Career Development Plan Part 2
Career Development Plan Nursing career is noble since it main role is to care and educate patients on health issues to help prevent future health problems. In addition to skills for medical profession, a RN should have basic human skills to effectively serve patients and people. The career development plan should be adopted by nurses for them to set and achieve a set of goals. The career development plan selected was to first learn to become a fully registered nurse and then advance to be a nurse educator. After serving as a nursing educator, the next step is to be a Family Nurse Practitioner after which the final step of career development is to serve as a nurse administrator.
A nurse educator is a registered nurse with advanced training for him to teach students studying to be registered nurses. To a registered nurse, usually a RN should serve as a nurse for a while before taking such a role. Many registered nurses can be nurse educators to fill the shortage of nurses that is partially blamed on few numbers of nurse educators. To achieve such levels, the strength a quest of an aspiring RN lies in looking within oneself and appreciates his own talents. This quest is what continues to build talents and grow potential to provide strong achievement in nursing career.
The next objective was to advance and become a family nurse practitioner which requires a master`s degree in nursing. To take the master`s degree, an aspiring person should have completed a bachelor`s nursing degree or an associate degree in the same. To successfully serve as a family nurse practitioner, every opportunity to advance should be taken (Donner & Wheeler, 2001). To excel as a family nurse practitioner it is important to take a doctorate degree so as to give an advantage over the rest.
Finally, it was in the plan to work as a nurse administrator which involves working in a health facility. This ambition expounded my understanding of administration in nursing along with broadening the view on career development. The role expected to be played as a nurse administrator will include financial planning and management and promoting education of nurses. Training in healthcare administration will be expected along with financial skills to help administrators to handle financial prudently.
Discussion of gaps in current knowledge and a plan for attaining what is needed to achieve career goals
Current knowledge status is that of a Registered Nursing student and there are several gaps between where I am and the goals enumerated and discussed in the career development plan. First, I plan to qualify as a nurse practitioner by achieving the goal of Nurse Practitioner Certification, and then qualify all the necessary levels and experiences to become a nursing administrator.
A nurse practitioner provides health care services in various specialty areas including pediatric and family nursing. To be a nursing practitioner, an applicant will be required to pass several licensing requirements according to state and national regulations (Smolenski, 2005). This article discusses the state requirements and the mechanisms followed by the licensing bodies for certifying Nursing Practitioners.
Aspiring nurse practitioners must begin their health education by earning a bachelor`s or an associate degree in nursing. Achievement of an undergraduate degree education prepares the students for beginner`s positions in medical settings and also meets national necessities for licensure as a registered nurse (Smolenski, 2005). An associate degree qualification usually takes two years to finish with its credit able to be transferred to a bachelor`s degree program. Universities and colleges offer many options for those bachelor`s degree students including 4-year programs, associate degree-holders programs and licensed Registered Nurses program in addition to online options for those with satisfactory education and experience (NSO, 2013). Applicants who want to become nurse practitioners will need to have a bachelor`s degree in at least any of the following common undergraduate nursing courses Patient care types, Health assessment, Pharmacology, Mental and community health, Anatomy and physiology or a pediatric nursing course.
Every state demands a working nurse to first qualify the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (Degreetree, 2013). Supplementary registration and licensing requirements, which normally include background checks and fingerprinting, may be required at the state level. A Registered Nurses license is required before applicants can continue to pursue graduate degrees or advanced nursing licensure.
The licensing body will require the applicant to study for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for him or her to be registered as a nurse. The applicant should prepare for the licensing process and exam which is equivalent to international standards such as CGFNS (Sellman & Snelling, 2010). If the applicant is an international student intending to work in the United States, this mechanism becomes crucial in determining his or her qualification. The applicant is advised to take the licensing exam after achieving an associate or a bachelor`s degree. In most of the sates, the authorities will require the applicant to pass the exam and acquire a license prior to serving as a nurse or nurse practitioner (ANCC, 2013). This is because each state has its own qualification requirements for applying and the applicant need to verify according his or her respective state.
Discussion of gaps in current accomplishments and creates a plan for attaining what is needed to achieve career goals.
The current accomplishment is the short working experience as a Registered Nurse student. The target is to work as a nurse and gain more experience through Experience Mechanism and Certified NP Mechanism which is the qualification on professional organizations.
To pass this requirement, the applicant should build some working experience by becoming a nurse practitioner. The applicant should seek entry-level job position in a hospital or a clinic to get the required nursing experience as a registered nurse (Tracy, 2005). This option is required even after the applicant receives a bachelor`s degree and is best done while one is still pursuing a master`s degree. The experience as a registered nurse generally serves as a bridge to an elevated career level as a nurse practitioner.
After achieving a bachelor`s, master`s degree and state licensing exam, one will have to take the certification exam required by professional organizations like the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). To finally be certified as a nurse practitioner, one has to pass those since they reflect the professionalism of the applicant (ANCC. 2013). Once the applicant passes this requirement, the licensing body will certify them as nursing practitioners and can serve in that capacity.
Discussion on the ultimate career development plan and what is needed to meet gaps.
The ultimate career development plan is to become a nursing administrator. After the current achievement, the next stage of my career development plan is to achieve Undergraduate Degree Mechanism by earning a bachelor`s degree in nursing. After this, I will work to achieve Registered Nurse Requirement by passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. When qualified as a Registered Nurse, I will pursues a Graduate Degree in Nursing and also look to pas the necessary state certification and licensure exams. Then to achieve the nursing practitioner status, I will work to pass the certification exam required by professional nursing bodies such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Evidence-based practice and Health Care Issues
Evidence-based practice is an approach to ensure best care to patients. This approach can help reduce uncertainty that is experienced by patients as well as healthcare professionals in the current complex healthcare system (Bennett, 2009). In addition, evidence-based practice has improved the outcomes for patient compared to old nursing practice. From research it is evident that patients under the care based on evidence have experienced better outcomes compared to previous experience.
Evidence-based practice is an approach important to the future nursing practice since it involves the use of current evidence to make decisions regarding patient care. It involves a systematic acquisition of the most relevant evidence and appraisal of such evidence to get a clinical solution (Bennett, 2009). Evidence-based practice as well considers the expertise of clinicians that include the values and preferences of the patients. After the determination of the preferences and best practices, the change of practice can occur. However, in case the evidence is inexistence or is greatly limited, the practice recommends a systematic research study to be done (Bennett, 2009). This shows that conducting a research may be the necessary evidence that can change the future of the nursing practice under evidence-based practice.
Educational Programs and developing a teaching plan as an advance nurse as well as the teaching strategies to use and not to use.
Educational programs for nurses for nurses are important in the impartation of knowledge and skills necessary to enhance career development. These programs consist of theoretical and practical education plans and are provided by experienced nurses. The main aim is to prepare and advance skills and knowledge and to introduce young nursing professionals into the career. The main element of exceptional educational programs is the content and material that is imparted to the nurses. In terms of importance` exceptional educational programs are highly recommended due to their practical applicability to the nursing practice (Cardillo, 2008). On the other hand, the less exceptional educational plans have lower level of material and content despite being a top educational program. They are practical enough but not material for nurses to adhere to
The teaching plan that I develop involves teaching using public talks, practical application and one on one teaching. The use of public talks is important due to the large number of people reached by the message in such forum. The public platform gives non-practicing members the ability to learn useful information that is not commonly offered in other educational channels (Degreetree, 2013). Secondly, the use of practical application method will enable learning by practice by aspiring nurses. They will have an opportunity to apply what they learn from the education programs right at the point of learning. This way, they can ask questions and can observe the correction of the mistakes that had done. The application of one on one method will help the young nurses to learn from the experienced nurses on personal basis. Through one on one coaching and mentorship is made possible for learners to grow professionally.
However, I would not use lecture method, formal class work or group presentations. Lecture method does not include all types of learners during the learning process. This means fast learners will be inconsistent with the low learners. Formal class work has similar challenges due to the formality of the learning environment. This reduces the level of interaction during the educational program thereby limiting the levels of learning and mentorship programs. Group presentations will not also be used due to their ineffectiveness in terms of managing and control by the educator nurse.
Challenges facing nurse educators in today`s healthcare environment and journaling as an influence on the Nurses` learning experience
It is clear that, there is the need for nurse educators to be up to date with the issues affecting the healthcare across various parts of the world, thus allowing them to offer quality services to the patients. However, in the recent past nursing educators have faced several challenges based on their level of service as well as the environment of practice. Challenges based on their level of service include acceptance by people they are teaching and lack of support from the seniors. Many nursing educators especially beginners in this field face acceptance challenge when training peers, colleagues and nurses. This is due to the lack of awareness of such programs especially to the public among other notable factors (Kongstvedt, 2001). Low levels of support and commitment from the senior nursing administration as well as the government is another challenge that nursing educators endure to achieve their target (Kongstvedt, 2001). In addition, inadequate logistical support from the state and national authorities presents tough challenges for the educators, thus causing a prolonged duration of in practice learning among other notable hindrances as a result (Kongstvedt, 2001).
Lack of adequate number of educators is another challenge that is facing the performance of the current educators as well as the whole nursing education practice. It is notable that the current number may be appropriate but the demand for more educators keeps rising by day due to the rising demand for health care (Kongstvedt, 2001). Nursing educators also face the challenge of limited financial allocation by the state and national health bodies. Due to this, educators are forced to operate on a limited scale as much as the available financing can afford them.
Journaling has impacted greatly to the development of nurses especially the family nurse practitioners. This is because journals serve as training tools for nurses on important nursing topics and skills (Mary, 2005). Journals are also used to present issues that are emerging in the nursing practice and how to handle them. Through journals, news and reports are published for nurses in regard to health and legal perspectives that may affect their nursing career (Tracy, 2005). This way, nurses are regularly updated and their advancement in the career is enhanced.
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