Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Academic and Professional Success Plan Template

Prepared by: xxx

This document is designed for use in NURS 6003 Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing to complete Assessments 1-6. Additionally, it serves to help organize your thoughts on planning for both academic and professional success.

1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

I have identified and engaged the participation of the following academic (at least two) and professional (at least two) individuals and/or teams to establish the foundation of my network. This network will assist in clarifying my vision for success and guide me in the present and future.

Directions: Complete the information below for each member of your network. For more than four entries, repeat the items below with details of your additional network member(s) in the ‘ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS’ section.

NETWORK MEMBER 1

  • Name: xxx
  • Title: Admissions Advisor
  • Organization: Walden University
  • Academic or Professional: Academic
  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: I chose xxx to support my success in the MSN program because he will assist me in selecting my specialty based on my passion. Brad will collaborate with me to define career goals, choose appropriate courses, and identify strengths essential for success in the MSN program.

NETWORK MEMBER 2

  • Name: xxx
  • Title: Student Success Advisor
  • Organization: Walden University
  • Academic or Professional: Academic
  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: xxx was chosen for his ability to research suitable programs that align with my goals. Ryan also aids students in selecting the right classes to complete the MSN program.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

  • Name: xxx
  • Title: Chief Nursing Officer/EVP
  • Organization: American Nurses Association
  • Academic or Professional: Professional
  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides opportunities for leadership development and building a professional network, which will help enhance my leadership skills.

NETWORK MEMBER 4

  • Name: xxx
  • Title: Executive Director
  • Organization: National League for Nursing
  • Academic or Professional: Professional
  • Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: The National League for Nursing (NLN) offers diverse benefits, including networking opportunities with renowned specialists and access to research scholarships. NLN’s initiatives contribute to the improvement of nursing practices and work environments.

Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Building an Academic and Professional Network

Introduction: As you embark on your journey towards achieving academic and professional goals, the opportunity to network with academics and professionals is invaluable. Building this network can clarify your vision for success and provide guidance for both current and future endeavors. In the words of John Donne, “No man is an island.”

Task: Commence the creation of your academic and professional network by identifying key connections and resources within Walden University and your profession. Recognize at least two academic and two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams that can support your success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

To Prepare:

  1. Consider individuals, departments, teams, and/or resources within Walden University and your profession that you believe can bolster your academic and professional success.
  2. Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams that might assist you in succeeding in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  3. Download the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

The Assignment: Academic and Professional Network

Part 1: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template

Complete the first part of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Address the following:

  1. Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  2. Explain why you selected these individuals and/or teams and how they will support your success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

Identify and describe the academic resources and strategies for success in nursing practice. Include at least three academic resources or strategies applicable to the MSN program and at least three professional resources applicable to success in nursing practice.

Academic Resources/Strategies:

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Professional Resources/Strategies:

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/STRATEGIES

Week 3 | Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics

Analyze the relationship between academic integrity, writing, professional practices, and scholarly ethics. Provide strategies for maintaining integrity in academic and professional work.

Part 1: Writing Sample – The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity

In 2-3 paragraphs, explain:

  • The relationship between academic integrity and writing.
  • The relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics.
  • Cite at least 2 resources using proper APA formatting.

Explain how Grammarly, SafeAssign, and paraphrasing contribute to academic integrity.

Part 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work

Expand on Part 1 by:

  • Identifying and describing strategies to maintain integrity in academic work as an MSN student.
  • Identifying and describing strategies for professional work as a nurse throughout your career.
  • Include a review of resources and approaches proposed for use as a student and professional.

Week 4 | Part 4: Research Analysis

Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Step 1: Research Analysis

Research Analysis Matrix

Topic of Interest:
Research Article: Include full citation in APA format, as well as link or search details (such as DOI)
Professional Practice Use: One or more professional practice uses of the theories/concepts presented in the article

Strengths of the Research

Limitations of the Research

Relevancy to Topic of Interest

Notes

Step 2: Summary of Analysis

In my approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research, I began by pinpointing a topic of interest and selecting a relevant research article. Two effective strategies I found were utilizing reputable databases and searching for articles with well-crafted keywords. Additionally, networking with academic professionals and leveraging institutional resources enhanced my research process. One valuable resource for future research is the university’s online library, offering a vast collection of peer-reviewed articles.

Week 5 | Part 5: Professional Development

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

[Compose your CV here based on your current education and professional background.]

Week 6 | Part 6: Finalizing the Plan

Step 1: Comparison of Nursing Specialties

In evaluating my preferred nursing specialty and my second preference, both are distinct yet fulfilling. The primary focus of [Preferred Specialty] lies in [description], preparing graduates for [roles]. On the other hand, [Second Preference] emphasizes [description] with roles focusing on [roles]. Differentiators include [significant differences], aiding my decision-making process.

Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty

My choice of [Preferred Specialty] is justified by [reasons], taking into account feedback from colleagues in the Discussion Forum. The alignment of my passion and skills with the specialty’s demands solidifies my decision, ensuring a fulfilling and impactful MSN journey.

Step 3: Professional Organizations

An important professional organization related to [Preferred Specialty] is [Organization]. To become a member, I will [explain the process], benefiting from networking opportunities, updates on industry trends, and access to valuable resources.

Reference

D’Antonio, P., & Lewenson, S. B. (2019). National league for nursing archive preservation project. The Research Journal of the National League for Nursing, 40(2), 129.

Fennimore, L., & Warshawsky, N. (2019). Graduate leadership education for nurse leaders — Needed now more than ever. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(7/8), 347-349.

Love, T. S., & Roy, K. R. (2017). Ten recommendations for a safer school year. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 77(1), 23.

Moore, J., Goodman, P., Selway, J., Hankins-Walsh, E., Merritt, J., & Dombrowski, J. (2017). SBIRT education for nurse practitioner students: Integration into an MSN program. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(12), 725-732 Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

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