Personal Assessment Before a new NP enters the workforce heshe will need to

Personal assessment before a new np enters the

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Personal Assessment Before a new NP enters the workforce, he/she will need to perform a thorough personal assessment to determine their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and objectives. This type of assessment requires deep self-evaluation. Self-evaluation helps organize the above stated areas so that potential employers can have insight into the potential employee’s accomplishments, objectives, and personal evaluation. Constructing a personal assessment allows the NP to explore their interests, passions, and explore what area or specialty would be their best fit. Strengths In order to care for others, one must first know who they are and what they stand for. Identifying strengths is a main component of that understanding. Having solid communication is essential in any career, especially a career as a NP. Listening and speaking are the most important aspects when caring for a patient. Valuable information must be retrieved from the patient. The information heard helps develop the patient’s diagnoses, plan of care, and treatment. The message that is transmitted to the patient is as equally important. The patients understanding of
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4 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN the intended message affects the way they will care for themselves. This includes how they will comply with treatments, follow up, and lifestyle changes. Every decision made in the medical field can have extensive consequences. The NP must pay great attention to detail. This includes all aspects of care, from reviewing a patient’s chart to ordering the correct medication. In this field errors have great repercussions. Paying attention to details can mean the difference between life and death. Weaknesses Ralph Waldo Emerson put it best, “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses” (Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes, 2016). While everyone has their strengths, everyone also has subsequent weaknesses. Weaknesses can be improved upon until they are no longer considered as such. The biggest weakness that the newly trained NP will have is that they will again be at the novice level of their career. According to Benner’s Stages of Clinical Competence, one who is a novice lacks confidence and practice can be prolonged (Benner’s stages of Clinical Competence, 2011). However so, this will not always be the case. The new NP will become more confident in their role and should quickly learn the ropes. As time goes by, the NP will work their way through the various levels of Benner’s Stages of Clinical Competence. As the career of the NP grows, these traits will be continually evolving. An identified weakness in newly trained NP’s is the need to want to complete all tasks themselves. This sounds good in theory, but it is not how today’s healthcare system is designed. Certain tasks should be delegated to assistive personal such as, medical assistants, phlebotomists, and other interdisciplinary team members. Allowing others to participate in patient care allows the NP to spend more time face to face with patients and further enhances the patient experience.
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  • Fall '15
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  • Nursing, Registered nurse, Healthcare occupations

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