discussion question

Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision for academic and professional success.

To Prepare:

Review the Walden and the School of Nursing (SON) mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this week’s Learning Resources.

Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.

Consider how the information in these resources fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.



Also consider academic and professional individuals and teams that you may collaborate with in support of your efforts as a student at the University and as a professional within your organization and career



My name is so ans so I have been a Registered Nurse (RN) for 7 years. Spent most of my early nursing career in the emergency room then moving on to critical care, post-anesthesia care unit, and now home health. Prior to becoming licensed as a RN I was a certified nurse aide for four years. I developed nursing knowledge and a solid platform of nursing foundations. With my history of making my way up the totem pole I am motivated to earn my Masters in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner.

My decision to choose Walden University was made solely based on my personal goals, vision, and home life balance needs. Through research I found Walden University to be most valuable and effective way to advance my career in Nursing. Walden stated in its vision, “immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good (Walden University, 2011a).” This directly aligns with my goal to be challenged and to have a wealth of knowledge so that I can accomplish a greater good not only for myself, but for my patients, and community. Walden enables scholar practitioners to “build connections with those who share similar goals (Walden University. 2011b)” providing a safety net and sense of security.

Walden’s MSN program outlines how to become a successful scholar-practitioner. The program shows how important it is to be “leaders in their field through scholarship, manage technology and information, and develop a lifelong commitment to learning (Walden University 2011c).” It is import to me that I am current in any technology and educational updates. It is reassuring to know that my higher learning institution also strives to have a lifelong commitment in teaching. Academically, I plan to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Walden and the MSN program.


Walden University. (2011a). Vision, Mission, and Goals. Retrieved January 8, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=153…

Walden University. (2011b). Connect to Walden. Retrieved January 8, 2019, from https://www.waldenu.edu/connect

Walden University. (2011c). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved January 8, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?ca…


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