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Discussion: Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003

Discussion: Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003

Discussion: Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003

Strategies for Addressing Questions

As a recent RN graduate transitioning into a master’s level program, I had many questions and emotions second guessing if I should begin such a demanding program.  However, attending Walden University and completing the undergraduate portion of my program has been an easy transition.   Unfortunately, the questions and concerns have increased with taking this course as my first master’s level course.  My number one question revolved around how different the expectations will be and if there is the same support available? I also questioned if I had the tools as mentioned in this week’s video to accomplish my lifelong goal of becoming a PMHNP.

Becoming a Successful Scholar

After reading the 10 Traits of a Successful Online learner I realized there are several areas I need to work on. The areas I require improvement in are self-direction and self-efficiency, time management and confidence. I have also experienced lack of motivation and procrastination recently.  As a single parent time management has become more difficult during the pandemic due to my daughter requiring more hands on with schoolwork.  A study on conducted on procrastination and time management as it relates to academic stress revealed “time management skills are essential, and students require help with effective time management to improve academic performance” (Nayak, 2019, p.1485).  Another area is confidence because I always question my abilities and allow pride to get in the way of asking for help and networking with others for clarity. I am currently seeking study groups and resources that can help with the areas I continue to struggle with. In addition, I plan to utilize the information provided in the resources along with the individuals identified in week 1.

Discussion Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003
Discussion Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003

Conclusion

In conclusion, I am confident that I will be successful in completing this course and developing skills to complete my goal of becoming a PMHNP.  According to Kauffman (2015) proper teaching methods, support, and structure can aid in student performance and satisfaction. Walden University provides these tools and if I put the effort into learning new skills and utilize the resources available, I can accomplish my career goals.

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References

Kauffman, H. (2015). A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning. Research in Learning Technology, 23, 1–13. Retrieved from https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/1648/pdf_13

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Your Toolbox for Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Nayak, S. G. (2019). Impact of Procrastination and Time-Management on Academic Stress among Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Cross Sectional Study. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 12(3), 1480–1486.

Online Colleges. (n.d.). 10 traits of a successful online learner. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.onlinecollege.org/2011/07/14/10-traits-of-a-successful-online-learner/

RESPONSE

Discussion: Strategies for Addressing Questions NURS 6003

Congratulations on your recent RN graduation. I, too, had a difficult time this past year trying to balance work and school while having to homeschool my kids during the pandemic. However, excelling in my BSN program with everything I had going on showed me how strong and hardworking I can be and has given me the confidence to pursue my MSN.

You mention self-direction, self-efficiency, and time management are also areas you need to work on. To be successful, you must have time management skills and planning tools (Laureate Education, 2018). One thing that helped me a lot was getting a big calendar and writing down all assignments, discussions, and responses due dates, and my work schedule, and any other family appointments or events. Having a visual idea of everything I needed to complete for the week helped me identify and set aside time to complete schoolwork. This allowed me to stay organized and on track. I also had times of lacking motivation. When this occurred, I would decide on a reward for completing an assignment to help motivate me. It could be something small like a long hot bath, favorite dessert, movie night with my kids, or something big like a weekend trip. Nurses should engage in self-care activities regularly to help decrease stress levels (Kelbach, 2021).

Good luck and best wishes as you continue through your program. If you have any questions or need any help, please reach out to me.

References

Kelbach, J. (2021, May 24). The Ultimate Guide to Self-Care for Nurses. Registered Nursing.org. https://www.registerednursing.org/articles/ultimate-guide-self-care-nurses/

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Your Toolbox for Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

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Hello Carlo,

Taking a role in leadership to expand your career opportunities is a great strategy. Becoming part of the management team within a hospital would be beneficial for career advancement as you will get to meet a lot of people who are in leadership roles. A nursing manager position requires authority and the ability to delegate, which is one of the most basic skills needed in management (Yorgancilar, F. E., & Ozluk, B. (2022). It is essential to develop this ability to take an administrative role. As you become part of the leadership team, you will have more access to networking, and become more social within the healthcare system. A great approach to developing leaders will be to use the Social Change Model of Leadership in order to develop social change ( Harper, J., & Kezar, A. (2021). This model includes collaborating with others to make a positive impact on social change.

References:

Harper, J., & Kezar, A. (2021). LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR RACIALLY MINORITIZED STUDENTS: An Expansion of the Social Change Model of Leadership. Journal of Leadership Education, 20(3), 156–166. https://doi.org/10.12806/V20/I3/T2

Yorgancilar, F. E., & Ozluk, B. (2022). Assessment of Delegation of Autho