scale, I may look to the Florida Association for Nurse Practitioners. The Florida Association for Nurse Practitioners seems to support advocacy for the nurse practitioner and education as well. They require a membership in order to access important benefits of the group. There is no clearly defined mission statement for this organization, however there are job opportunities listed on their website as well. To take networking even further, I would look to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. We are all very familiar with this organization as it provides the road map for all advanced practice nurse educational programs. Again their requirements include membership but they provide a vast amount of support and information including job opportunities. There are almost endless opportunities for advanced practice nurses to network, whether it be through their current place of employment or a supportive professional organization. Successful networking is a byproduct of beneficial interactions between individuals or a groups, either in person or over the internet (Goolsby & Knestrick, 2017).
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT PLAN 5 In order to be successful at networking and marketing Goolsby and Knestrick (2017) recommend planning, communication, and completing some type of follow up. Triffin (2014) relates that during the planning stage, we should take into consideration the goals we hope to achieve in our career and then we should make a list of people who could be helpful in achieving them. By being strategic, we reach our goals in a more efficient manner. Communication is the simplest of the stages as it is easier to complete in the age of technology that we live in. We can become involved or connected by joining meetings or other group activities that the identified persons may be attending in order to make the connection. Communication can also be completed by calling on the telephone, emailing, or even by using social media. After contact the initial contact with a person you wish to network with is complete, a follow up must be made a priority. The act of a simple note or email as a follow up can do so much to strengthen and nurture the relationship that was just formed (Goolsby & Knestrick, 2017). Conclusion In the end, I have learned the importance of having a professional development plan. Without directions how will you know where to go? This professional development plan allowed me review the duties I am to fulfill under the role of family nurse practitioner, identify my strengths and weaknesses going into this new role, and create a layout for networking so that I can foster relationships that aid in my career growth. I have taken away vital knowledge that will benefit me in my primary care role.
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- Fall '15
- Nursing, Registered nurse