Having a clear vision for the future, setting reasonable goals, and developing strategies for meeting those goals are important steps in ensuring control of one’s professional future. This assignment provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development through the creation of a one‐year and five‐year professional career plan in nursing.
COURSE OUTCOMES This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO # 1: Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing in managing the needs of humans as consumers of healthcare in a patient‐centered environment. (PO# 1)
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CO # 5: Explore the impact of professional standards, legislative issues, ethical principles, and values on professional nursing, using data to monitor outcomes and improve quality and safety. (PO# 5, 6)
DUE DATE Unless otherwise instructed by the faculty, this assignment is due to be submitted in the course drop box no later the 12 am (midnight) on the Sunday at the end of Unit 5. The College’s Late Assignment Policy applies to this activity.
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE 250 points
REQUIREMENTS In this assignment, the student will be producing a 4‐5 page essay that includes the following components: • Transition into the Professional Nursing Role: Identify actions to be considered in the transition
from student to BSN graduate nurse including: o Identify the state in which the student is seeking employment. o Detail a minimum of three (3) criteria set forth by the Board of Nursing for obtaining an RN
license in that state. o Conduct a new BSN graduate job search in a 30 mile radius of where the student lives or
plans to relocate. Provide the details of what is required to submit an application for hire for the top
two choices of employment. • Holistic Life Balance: Provide a description of the ways in which the student intends to maintain
holistic balance in their personal life as well as in the role of professional nurse within the first year and at five years.
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• Stressors and Challenges: Identify known stressors and anticipated challenges as well as plans for managing each of them within the first year and at five years.
• Lifelong Learning: Determine a plan for lifelong learning and educational development anticipated within the first year and at five years.
o This plan can include, but is not limited to, specialty certification, advanced nursing education, and the pursuit of formal education outside of the nursing discipline.
• Professional Contributions: Summarize plans for contributing to at least one professional nursing community as well as the student’s general community in the healthcare professional role within the first year and at five years
• Scholarly Resources: o A minimum of three (3) peer‐reviewed scholarly sources are required in support of this
assignment. o A minimum of one (1) professional nursing organization website or Board of Nursing website is
required in support of this assignment.
PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT • Maximum of 4‐5 pages includ