NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies For Addressing Questions

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies For Addressing Questions

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies For Addressing Questions

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I had a lot of questions and feelings as a new RN graduate going into a master’s level degree about whether I should undertake such a difficult program. On the other side, attending Walden University and finishing the undergraduate component of my curriculum has been a simple transition. Taking this course as my first master’s level course has unfortunately heightened my queries and concerns. My greatest fear was how different the expectations would be and whether the same level of assistance would be accessible. I also pondered if I had the resources provided in this week’s video to pursue my lifetime goal of becoming a PMHNP.

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies For Addressing Questions

I had to do a great deal of personal reflection before I embarked on the non-traditional learning environment within Walden University. Before enrolling, I needed to be deliberate in my decision to further my educational pursuits, while accepting responsibility not only for my learning, but the overall impact this journey would have on my life and my family. I needed to develop a plan that would help me align my professional and educational goals along with my personal responsibilities while maintaining motivation and a growth mindset.

Learning Methodologies

In order to prepare for my studies at Walden, I first had to delve deep into my personal learning style. If I could understand how I learned, I would have a better chance of succeeding in my academic endeavors. What I discovered is that I prefer active learning, or learning by doing, which is similar to traditional learning. According to Kauffman (2015, p. 8), these learning preferences had no effect on success. Although I believe I have adapted to online learning, the question of whether I have the knowledge and skills to perform in the real world of informatics without having had hands-on experience throughout my degree remains unanswered. Do you think it’s more difficult to learn technical skills without hands-on application experience? If this is the case, how will you ensure that you retain this knowledge for use during your practicum? I believe we are being given a wealth of information, and I am concerned that not all of it will be retained when the time comes.

Time Management Strategy

One of the benefits of online learning is the flexibility, but with flexibility one must have self-discipline. “Integrating online learning into your already busy schedule can be difficult” (Laureate Education, 2018, p.2). I realized that even though online learning does provide me with the flexibility I needed, it does not teach me time management. Time management is more than scheduling a set time to study. since we all have busy lifestyles, we must take into consideration internal and external factors that will impact this schedule. I realize that I must also balance my discipline with flexibility to be successful. I have learned from past experiences that not allowing flexibility into my plan can be counterproductive to my progress. What are some time management strategies that have been effective for you?

There is a quote written by Online College (2020) “You get out of it what you put into it“. This will be my mantra as I push forward, whether tapping into resources from Walden or networking to obtain needed information to achieve in my educational goals. In truth, it is a solid mantra to apply in every aspect of my life.

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies For Addressing Questions

R, I enjoyed reading your post and I do agree with you that active learning is my stronger area as well. I was intrigued to read however, “online learning can be as effective as traditional classroom learning even if learning style preferences vary” (Kauffman, 2015). Adaptation to online learning seems to be the key for most people to be successful in this environment, however I also agree with you that the challenges of learning informatics in this setting could pose some difficulties. In a study by DeBourgh (2004) nurses have been accustomed to face-to -face, didactic learning environments, I think that is essential for any technical skill. To be successful, we need to be both book knowledgeable and didactic knowledgeable.

One of the nice things about this type of platform according to Walden is “online learning is flexible in that you may participate and work on assignments at any hour convenient to you. However, your online courses will have specific due dates each week…for submitting written assignments” (Laureate Education, 2018). I think this is imperative for the success of an online student. This will help each of us to still develop good time management skills and still afford us flexibility to be, wife, mother, nurse, friend and have time for our own sanity. Good luck with everything and I applaud you for wanting to do informatics, computers and IT is not my thing. Thank you for wanting to do that.


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RE: Discussion – Week 2

I’m thankful that I’ve always been versatile when it comes to learning styles. You will thrive during practicum as an active learner. In regards to learning styles, Deale (2019) stated that ” it’s hard to argue that attention to how students prefer to learn is not important since students make choices about where they wish to learn (in terms of the institutions they choose and the programs they select), about how they study, and about how their needs or desires with regard to learning can best be met (p.1) (p.1). Similarly to you, Walden was the finest fit for my life. We are only in week two, and we are still combining our particular learning styles with the program. It is an adjustment that I believe everyone is making, no matter how they feel they learn best.

As far as time management, I would just make sure you allow yourself time to break away. Every week, I make sure I read all criteria for assignments, conversations, and the due dates. I may not get started on anything straight away, but typically I spend days doing homework. It’s not uncommon for me to just close my laptop and walk away. We are all professionals, we have duties outside of school, and its necessary to factor in time for these unanticipated circumstances which brings me to my second point; try to avoid procrastinating at all costs. Procrastination is a significant problem is viewed by students, instructors, and academic support professionals alike as an imminent threat to a students academic progress (2019). (2019). On-line learning is a reason in itself there could be power outages, software malfunction, or a number of other reasons that you not be able to submit your assignments on time. You’ve made an investment in yourself going back to school, preserve your investment.

How many classes are you taking? The incorrect scheduling of numerous courses may impact student engagement and learning performance… (He, Dong, Zheng, & Lin, 2019). If time management is something that bothers you I would start with the minimum and work my way up. I know we all want to finish as soon as possible, but if you overburden yourself before you solve your issues with time-managemnt you may do more harm than good. Like I said previously, give yourself time to acclimatize to your new life and schedule. Give relatives and friends and “heads up” about your new reality, build up your support system, take a big breath, and take it one module at a time.


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Korstange, R., Craig, M., & Duncan, M. D. (2019). Understanding and Addressing Student Procrastination in College. Learning Assistance Review (TLAR)24(2), 57–70.

Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

Academic and professional resources are essential in processing and understanding skills acquired in the MSN program. Importantly, the strategies used in academics are important as they facilitate the degree of understanding of the learner and development of an environment for better knowledge acquisition (Bradshaw, 2017). On their part, professional resources or strategies enable learners in MSN programs to establish and nurture a credible and reliable network that allows them to develop personally and professionally after complete their program. As such, the following academic and professional development resources or strategies will be important in this MSN program.



Academic Resource/Strategy 1: Academic Mentorship

Academic mentorship is the first resource that I will use while undertaking the MSN program. Mentorship denotes the process of nurturing that entails learning from more experienced professionals and organizations to attain the necessary knowledge. The MSN program at Walden is conducted through mentorship programs by the enrolment advisor’s office. Based on the program, the university arranges for professional networking that I will use to derive both knowledge and skills from more experienced nursing practitioners. The academic coaches will enable me to acquire and learn skills while at the institution.

Academic Resource/Strategy 2: Library

The library is the second resource that I will use for academic learning at this institution. Walden University’s central library provides learners access to relevant books, articles and journals. The library’s central database is accessible from any part of the institution and has different databases relevant to advanced nursing education. Furthermore, students can remotely access the library and get an avenue to conduct detailed research and acquire more knowledge (Bradshaw, 2017). The library has resource individuals like the librarian who can guide students on how to research and access critical information for the MSN program.