Career PlanningI have many aspirations for my career. The challenge I face is when they conflict with mypersonal goals. In the self-assessment, I scored high in “knowing my role”—understanding what is expected of me within my position and how it relates to my professional scope of practice. Where I feel weaker in was “knowing my future” and positioning myself to get there (NMLP, 2008). While I am not completely directionless and without a plan in regard to the future of my career, I have yet to definitively chose on a specific course of action. My family is my priority, and thus my career goals and the education will always come second to my family. Despite this, Ido still plan to further career and obtain at least a master’s degree. I have narrowed down my interests to two different focuses, and thus have not chosen a study program as each option is in adifferent specialty. Regardless of my final regarding a specialty, I will be addressing the needs in healthcare as it is my goal to become an advanced practice nurse serving to my fullest capacity. Personal Journey DisciplinesSome leadership skills are learned, and others come naturally. Certain qualities such as integrity and trustworthiness are essential qualities of a good leader, while other skills such as management strategies are learned through education and experience. In the self-assessment I scored lowest on “shared leadership/council management” (NMLP, 2008). This is not because I do not have the ability to promote shared leadership, but because I do not possess the opportunities to exercise and strengthen this skill in my current position. I am still a relatively inexperienced registered nurse, and therefore my opportunities for leadership have been minimal
4LEADERSHIP SKILLSat best. The self-assessment did show that I am strong in “action learning” and “reflective practices” (NMLP, 2008). Problem-solving is a key quality of any nurse and is utilized in many different settings. In addition to this skill, reflection is another necessary skill— especially if an individual is aiming for improvement. No one is perfect and the betterment of ourselves and anyone associated with us requires this reflective process to devise a plan for improvement.
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