Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003

Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003

Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003

Discussion: Networking Opportunities

You’re laying the groundwork for academic and professional success this week.
Your efforts should begin with a vision for success that includes your own definition.
While your vision may be different than that of your coworkers, this does not mean you must take these initial actions alone.

Walden University and the College of Nursing have their own visions and missions, which include assisting you in realizing your own.
Additionally, members of your new academic community, such as instructors, support staff, and fellow students, might be beneficial.
Additionally, current practitioners and members of the professional community can assist you in refining your vision.

This week’s Discussion prompts you to consider how the Walden purpose and vision, as well as the mission and vision of the College of Nursing, relate to your professional and academic ambitions.
Additionally, you will begin to discover individuals and teams who can assist you along the way as you develop the “blueprint”—your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision of academic and professional success.

Preparation:

Review the purpose and vision statements of Walden and the College of Nursing, as well as Walden’s aims and University Outcomes, as well as the MSN Program Learning Outcomes offered in this week’s Learning Resources.

Consider your professional and academic objectives in light of your program/specialization.

Consider how the knowledge included in these resources relates to your personal objectives and to your development as a scholar-practitioner.

Additionally, identify academic and professional persons and teams with whom you might collaborate in support of your objectives as a University student and as a professional within your organization or business.

By the third day

Introduce yourself to your coworkers with a simple post.
Include a description of how Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change activities link to your professional and academic objectives, as well as your development as a scholar-practitioner.
Additionally, explain how the Walden MSN program’s results and perspectives relate to your professional and academic objectives, as well as your development as a scholar-practitioner.

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion

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Learning Resources
Required Readings

Nurse.org. (n.d.). List of nursing organizations. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from
https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post].
Retrieved October 12, 2018, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-
professional-networking-seriously/

Walden University (n.d.). Connect to Walden. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from
https://www.waldenu.edu/connect

Walden University. (n.d.). College of Nursing. Retrieved October June 5, 2020, from
https://www.waldenu.edu/about/colleges-schools/college-of-nursing
Review the College of Nursing's vision and mission.

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from
https://catalog.waldenu.edu
Select College of Nursing, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the MSN Learning
Outcomes on this page.

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from
https://catalog.waldenu.edu
Select Introduction, then the link "Vision, Mission, and Goals" under the Introduction header.
Review Walden's vision, mission, and goals.

Walden University. (n.d.). Writing Center. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter

Wofford, P. (2018, May 24). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved from
https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking/

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Document: Discussion Posting Exemplars (PDF)

Optional Resources

Walden University. (n.d.). Subject Research: Nursing. Retrieved November 9, 2018, from
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/subject/nursing

Discussion – Week 1

Mission and Vision for my Future with Walden University

I have worked in health care for 14 years in long-term and acute care settings.  While the patients and work have been grueling at times, what has always made me come back are the attitudes and work ethic of my coworkers and bosses.  Energy is contagious and whatever you put out there is what you will attract and allow others to feel.  This is why having great individuals in leadership positions is essential to have a smooth-running unit and for staff to be cohesive in their relationships.  I have been fortunate to have wonderful role models in managerial roles.  Their support has steered me to my calling in leadership and to enroll in the master’s in nursing executive program at Walden University.

Walden University’s (2020b) vision relating to the progression of health care to “transform the provision of nursing services…to meet the needs of individuals and local and global communities” (para. 4) particularly resounds with me.  Health care is constantly changing and Walden’s mission supports students having the skills and capabilities to apply what we learn to the real world and use our “nursing knowledge in order to transform society” (Walden University, 2020b, para. 5).  As a nursing leader, you are responsible for taking care of your staff, which is your community.  With a master’s degree from Walden, I will not only be better equipped to care for my community, but to have resources and the education to help move my staff, unit, and hospital forward.

Social Change and Being a Scholar Practitioner

Since health care is constantly changing, it is essential for health care workers to be able to adapt and be socially cognizant.  This is a goal of Walden University (2020b) since it “provides…culturally and contextually relevant educational programs” (para. 4).  Being out of touch makes you irrelevant and you cannot move forward and enact change if you are stuck in the past.  It is important to remember history and what has happened in the past, but you must learn from it and grow and not accept current situations simply for the fact that that is how it has always been.  In order to become a scholar practitioner, I need to remember this fact and Walden University’s master’s program will help me to achieve this.  The program “prepares students to focus their practice on the identified health needs of society” (Walden University, 2020a, para. 1).  As I move forward with my education and career, I will be able to better critically think and apply measures to help my employees as a leader and also to help implement practices to better serve our patients and their family members.

References

Walden University. (2020). College of Nursing. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/about/colleges-schools/college-of-nursing

Walden University. (2020). Walden University catalog. Retrieved August 31, 2020, from https://catalog.walden.edu

RE: Discussion – Week 1

Dana, I thank you for being the nurse that wants to go back and get her master’s in nursing leadership. I think that is a critical role in the success of a department, facility, and patient care. Leadership is a thankless role many times and it takes a strong and dedicated nurse to want to face that challenge. I have worked in the same department for nearly eleven years and I have gone through five nursing directors. The instability of having a leader who is absent or lacks knowledge on new trends in nursing can be devastating for a department and its nurses. Taking care of your nursing staff is just as critical as taking care of patients. The wellbeing of your nurses helps in the productivity and quality of care being delivered. My most recent director received her BSN three years ago and I could not understand how someone could be in that role and I held a higher degree then her. I quickly learned that her network of skills and relationships throughout our state did not compare to her degree. I did achieve a BSN and I have seen her grow more since then as well.

Walden’s goal to “provide…culturally and contextually relevant education programs” (Walden, 2020. para 4) is crucial to the overall outcome of nursing. This will not only play a role in bedside nursing but being culturally aware of societies and nurses help you as a leader to relate to your staff and offer support. We do not all look at death the same way or unwed mothers, abortions and many other ethically impacts we face daily and having a strong leader by our side is critical even if we just need to vent.

Once you achieve your MSN in leadership, I am sure a huge network of administrators in your facility and else where will offer you an abundance of support. I know my boss frequently reaches out to other directors and state officials when she is implementing new procedures or policies. Have you been attending leadership seminars? Does your hospital support you in attending training seminars and state and local conferences where you could meet other nurses pursuing your same goal? I found that valuable and I do not even plan in going into leadership. I always recommend seminars and webinars on leadership. I am a charge nurse and having those difficult conversations with nurses is never easy and I am not particularly good at it so I try and attend as many leadership conferences as possible so I can be better. A leader can make you or break you and I applaud you for wanting to go in that direction and better the outcome of your fellow nurses and patient care in the future. Leadership, like I said is often a thankless job and you take on the world when things go bad and get little accolade when things go well. Good luck in everything you do and thank you for wanting to be that driving force for the positive outcome in clinical bedside nurses.

NURS_6003_Module01_Week01_Discussion_Rubric

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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
Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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.

Points Range: 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
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100