The Self-Directed Learning Plan (SDLP) serves as both a process and a document, capturing your achievements and learning journey throughout the MSN program and beyond, aligning them with your professional goals.

The SDLP aids in pinpointing the range of competencies necessary to attain your professional objectives, allowing you to structure your MSN learning experience to align with your career goals. This plan will constitute a section of your Program Portfolio, urging you to engage in introspection to identify strengths and areas for development relevant to your career objectives.

Anticipated Nursing Role:

Professional Goal (3-5 years) from now:

Knowledge that prepares a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Skills that prepare a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Accomplishments that prepare a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Strengths to Leverage:

Step 1: Effective individuals align their work with their natural strengths. Identify 3-5 key strengths (see Column 1 below); these could be competencies, skills, abilities, knowledge areas, or personal characteristics. Consider how you can leverage these strengths to be effective in your work, achieve your professional goals, and emerge as a leader in your profession.

Step 2: At the start of each course in your MSN program, respond to the following question using this template or a narrative format: What do you expect to learn in this course that will help you leverage your strengths? (See Column 2 below) Be specific; for example, assume that a strength is your analytical ability.

Step 3: Answer the following questions using this template or a narrative format: Did you learn what you expected to learn? (See Column 3 below) Were there unexpected insights or information that proved helpful? What changes or additions, if any, will you make to your SDLP based on learning in this course?

Step 1: Strengths to Leverage Step 2

Course Learning Goals Step 3: Course Outcomes & Assessment Strength 1 – Strength 2 – Strength 3 – Strength 4 – Strength 5 – Areas to Develop:

Step 1: Recognizing that we all have strengths and areas for improvement, especially concerning our career goals, identify 3-5 areas to develop (see Column 1 below). These areas could pertain to competencies, skills, abilities, knowledge, or personal characteristics. Consider strategies for improvement in these areas to reach your professional goals and emerge as a leader in your field.

Step 2: Outline what you anticipate learning in this course that will contribute to your development in the identified areas (see Column 2 below).

Step 3: Reflect on your learning experience using this template. Did you acquire the knowledge and insights you expected? Were there unexpected revelations that proved beneficial? Identify any modifications or additions you plan to make to your SDLP based on your learnings in this course.

Step 1: Areas to Develop Step 2: Course Learning Goals Step 3: Course Outcomes & Assessment Area 1 – Area 2 – Area 3 – Reflection:

What do you expect to learn in this course that will contribute to the achievement of your academic and professional goals?

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