Academic Success and Professional Development PlanPart 1: Developing an Academic and Professional NetworkWhen was the last time you read Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Several Steps in my Sickness—Meditation XVII?Unless you are a student of 17th-century poetry, you may not be all that familiar with this piece by author John Donne. However, you may be much more familiar with one of its well-known phrases: “No man is an island.”As you begin your journey toward achieving your academic and professional goals, you have a great opportunity to network with academics and professionals who can help ensure you do not travel alone. This network can help to clarify your own vision for success and can help guide you now and in the future. To paraphrase Donne, no one is an island.Begin creating an academic and professional network by identifying which academic and professional connections and resources you need to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.To Prepare:Consider individuals, departments, teams, and/or resources within Walden University and within your profession that you believe can support your academic and professional success.Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams to collaborate with to help you be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.Download the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.The Assignment:(I AM AN RN CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE PSYCH NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM I HAVE BEEN A NURSE SINCE 2011 MARRIED WITH 4 KIDS IN KANSAS) PLEASE ASK ME MORE QUESTIONS AS NEEDED. Academic and Professional NetworkComplete Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Be sure to address the following: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.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.
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NURS 6002: Foundations of
Graduate Study
Academic and Professional Success Plan Template
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This document is to be used for NURS 6002 Foundations of Graduate Study to
complete Assessments 1-6. Just as importantly the document serves to organize your
thoughts about planning for your academic and professional success.
For specific instructions see the weekly assessment details in the course, or ask your
instructor for further guidance.
Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network
I have identified and secured the participation of the following academic (at least two)
and professional (at least two) individuals and/or teams to form the basis of my network.
This network will help me to clarify my vision for success and will help guide me now
and in the 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:
Title:
Organization:
Academic or 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:
Notes:
NETWORK MEMBER 2
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Academic or 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:
Notes:
NETWORK MEMBER 3
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Academic or 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:
Notes:
NETWORK MEMBER 4
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Academic or 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:
Notes:
ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS
Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies
I have identified the following academic resources and/or strategies that can be applied
to success in the nursing practice in general or my specialty in particular.
Directions: In the space below Identify and describe at least three academic
resources or strategies that can be applied to the MSN program, and at least three
professional resources that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in
general or your specialty in particular. For each, explain how you intend to use these
resources, and how they might benefit you academically and professionally.
ACADEMIC RESOURCE/STRATEGY 1
ACADEMIC RESOURCE/STRATEGY 2
ACADEMIC RESOURCE/STRATEGY 3
PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE/STRATEGY 1
PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE/STRATEGY 2
PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE/STRATEGY 3
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/STRATEGIES
Week 3 | Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and
Professional Ethics
I have analyzed the relationship between academic integrity and writing, as well as the
relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics. I have also identified
strategies I intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of my academic work while
a student of the MSN program, as well as my professional work as a nurse throughout
my career. The results of these efforts are shared below.
Directions: In the space below craft your analysis/writing sample, including Part 1 (The
Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity) and Part 2 (Strategies for
Maintaining Integrity of Work).
Part 1: Writing Sample: The Connection Between Academic and Professional
Integrity
In the space below write a 2- 3-paragraph analysis that includes the following:





Explanation for the relationship between academic integrity and writing
Explanation for the relationship between professional practices and scholarly
ethics
Cite at least 2 resources that support your arguments, being sure to use proper
APA formatting.
Use Grammarly and SafeAssign to improve the product.
Explain how Grammarly, Safe Assign, and paraphrasing contributes to academic
integrity
PART 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work
Expand on your thoughts from Part 1 by:

Identifying and describing strategies you intend to pursue to maintain integrity
and ethics of your 1) academic work while a student of the MSN program, and 2)
professional work as a nurse throughout your career. Include a review of
resources and approaches you propose to use as a student and a professional.
Week 4 | Part 4: Research Analysis
I have identified one topic of interest for further study. I have researched and identified
one peer-reviewed research article focused on this topic and have analyzed this article.
The results of these efforts are shared below.
Directions: Complete Step 1 by using the table and subsequent space below identify
and analyze the research article you have selected. Complete Step 2 by summarizing in
2-3 paragraphs the results of your analysis using the space identified.
Step 1: Research Analysis
Complete the table below
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
Research Analysis
Matrix
Add more rows if
necessary
Limitations of
the Research
Relevancy to
Topic of Interest
Notes
Step 2: Summary of Analysis
Craft a summary (2-3 paragraph) below that includes the following:
• Describe your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research
• Identify at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in
finding peer-reviewed research
• Identify at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed
research
Week 5 | Part 5: Professional Development
I have developed a curriculum vitae to capture my academic and professional
accomplishments to date. I have also developed a statement identifying one or more
professional development goals, and a statement proposing how I might align one or
more of these professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social
change.
The results of my efforts are below.
Directions: Complete Step 1 by developing (or copying and pasting) a curriculum vitae
(CV) in the space provided. Complete Step 2 by completing a statement identifying your
professional development goals space identified. Complete Step 3 by writing a
statement proposing how you might align one or more of your professional development
goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.
Step 1: Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Use the space below to write your CV based on your current education and professional
background. Alternatively, you may write this in a separate document and copy/paste
the results below.
NOTE: If needed there are a variety of online resources available with tips and samples
of graduate nurse CVs.
Step 2: Professional Development Goals
Use the space below to write a statement identifying your professional development
goals.
Step 3: Alignment with Social Change
Use the space below to write a statement proposing how you might align one or more of
your professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.
Week 6 | Part 6: Finalizing the Plan
I have considered various options for my nursing specialty, including a close look at my
selected (or currently preferred) specialty and second-preferred specialty. I have also
developed a justification of my selected (or preferred) specialty. Lastly, I have examined
one professional organization related to my selected or preferred specialty and
considered how I can become a member of this organization.
The results of my efforts are below.
Directions: Complete Step 1 by writing 2-3 paragraphs in the space below comparing
the nursing specialty you have selected – or the one you prefer if your choice is still
under consideration – to your second preference. Identify each specialty and describe
the focus and the role that graduates are prepared for. Identify any other differentiators
you feel are significant, especially those that helped or may help you reach a decision.
Complete Step 2 by writing a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for
choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received
from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.
Complete Step 3 by examining and identifying one professional organization related to
your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this
organization.
Step 1: Comparison of Nursing Specialties
Use the space below to write 2-3 paragraphs comparing the nursing specialty you have
selected – or the one you prefer if your choice is still under consideration – to your
second preference. Identify each specialty and describe the focus and the role that
graduates are prepared for. Identify any other differentiators you feel are significant,
especially those that helped or may help you reach a decision.
Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty
Use the space below to write a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for
choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received
from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.
Step 3: Professional Organizations
Use the space below to identify and examine one professional organization related to
your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this
organization.
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