To order original high quality academic papers, fill the form below:
Professional Development Plan
It is necessary for graduate-practitioners to come up with the program of study and professional development plan in order to help in directing the personal, professional visions. This document aims to describe my personal, education and professional backgrounds and their relationships with my practicum and course.
Education, Personal and Professional Background
My name is Dennis. I live in Los Angeles, California. I have an associate degree in nursing. I attended Oklahoma Nursing School to pursue higher education. My formal education in nursing started in 1999 when I was admitted to the Oklahoma Nursing School. After two years of intensive training and practical assessments in nursing, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2002 and secured a job in one of the district hospitals in Los Angeles. My academic excellence helped me secure masters’ scholarship. The scholarship meant that I had to follow my passion and get to the top of my professional ladder. I have always wanted to learn and attain the highest possible academic credentials and contribute in research. I always wanted to be a nurse.
At the moment, I work as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of our hospital. I chose the neonatal section because of it is delicate and because of reports of neglect in the department (Holditch-Davis & Shandor, 2000). I have helped many women in taking care of preterm babies until they adapt to live outside the confines of the hospital’s ICU section. As a neonatal nurse, I have also helped in modelling the guidelines for dealing with preterm babies in the hospital. Within this year, I am planning to register with the National Council of Neonatal Nurses (NCNN). I also plan to attend nursing workshops which shall start late June this year. At the moment, I have a certification in Advanced Neonatal Care Strategies.
The neonatal clinical experience has increased my efficiency and helped me broaden my nursing skills. Earlier on, I worked as a nurse in various hospital departments such as endoscopy, maternity, recovery section, orthopedics and pediatrics. A paper from working as a nurse, I also took leadership positions as a lead nurse, nursing team leader and mentor. The skills gained have helped me in improving my experience and becoming a better nurse. It has also made me better in solving workplace challenges and my desire to pursue my studies further.
My main personal goal is become the best nurse in the United States of America. My professional goal is to deliver nursing services diligently and help in saving lives of preterm babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. My educational goal is to attain the highest level of education possible in nursing by attaining a Master of Science in Nursing and later a Doctorate Degree in Nursing. I also need to obtain leadership management.
My plan is to increase the efficiency of medical operations in any hospital I shall work in. I want to use my personal capabilities to make the hospital a conducive environment for patients who need our services. I intend to give babies born before full gestation periods an opportunity to develop fully and support their parents to overcome the trauma associated with delivering preterm babies. Getting further studies will equip me with knowledge and skills which will enable me to serve the patients better and create a larger impact in the community. As a professional nurse, I also intend to carry out research and help in improving the overall health and wellness of patients under my care.
As a leader, I plan to lead teams in the organization by working with teams within my department. I am looking forward to becoming an all-round professional nurse in everything that I do.
The course has helped me gain additional knowledge in nursing. My research skills have significantly improved through the assignments and online assessments that I accomplish on a weekly basis. I am now able to write a professional paper from the start to the end due to the knowledge gained. This is important for my further studies. I have learned time management skills by taking timed examinations and assessments. As a student, I can now grasp huge chunks of information without straining while doing other domestic affairs. I have also learned on how to reference all sources used in academic research papers by proper citation. I have learned about various academic citations styles. Knowing the Harvard referencing style and the American Psychological Association styles has been of great benefit to me. Using the Purdue writing tool and Grammarly editor, I am now able to deliver properly cited error-free papers.
The practicum is an essential part of my Master’s education since it helped me gain practical field experience. Immediately I got the admission letter for masters, I started looking for a suitable hospital in which to take my practicum. On contacting the Johns Hospital, I was relieved to get the information that they would accept me for the practicum. The practicum helped me enlarge my professional network and learned many things. My supervisor and mentor, Mrs. Mary Jean has ever remained my close confidant with whom I consult about my professional concerns. As Lockwood-Rayermann (2003) states, a practicum is a crucial part of study for professional competency and acquisition of knowledge and skills.
I am glad I chose the nursing profession. Over the years, I have gained highly beneficial knowledge which has helped me in my day-to-day duties. The skills and experience gained in practical medical environments have enabled me to deliver my services effectively. Moreover, the current masters of nursing degree shall enable me to reach higher levels and deliver better services to patients. It is my aim to help patients under my care through diligent service delivery and problem-solving techniques. I know that my research, leadership skills and services will impact health care services in my country and the whole world. I shall always remain a scholar and researcher all days of my life and offer services when and as required. I hope that I shall also motivate student nurses through my journey as a nurse.
Lockwood-Rayermann, S. (2003). Preceptor leadership style and the nursing practicum. Journal of Professional Nursing, 19(1), 32-37.
Holditch-Davis, D., & Shandor Miles, M. (2000). Mothers’ stories about their experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit. Neonatal network, 19(3), 13-21.