Professional Development Plan3I started my nursing career in a cardiac surgery step-down unit. I will always be grateful for the knowledge and experience that I gained from that first nursing position. I was able to improve my time management, work flow, patient safety, assessment skills, education and communication on that unit. Two years in to my nursing career, I decided to start applying for positions in the field of women's health. That is when I began on the unit where I currently workwhich is labor and delivery. On this unit, nurses have a great deal of autonomy and a wonderful working relationship with our physicians. We participate in the plan of care for our patients, manage deliveries from beginning to end and circulate operating room cases. I currently hold a certification in basic life support (BLS) and neonatal resuscitation program (NRP). Prior to leaving the cardiac nursing field, I held a certification is advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). This year, I plan to achieve my RNC-OB which is a certification in in-patient obstetrics. During my professional career as I nurse, I have been a preceptor to students as well as nurses who are new to labor and delivery. I enjoy taking on this leadership role as it strengthens my skills as a nurse by ensuring that I remain current on all policies and procedures as well as any changes that may be implemented. Being in a leadership role allows me to attend decision making meetings and participate in research to implement change when needed. Professional GoalsMy goal for attending Walden University is to earn my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). With this degree and license topractice, I hope to gain the privilege of working in the field of women's health. My goal is to work in the office setting, helping women through their prenatal care and gynecological needs.
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