Academic and Professional Success Plan Template Prepared by: Tracey Epperson Puckett NURS 6002: Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing
Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network I wish I could say that I have always known I wanted to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) but that is not the case. I graduated from an associate degree in nursing (ADN) in 2009 and went straight into emergency medicine. I just knew that was where my heart was and that I would work here while I furthered my career by pursuing my BSN then masters in general nurse practitioner so I could continue to work in this environment as a mid- level provider. As time went on realized that while I loved my job and the skills I was allowed to do each day along with the making a difference in the patients’ lives burn out was real. Having been in the same department for the last ten years I had started to dread going to work and dealing with the everyday hustle and bustle of the ER. This is when I began researching and considering other options out there. I have truly never considered PMHNP until the last year or so. I started noticing the lack of education and help that is offered to those who are in need of mental health evaluations, treatments and counseling. It bothered me that so many people are taught to take care of their physical beings but not the mental aspect of their body. In my opinion there should be a balance between our physical and emotional states. Being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I will work to emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship between patient and provider and making positive behavioral changes and giving them access to proper treatment, counseling and medications if needed (Bickford, 2014). Walden University has many goals but the one that stood out to me the most is the goal to produce scholarly practitioners that can bring about positive social change (Walden, 2019, para 2). This falls right in line with my personal goal of helping to promote and educate the population on mental health awareness and to provide information on what all is available to us as individuals to make beneficial changes for ourselves or those in need. The mission statement
of Walden University also falls right in line with this statement as Walden University is providing us with the opportunity to change our train of thought from a registered nurse to a provider that can bring about positive change in society (Walden University, 2019, para 2). Following this introduction of myself and my goals you will find the four people that I plan on including in my network that I feel will provide me with support, encouragement and direction while reaching my aspirations of becoming a PMHNP. Having a network, or support system, is imperative and a crucial part of any nursing career because it helps us with advancing ourselves and working towards the job or position we are striving for while being on this path towards our masters (Wofford, 2019).
- Winter '19