Notes: As clinical educator, Norma has the ability to register nurses for competency courses that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
NETWORK MEMBER 3 Name: Ebony Stringer Title: Academic Advisor Organization: Walden University Academic or Professional: Academic Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: As my academic advisor, Ebony will play an integral role in supporting my success throughout this program. She will be the one to guide me through my academic journey. My academic advisor will let me know which courses I need to complete. She will also let me know if I am on track, and if not, inform me of things I can do to get there. More than anything, my academic advisor will act as my guide throughout this MSN program. Notes: It is important to contact your academic advisor early in your academic career if you truly wish to utilize their services to the fullest extent. This means familiarizing yourself with their contact information and scheduling appointments.
NETWORK MEMBER 4 Name: Julie James Title: Liaison Librarian to the College of Health Sciences Organization: Walden University Academic or Professional: Academic Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: One of the major aspects of advanced practice nursing is research. Though I’ve completed some research papers in the past, it is not a strong suit of mine. For this reason, I believe that having the liaison librarian to the College of Health Sciences as a member of my support team would be extremely beneficial. Over the next few years, I am unsure how many research papers I will have to complete, but I do know that at some point, maybe more often than not, I will need some type of assistance. Julie will be able to guide me toward the type of research material that would best suit the given assignment. She can also help be distinguish between scholarly, peer- reviewed articles and those that are not. Notes: Walden University’s library page has a section dedicated to research. From there, you can specify your department. From there, your can further specify the type of research paper that you are writing and the types of articles you are looking for. The system will then guide you to the articles or database that best meets your needs. ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS Walden University MSN Social Network Groups (Facebook) I chose to include the MSN social network groups because I believe that my fellow students have a better understanding of exactly what I will be going through. There may be times when I need some clarification or a different perspective and I believe that connecting with other students will provide that.
Nursing Associations Nursing associations also provide a great support system for nurses, both in the academic arena and in their nursing practice. Nursing organizations provide networking opportunities, as well as educational resources. (Echevarria, I. 2018). Many hold social events which are great for networking, and recruitment events which can help with job placement.
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