Educators must be lifelong learners, and flexible enough to adapt curriculum and teaching methods in response to innovations in nursing science and ongoing changes in the practice environment” (Bartels, J., Jan. 2005). It is a role that Florence Nightingale, who is so ahead of her time, has envisioned for nurses so long ago. In one of her excerpts, she summarized: “Training is to teach a nurse her business, that is, to observe exactly, to understand, to know exactly, to do, to tell exactly, in such stupendous issues as life and death, health and disease. Training is to enable a nurse to act for the best in carrying out her orders, not as a machine but as a nurse; as an intelligent and responsible being”.
They have abilities to identify problems and work ... ... middle of paper ... ...for themselves, allowing them to be discharged earlier and more involved with their own care. Conclusion Nurses can continue to evolve into people who is not only a person who advocates for patients and is caring and empathetic, but those that can improve the quality of care that is required for the advancement of healthcare as a whole. Technology is at the forefront of innovation and the nurse of today plays an important role in not only learning how to best use technology but also how to teach and be the innovators of new technology to come. Nurses have evolved into these knowledge workers through increased education, increased use of evidence and participating in more than performing simple patient tasks. Successful organizations are allowing nurses to be a part of their growth and in return nurses are reaping the benefits of working for these organizations.
Committing myself to lifelong learning is my second goal. Nurses need to cultivate and internalize a passion for learning throughout their careers, which provides a foundation for excellence in practice. I would like to become a Critical Care nurse since I work as a Health Technician in the ICU at the VA Hospital –Madison. I love taking care of people at their sickest. The intensity of the care and challenges presented at the job excite and motivate me.
Nursing is a profession full of changes and growth, and nursing is seen to be a career with multiple opportunities in a variety of options, whether it be working in a physician office, hospital, an outpatient clinic or in a patient’s home. Obtaining a higher level of education in nursing, has a significant role in the outcome of our patients. This allows nurses to perform as primary care providers when pursuing a master’s degree, become more sufficient critical thinkers, allows significant changes in salary, a wide variety of different career options and be more involved in leadership. Obtaining a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree is important for an associate degree nurse to understand the effects it may have on their career,
Learning Strategies and Methods: A Reflection As I look back upon this course, and the RN-BSN completion program as a whole, I am reminded that this is a process. There will be challenges and victories. I feel that each is meant to teach me something during this journey toward furthering my nursing education. I have always thought that as nurse, it was important to keep current with evidence based research, but returning to the formal school setting was a big step. As stated by Hood (2010) “A professional nurse should expect to commit to a life of continuous learning, growth, and development” (p.30).
In addition, the support of my wife allows for a balanced work/home relationship. In closing, as the healthcare climate consistently changes across the United States, it is imperative that registered nurses understand the demand for superior knowledge and lifelong commitment to nursing. As nursing theory and practice expand, our role as leaders is to place a high priority on our commitment to educate and guide nurses, thus improving the lives of their patients through the support of transformational leadership. The Institute of Medicine’s recent report, The Future of Nursing – Leading Change, Advancing Health, specifically calls for nurses to advance and embrace leadership roles on all levels and fronts – from collaborative improvement to positive identification of areas facing challenges within the healthcare setting.
Nurses need a seat at the table to ensure they have a voice to influence and shape their future. Nursing is constantly evolving and changing, and employers continue to raise the bar for nursing. Nurses understand early in their career the importance of continuing education to enhance future career opportunities. Professional development relates to how nurses continue to broaden their knowledge, skills, and expertise throughout their career, therefore enhancing their professional practice. This advanced knowledge is not only career boosting, but also opens a seat at the table giving nurses the power to make decisions and effect changes.
Preceptor roles are vitally important in the orientation and support for student nurses in the professional nursing setting. The importance of preceptors is that the preceptors help student nurses learn skills, policies and procedures, know protocols, and learn the nursing practice, and become familiar with cultural diversity. The role and effective characteristics of a preceptor is to motivate and lead student nurses in bedside manner, confidence and positivity, and becoming familiar with a healthcare setting. The goal of a preceptor program is to give orientation that helps focus on a preceptor’s performance and ability to teach the student nurse with the organization’s culture, procedures, policies, and protocols. “A successful orientation
The demand for nurses, as well as the art of nursing, will always be a major topic when it comes to health care reform, trends, and advancement. Our field is always evolving for the betterment of our patients. Therefore, it is only logical that nurses evolve to keep up with their ever changing environment. Nurses are a vital component to the health care system and work hand in hand with physicians and other healthcare providers. Therefore, having nurses educated at higher levels, working to the fullest extent of their license, and taking on leadership roles are current trends to promote the betterment of the patients as well as make the transition from school to the work field seamless.
Completing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has been one of my goals after I graduated from my Associate Degree in Nursing, and I said one of my goals because my ultimate goal is to become an Advance Practice Registered Nurse. It is the first time I am taking classes online and all my efforts will be in turn this journey into a positive experience to achieve my goals. One of the biggest challenge is to overcome the lack of time between my family and my work, but it is essential for my career to achieve the Bachelor Degree in Nursing, as well as personal development. Although I have had experience as a student, as a nurse, and as a leader, I would like to have more challenging job opportunities in my future. From my college experience,