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NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

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As I became a nurse, I had no idea exactly where I would end up. To be honest I have always thought I would have worked in OB. I have always loved the atmosphere of pregnancy and newborn babies. I remember when I had my first child thinking my midwife had the best job ever. As time went on, I remembering wondering what road life would take me on. I had some hiccups in my career path which led me to home health nursing. After my spouse passed away unexpectedly, I needed to be around more flexibly with my young children. I remember feeling that I was getting so far away from what I had always thought I would be doing in my career path. I have since learned that I have been on the path that was exactly right for me the whole time. I have continued to add to my professional goals by continuing my education. It was a large win for me professional and academically speaking when I completed my Bachelors degree. Having this added diploma to my profession has allowed for me to become more self-aware as to what I can truly accomplish in life and especially add to better quality of care for my patients. As I continue on down this amazing journey of professional and academic goals, I plan to change career paths and find my way back into the OB field of practice. I believe I could best utilize my Master’s Degree in this field of study because it has been a passion of mine and I plan to capitalize on my passion to best impact this field of study. This has become a blueprint of what my academic and portfolio will look like. “A portfolio should also provide evidence of how an individual has developed both personally and professionally.” (Casey & Egan, 2010).

In addition to advancing my degree and continuing education I plan to actively play apart in ongoing research studies and programs to better provide care. It is important to me to be part of the bigger picture of the profession. We provide care to our community and because of that I want to be apart of the political side and the implementation process of policy to provide excellent care.

Walden’s goal of positive social change aligns with my professional goals as well as my academic goals. I feel that I will receive the best mentoring through my professors in each course as well as the team that guides us through our master’s process. They have the same goal as students, which is to provide “students, alumni, and faculty are committed to improving the human and social condition by creating and applying ideas to promote the development of individuals, communities, and organizations, as well as society as a whole.” (Walden University, n.d.). Walden prides themselves on providing the student body with knowledgeable information to allow them to practice in their fields with safety, advocacy and vital tools to serve each and every community.

Portfolio development is like a palm print, each individual has a different one. Each one is unique in that each path is important and continues to grow.

In the realm of marketing, a successful branding strategy is one of the most important contributors to organizational success. A solid branding strategy can help add visibility and credibility to a company’s products.

Similarly, nurse-scholars can build a personal brand to add visibility and credibility to their work. You can begin building your brand by developing and maintaining an academic portfolio. Such an activity can help share the results of your efforts and contribute to your success. This Module’s Discussion asks you to consider and share strategies for building your portfolio.

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To Prepare:

  • Reflect on strategies that you can pursue in developing portfolios or portfolio elements that focus on academic achievements.
  • Review one or more samples from your own research of resources focused on portfolio development.

By Day 3 of Week 8

Post an explanation of at least two strategies for including academic activities and accomplishments into your professional development goals. Then, explain how those

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goals may align with the University’s emphasis on social change. Be specific and provide examples.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios SAMPLE 1

Strategies for Nursing Portfolios

Nursing portfolios are a way to show achievements throughout one’s nursing journey.  “A professional portfolio is evidence of the nurse’s skills, achievements, and professional experience” (Burns, M.K., 2018).  There are many ways to demonstrate a nurse’s personal growth in a nursing portfolio.  An ePortfolio is a way to keep track of academic activities and accomplishments throughout one’s career on a virtual platform. “ePortfolios are a well-established practice to demonstrate progress, archive coursework through college, and provide evidence of meeting learning outcomes” (Hannahs, J. & Olivo, Y., 2017).  There are many ways to outline and demonstrate the achievements one has made in an ePortfolio.  Two strategies to provide this information is by, “Outline your short- and long-term goals and share your clinical experiences” (Hannahs, J. & Olivo, Y., 2017).

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Social Change

“At Walden University, we define positive social change as a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth” (Walden University, n.d.).  By receiving my education from Walden University, I know that I will have the training to ensure my portfolio inhibits social change.  My long and short-term goals can outline how I will achieve a positive social change. Clinical experience will increase my professional growth through my academic successes.  An example of this would be, working as a nurse executive I will be faced with many decisions.  In order to provide a positive social change, my clinical experiences will help me work cohesively with a preceptor to learn how to promote a positive atmosphere.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

Conclusion

By understanding how to implement a thorough nursing portfolio, I will be able to demonstrate achievements in academia and professional growth.  As a Nurse Executive student at Walden University, I know that I am learning the essential skills to evolve my nursing portfolio.  Through this development, I will be able to strive for positive social change.

References:

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16–17.

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio.  American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49.  Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Walden University. (n.d.). Social change. Walden University – Acalog ACMS™. https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=122&navoid=34904

By Day 6 of Week 8

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering additional ideas regarding academic achievements to include or offering alternative ways of presenting the current achievements.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios Peer Responses

Hello K…,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding ePortfolios. As you have mentioned, ePortfolios is an innovative way to integrate our skills, achievements, and professional experiences (Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y., 2017). Incorporating our academic achievements is essential in creating a professional portfolio. One strategy I use is to integrate elements in my educational growth and professional development, such as my educational background and certifications I have achieved, ensuring to include the name of the certifying organization and renewal dates (Sherrod, D., 2005).

An alternative way of presenting a professional portfolio is by creating your own website. Doing so gives it a more individualized and unique design. I have yet to explore creating an ePortfolio and developing my own website (Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y., 2017).

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

References

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today. 12 (11), 48-49. https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Sherrod D. (2005). Career scope: south Atlantic. The professional portfolio: a snapshot of your career. Nursing Management36(9), 74–75. https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=f15cb16a-80fb-4fd3-8fdf-eaac4420bb89%40pdc-v-sessmgr02

K..,

I appreciate your post on ePortfolios and how they can be useful as we build our academic and nursing professional portfolios. In today’s world, more and more information is obtained online. Employers are now researching potential job candidates prior to the interviewing and hiring process begins. It is important now, more than ever, to create a positive online brand for yourself that employers, coworkers, friends, family, and even patients may discover. Digital footprints are left every time we log on, attention must be paid to what material you are posting (Hannans & Olivo, 2017).

Academic and professional portfolios are visual representations of your strengths, academic success, nursing skills and knowledge, community involvement, and experiences. The resume and/or curriculum vitae are only a piece of the portfolio. Nurses should include degrees obtained, licensures, certifications, continuing education credits, conference attendance, and any presentations or education lectures they presented (Burns, 2018).

Walden University is preparing students to be social change agents (Walden University, n.d.). Showcasing achievements for community involvement should be included as a part of your portfolio. Volunteer services, organizing or participating in  health screenings, and lobbying for health policy changes are all opportunities to add to your professional portfolio (Burns, 2018).

References

Burns, M. (2018). creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93 (3),16-17

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio.  American Nurse Today12(11), 48-49.  Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Walden University. (n.d.) Social Change. Retrieved on October 22, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/why-walden/social-change

Practicum Quiz

It is essential that you understand the Practicum requirements that are necessary to complete the Master of Science in Nursing. This quiz is designed to engage you with the Practicum Manual and to help you become more familiar with the Practicum Requirements. It will cover many of the essential topics related to the Practicum. However, it is important that you continue to learn more about the Practicum Requirements after this course is completed.

This quiz includes 10 questions in various format: true/false and multiple choice. If you score 8 or below, please retake the exam. You may retake the exam as many times as you would like to achieve the desired score. Your highest score will be recorded. To retake the quiz, click on “take test again” (this does not appear as a hyperlink but works as a hyperlink when you click on the area).

To view the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly, click on your score in the My Grades area.

To Prepare:

  • Review the College of Nursing Practicum Manual found on your Walden College of Nursing Field Experience website.

By Day 7 of Week 9

Complete the quiz.

Submission and Grading Information

Submit Your Quiz by Day 7 of Week 9

To submit your Quiz:

Week 9 Quiz

 

Next Module

 

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Module 6

Module 5 (Weeks 8–9): Professional Development Plan

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Blueprint to Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Your Professional Development Plan [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Learning Objectives
Students will:

Analyze strategies for including academic activities and accomplishments into professional portfolios
Develop professional development goals
Align professional development goals to Walden’s social change initiatives
Identify concepts and requirements for the MSN Practicum

Due By
Assignment
Week 8, Days 1–2
Read the Learning Resources.
Compose your initial Discussion post.
Week 8, Day 3
Deadline to post your initial Discussion post.
Week 8, Days 4–5
Compose your peer Discussion responses. (Make sure to participate in the Discussion on three different days.)
Week 8, Day 6
Last day to post Discussion responses.
Week 8, Day 7
Begin to check your knowledge with the Quiz.
Week 9, Days 1–6
Continue to check your knowledge with the Quiz.
Week 9, Day 7 Final day to complete the Quiz.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16-17.

Casey, D. & Egan, D. (2013). The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement. British Journal of Nursing, 15(11), 547–552.

East, R. (2015). Developing a nurse practitioner portfolio. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 28(4), 35.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48–49. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Leahy, R., & Filiatrault, A. (2017). Employers’ perceptions of the benefits of employment electronic portfolios. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7(2), 217-223.

McMillan, L. R., Parker, F., & Sport, A. (2014). Decisions, decisions! E-portfolio as an effective hiring assessment tool. Nursing Management, 45(4), 52-54.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu

Select College of Health Sciences, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the MSN Learning Outcomes on this page.

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Walden templates: Overview. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates

Note: Download and review the College of Nursing Template by navigating to “Program-Specific Templates” and then “College of Nursing,” and selecting “College of Nursing Writing Template With Instructions.”

Document: APA Basics Checklist: Citations, Reference List, and Style (PDF)

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Scholars of Change: Reis Woolen [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Scholars of Change: Jackie Kundert [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Scholars of Change: Joan Kempagno [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

RE: Discussion – Week 8

As a brand-new nurse, I entered the sector with no prior experience and no idea how to market or sell myself. To me, being a newly graduated nurse was a liability because I didn’t have any work experience. This module has helped me recognize that branding yourself began even before I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and has continued to grow as I have worked in the field for several years. As a result, I am now in a better position to promote myself to companies and provide evidence of my nursing expertise. According to East (2015), it’s critical to give yourself plenty of time when applying for a job or awards and certifications to make sure you’ve included all of the necessary information in your application. As a result, the assessor has a more complete image of the nurse under consideration.

Making a plan for academic and professional success now, as well as throughout your career, will help you achieve your goals, says Laureate Education (2018). Achieving a five- or 10-year objective requires planning and acquiring relevant knowledge now so that your portfolio may grow with you as you progress through your MSN journey and career. I never recognized this before. I had no idea what a professional portfolio was until lately, yet I’ve been using resumes for years. This session has given me a better knowledge of the importance of a professional and academic portfolio for my future career as a nurse. The Growth and Development Portfolio is the greatest plan for me at this point in my career. According to Burns, it shows evidence of the nurse’s education and achievements (2018). There are many opportunities to showcase my accolades, certificates and achievements with this method. When it comes to marketing yourself as a nurse, a portfolio is a better option than a résumé that only lists your accomplishments without any evidence to back them up. My second option is the Shopping Trolley technique. This approach collects a lot of data, but there is no effort to organize it or present it in a logical sequence (Casey & Egan, 2013). As a whole, my schooling has progressed in a similar fashion. Although emergency medicine has been my primary focus for the past decade, I regularly attend seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics simply because I enjoy learning new things. Some of these classes and lectures are directly related to my practice, but others are ones I attend because the subject matter intrigues me but is unrelated to emergency medicine. The Shopping Trolley framework enables me to highlight all of my schooling without focusing on a certain topic.

Professionally, I aim to create the framework and policy necessary to support the health and well-being of communities and the general public. I need to start building my portfolio right away if I want to meet this deadline. That’s exactly what I’ve done. To be effective in public health, I need a portfolio since it allows me to organize all of my data in one place.

A digital platform for producing and promoting an ePortfolio astonished me throughout my studies. This presents some issues for someone like myself. First and foremost, I’m not on social media, so I can’t use platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn. First of all, I have never created an ePortfolio and I am unable to use electronic technologies to build ePortfolio templates. The library at Walden can assist me in developing professional platforms through the creation of templets, which is one of my many obstacles that needs to be addressed. As Hannans and Olivo, 2017 stated, 60 percent to 80 percent of employers conduct online searches of potential recruits, therefore my online identity should not be treated lightly.

References

Burns, M. K. (2018) Creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93 (3), 16-17.

Casey, D. & Egan, D. (2013). The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement. British Journal of Nursing, 15 (11), 547-552.

East, R. (2015). Developing a nurse practitioner portfolio. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 28 (4), 35.

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49 Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Blueprint to Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

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Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.

Supported by at least three current, credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth.

Supported by at least three credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s).

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed.

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Post is cited with two credible sources.

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately.

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria.

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Contains only one or no credible sources.

Not written clearly or concisely.

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.
Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.
Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.
Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
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Discussion – Week 8

The article “Creating a Nursing Portfolio” shares that nurses can create a portfolio for promoting themselves, evidence of outcomes and direction and structure. (Burns, 2018)

To include academic activities and accomplishments into my professional development plan I will have the following two strategies. The first strategy is from the article “Creating a Nursing Portfolio.”  In this article they mention that newer nurses can compile descriptions of assignments and learning mastery to add to their portfolio. The experienced nurses could include advancements in careers that they have received, or promotions. (Burns, 2018).  The second strategy I learned while reading the article “The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement.”  The strategy has to do with nurses and practitioners doing a written reflection on interactions with patients in their practices and including this information in the portfolio. (Casey and Egan, 2013). I believe this will help them to showcase how they work with patients and difficult situations and how they overcame them.

These goals will align with the University’s emphasis on social change by “providing compassion for elders” as that is what I would like my NP degree to focus on, gerontology, and helping to make me a “change agent” as a student, nurse and scholar as indicated in the video “Scholars of Change: Reis Woolen” (Laureate Education, 2018).

References

Burns, M.K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review. 93 (3) , 16-17

Casey, D. and Egan, D. (2013). The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement. British Journal of Nursing. (15) 11, 547-552

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Scholars of Change: Reis Woolen [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

RE: Discussion – Week 8

Professional strategies are techniques for achieving individual performance goals which include areas such as leadership, decision making, problem-solving, influencing, motivation, and navigating office politics that are often a strategic challenge for a career. Enrolling into Walden University to advance my education is one huge step of an individual performance goal towards my portfolio. Congratulations to all my colleagues for taking the initial step of enrolling at Walden University to advance our education.

However, as a Registered nurse and a wife of an entrepreneur in a healthcare business. The strategy for my portfolio is to gain a more active approach to professional networking. Nursing is a highly dynamic field. Patient care protocols are constantly evolving. New technology and medical advancements are developing at an ever-increasing pace (Schmidt n.d.). The scope of the nursing practice continues to expand as different diseases & viruses continue to erupt, for example, Covid-19, with new rules & regulations, and guidelines to adapt. Professional networking can be a big help in this endeavor. Developing professional relationships, attending professional conferences and utilizing professional networking websites, attending meetings and workshops. Professionally networking with other healthcare departments such as therapies, physicians, social workers, etc., all these serve to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information that are vital to keeping a nurse’s knowledge fresh and relevant. Building bonds with professionals of all types enhances an active networking approach which establishes a relationship that is mutually beneficial and more palatable.  I plan to use professional networking on my academic activities, my accomplishments in my professional portfolio, and enhancing the family business.

Another strategy I plan to add to my portfolio is to turn to someone whose career I admire. “A Mentor”. A person who can give objective advice. As Tony Robbins would often say, “Success leaves clues.” Studying a career path of those who have already achieved massive success and mimic their actions. Engaging and shadowing a mentor who has been in your position and grown from it. They would be able to answer your questions without judgment. It’s a matter of physics; engaging a mentor creates a soft counterforce to balance the sometimes-rock-hard path of professional growth (Robbins).

The Institute of Physics reports that, in addition to cultivating new skills and an understanding of one’s career trajectory, engaging a mentor also provides a sense of stability, constructive feedback, and an unbiased perspective on the mentee’s goals, strengths, and challenges. Mentorship is a safe space for exploring one’s weaknesses and practicing new skills without fear of reproach. Thanks to the week 7 assignment (Medtrek) that forces us to find our preceptor(s) earlier and I plan to explore the site more to familiarize myself with the preceptorship goals.

There are other strategies for academic activities and accomplishments that I could add to my professional portfolio in other to obtain my optimal goal. I will not only have a mentor but would surround myself with positive people with the same or similar goals to encourage and boost one another. Utilizing Walden’s Center for Social Change as a networking hub with three major commitments: empowering change-makers, building community, and elevating social change outcomes (Walden (n.d.). would strengthen and add to my developing skills at Walden University.

 

References:

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking

bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously Retrieved October 17, 2021

 

Robbins, K. 8 professional Development strategies Retrieved October 17, 2021

Business Cycle

Zaniewski, A.M., Reinholz, D. Increasing STEM success: a near-peer mentoring program in the physical sciences. IJ STEM Ed 3, 14 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-016-0043-2

 

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden 2020 A Vision for Social Change. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university2017-social-change-report

Strategies for Academic Portfolio

I sometimes question my decision to become a psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) as I embark on this journey. Truth be told, I am occasionally afraid when clients become physically violent against personnel. One of my goals prior to becoming a registered nurse was to own and operate a business. For five years, I worked as a cosmetologist. However, there was something missing; I want more, so I pursued my boyhood ambition of becoming a certified nurse. Six years have passed since I received my bachelor’s degree, and I am now pursuing my master’s degree, a requirement of which is the creation of a professional portfolio, which is “proof of the nurse’s skills, accomplishments, and professional experience” (Burn, 2018). Being a full-time student, entrepreneurship, and ePortfilio are the three strategies I aim to employ to construct a portfolio that emphasizes my academic achievement.
I began my studies at Walden University as a part-time student for multiple reasons. Six years have passed since I received my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). I am aware that it will take me some time to get into the swing of things, such as setting and sticking to a study plan. In addition, mastering scholarly writing, synthesizing, and critical appraisal are “fundamental skills to be able to identify and appraise the best available evidence in order to integrate it with your own clinical experience and patients’ values” (Al-Jundi, & Sakka, 2017), but they require considerable practice. In addition, this degree is entirely online, which takes discipline, commitment, and strong time management, all of which are integrated into my family and professional life. Now that I’ve settled in, I’ll be a full-time student beginning next semester.
According to (Prentice, 2016), in order to become an entrepreneur, one must nurture attributes such as self-motivation, adaptability, and opportunism. In order for a business to be successful, it must have the desire and courage to take risks, as well as a contingency plan to fall back on. Transferring my business concepts from my imagination to my academic portfolio and then bringing them to life. These characteristics are applicable to both business and health care. Since we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses’ motivation is very important. Utilize every chance to create and sustain a trustworthy relationship, as well as to be adaptable in order to meet the consumer on his or her level of engagement. Despite occasional doubt, I feel in my heart that I belong here. Priceless is the joy I experience when my clients are cared for to the best of my ability.
Academically and professionally, a portfolio is essential for maintaining “an accurate and up-to-date record of your journey” (Davis, 2015). In an increasingly electronic environment, the necessity for paper is diminishing. The purpose of the ePortfolio is to “reflect on your clinical abilities and professional development as a student.” The professional experiences and abilities you’ve acquired can help you establish your level of preparedness for the positions you’re seeking (Hannans & Olivo, 2017). The ePortfolio will be regularly updated with new knowledge and skills I’ve acquired, and I will be a part of a foundation that restores hope and provides basic requirements for homeless individuals with mental illness. Accomplishing these objectives will continue to “promote a vision for social transformation” begun fifty years ago (Walden University, 2017). My offspring will continue the Walden University-aligned work that I have begun long after my time on earth has ended.

References
Al-Jundi, A., & Sakka, S. (2017). Evaluation of Clinical Research Critically Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 11(5), JE01-JE05. https://doi.org/10.7860/JCDR/2017/26047.9942 Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 11(5), JE01-JE05.
Burns, M.K. (2018). Creating a portfolio for nursing. 16-17. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3).
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Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

Practicum Quiz

It is essential that you understand the Practicum requirements that are necessary to complete the Master of Science in Nursing. This quiz is designed to engage you with the Practicum Manual and to help you become more familiar with the Practicum Requirements. It will cover many of the essential topics related to the Practicum. However, it is important that you continue to learn more about the Practicum Requirements after this course is completed.

This quiz includes 10 questions in various format: true/false and multiple choice. If you score 8 or below, please retake the exam. You may retake the exam as many times as you would like to achieve the desired score. Your highest score will be recorded. To retake the quiz, click on “take test again” (this does not appear as a hyperlink but works as a hyperlink when you click on the area).

To view the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly, click on your score in the My Grades area.

To Prepare:

  • Review the College of Nursing Practicum Manual found on your Walden College of Nursing Field Experience website.

By Day 7 of Week 9

Complete the quiz.

Submission and Grading Information

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