NURSING SYNTHESIS PAPER 6
Istarted the RN-BSN program in November, 2014. I took one to twocourses at a time. I took all classes on the start dates. The programenables me to develop my decision-making skills and also enhanced myprofessional judgment of colleagues and work environment. I alsodecided to enroll for the program because it offers a strongbackground for other courses I may opt to pursue in future. Forinstance, I look forward to a career in Family Nurse Practitionerafter successfully completing RN-BSN program. Improved professionalgrowth in Nursing depends on continuous learning for professionaldevelopment. An RN-BSN program is therefore the best starting pointfor any person who intends to grow their nursing career.
WhenI first began my RN-BSN program my intention was to increase myemployment opportunities. I did not have as much respect for theprogram as I do today. Before going through the RN-BSN I lacked theknowledge perceive unique qualities in fellow colleagues. My thoughtshave completely changed after going through the program. I am nowmore confident about myself and I continue to learn new things due tothe rich professional I obtained from the RN-BSN program. Completingthe program the program has enabled me to enhance my career in theFamily Nurse Practitioner program. Although the core values of mypersonal philosophy have not changed, the RN-BSN program has made mea better person in terms of decision-making, recognizing professionalboundaries, leadership, and management, and patience (Miyoshi, Lapham& Wagner, 2013). Prior to going through various units in theprogram I did not have the skills to recognize and appreciate theimportance team and the strengths and skills that other team playersbring to the table to support the concerted efforts of the nursingprofession. I currently understand that individuals have uniqueskills, personalities, roles they can play best, and attitudes thatare important for a healthcare setting where a nurse is supposed towork with other nurses to deliver the best care for patients (Boswell& Cannon, 2012). During the RN-BSN program I went through thenursing leadership program as a unit. The program impartedtransformational and transactional leadership in which I developed apositive attitude towards the difference between my current practiceand evidence-based practice.
Nursingleadership and management as part of the RN-BSN program was a veryimportant unit for my lifelong learning. The unit has instilledlife-long learning through promoting up-to-date nursing practice,RN-BSN competencies, and academic progression. One of the mainqualities I acquire in the program is open and honest communication.In leadership nursing and management I learned how to create trust inprofessional relationships through the spirit of collaboration andcooperation with focus on maximizing the success of partnerships andcommunities. The training I obtained in RN-BSN nursing leadership andtraining I learned how to manage complex conditions and coordinatewith other health professionals in providing care. I learned thatlife-long learning entails acquiring and demonstrating newcompetencies in systems thinking, improving quality, and aligningcare management with institutional health care policies (Perry,Potter, & Ostendorf, 2013). One of the life-long learningcompetencies I acquired through the RN-BSN program is theunderstanding that healthcare dynamics are shifting from beinghospital-based to community-based (Horner et al., 2013).
Ibegan by learning the fundamental skills of providing nursing carewhile aligning them with various principles of nursing. I learned howto apply skills and principles based on the findings of differentresearchers and the recorded evidence about outcomes of proficientcare. Another important aspect of the process that I had to gothrough to advance from being a novice to an expert is to applycritical thinking techniques to solve complex problems in regard tonursing care (Perr, Chenevert, & Chenevert, 2015). I leanedthrough RN-BSN program that I should be able and willing to absorbinformation, develop a positive attitude towards learning, adapt tonew environments, and accept constructive criticism. Nursingleadership and management transformed me into a versatile expert thatcontinually learns through hands-on patient experience. It isimportant that I state the steps I went through to be an expertnurse. They include:
Novice-I lacked experience on different situations in which I was expectedto perform. I was taught rules in order to perform without contextand specificity. Advancedbeginner-I began to demonstrate marginally acceptable performance based onexperiential knowledge from nursing mentors. Competent-I began to see all the decisions I make and actions I take in termsof long-term goals. I also made conscious plans based on an alreadyexisting I made to guide my professional duties. Proficient-At the proficient level, I began to deal with situations as a wholerather than in different aspects. I understood the meaning of asituation in its entirety in terms of the long-term goals. Expert-When I became an expert, I stopped being reliant on the analyticprinciple to decide the appropriate action to take when I am on duty.
Synthesisof Role Transition to Professional Nursing
Asa RN-BSN student, I learned to apply leadership skills and principlesof management in various clinical settings, apply knowledge andtheory in nursing practice. During program my colleagues and I workedindependently to gain critical thinking and decision making skills bybeing under the guidance of clinical preceptors in a community withself-selected tertiary settings. It is based on this collaborativebackground that I gained the skills I use to manage families,clients, and aggregates effectively. The focus of learning was on therole of developmental skills, interdisciplinary collaboration andcoordination, the skills to evaluate culturally competent care, andcase management. I was exposed to multidimensional role of a nursingleader through various nursing projects that have been implemented inclinical cases. I also had numerous opportunities to take part incommunity-oriented and experiential learning as well as professionaldevelopment. Currently, I can critically analyze and applyorganizational skills in a nursing setting.
Duringmy RN-BSN program, is nursing leadership and management unit. Irealized the importance of the unit when I began practicing. Uponbeing posted in first station, I realized that qualified nurses wereexpected to begin acting as leaders in decision-makingnotwithstanding the lack of managerial experience in some. While anurse should be trained as a leader, they need management skills someof failings that emanate from systemic failures in healthcaresettings or ethical dilemmas (Cobb, 2011). A management trainingframework should be implemented in nursing schools to be providedtaught with leadership training programs.
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