Career Development Plan

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Career Development Plan
Clearly presents an introductory paragraph which provides the reader with an overview of, educational, and professional life as a Registered Nurse.
A Registered Nurse abbreviated as RN main role is to care and educate patients on health issues to help prevent future health problems. In addition to technical skills needed for medical profession, a RN should possess basic public relations skills to effectively serve patients and their relatives. To become a RN, one must acquire formal training from a recognized nursing school and state licensure (Sellman & Snelling, 2010).
Education requirements for attaining Registered Nurse title have three approaches. One can train as a registered nursed by undertaking a bachelor`s or an associate degree program in nursing. In addition, one can attain a diploma in nursing to become a Registered Nurse, although this is not common (Sellman & Snelling, 2010). Basically, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) stand greater career development opportunities than those with other programs like diploma in nursing of associate degree programs. This is due to the fact that, the four year degree program offered in BSN is more inclusive, focusing on human development and behavioral sciences useful to the nursing profession (Sellman & Snelling, 2010).
After completion of a nursing program, all states require nurses to be licensed. Normally, nurses are required to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) before they begin practicing in the profession. NCLEX-RN is designed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and entails four main categories, including health promotion and environmental safety, physiological and psychosocial integrity (Sellman & Snelling, 2010). Under Registered Nurses are various specialties including oncology, critical care, pediatrics, neonatology, and addiction. Some RNs can have two specialties while some provide primary care such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives.
Clearly presents a discussion of current position as a Registered Nurse educator.
A nurse educator is basically a registered nurse with an advance training which allows him or her to teach students aspiring to be registered nurses. To attain this position, usually an RN works as a nurse for sometimes before taking an educators role. The work of an RN educator involve research into issues affecting nursing profession, teaching, overseeing students practicing nursing in hospital facilities, engage in nursing school committees and boards and help in policy formulation (No Author, 2012). A nurse educator may also continue caring for patient at the same time teaching in nursing colleges. The current nurse shortages facing the United States can be attributed partly to a shortage of nurse educators. America needs about one million RN both for replacement and new nurses by the year 2020. Over 80,000 students aspiring to take nursing were turned down in 2012 for lack of enough nurse educators in the country. As such, the government should focus on training more nurse educators to deal with this problem (No Author, 2012).
Clearly presents a discussion of Strengths Quest findings.
According to Clifton & Anderson (2002), one`s talents or the seeds of a person`s greatness are within them. As such, a person`s strengths quest (the quest to attain excellence and become all that one can be through his or her own inherent talents) is actually a quest to discover, develop, and apply who one truly is. The strength quest of a person starts as one look within him/herself as an individual to appreciate their own talents. This quest then continues as one builds on their talents to enhance strength-the potential to provide almost-perfect achievement in certain activities. During this time, ones` self identity and personal values should become more evident which may lead a person to be more confident, focused and optimistic (Clifton & Anderson, 2002). As one achieve through their greatest talents, they are likely to aspire to greater goals. Strength quest is a lifetime experience, where the three aspects of discovery, development and application endure throughout one`s life. This fascinating and gratifying process should give a person great satisfaction and joy (Clifton & Anderson, 2002).
Clearly presents a discussion on the ultimate career development plan and what is needed to meet gaps.
To have a fulfilling career, one must find out what they want to do in life. A career should not be driven by the desire to be famous or to make more money. Rather it should be propelled from within. Once a person is aware of what they want to do, such as helping people, taking care of people and saving lives, you can think of taking a nursing course. One should do a search on the available programs such as diploma in nursing, associate degree in nursing and a bachelor`s degree in nursing. Once a person has chosen a program, they should enroll, plan when to begin and when to complete (Cardillo, 2008). Upon completion of the program, one should start a thorough job search by posting a good resume to various employees with advertised positions matching ones education background and experience. Once in the job, one should work hard to accomplish their duties, taking every opportunity in leadership (Donner & Wheeler, 2001). One should also know when to move to the next level, by taking additional education. In nursing one can easily advance to a nurse educator position (Cardillo, 2008).
Clearly presents a conclusion for future career planning as a Family Nurse Practitioner
To become a family nurse practitioner, one must have a master`s degree in nursing. Before taking a master`s degree in nursing, one will have completed a bachelor`s degree in nursing, or an associate degree in nursing. To have a successful career as a family nurse practitioner, one should take every opportunity to advance (Donner & Wheeler, 2001). Taking a doctorate degree may give a family nurse practitioner an advantage even though it is not a requirement.
Share some thoughts on a national licensure for advanced practice nurses (APN) and registered nurses (RN). Explain barriers to such an innovation.
To practice as a registered nurse or as an advanced practice registered nurse, one must be certified by the state`s nursing board. The administration of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) assessment to nurses before they qualify to practice is mandatory in all states. Licensing boards in the United States are guided by statutes and regulations of the State and are the ultimate decision makers on who is allowed to practice in a certain state. Whereas APRNs are trained depending on their area of specialization, all APRNs are currently trained at the bachelor`s level and are required to have at least a master`s degree in nursing. The American Association of Colleges Nursing (AACN) together with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing came together in 2004 and agreed that APRNs should have a doctorate level degree by 2015 (Sellman & Snelling, 2010).
This accreditation may barricade most qualified registered nurses and advance practice registered nurses from providing their services to a country already experiencing nurses` shortage if they are not able to take the accreditation test.
Select two issues or challenges a Nurse Practitioner may face in his or her role. Explain and reference the work.
Nurses face several challenges in their routine activities. The most common issues facing nurses during their work is violence and bullying. Nurses are usually seen as care givers, whose role is to comfort patients, change their dressings, administer medication, adjust a pillow for a patient or assist physicians by recording information or other similar duties. This misunderstanding makes patients and their family members to bully and harass nurses. They may perceive a nurse as incapable of making decisions on their treatment or therapy (Jackson & Daly, 2004). Some patients demand a doctor to be present for any new changes that may be required such as changing medications. What many people and patients in particular fail to understand is that, nurses are professionals and have medical knowledge. As such, nurses often face humiliation and harassed every now and then. Due to professional code of ethics guiding nurses, it is very difficult to cope with these issues.
In addition, nurses encounter challenges related to cultural diversity. Each day, a nurse is likely to serve people of diverse cultures and beliefs. It may not be in the knowledge of the nurse to understand all cultures. This places nurses in delicate situations when dealing with patients from some cultures that they are not familiar with. When nurses find themselves in such situations, they may feel overpowered or embarrassed to be able to carry on with their work (Jackson & Daly, 2004).
Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States. When reviewing the IOM Report (2010), explain the importance to a multidisciplinary team in which to improve care and change.
A multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach is a contemporary method of care which involves a team of healthcare professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, social workers, psychiatrists, health educators, and nutritionists. In this approach, the patient is at the heart of the treatment where this team works cordially in ensuring that the patient receives optimal care. It is a holistic care approach. There are numerous advantages which can be attributed to this approach as opposed to the traditional individual plan.
An MDT is made up of a group of professionals from different disciplines. This group offers a comprehensive assessment through their personalized proficiency and in consultation with other members of the team. This approach enhances communication and coordination and can provide the patient with a one stop effort as compared to several different evaluations, interpretations and plans (Borrill et al., n.d). Emerging differences in approach or opinion can be easily discussed and resolved by the team with the patient in mind. This avoids a situation where the patient interprets and chooses on differing opinions on his or her own.
MDT benefit professionals as they have an opportunity to improve their professional expertise and knowledge of individual members of the team by providing a platform for learning more on strategies, resources and methods applied in the various disciplines (Borrill et al., n.d). Members of the MDT work collaboratively to develop an action plan or treatment plan and put their efforts together towards starting treatment. In all this, the patient is involved in the entire process, and is encouraged to also involve family as this form of support can improve outcome in the long run.
Nursing Administration
What “myths” about nursing administration.
There is a common view that nursing administration lacks the managerial or leadership capability required in running a health organization. Most nurse administrators especially in community hospitals are sourced from non-clinical backgrounds. However, nurse administrators are equipped with the necessary knowledge required in managing health care organizations (Raj, 2010). They are also a believe that health care administrators are not able to offer clinical leadership, due to the gap in knowledge regarding nursing. The truth is, the nurse administrators are aware of the health care environment and the issues surrounding the sector such as nurse shortage and poor working conditions for nurses (Raj, 2010).
How has the information contained in this unit impacted your perceptions of your nurse administrator? Please use the financial terms.
The knowledge of nursing administration in this unit has broadened my view regarding the role of a nurse administrator. Before taking this unit, I perceived a nurse administrator to be the same as a nurse manager. However, as I have come to learn, a nurse administrator has more responsibility for budgeting for the various departments within the health facility or a group of health facilities, and may also be in charge of other services such as transport services or home care (Raj, 2010). The nurse administrator reports to the chief executive of the hospital. Nurse administrator is also responsible for planning in the hospital, preparing financial reports and deciding on the purchases that need to be made.
3. Explain how you see a role as an education as it relates to the nurse administrator and their scope of practice? Be specific, imagine different practice settings.
The role of the nurse administrator such as financial planning and budgeting is an education. The training received in healthcare administration entail financial aspects to help the administrator to be able to handle financial issues of a healthcare facility. Nurse administrators are aware of the diversity in the health care setting and strive to keep things together for a smooth running of the organization.
In conclusion, nursing is a noble career. Just like other careers, nurses need a career development plan that will enable them to achieve their goals. The challenges that face nurses are also numerous. Strength quest is an important tool for a nurse to discover his or her talents. The role played by nurse administrators is very important in career development of the nurses in a health facility. Many registered nurses may become nurse educators as the shortage of nurses in the country is partially blamed on shortage of nurse educators. This unit has expounded my understanding of the administration dynamics in nursing, besides broadening my view on career development.
References
Borrill, C.S., Carletta, J., Carter, A.J., Dawson, F.J., Garrod, S., Rees, A….et al., (n.d). The Effectiveness of Health Care Teams in the National Health Service. Retrieved http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jeanc/DOH-final-report.pdf (Accessed 12/11/13).
Cardillo, D. (2008). The Ultimate career guide for nurses: practical advice for thriving at every stage of your career. Falls Church, Va: Gannett Healthcare Group.
Clifton, D.O., & Anderson, E. (2002). StrengthsQuest: Discover and develop your strengths in academics, career, and beyond. Washington DC: The Gallup Organization.
Donner G. J. & Wheeler M. M. (2001). Career planning and development for nurses: The time has come. International Nursing Review, 48(2):79-85.
Jackson, D. & Daly, J. (2004). Current Challenges and Issues Facing Nursing in Australia. Nursing Science Quarterly, 17(4), 352-355.
No Author, (2012). Nurse Educator. Retrieved explorehealthcareer.org. (Accessed 12/11/13)
Raj, R. (2010). Nursing administration: Financial management and budgeting. International Journal of Nursing Education, 2(2), 42-47.
Sellman, D. & Snelling, P. (2010). Becoming a nurse : a textbook for professional practice. Harlow, England New York: Pearson.

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