NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE

NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE

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Inspired Choice

Throughout my nursing career, I have cared for adults and geriatric patients. I am currently in an administrative role and debated on focusing on Nurse Executive. I met with some nurse executives and weighed the pros and cons of our discussions. I decided on focusing my advancement on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP).

One of the reasons that drove my decision to the AGPC-NP program was that I love direct patient care. The role I currently hold, lacks direct patient-care.  I also love managing a team and helping transform each individual to their full potential. I felt that if I persuaded my advancement in AGPC-NP, I

NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE
NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE

would route my professional career to grow even further in the executive realm and continue my passion for direct patient care on NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE.

A professional organization I have found is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). They have an array of resources for nurse practitioners but also students. This was very appealing to me. It isn’t easy to find a professional organization supporting younger nursing generations (Cherry, Caramanica, Everett, Fennimore, & Scott, 2019). The accessibility of multiple resources with current health care issues in one platform is attractive.

Nurses should seek membership in organizations that best support their professional and personal goals (Echevarria, 2018). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners believes in the importance of patient-centered health care. Its mission is to empower every NP in advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership (AANP, 2021). To become a member of AANP, you must fill an application. There are different membership categories: Nurse practitioner, student, licensed NP student, career starter, retired NP, and associate non-NP member. I would highly recommend that my colleagues take some time to view the AANP. Member benefits started with free continuing education, unyielding advocacy, networking opportunities, journal subscriptions, and exclusive discounts (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021).

References

American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2021). Membership. https://www.aanp.org/membership

Cherry, B. , Caramanica, L. , Everett, L. Q. , Fennimore, L. & Scott, E. (2019). Leveraging the power of board leadership in professional nursing organizations. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49

(11), 517-519. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000805.

Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connections by joining a professional nursing organization. Nursing, 48 (12), 35-38. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000547721.84857.cb.

RE: Discussion – Week 10 Initial Post

Hi S,

I enjoyed reading your post. I have also joined the AANP, a professional nursing association, recently – although it took me awhile to decide which organization would best suit my professional needs. After considering others though, my final decision was to join the AANP. The free CE opportunities, conferences, advocacy resources, clinical care tools, and leadership development and management information would all make it worth it alone (American association of Nurse Practitioners, 2021), but the best part of it is the ability to network with other colleagues who I can share ideas and information about similar practices. That is what attracts me about it the most. The monthly fee is kind of inconvenient to add on to my other expenses right now, but the benefits I will reap will outweigh the cost in the future to come.

I applaud you on your choice of MSN program. I was debating on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-NP) or FNP.  We all know that many of our patients are Adult-Gerontology and there is a great need in order to meet the ever-growing demand of this group (Walden University, 2021). Thank you for sharing with us your well-written post.

NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE References:

Walden University (2021). Take the next step in your nursing career. Walden University. https://www.waldenu.edu/online-masters-programs/master-of-science-in-nursing

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2021). Membership. American Association of Nurse Practitionershttps://www.aanp.org/membership

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I worked on a gen/med floor in a level one trauma hospital when I started nursing.  It provided a good foundation for being a new nurse, but it was a slower-paced job than I was expecting.  Downtime has always been challenging for me, so I decided to change positions and become an intensive care nurse.  Here is where I found my passion for action, well, in a sense.  I felt a deep sense of accomplishment and had more confidence in my skills at the end of each shift.  And as I took on the position of charge nurse, I realized that I was good at being a leader. I enjoyed working in a high-intensity environment, and people responded well to me.  With this in mind, I decided to take things a step further in my career, so I applied to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program here at Walden.As an ICU travel nurse, technically a “COVID ICU travel nurse,” the workload has become more demanding in the past year and a half.  During this time, I couldn’t physically be with my family due to obvious reasons, which made coping alone difficult.  I also started noticing a feeling of being utterly drained of energy.  I was burned out!  According to research, health workers can encounter various psychological difficulties when working in high-pressure and high-risk situations, such as those associated with disasters and pandemics (Salamah, 2020).  So instead of taking the break I so desperately needed, I decided to head back to nursing school and keep that momentum of intensity going.  Unfortunately, distraction is a coping mechanism I have learned to master.  So it’s clear to say, here is where I’ve been struggling a bit with making a definite career choice.  Though I love taking care of patients and providing support to families, I started questioning whether or not working in a hospital setting as a nurse practitioner is what I wanted to do.  I knew I needed some guidance and clarity if I wanted to stay on the path of becoming an acute care NP.Being an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), I knew that I would find information to tackle my fatigue and learn new ways to plan for career advancement in the field I once loved.  In addition, AACN provides resources to assist nurses in prioritizing their well-being while providing substantial care to patients and their families.  For example, nurse leaders affiliated with the organization offer sessions on practical mindful activities to improve personal and organizational resilience during current challenging times in healthcare.  As a result, nurses will learn to implement strategic pauses and thoughtful moments into their workday (Bay, 2021).

There are several professional nursing organizations whose primary focus is on critical care nursing for nurses practicing in acute care, one being AACN.  The AACN has provided progressive and critical care nurses with world-class resources, education, and support for over 50 years and has over 130,000 members (AACN, 2021).  Listed below are some of the membership options for those who are interested in joining.  Membership fees can be found on the AACN website.

  • Active membership is open to any registered nurse licensed in the United States interested in critical care nursing and is in good standing with their state or territory’s licensing office.  Additionally, nurses who work in research, administration, education, medical-surgical, telemetry, progressive care units, home health, or any other healthcare agency are qualified (AACN, 2021).
  • Any LVN or LPN, non-nurse professional, or student working in these fields, as well as any healthcare consumer or member of the business or political community, is eligible.  However, affiliate members cannot vote, hold office, or serve on national or chapter committees (AACN, 2021).
  • Professional nurses who have an RN license in a country other than the United States are eligible. Membership includes all AACN privileges; however, all benefits, including a member card, are provided digitally (through email or the Web).  International members are not eligible to run for office or participate on national or chapter committees (AACN, 2021).
  • Any resident of the United States (or a non-citizen of the United States who resides inside the United States) enrolled in an accredited professional nursing program and is not currently licensed as a registered nurse is eligible.  Membership in the AACN entitles them to all AACN advantages.  However, student members cannot vote, hold office, or serve on national or chapter committees (AACN, 2021).

NURS 6003 Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties SAMPLE References

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. (2021). AACN Membership Types and Rates. https://www.aacn.org/membership/aacn-membership-types-and-rate

Bay, L. M. (2021). Mindfulness: Using Pause Principles to Enhance Your Nursing Practice. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. https://www.aacn.org/education/ce-activities/nti18396/mindfulness-using-pause-principles-to-enhance-your-nursing-practice.

Salamah, B. (2020). Exploring the mental health needs of intensive care unit nurses facing the pandemic of covid-19. ScholarWorks@UARK. https://scholarworks.uark.edu/nursstudent/13/.