Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

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When was the last time you read Meditation XVII of John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions?

Unless you are a student of seventeenth-century poetry, you may not be all that familiar with this piece. However, you may be much more familiar with one of its well-known phrases: “No man is an island…”.

As you begin your journey toward achieving your academic and professional goals, you have a great opportunity to network with academics and professionals who can help ensure you do not travel alone. This network can help to clarify your own vision for success and can help guide you now and in the future. To paraphrase Donne, no one is an island.

Begin creating an academic and professional network by identifying which academic and professional connections and resources with which you need to collaborate to succeed in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Resources

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WEEKLY RESOURCES

To Prepare:

  • Consider individuals, departments, teams, and/or resources within Walden University and within your profession that you believe can support your academic and professional success.
  • Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams that might help you succeed in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Download the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

The Assignment:

Academic and Professional Network

Complete Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Be sure to address the following:

  • Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Explain why you selected these individuals and/or teams and how they will support your success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Title: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

NETWORK MEMBER 1

Name: Albert Peprah

Title: DNP, PSYCH

Organization: Adcare Hospital

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I chose this person, and how he will help me succeed in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Dr. Peprah holds a doctorate as a Psych Nurse Practitioner. He works as a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), precepts MSN/NP student for their practicum experience and mentors other nurses. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2011 and worked for few years in the emergency department at Umass Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. While working as a Registered Nurse, he trained many new hired nurses and nursing students. He completed his MSN in 2016 and later proceeded to acquire a doctorate degree in Psychiatry Mental Health Practitioner (DNP). He has been working with people experiencing mental health issues and their families at adcare hospital.

Dr. Peprah is a God father to one of my daughters. As such, he is part of my family, and has supported me throughout my nursing carrier. I have chosen Dr. Peprah as one of my professional networks because of his experience, work and education. He has vast knowledge in mental health and his practice is evidence based. He is compassionate with his clients and families. I visited him at his clinic, and I was amazed with his work ethics which cuts across his interactions with his clients and staff.

I look forward to collaborating with him on my journey at Walden University in becoming a scholar practitioner like him. He will be a great resource due to his vast experience and knowledge in nursing and management. I attend most of his work shops where he uses this medium to share information with large populations on mental health stigmatization, managing mental health and accessing resources for mental health.

NETWORK MEMBER 2

Name: Ivy Hammond

Title: MSN, NP

Organization: Saint Vincent Hospital

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I chose this person, and how she will help me succeed in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Ivy has been a Registered Nurse for over 14 years. While working full-time and raising her family, she returned to school to obtain her MSN NP in mental health. She is currently employed by St Vincent hospital. Ivy and I are coworkers at St Vincent hospital. She is well-educated and a well-versed practitioner. She is meticulous in her instruction and holistic, while incorporating evidence-based knowledge into the care we provide to all our patients. Our friendship extends outside the workplace. She kept me updated on her progress in her MSN/NP program, and I was able to ask her questions about the NP role and education. In times of challenges, she encouraged me to persevere. She was overjoyed when I told her I was starting my MSN/NP program at Walden University.

I chose Ivy Hammond because we share similar goals. She has achieved majority of her career goals in such a short period of time despite many responsibilities, including being a wife, mother to four boys, and working as RN. She is an incredible inspiration and role model for me. She has always encouraged me to pursue career advancement. I appreciate her advice, friendship, and support. I believe that collaborating with her on my MSN/NP program will help me become a scholar practitioner, achieving both my academic and professional goals.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name: Akwasi Duah

Title: RN, PhD’17

Organization: Umass Chan Medical School

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and how he will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Dr. Duah took a winding path on his way to a career as a nurse leader and educator. He is the director of the graduate entry pathway program of the Tan Chingfen graduate school of Nursing at Umass Chan Medical School. He is in the position to guide others in their profession.

During any academic program, it is crucial to identify individuals who can guide you to navigate through. Dr. Duah lectured at Fitchburg State University as assistant professor for about a decade. In that regard, he has excellent experience in qualitative studies. He has conducted some research on family members who care for relatives struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. He has also taught various courses which cover concepts that are applicable in nursing. These concepts include the role of nurses in population health and preserving health in a diverse society. With this background, Dr Duah qualifies for an excellent resource person to guide me through the MSN program and my career.

NETWORK MEMBER 4

Name: Dr. Rose Kronziah-Seme

Title: PHD Nursing

ORGANIZATION: Umass Chan Medical School

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I chose this person and how she will help me succeed in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Dr. Rose is experienced and honored in many areas of the nursing practice. She has been teaching and administering bachelor’s degree and graduate nursing programs. Also she has published several books on the nursing practice and online nursing education.

Dr Rose conducts research on evidenced-based practice, advanced practice care, system support for quality practice, learning methods and mental health issues. Thus, she is a suitable academic mentor for me, particularly for research purposes.

As I look forward to gaining more knowledge on my program, I also require guidance from professionals and academicians alike towards a holistic development. I believe that Dr. Rose is among the most suited to nurture me.

It is my intent to request Dr. Rose to be my mentor for the psych NP program since her inputs would come in invaluable to me.

SAMPLE 2

Name: Christine Landon

Title: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Organization: Grady Memorial Hospital

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

The reason I chose to include Christine in my professional network is because she has already achieved the same level of education and career goals that I am currently working towards. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is now pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), she has achieved the level of nursing scholarship that I want to achieve. By having her in my network, I believe I will be able to overcome any potential challenges that may arise in my own career path. She will be able to provide mentorship and support as I transition into practice. Christine will also be able to offer guidance on clinical practice and provide advice on navigating the challenges on my path to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Notes:

A dedicated and hardworking individual who inspires others to advance in their nursing careers.

NETWORK MEMBER 2

Name: Darnita Burwell

Title: Nurse Administrator

Organization: Baptist Memorial Health Care

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

I selected Darnita, who is a friend of mine, as a member of my academic network because we are both pursuing our MSN degrees. Although she is specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and I am specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, our academic goals align. We both strive to reach the highest level of nursing education. Darnita is a proponent of change and when we both attain our Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, we plan to collaborate on publishing scholarly papers about various quality improvement initiatives. She will also provide guidance and support throughout the program and will be able to help navigate program requirements. This support will be critical to success in the program.

Notes:

Highly motivated and dedicated to advancing nursing scholarship.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name: Dr. Wally Nawbary

Title: Associate Professor

Organization: Chamberlain College of Nursing

Academic or Professional: Academic

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Dr. Wally Nawbary is a specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, which is the area of focus for my MSN program. I selected Dr. Wally as a member of my academic network because of his expertise in mental health research. Dr. Wally is a leading researcher in the field of mental health and has published multiple studies and articles on the subject. I plan to conduct research in the field of mental health as part of my MSN program, and his expertise will be valuable in providing guidance and support in this area. His expertise in this field will be invaluable in providing specialized knowledge and resources that will help me succeed in the program. Dr. Wally will also be able to offer guidance on coursework, provide information on the latest trends and developments in the field, and be a resource for any questions or concerns.

Notes:

He has the expertise in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and mental health research.

NETWORK MEMBER 4

Name: Dr. Michael Brown

Title: Medical Director

Organization: Community Mental Health Clinic

Academic or Professional: Professional

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

I selected Dr. Michael Brown as a member of my professional network because he is the medical director of a community mental health clinic. When I finally become a nurse practitioner in psychiatric health, I will be practicing independently. The role will need leadership, communication, and mentorship skills as portrayed by Dr. Brown. I plan to emulate him so that my practice will be as successful as his. I will also contact him whenever I need support or when challenges arise.  

Notes:

Expertise in mental health and experience working in a community mental health clinic.