The conversion from RN to APRN will be difficult as is anything new Taking

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The conversion from RN to APRN will be difficult, as is anything new. Taking myself out of my element of comfort and diving into a pool of unfamiliarity and inexperience will be challenging
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 5 yet rewarding at the same time. “The transition from registered nurse (RN) to nurse practitioner (NP) can be a significant adjustment in an individual’s career. The transition is rarely easy, and even during the most positive of experiences it can be stressful” (Barnes, 2015, para. 1) Upon completing “Role Self-Assessment Using Benner's Novice to Expert Model,” it is evident that I will be a novice practitioner for the first 3-6 months. With no experience and little confidence, it will be difficult to demonstrate safe practice. The understanding of continued instruction and gradual independence will come with time ("Patricia Benner Novice to Expert," 2016). Going from RN to novice APN can be astonishing. “Transition shock, described as “disorienting, confusing, and doubt-ridden chaos,” often follows graduation and entry into the NP workforce because of the gap between what was learned in school and what is needed for successful practice” (Fitzpatrick & Gripshover, 2016, para. 4). As I continue my journey down the NP pathway I will become more confident in my new role. I will become more capable, experienced and proficient. I will move into the advance beginner stage. I will be able to use previous experience to guide me through daily situations. During the novice and advanced beginner stage, I will look at my goals and push through. Knowing the impact, I will have on many lives throughout my career is what will continue to drive me. Over the years, throughout all the stressful situations I have endeavored, I always pull through. Undergoing this role change will be tough, but turning to family, friends and professional counterparts to encourage my continued growth throughout this daunting challenge. As my experience grows, I will become a competent nurse moving toward proficient and someday I will be an expert. I will then no longer rely on picking up the pieces, I will be able to see the whole picture, gaining more and more perspective on the situation at hand ("Patricia Benner Novice to Expert," 2016). “The levels reflect movement from reliance on past principles
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APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 6 to the use of past experience and change in the perception of the situation as a complete whole with certain relevant parts. Each step builds on the previous step as principles are refined and expanded by experience and clinical expertise” ("Patricia Benner Novice to Expert," 2016, para. 9). Reflecting on personal strengths and weaknesses, it is imperative to understand both. Fixating on weaknesses despite overlooking our strengths can be a basis of discouragement and failure, whereas focusing only on our strengths while snubbing weaknesses can be equally wasteful. When we can provide equal weight to our strong points and faults, we can realize our true potential. Focusing on strengths and weaknesses is never easy, but believing in yourself,
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