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Professional Development Plan Deborah Rafferty American Sentinel University Capstone BSN 499 Professor Victoria Brahe September 16, 2012

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN Professional Development Plan After completing my BSN, I would like to continue on to receive my MSN in either Informatics or Education. Since I have enjoyed my online experience with American Sentinel University, I will continue with an online program. Informatics is an integration of science and


practice for the nursing profession together so that communication can be universally understood (The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), 2012). I can still teach clinical with my MSN in Informatics, and I can pursue a job in Informatics as well. I hope to complete my MSN within the next two years. My passion is shaping the minds of student nurses in a hospital setting. I have taught in the clinical setting in the past and will pursue it again upon the completion of my BSN. In order for student nurses to put their learned theory into practice they need to have a great clinical experience. My goal for the students is to have a great learning experience where they are treated with respect and have great opportunities to communicate their learning needs with the nursing staff (Twentyman et al., 2006). In order to be a great nursing instructor one must possess good characteristics such as, friendly, supportive, encouraging, confident, helpful, available, welcoming, and resourceful (Twentyman et al., 2006). These characteristics are what I pride myself on having so that I may have a positive professional impact on my nursing students. I want the students to feel that they are being taught by a confident knowledgeable teacher that knows when to refer to her resources. It is also important to maintain a great relationship with the nursing staff so that they are also good roll models by having positive attitudes towards the students as well as the nursing profession. Students identify with the nursing staff and if the staff is negative, unprofessional,

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN unethical or inappropriate it can be a horrible experience for the students and lead to a negative impact on their learning (Twentyman et al., 2006). Another professional attribute I have is the relationships I build everyday with my


patients. I am able to be compassionate, caring and respectful to a culturally diverse community. Having the natural ability to make someone laugh and to be at ease comes naturally to me. I am passionate about my job and it shines through in my interactions with patients as well as coworkers. In the words from one of my patients, my “professionalism, expertise, and exceptional bedside manner” made her “transition into parenthood (both times) a memorable one filled with smiles and optimism” (Misener, 2012, p. 1). I keep in contact with some of my patients through social networks, emails or texting. Seeing the babies grow up that I have assisted in bringing into this world is a wonderful and gratifying gift. Given that I am a labor and delivery room nurse the professional organization I would like to join within the next year would be AWHONN, the Association of Woman’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Their mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns (AWHONN Website, 2012). Our nurse educator brings in her AWHONN magazines for the staff to read, which is very helpful to us. The reason I would join this organization is to have a voice about policies that will directly impact my line of work. When I recently reviewed the Code of Ethics for Nursing, I came across provision number nine which says “The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, from maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy” (The American Nurses Association, Inc [ANA], 2001, p. 2). I realized that I have no voice because I do not belong to a professional organization. This association’s benefits are having evidence-based information available at your fingertips, they

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN have a magazine with scholarly articles, the ability to earn CEUs and first and foremost the ability to learn how to participate in health policy issues (AWHONN Website, 2012). I have enjoyed my 23 year career and hope to continue for another 20 or so years. I have my mother to thank because she encouraged me to follow in her foot steps and I am excited to have my twin girls join the medical profession. Healthcare is a great place to work and I encourage it.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN References AWHONN Website. (2012). Misener, F. (2012, September 5). [Letter to Rose Amato]. Copy in possession of Debi Rafferty. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). (2012). The American Nurses Association, Inc. (2001). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Retrieved from

5 ses/Code-of-Ethics.pdf Twentyman, M., Eaton, E., & Henderson, A. (2006, April 4). Enhancing support for nursing students in the clinical setting. Nursing Times, 102(14), 35. Retrieved from