My desire to serve society by promoting healthy lifestyles and providing medical and health solutions inspired me to become a nurse. I consider the profession a calling, and my main mission is to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care and promote lifestyles that improve human health. My journey to being an experienced certified registered nurse has been successful, and I am proud of my achievements and contributions in improving patient safety in my facility. However, my dream is to rise to the highest levels of nursing, and that is why I am interested in an advanced practice nursing program to prepare me for the nurse practitioner role, which I believe will later usher me into the world of nursing management as I continue with my career progression.
One of my nursing profession goals is to blend nursing and medical services for families, individuals, and different social groups. The second goal is to gain the skills and expertise that would help me diagnose and manage acute health conditions, promote health, and prevent diseases. Due to lifestyle changes, many people are at risk of many diseases, and nurses must promote health and mitigating diseases (Kristoffersen, 2019). Realization of these goals would require me to have further nursing training in a graduate program. I believe that further education will equip me with the nursing credentials that will help me become an important part of the primary care workforce, enabling me to provide advanced patient-centered care.
My anticipated role in the future is that of a nurse manager, creating a healthy and safe environment that supports other healthcare workers to enhance patient safety. Nurse managers create a culture and work environment that allows healthcare teams from different disciplines to collaborate in optimizing quality patient outcomes (Kristoffersen, 2019). Using the skills and knowledge gained from the graduate program, I will provide leadership in my healthcare facility, ensuring that all operations lead to high-quality patient outcomes. Consequently, I will act as an important link between administrative roles and bedside care. Nurses need specialized knowledge and skills which combine clinical experience and leadership to perform these roles (Kristoffersen, 2019). Therefore, my desire to join the graduate program is driven by my anticipated future role as a nurse manager, closely aligning with my career goals. A nurse manager must have experience as a nurse practitioner, and I believe that the graduate program will act as an important gateway to the highest level in the nursing career.
Continuing education for nurses ensures that they remain in touch with the latest developments in the profession, improving their quality-of-service delivery. It provides them with an opportunity to explore other areas of the profession, increasing the range of services they offer (Kristoffersen, 2019). My commitment to graduate education is driven by its potential value to my nursing career, and its capacity to empower me makes a bigger difference regarding health promotion, disease, disease prevention, and provision of high-quality care. I am ready for the academic rigor associated with higher learning programs, including participating in evidence-based research activities, discussions, debates, experiments, and residency programs.
Moreover, I am committed to advancing nursing knowledge because it will enable me to bridge the gap between nursing theory and practice, which is essential for improving patient safety. I will use the skills and knowledge I will gain from my graduate education to run evidence-based health promotion programs in society. The program will ensure that families, individuals, and groups have access to all the information they need to prevent diseases through healthy living and provide counseling to those at a high risk of lifestyle diseases. Moreover, I will conduct research and publish findings that can be used for policy and decision-making related to health promotion. These goals emphasize my commitment to graduate education because I need the skills and knowledge it equips to achieve them.
I remember how it was difficult to transition from a student nurse to a bedside novice and then to an experienced registered nurse. As the healthcare field becomes complex, the new entrants into the profession can be overwhelmed by the nature of skills and knowledge they require to practice (Kristoffersen, 2019). As a clinical preceptor, I can help the young nurses to receive a perfect foundation in their areas of expertise. After completing the graduate program, I will help new nurses to gain experience in the healthcare field through mentorship and educational instruction. Moreover, I will acquaint them with hospital protocols and culture. I will need to be credentialed in a specific specialty before taking up this role. The potential field of preceptor credentialing is sonography. The preceptor credentials will empower me to share my knowledge and talents with students and new nurses, enabling them to perform imaging procedures efficiently and accurately. Moreover, preceptor credentialing will empower me to play the role of a nurse manager effectively.
Kristoffersen, M. (2019). Thoughts of creation and the discipline of nursing. Nursing Open, 6(2), 566–573. Web.