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

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.

By Day 7

Submit Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

This document is to be used for NURS 6002 Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing to complete Assessments 1-4. Just as importantly the document serves to organize your thoughts about planning for your academic and professional success.

For specific instructions see the weekly assessment details in the course or ask your instructor for further guidance.

  • Week 1 | Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network
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  • I have identified and secured the participation of the following academic (at least two) and professional (at least two) individuals and/or teams to form the basis of my network. This network will help me to clarify my vision for success and will help guide me now and in the future.
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  • Directions: Complete the information below for each member of your network. For more than four entries repeat the items below with details of your additional network member(s) in the ‘ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS’ section.
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  • NETWORK MEMBER 1
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  •      Name: MARY E. ROSS DrPH, MSN, RN GCNS-BC
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  •      Title: PROFESSOR
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  •     Organization: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH MEDICAL SCIENCE CENTER, HOUSTON.      CIZIK SCHOOL OF NURSING
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  • Academic or Professional: ACADEMIC
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  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:
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  • Notes:
  •            DR. Ross is a professor in the Department of Nursing Systems; her primary teaching responsibility is Gerontology and Community Health. 
  • Dr. Ross taught me Gerontology in semester two and My Community clinical instructor in my third semester. As her undergraduate student, I have always been inspired by her enthusiasm, expertise, and dedication to fostering a stimulating learning environment. Her ability to engage students and create a supportive academic atmosphere has left a lasting impression on me. As I embark on my master’s journey, I believe her guidance and mentorship would be valuable in my personal and professional growth. So, I emailed Dr. Ross about my decision to start school and wanted her to be my mentor; I was amazed when she responded and gave me the go-ahead to email her anytime if I had questions or concerns.
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  • NETWORK MEMBER 2
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  • Name: The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
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  •      Title: Nursing Association
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  • Organization: The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
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  • Academic or Professional:
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  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:
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Notes:

Professional networks play a significant role in shaping an individual’s vision for success and guidance throughout one’s career journey. Even though I could work with patients from 13 years old as a nurse practitioner, I would eventually love to work with older adults. So, I chose The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). These networks provide the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, industry experts, and potential mentors who can offer valuable insights and guidance. By being a part of such networks, I can gain clarity about their goals, learn from others’ experiences, and navigate my way toward success.

Additionally, GAPNA plays a critical role in advocacy and policymaking related to geriatric care. They work with legislators and other policymaking bodies to ensure the development and implementation of policies that can significantly enhance the quality of care for older adults. As an aspiring adult gerontology primary care nurse, this advocacy role of GAPNA is inspiring. It provides me with a platform to contribute to the improvement of geriatric care and equips me with the knowledge and skills to navigate the policy landscape affecting my practice.

“The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) is the premier professional organization that represents the interests of advanced practice nurses, other clinicians, educators, and researchers involved in the practice or advancement of caring for older adults.” http://dev.gapna.org/about

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  • NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name:  Emilia Orock MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

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  • Title:  Manager, MedSurg/telemetry unit
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  • Organization: Chi St’lukes Baylor Medical center
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  • Academic or Professional: Professional
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  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:
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  • Notes:
  • Emilia is unit nurse manager whose exceptional leadership qualities make her an ideal role model for professional growth. She exhibits strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating effective communication, empathy, and compassion toward patients and staff members. Emilia was a colleague before she got promoted to unit manager; she was in school for her master’s degree when we were working together, and she always encouraged me to take up the charge nurse responsibilities and has always motivated me to return to school for my master’s degree.
  • Right after she finished her program, she got promoted to unit manager, a well-deserved promotion. Her ability to lead by example fosters a positive work environment where teamwork, collaboration, and a shared commitment to excellence are encouraged. Observing her leadership style inspires me to become a better nurse and inspires me to aspire to leadership positions in the future. Her experience as a nurse, Knowledge and her skill will go a long way in helping me successful in my Master’s degree program called Emilia to let her know my decision to advance my career, and I have chosen to study adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner; she wasn’t surprised I chose AGPCNP as she always knew I enjoyed working with older Adults. I notified her of my request for her to be my mentor. She accepted cheerfully, agreed on meeting days, and wished me success in my future endeavors.
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  • NETWORK MEMBER 4
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  • Name: Sylvia Arasi DNP, MSN, RN
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  • Title: Associate professor
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  • Organization:     THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH MEDICAL SCIENCE CENTER, HOUSTON.      CIZIK SCHOOL OF NURSING
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  • Academic or Professional:  Academic
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  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:
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  • Notes:
  • Dr. Sylvia Arasi was my psych clinical instructor in semester two. I met her as my instructor, and we became friends. I was drawn to Dr. Arasi’s approachable and supportive nature. Dr. Arasi has a proven track record of success in mentoring others. She was the first instructor I had that hailed from my country. She took it upon herself to look out for me during my nursing program; I was in an accelerated nursing program, and I was one of few people in class that are married with children. My husband works offshore, and I have three children; the journey wasn’t smooth, but encouragement and moral support from Dr. Arasi went a long way. She is always willing to listen and provide guidance, and I feel comfortable contacting her with any questions and concerns. Dr. Arasi’s values align with mine. She always emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, growth, and integrity. Which I admire and strive to embody in my career. I am positive that Dr. Arasi will be one of the people that will contribute to the success of my MSN program. I called her to let her know about my resumption; she was happy to hear about it and encouraged me to contact her with any questions. 
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