Career goals: Strengths and challenges related to nursing practice competencies
Advanced nurse practitioners have core competencies that need to be accomplished in order for nurse practitioners to practice independently and successfully. As nurse practitioner students, we must use current competencies for our practice. This course is designed to introduce and guide us through the practicum experience by allowing us to learn our own strengths and weaknesses as nurses. The purpose of this discussion is to explain my expectations of this course, my strengths and challenges when working with adults, and the career goals that this course may help me accomplish.
Summary of expectations of this course
I am anticipating this course to be the place where everything comes together as we start our practicum experience. I expect this course to be eye-opening and satisfying as we put everything we have learned in theory together in the clinical world. I also expect to learn even more from my preceptor, instructors, and colleagues in both the NRNP and practicum courses. I hope to gain more confidence as I learn from my preceptor during practicum.
Brief explanation of your strengths and challenges as they relate to nursing practice competencies when working with adults
My strengths related to nursing practice competencies are advocating for patients and their best interests by communicating and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team to improve patient outcomes and quality of care (The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2017). My experience as a registered nurse at a rehabilitation hospital has improved my communication techniques between the patients, family, physicians, and colleagues. Education is very important for both the patient and family for them to fully take advantage of their health, so I try to educate my patients whenever possible (Chan et al., 2019). I contribute to the design of clinical information systems in my unit because I am efficient with technology and dealing with computers on my unit.
The challenges that I am afraid of as an advanced nurse practitioner are facing ethical and legal issues with misdiagnosing and treating patients with the wrong treatments (The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2017). I am afraid of missing important details or critical tests and making mistakes all because I lack the confidence and experience in that role.
Describe any career goals or objectives this course may help you accomplish in the FNP role and why
As I explore all the opportunities that an FNP can do, I feel like I would like to start with family practice in a clinic to gain experience and confidence in the field. I would like that time to learn and grow as a novice nurse practitioner treating patients of all age groups. The surrounding towns I live in are all rural areas and I would like that opportunity to serve the community to promote education and provide more resources for healthy living. I would also consider public health or community health by working closely with the outreach program at the local hospital in town. This course can help me accomplish this FNP role by guiding me to analyze my professional growth and development related to advanced nursing practice (Walden University, 2020). By the end of this course, I will be able to analyze conditions of body systems and formulate diagnoses and treatment plans for adult patients (Walden University, 2020).
I am looking forward to learning and growing into the advanced practice nurse role in this next term. I am excited to incorporate all that I have learned into the real world to find my strengths and weaknesses in this practice so I can work on strengthening those weaknesses. I am prepared to face challenges so I can find ways to improve and be the best advocate for my patients.
Chan, T. E., Lockhart, J. S., Thomas, A., Kronk, R., & Schreiber, J. B. (2019). An integrative review of nurse practitioner practice and its relationship to the core competencies. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(4), 189-199.
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). Nurse practitioner core competencies contents.
Walden University. (2020). Outcomes/Alignment Chart, NRNP 6531: Primary care of adults across the lifespan.
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