NR 510 Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes

NR 510 Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes

NR 510 Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes

I found this course to be very informative in a variety of ways. As a nurse, we learned the different values that we possess, but as a nurse practitioner those may change some. Honestly, the case studies were very helpful. I like to be put into scenarios such as those and have to work through them with the help of classmates. They made me think of ethical decisions that I may have to make as a nurse practitioner. As a nurse, some of those scenarios I have never been in, but obviously as a nurse practitioner, I could be in an uncomfortable situation like some of those that were presented. I had never taken time to figure out HMOs versus PPOs. After reading about them, I feel like they are similar in so many ways, but also have their differences. This information will be helpful when I start practicing.

I also enjoyed doing the research for the scope of practice for each state. I didn’t realize that each state was so different in the types of MSN they recognized, what they allowed them to do, and their licensure requirements. It was good to look into my state to know what I will be looking forward to once we have completed school. The use of Kaltura was rather difficult to figure out how to get the information uploaded, but the presentation itself was interesting to do. I realized how many times I said “um” when I was speaking! It took me multiple times of recording to be satisfied with my recording!

I had never heard of curriculum vitae, so that was interesting to learn about and write. It does look more professional than a resume, so I am glad we learned about the use of that. I was stressed out with the practicum information until this class when we started breaking down each class, what was expected for that rotation of clinicals, and the process of setting up clinical rotations. I feel better about this now and am in the process of getting them set up.

When I did my report, I actually learned the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae. I have always heard of a resume and rarely heard about a CV. However, it made me aware of the difference between them. I think I will create two different kinds. I think now I will work on having a curriculum vitae  and also having a resume at hand just in case employers ask for both. I think it makes more sense to also have a CV because nursing is not just a job but an actually career that people stay a long time in. Becoming more marketable and learning different ways to reach employers is extremely important with obtaining a new job. With this educational program, the idea is to start on a new path as a nurse practitioner. It is important to have both when applying for a nurse practitioner job. Also upon doing the paper I was able to learn the difference. Along with the LACE project and learning the CV, it really set the foundation for the path that I decided to take as a nurse practitioner and learning how it is important to have both on file when applying for a new job. This class was amazing and I appreciate everything we learned. Thank you Professor Storms for teaching this class!

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Throughout this course we have covered a wide variety of scenarios and experiences we will encounter as novice APRN’s. In particular we learned how important developing our own professional identity is. By using all of our resources when approaching different patient scenarios and case studies backed by evidence based research we were able to support our views on various topics. Some of the topics we touched on included bullying in the workplace, holistic patient care, role development, scope of practice by state and many other areas, which fall under the umbrella of the APRN role.

As RN’s continuing our education to APRN’s the number one focus of everything we learned throughout this course

NR 510 Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes
NR 510 Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes

was to not forget our underlying goal in everything we do which is to provide excellent, safe, holistic patient care. Early on we worked through ethical dilemmas that put our patients safety at risk when patient information was not relayed in a timely manner. From that specific scenario we delved more into how to lead the office through this commotion and bring it back to our focus on the patient.

In our more recent assignments we’ve explored our scope of practice and the vast differences state to state. Going forward as future APRN’s it is vital for our generation of providers to be aware of these differences and know that there are ways for us to get involved in legislature and promote change. As more people decide to become involved the greater chance APRN’s have for unifying state to state and developing a standardized scope of practice across the US. Until this change happens, we will continue to work at the level in which our state allows, and provide quality healthcare for all patients we able to.

This has been an exciting, challenging, but very well informative course.  I found many of the case studies and discussion very realistic, fun, and interesting.  I can actually say that for the first time I didn’t have to focus so much on the format, such as APA, word count, and other requirements that many other classes required to give much focus on.  Because of this, I was actually able to express and focus on my thoughts, insight, and opinion regarding the weekly discussions, but of course in a professional manner. This, so far, has been one of my favorite FNP courses.

As far as reflecting back over the past eight weeks, the program outcome #4, “Integrate professional values through scholarship and service in health care” has been achieve from this course assignment, discussions, and reading in many ways.  For example, many of the case study required me to think of way I will need to handle unethical and unprofessional behavior in my future practice.  Because I had many opportunities to evaluate and critically think about the actions I would take to address such issues, it gave me the opportunity to research evidence-base strategies and actions that I should implement to help resolve such issues. While writing and preparing for this week discussion post, the program outcome #4 was learned during week’s 4 case/study.  This case study was centered on quality improvement and safety, as I found research article that emphasizes the importance healthcare staff members being compliant with policy, procedures and regulations according to the law.

MSN Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership; Recognizes that organizational and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care. Leadership skills are needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems perspective.

This MSN essential has also been obtain with the help of this course assignments, readings, discussions, and case studies in several ways and with many opportunities. One example of this MSN essential being obtained, was during case study from week three, when we were required to think of ways that leadership is important in practice.  For example, the case study were the staff members often displayed rude and unprofessional behavior.

Moreover, the NP core competencies for leadership competencies was understood and obtained in this course in many ways.  The NP core competency two, regarding communicating practice knowledge effectively both orally and in writing was demonstrated in this course on several occasions. Our last week assignment, LACE presentation gave us an opportunity to express this part of the core competency being obtained.  In addition, the participate in professional organizations and activities that influence advanced practice nursing and health outcomes or a population was also explored and learned during our research paper in week 6 as well as in our LACE power point presentation.

As I mentioned I really enjoyed this course and I wish everyone a successful journey throughout the program.


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