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My past has taught me that no matter the situation I will make it possible what seems to be impossible. Though the road might be rough having my little family for support and my professional associates to continue to encourage me during this transition in my life. As my experience grows, I look forward to one day transitioning into the expert level. It is important to understand your weakness so that you can use your strengths to minimize or manage your weak areas. Both my strengths and weaknesses require equal attentionbecause if I forget my strength it can turn into a point of weakness. My personal strengths that will get me through will be self-endurance, background experience, and continued optimism. The weaknesses that may hinder my path is my need to always be right. Though I know how to take constructive criticism and that is never an issue however it is when I feel like I no longer need that oversight that I feel most challenged. Advanced practice nursing is just the same, knowledge comes with time, however I must understand that there is always room for improvement and I will not always be right, and it doesn’t mean I am less for it. My focus and objective will be to provide high quality, safe and effective care no matter my personal feelings.Networking and Marketing StrategiesContrary to before when the objective was to find the hospital or facility that needed RN services. Becoming a nurse practitioner, the focus is now on number of clients or patients. Your patients are your everything and without the surge of patients the physicians that are currently caring for them would not need to reach out for help. Understanding this is what leads to great marketing. “Marketing is a way for you to get the message out about your product or service to those who are your potential and/or current clients. It is EVERYTHING you do to bring potentialpatients and clients into your business” (Phillips, 2009-2010, para. 1). My goal is to work in a
APN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN6family practice office under the care of the VA. Working in the Home health network I see the short coming of the VA and would like to be at ground zero making a difference one patient at a time. Going onto the Veteran Affairs website for job postings in my state is a good place to start. To ensure my name is out there I plan on looking into seeing if one of the VA clinics would take me as a intern for my practicum. There are also websites like Vista staff that is specifically for health care careers and includes a designated section for NP, that allow the specification of government employers. OnceI complete the courses I can create a portfolio to show my accomplishments and goals. This will allow my future employer the ability to see me for more than just my lack of NP experience but my will to learn and have the patients best interest at heart. “One strategy advanced practice nurses can utilize … is a well-prepared career portfolio. A good portfolio must be paired with an attitude of confidence and competence to ensure success” (DeNisco & Barker, 2015, p. 777).