Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

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Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

You have probably seen one or more of the many inspirational posters about decisions. A visual such as a forked road or a street sign is typically pictured, along with a quote designed to inspire.

Often decisions are not so easily inspired. Perhaps you discovered this when choosing a specialty within the MSN program. This decision is a critical part of your plan for success, and you no doubt want to get it right. This is yet another area where your network can help, as well as other sources of information that can help you make an informed choice.

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RE: Discussion – Week 10

The current healthcare system is changing drastically towards the achievement of quality service provision (Graham, Waddell, Pachkowski, & Friesen, 2020). Nursing is at the center of this change, and as a result, I could not be left behind in advancing the nursing profession towards better healthcare services. Consequently, I have always wanted to understand the reasons behind the increasing number of mentally ill patients among both the adult and children population. As such, I decided to enroll in MSN informatics and planning to do psychiatry nursing practice. In the course of this program, my main objective is to adopt the necessary competencies and skills required to help in managing patients with mental disorders.

It was quite difficult choosing the most appropriate program to join given the huge number of alternatives. However, even as an undergraduate, I always spent more time in the psychiatry unit than any other department. Hence, it came to me quite early enough on what to specialize in while advancing my career in nursing. Although it takes quite a lot of dedication to meet all the academic requirements to become a psychiatric nursing practitioner, which I am prepared to take (Graham, Waddell, Pachkowski, & Friesen, 2020). Attaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing was a start, and now enrolling in a master’s program will even push me further towards my goals of becoming a psychiatric nursing practitioner.

I have always admired the role played by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) in advancing psychiatric mental health nursing for better provision of mental care services (Allen, 2016). Members of this body uphold empowering core values such as inclusivity, collegiality, innovation, integrity, stewardship, and transparency, which I am working on to achieve someday. Hence, I will employ all it takes to become a member of the APNA.

References

Graham, J. M., Waddell, C., Pachkowski, K., & Friesen, H. (January 01, 2020). Educating the Educators: Determining the Uniqueness of Psychiatric Nursing Practice to Inform Psychiatric Nurse Education. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41, 5, 395-403. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2019.1678081

Allen, D. E. (January 01, 2016). APNA Member Survey Results: Role of Psychiatric Nurses in Hospital Emergency Departments. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 22, 3, 245-7.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390316644325

To Prepare:

Reflect on your decision to pursue a specialty within the MSN program, including your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.
By Day 3

Post an explanation of your choice of a nursing specialty within the program. Describe any difficulties you had (or are having) in making your choice, and the factors that drove/are driving your decision. Identify at least one professional organization affiliated with your chosen specialty and provide details on becoming a member.

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Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

By Day 6

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, by sharing your thoughts on their specialty, supporting their choice or offering suggestions if they have yet to choose.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

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Week 6 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

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Week 6 Discussion

RE: Discussion – Week 10

In January 2019, I signed up for a volunteer experience that changed my thoughts and fired up the energy and the desire to make a difference in the community (Laureate Education, 2018). I volunteered with All Hands and Hearts as a smart response volunteer after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August 2017. As I spoke with residents of the neighborhood whose houses we were rebuilding, each of them had a unique story to share. They resonated with me. The community was very appreciative of our arrival. That was the first time I saw what natural disaster damage entailed. When I returned home, I debated going back to further my degree but was reluctant to open up books.

This year working during the pandemic in the ICU brought back similar energy and desire to change the norms healthcare is so comfortable with. I started looking into various programs, and WOW, there are many to choose from. I narrowed it down to MSN Nursing Informatics and MSN Public Health Nursing. I decided to pursue Public Health Nursing with hopes of working at the local or state level in the Preparedness Division. One of the professional organizations I joined is the Association of Public Health Nurses. Its backbone of practice is promoting and protecting populations’ health using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences (Weaver, 2019). To join now is relatively inexpensive as a student. It provides resources, information, and opportunities to enhance professional nursing practice and maintain competence (Gaines, 2019).

References

Gaines, K. (2019, October 11). You Should Join a Nursing Organization. Here’s Why. https://nurse.org/articles/benefits-of-nursing-organizations/.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Final Thoughts [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Weaver, J. (2019). What is a PHN? Association of Public Health Nurses. https://aphn.memberclicks.net/what-is-a-phn-.

Weaver, J. (2019). Membership FAQ. https://aphn.memberclicks.net/membership-faq.

RE: Discussion – Week 10 response 1

Barkha, I enjoyed reading your post and it warmed my heart that you went to help so many in need in Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit. Texas is my original home before moving to Maryland and I will always consider myself a Texan. My husband went down during Hurricane Katrina to Mississippi and helped rebuild and rescue citizens that were trapped and hearing his stories also resonated in me and even may have helped me to pursue my path in Public Health Nursing. I moonlighted in the ICU during COVID and I wish I could have had the experiences you talk about in your discussion but I was not afforded the opportunity to meet the families and most of the patients I worked with were intubated, but I felt the desire to help in so many ways. I think preparedness is key in controlling and mitigating natural and man-made disasters and helping people overcomes the challenges associated with them. Just as Cherry et al. (2019) described as nurses evolve, grow and develop, several factors emerge that influence their professional development including  education, mentors and coaches, experiences, and personal characteristics such as intelligence, honesty and integrity, we each have something to offer for the greater good. Your experiences helping with recovery efforts and working in the ICU has helped you to decide to pursue a career in Public Health just as mine have.

I read that you joined the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) and I took the opportunity to look it up. The APHN’s commitment to promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences is the backbone of PHN Practice according to the APHN (2019). This is key considering Public Health is more then just nursing, there are a multitude of organizations and collaborations that make public health successful.  I also found it interesting that APHN developed from another organization that had been around since 1935 and was originally part of an advisory group of state health department nurses, but has grown to incorporate nurses across the United States and territories ( APHN, 2019). I think this looks like a great organization to join and has a strong foundation for improving the quality of care that Public Health nurses deliver to the community.

References

Cherry, B., Caramanica, L, Everett, L. Q,, Fennimore, L., & Elaine, S. (2019) Leveraging the power of board leadership in professional nursing organizations. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49 (11), 517-519.

Association of Public Health Nurses. (2019). APHN’s Story. Retrieved November 2, 2020, from https://www.phnurse.org/aphn-s-story

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Name: NURS_6003_Module06_Week10_Discussion_Rubric

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Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.

Supported by at least three current, credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth.

Supported by at least three credible sources.

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s).

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed.

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Post is cited with two credible sources.

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately.

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria.

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module.

Contains only one or no credible sources.

Not written clearly or concisely.

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors.

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.
Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.
Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings.

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues.

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed.

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources.

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth.

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed.

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth.

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication.

Responses to faculty questions are missing.

No credible sources are cited.
Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
Name: NURS_6003_Module06_Week10_Discussion_Rubric

Name: NURS_6003_Module06_Week10_Discussion_Rubric

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. 

Supported by at least three current, credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. 

Supported by at least three credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s). 

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. 

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Post is cited with two credible sources. 

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately. 

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. 

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Contains only one or no credible sources. 

Not written clearly or concisely. 

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
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