Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003

NURS 6003 Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003
Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003

RE: Discussion – Week 1

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Introduction
Hello colleagues of NURS 6003! My name is YY and I’m from the seacoast of New Hampshire. I currently work as an RN circulator in the operating room at a level II trauma center, with several years’ experience in level I and II trauma emergency departments. I started working as a nursing assistant, in and out of the hospital, my junior year of high school. I then achieved my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth, directly after high school. After working several years in the emergency department, I achieved my board certification in emergency nursing! Shortly after achievement of my certification, I decided to return to school in pursuit of my Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.
My Goals and Walden’s Vision and Mission
According to Walden University’s MSN Career Outlook flyer, professionals with MSN degrees are in high demand, and the BLS reports 24,000 position openings per year for nurse practitioners (2021), highlighting the need for nurse practitioners. As a registered nurse from a diverse, well-rounded background, with an interest and drive to expand my critical thinking and clinical skills to better serve the community I live in, my values are in-line with those of the University. With an MSN from Walden, I will be able to turn my aspirations into impact and am ecstatic that Walden is driven to see students like me succeed in the 21st century classroom.
Once I achieve my MSN from Walden, I look forward to being able to pass the FNP board exam and expand my perioperative practice by obtaining first assistant certification. Transitioning into the operating room as an RN broadened my perspective on the multifaced role of the RN in the surgical care continuum. A nurse practitioner with the ability to provide care across the ages with additional surgical first assist education and training, is in a unique position to provide support to patients throughout their health journey (Zarnitz & Malone, 2006).
Networking
Jain et al. described networking as building mutually beneficial professional relationships (2011). Better patient outcomes were attributed to nurses’ ability and drive to network, especially when it related to the learning and implementation of evidence-based practice (2011). Anders reported that networked-learning provided more meaningful and authentic learning as the student was more likely to retain and apply education that was meaningful to them (2018). For the budding nurse practitioner, networking is particularly important in finding practices, specialties, and places of employment that interest the student and is important to their success (Anders, 2018).
According to Schmidt, actively networking can greatly enhance the ability of the registered nurse to further their careers, assist their colleagues, and positively contribute to healthcare systems (n.d.). As I begin this program and continue to work as a circulator in the operating room, I am building my relationships with providers throughout the hospital I work for in order to create the greatest number of opportunities as practicum and employment as a nurse practitioner are in the near future! I look forward to working with you all this semester.
References
Anders, A. D. (2018). Networked learning with professionals boosts students’ self-efficacy for social networking and professional development. Computers & Education, 127, 13–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.08.009 
Jain, A. G., D’Souza, R. Q. P., & Shukri, R. (2011). Personal and professional networking: A way forward in achieving quality nursing care. International Journal of Nursing Education, 3(1), 1–3. 
Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 Reasons Nurses Should Engage in Professional Networking [web log]. https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/. 
Walden University. (n.d.). https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/programs/msn/msn-career-outlook-infographic.pdf?rev=6d998553caf04b8288b7760e811a67cc&hash=6B5F5DC85DECFD8154C0C2A766AADA4C. 
Zarnitz, P., & Malone, E. (2006). Surgical nurse practitioners as registered nurse First Assists: The Role, historical perspectives, and educational training. Military Medicine, 171(9), 875–878. https://doi.org/10.7205/milmed.171.9.875 

NURS6003 TRANSITION TO GRADUATE STUDY FOR NURSING

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
Discussion Networking Opportunities NURS 6003 Essays
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. Finally, you will explain the importance of networking and how it can help you achieve your professional and academic goals.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, initial postings to Discussions are due on or before Day 3, and response postings are due on or before Day 6. You are required to participate in the Discussion on at least three different days (a different day for main post and each response). It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting. In addition, you are expected to respond to questions directed toward your own initial posting in a timely manner.

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.
Consider the importance of networking and how it may help you achieve your professional and academic goals.

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. Finally, explain why networking is important and how it may help you achieve your professional and academic goals.
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.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 1
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion

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Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003
To Prepare:
Review the
Walden and SON 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.
Discussion: Networking Opportunities NURS 6003Consider
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.

RE: Discussion – Week 1

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Introduction
Hello colleagues of NURS 6003! My name is XX and I’m from the seacoast of New Hampshire. I currently work as an RN circulator in the operating room at a level II trauma center, with several years’ experience in level I and II trauma emergency departments. I started working as a nursing assistant, in and out of the hospital, my junior year of high school. I then achieved my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth, directly after high school. After working several years in the emergency department, I achieved my board certification in emergency nursing! Shortly after achievement of my certification, I decided to return to school in pursuit of my Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.
My Goals and Walden’s Vision and Mission
According to Walden University’s MSN Career Outlook flyer, professionals with MSN degrees are in high demand, and the BLS reports 24,000 position openings per year for nurse practitioners (2021), highlighting the need for nurse practitioners. As a registered nurse from a diverse, well-rounded background, with an interest and drive to expand my critical thinking and clinical skills to better serve the community I live in, my values are in-line with those of the University. With an MSN from Walden, I will be able to turn my aspirations into impact and am ecstatic that Walden is driven to see students like me succeed in the 21st century classroom.
Once I achieve my MSN from Walden, I look forward to being able to pass the FNP board exam and expand my perioperative practice by obtaining first assistant certification. Transitioning into the operating room as an RN broadened my perspective on the multifaced role of the RN in the surgical care continuum. A nurse practitioner with the ability to provide care across the ages with additional surgical first assist education and training, is in a unique position to provide support to patients throughout their health journey (Zarnitz & Malone, 2006).
Networking
Jain et al. described networking as building mutually beneficial professional relationships (2011). Better patient outcomes were attributed to nurses’ ability and drive to network, especially when it related to the learning and implementation of evidence-based practice (2011). Anders reported that networked-learning provided more meaningful and authentic learning as the student was more likely to retain and apply education that was meaningful to them (2018). For the budding nurse practitioner, networking is particularly important in finding practices, specialties, and places of employment that interest the student and is important to their success (Anders, 2018).
According to Schmidt, actively networking can greatly enhance the ability of the registered nurse to further their careers, assist their colleagues, and positively contribute to healthcare systems (n.d.). As I begin this program and continue to work as a circulator in the operating room, I am building my relationships with providers throughout the hospital I work for in order to create the greatest number of opportunities as practicum and employment as a nurse practitioner are in the near future! I look forward to working with you all this semester.
References
Anders, A. D. (2018). Networked learning with professionals boosts students’ self-efficacy for social networking and professional development. Computers & Education, 127, 13–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.08.009 
Jain, A. G., D’Souza, R. Q. P., & Shukri, R. (2011). Personal and professional networking: A way forward in achieving quality nursing care. International Journal of Nursing Education, 3(1), 1–3. 
Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 Reasons Nurses Should Engage in Professional Networking [web log]. https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/. 
Walden University. (n.d.). https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/programs/msn/msn-career-outlook-infographic.pdf?rev=6d998553caf04b8288b7760e811a67cc&hash=6B5F5DC85DECFD8154C0C2A766AADA4C. 
Zarnitz, P., & Malone, E. (2006). Surgical nurse practitioners as registered nurse First Assists: The Role, historical perspectives, and educational training. Military Medicine, 171(9), 875–878. https://doi.org/10.7205/milmed.171.9.875 
 

Networking Opportunities
In this discussion board I will introduce myself, discuss Walden University’s foundation in relation to my aspirations, and the importance of professional networking. It is important to understand that each nurse has a unique background that influences the care they provide. Gaining nursing experiences and creating professional relationships can provide life long positive influences impacting patient’s lives, families, and communities.
Self-Introduction
My name is Krystal Simmons. I have worked in the healthcare system for over fifteen years in various settings. Some of my favorite nursing experiences include working in the primary care setting for seven years and the medical floor for almost two years.  I live in rural southern Ohio, married with two girls. In my free time I enjoy nature by running, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.
Dreams, Missions, and Visions
The vision and mission statements Walden University stands by promotes a modern curriculum in a challenging atmosphere that collaborates with each nursing professional’s lifestyle meeting the needs of individuals, families, and communities (Walden University, 2021). My plan for school is to become a family nurse practitioner and continue working in my rural hometown. I started this journey in 2017 after watching several nursing students complete clinicals at my primary care office. In 2019 I moved from the primary care setting to the inpatient medical floor to expand on my nursing background and experience. I feel that working on the medical floor has helped me become a better leader which will enhance my nursing as a practitioner in the future. Walden University’s MSN learning outcomes lists qualities a nursing professional will possess at the end of the program which includes the ongoing commitment to professional development, enhanced communications skills, and evidenced-based high-quality healthcare delivery skills (Walden University, 2021).
Academic and Professional Networking
Starting out as a state tested nursing assistant in 2003, I have learned that continued education opportunities, new experiences, and effective communication skills are some core materials that make up good nursing professionals. With almost twenty years of service in the nursing field I have developed several professional mentors and role models who have inspired and motivated me to strive for my nurse practitioner degree. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is just one group of professionals aimed at improving the health of the nation by supporting the advancement of the nurse practitioner role (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021). Professional networking in the nursing field can take place in work and in continuing education settings. Professional networking within nursing professionals can influence healthcare systems, advance careers, and promote professional support in an ever changing, demanding profession (Schmidt, K., 2020).
In conclusion, I feel that gaining new experiences, creating new relationships, and learning to provide modern high quality evidenced based care will aide in my professional nursing development. Optimizing nursing experiences and relationships improves overall outcomes in all nursing aspects.
 
References
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2021).  Retrieved August 29, 2021, from https://www.aanp.org/membership
 
Schmidt, K. (2020). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post]. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-professional-networking-seriously/
 
Walden University. (2021). College of Nursing. Retrieved August 29, 2021, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son#s-log-box-3837398
 
Walden University. (2021). Walden University catalog. Retrieved August 29, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

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