plan to use my expertise to help the patient population who would otherwise have to endure multiple venous access attempts or have unnecessary central venous access.  Optimal outcomes in venous accesses require an interprofessional team approach. “All patients should have access to a timely, safe, and effective central venous catheter service” (Bodenham et al., 2016). Central venous catheters should never be inserted for convenience or due to a lack of knowledge of available options. Through the education obtained through Walden University, I trigger my intended culture change and be an advocate for the population with difficult venous access. Culture change does not happen overnight, nor is it a one-person job. Walden University encourages robust networking among professionals and aid in navigating through the different options available (Wofford, 2018).. Networking provides endless opportunities and the help necessary to be the change.




The transition from a full-time employee to a student is stressful and sometimes draining. The decision to stay put in your current role, opt for a lateral change in position, or move forward through education is not easy. Finding the balance between work-life and student endeavors is also critical. However, finding an organization that fits an individual’s life eliminates much of the anxiety.



Bodenham (Chair), A., Babu, S., Bennett, J., et al. (2016), Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland: Safe vascular access 2016. Anaesthesia, 71(5), 573–585.


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