October 27, 1999
Everyone has a “Bucket List.” Things they want to do in life. These things can be big or small, long term or short term, and the sense of personal accomplishment that one gets from crossing off one of these items can be exhilarating. According to Corker and Donnellan (2012), target goals play an important role in self regulation and achievement. These are the minimum standards one sets to achieve his goal. There is a specific type of target goal, called a boundary goal, which is the minimum level one must attain to feel successful. This also can be thought of as the “bottom line” and the lower limit of a range of possible target goals. The level of aspiration is the higher end of this spectrum and represents what the student is striving to achieve. In between these two levels is where one makes his mark on this world both professionally and personally. I had to evaluate my values. What was important to me. By evaluating my values I could understand what I wanted out of life, define my educational path and create my rules for life (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, Chapter 4, Why Are Values the Foundation of Successful Goal Setting?, 2011). Some of my values are to have a good job, be financially stable and to provide a good home for my family. Once I figured out what was important to me, I had to figure out how to go after my goals. I created a SMART system to make my goals Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and within a specified time frame (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, Chapter 4, Set up a Goal-Achievement Plan, 2011). My long-term professional goal is to graduate with my BSN and my short-term professional goal is to get the Fistula First Initiative widely accepted by physicians throughout my facility thereby making PICC placements at my facility a more interdisciplinary process. I also have personal goals with my long-term goal to retire financially secure and a short-term goal of finishing a room in my...
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