FUTURE NURSING PLANS
Inmy own view, nursing is more of a calling than a career. To be asuccessful nurse, I need to have commitment to caring for otherpeople and minimizing suffering at all times. However, beforestarting a career as a nurse, it is important to have short term andlong term career goals and stay committed to attaining these goals.These goals should be SMART. Additionally, basic and continuouseducation has an important influence on a nursing profession. Thereare many changes in a nurse behavior that are as a result ofundergraduate nursing course or professional courses and seminars inthe course of the nurse career (Potter et al, 2013).
Inthe first two years after completing my undergraduate nursing course,my goal is to get my nursing career on track by securing a stable jobin my preferred nursing field. Secondly, I will identify a mentor inthe nursing practice, who will act as a guide in my professionalcareer. Another important goal in the next two years is to have atleast three professional recommendation letters. Within five years, Iwill have matured in the nursing profession which will enable me makean informed decision on the most appropriate professionalassociation. In five years term, I will have joined at least threeprofessional organizations or associations. I also intend to attendat least five specific seminars in the next five years. Joiningprofessional organizations and associations as well as attendingseminars that are specific to my chosen field will be essential inensuring that I remain updated in the emerging trends in the nursingprofession. This will also promote my career growth and development.My most important goals, ten years after my undergraduate nursingprogram include advancing my course to masters’ level, becoming aspecialist and joining advanced practice as a nursing leader. Throughadvanced courses in nursing and experience, I aim at becoming aspecialized nurse in the next ten years. This will also enable megrow my career to the position of a nursing leader.
Aftergraduating with a RN-BSN, there are several changes in behavior thatare expected in a young nursing profession. There are several aspectsof caring that I have learned in college that will have an influencein my behaviors. The most important change in behavior is beingresponsible and detailed oriented when dealing with my clients. Inthe health care and nursing environment, there is professional ethicsand code of conduct that guide the profession. This is the mostimportant reference point of a professional nurse. Another change ofbehavior is the ability to balance emotions when dealing withclients. As a graduate nurse, I have learned how to demonstrateemotions especially empathy and compassion when dealing with patientsas well as their family members. It is the responsibility of a nurseto care for patients and their family during difficult experiencessuch as pain, suffering and death (Ellis, 2010).
Inconclusion, the transition period in the nursing profession where oneevolves from a nursing student to a nursing professional is veryimportant. Setting SMART goals, both short term and long term playsan important role in ones career. A long term learning processthroughout the nursing career is a basic aspect of the nursingprofession. This is because it has an influence on nursing behaviorand career growth.
Ellis,P. (2010). Evidence-basedpractice in nursing,Exeter, England: Learning Matters.
Potter,P et al. (2013). Fundamentalsof Nursing,ISBN 0323293964, Elsevier Health Sciences.