Discussion: Strategies for Addressing Questions
There is an old phrase that many of us know, there is no such thing as a stupid question, which is so true. Not inquiring about something because you are afraid of it sounding stupid to others can cause failure in what you needing to know and can affect you and others who were also afraid to ask. I use to be scared to ask questions but learned quickly I would rather other judge me than to not know at all and hurt myself in the long run. When applying for the master’s program at Walden University, I had many questions before applying and even after applying. I spoke with many of my colleagues to figure out how challenging the program would be in comparison to undergraduate nursing program. I wanted to know what the course loads were like, were there many tests, quizzes or more so a lot of papers.
I spoke with a student success advisor and the questions remained the same because I was doubtful and uncertain about my success in the program due to my struggles with my bachelor’s degree. I also had questions about the success rate of the program and what resources were available to the students to achieve success. I also wanted to know in their experience how did many people juggle working full time and going to school, was it better to start with one or two classes?
At this point so far, I would like to know what are some of the time management tools used to help balance school and work life? Does anyone plan on utilizing study groups throughout the program or is on line more of a solo, every man for themselves situation? I only ask because the last on line class I had; I was still on campus, so my on line class was made up of my in-person classmates. I also would like to know if anyone has worked in pediatrics in an acute care setting, besides the obvious and the weight-based medication is it much different from adults? I have not done pediatric nursing in the acute care setting but want to follow my passion of pediatrics and achieve success in the pediatric nurse practitioner program and would love any tips or pointers I could use in the future.
Many of our coworkers are concerned about writing as well. I’m worried about this because I’ve been out of school for a long time. We can improve our writing by making use of all of the resources available at Walden University, such as the writing center, library, and APA templates. “We hope to assist students in becoming better writers through our paper review service,” says the writing center. Rather than editing or “fixing” your work, we want to help you improve your writing abilities (n.d). By providing coaching and constructive criticism, the writing center will also assist us in becoming scholarly writers. As a result, you should not regard your writing style as unprofessional or inferior. Each of us expresses ourselves in a unique way through our work. Methods for Answering Questions Discussion
Yes, the American Nurses Association website does provide a wealth of information such as continuing education, journals, and even a career center. I haven’t visited the website in a long time. It’s incredible that we nurses don’t make use of the resources that are available to us. As I browsed the website, I came across a section called Capitol Beat. Very interesting article about the ANA’s involvement in the election and advocating for nurses to get involved: “Now, more than ever, is the time for nurses to engage, have a seat at the table, and make their voices heard, regardless of where they are from or who they support” (Davis, 2020). Discussion: Question-Answering Techniques
Davis, B. (2020, March 1). How you can engage in the election and the state of the race. Capital
Beat. Retrieved from https://anacapitolbeat.org/
Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Writing a paper. Our goal. Retrieved from
Main Question Post
I feel that a majority of my questions going into this class have been looked at during the first week of this course. I questioned if I would be able to attend school, work and continue to be a present mother, grandmother and wife. It seems like a lot to fit into one day. It was good to read, first week, that others had the same doubts and questions in our Facebook group. It made me very happy that I joined the group. The reading has also stated that being part of a social group with your peers is helpful in staying focused and using them as a resource. (Walden University, n.d.)
The American Nurses Association, ANA, has also produced a lot of links for me that will be useful throughout my career and through school that I was not aware existed. Am I the only one applying for every scholarship I can find to help pay for my schooling? It was great to find the scholarship area on ANA page in this weeks’ reading. (American Nurses Association, n.d.)