Preparing for Professional Transitions

Week 1 – Discussion
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Preparing for Professional Transitions
Consider the following scenario:
Marcus recalls the beginning of his career when he started as a nurse at Grand View Hospital. He had heard the organization was soliciting proposals from various companies so they could weigh the pros and cons associated with adopting a new health information technology system. He has been curious about the request for proposal (RFP) process ever since. Now as he looks forward to new professional opportunities he would like to ensure that he develops the skills and expertise needed to formulate an RFP.
What are your professional aims? How can you apply what you have learned in your coursework to your practicum setting? How will you leverage your experiences in the practicum to facilitate your development as a nurse leader-manager or informaticist?
In this Discussion you reflect on your aspirations and consider the transitions that may be required to achieve them. You identify professional development objectives and evaluate opportunities for achieving them through your experiences in the practicum.
By 02/28/2017 post a minimum of 550 words in APA format and least 3 references from the list provided below. Apply the level one headings as numbered below:
1) An explanation of your professional aspirations and how you intend to use the Practicum Experience to promote career change and/or enhance your performance.
2) Describe at least one objective to facilitate your professional growth and explain the steps you could take to achieve the objective(s) during your Practicum Experience. Support your response with examples from the literature.
Required Readings
Cipriano P. F. & Murphy J. (2011). The future of nursing and health IT: The quality elixir. Nursing Economic$ 29(5) 286289.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Technology tools will continue to revolutionize how we plan deliver document review evaluate and derive the evidence about care (p. 289). This article examines how nurses can use information technology to transform nursing and redesign the health care system. It focuses on the use of technology to promote quality and notes that technology can also be used to address challenges in education research leadership and policy.
McKimm J. & Swanwick T. (2009). Setting learning objectives. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 70(7) 406409.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article clarifies the terminology associated with learning objectives and explains how learning objectives relate to professional development and the transformation from novice to expert. It also introduces common pitfalls when setting learning objectives and provides suggestions for avoiding them.
Murphy J. (2011). The nursing informatics workforce: Who are they and what do they do? Nursing Economic$ 29(3) 150153.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
The author examines the nursing informatics workforce explaining that professionals in this well-established specialty area can play an integral role in transforming health care.
Srensen E. E. Delmar C. & Pedersen B. D. (2011). Leading nurses in dire straits: Head nurses’ navigation between nursing and leadership roles. Journal of Nursing Management 19(4) 421430.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Successful nursing leaders navigate between nursing and leadership roles while nourishing a double identity (p. 421). In this article the authors examine how individuals in key professional roles negotiate between and apply nursing and leadership skills.
Warm D. & Thomas B. (2011). A review of the effectiveness of the clinical informaticist role. Nursing Standard 25(44) 3538.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
The authors investigate the application of specialized knowledge and expertise to facilitate the appropriate use of emerging technologies in clinical settings. They argue for informaticists involvement in strategic development and delivery of information management and technology initiatives to promote patient-centered outcomes.
Wilkinson J. E. Nutley S. M. & Davies H. T. O. (2011). An exploration of the roles of nurse managers in evidence-based practice implementation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing 8(4) 236246.Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this article the authors examine the role nurse managers should play in leading and facilitating evidence-based practice.
Armstrong P. (2013). Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from
Vanderbilt University provides this overview of Blooms taxonomy. This site also presents the original and updated versions of the taxonomy along with verb suggestions for each level.
Clark D. (2013). Blooms taxonomy of learning domains. Retrieved from
This article addresses three domains of learning: cognitive affective and psychomotor.
University of Central Florida Office of Experiential Learning (n.d.). Writing SMART learning objectives Retrieved from
This blog post focuses on the distinction between learning outcomes and objectives. Consider this information as you develop your practicum professional development objectives this week.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center for Teaching & Learning. (2013). Writing objectives using Bloom’s taxonomy. Retrieved from
This resource outlines elements of Blooms Taxonomy.
Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Professional behavior in the practicum setting [Interactive media]. Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this audio presentation Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses topics that demonstrate professional behavior in the practicum setting such as dressing professionally punctuality and communication.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2012b). Professional best practices [Interactive media]. Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this audio segment Dr. Jeanne Morrison provides an overview of best practices and tips for students engaged in the Practicum Experience. She discusses what activities are included in practicum hours the importance of staying in touch with your Preceptor and strategies for dealing with stress.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2012c). Professionalism and the practicum experience [Interactive media]. Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
What is the Practicum Experience all about? What are the roles of the Faculty Member and the Preceptor? In this media presentation Dr. Jeanne Morrison discusses these and other critical aspects of the Practicum Experience. She also provides an overview of the professional demeanor expected of all students throughout the Practicum Experience.

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