Professional Progress Summary

Professional Progress Summary

NURS 431- Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Purpose of Assignment

            The purpose of this paper is to address the student’s attainment of all eight behaviors and/or competencies that are specific outcomes of the program including: critical thinking, nursing practice, communication, teaching, research, leadership, professionalism, and culture.

Student Approach to Assignment

            This paper summarized my progress in the eight core curriculum objectives through the nursing program. It demonstrated my progress from the beginning of nursing school until now. Reading over past logs, projects, and assignments helped me to realize that my growth is evident. I have not only grown in nursing, but also personally. This paper demonstrates all of my past works and various projects that I have done throughout the years. In addition, it expresses my strengths, weaknesses, areas for improvement, and future learning goals. This paper provides insight and reflection into my nursing school experience. This paper shows the preparedness I have for the next step, which is becoming a registered nurse.

Reason for Inclusion of the Assignment in the Portfolio

               The Professional Progress Summary is a required component of the portfolio, but also has been included because it reflects my progress and competency of the great eights throughout the nursing school experience. This paper encompasses everything that has been done throughout these years, showing the growth and progress that was made as well. In this assignment the following objectives are highlighted:

*  Critical Thinking

  • Uses decision-making skills in making clinical or professional judgements
  • Evaluates nursing care outcomes through the acquisition of data and the questioning of inconsistencies.
  • Revises actions and goals based on evidence rather than conjecture.
  • Engages in creative problem solving.

*  Nursing Practice

  • Performs direct and indirect therapeutic interventions that incorporate principles of quality management and proper safety techniques based upon assessment findings.
  • Implements traditional nursing care practices as appropriate to provide holistic health care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

*  Communication

  • Uses therapeutic communication between the nurse-patient relationship.
  • Adapts communication methods to patients with special needs.
  • Expresses oneself and communicates effectively with diverse groups and disciplines using a variety of media in a variety of contexts.
  • Produces clear, accurate, and relevant writing using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

*  Teaching

  • Provides teaching to patients and/or professionals about health care procedures and technologies in preparation for and following nursing or medical interventions.
  • Uses information technologies and other appropriate methods to communicate health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention across the life span.
  • Evaluates the efficacy of health promotion and education modalities for use in a variety of settings with diverse populations.

*  Research

  • Applies research-based knowledge from nursing as the basis for culturally sensitive practice.
  • Shares research findings with colleagues.

*  Leadership

  • Assumes a leadership role within one’s scope of practice as a designer, manager, and coordinator of health care to meet the special needs of vulnerable populations in a variety of practice settings.
  • Delegates and supervise the nursing care given by others while retaining the accountability for the quality of care given to the patient.

*  Professionalism

  • Differentiates between general, institutional, and specialty-specific standards of practice to guide nursing care.
  • Demonstrates accountability for one’s own professional practice.
  • Applies ethical decision-making framework and legal guidelines to clinical situations that incorporate moral concepts, professional ethics, and advocacy for patient well-being and preference.

*  Culture

  • Articulates an understanding of how  human behavior is affected by culture, race, religion, gender, lifestyle, and age
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to personal and cultural definitions of health, and how these beliefs influence an individual’s reactions to the illness experience and end of life
  • Integrates knowledge of cultural diversity in performing nursing interventions.
  • Considers the impact of research outcomes and, the effects of health and social policies, on persons from diverse backgrounds
  • Maintains an awareness of global environment factors that may influence the delivery of health care services
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