Monday April 30, 2012
Dr. Baron Smith
Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Personal Success
The subject of this paper is the challenge of graduate school, with specific reference to the author’s own goals and personal motivations pursuing an advanced degree. The student presents one short-term, and one long-term goal. Student perceptions of three challenges are presented as barriers in completing graduate course work. Strategies providing support in conquering these challenges are outlined as student interventions. Reflection providing thoughtful analysis on personal strengths and weaknesses of personal communication style are described from the student’s perspective. Careful thought is provided by the student to identify three strategies listed to improve personal communication Nursing administrative and academic positions require a Master’s level of graduate preparation. This under scores the compelling personal reason for pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing. From a professional perspective, the expectation of this degree is to advance critical thinking skills in nursing practice to improve nursing care, evidence-based practice and leadership. Evidence in a study published by (Drennan, 2010), identifies enhanced critical thinking skills of nursing professionals with graduate level course work as compared to their peers with undergraduate level degrees. Completing a Master’s degree in Nursing by May 2014 is an identified goal presented by this student. The long-term goal is to secure a promotion to a higher level administrative position that offers professional challenge and monetary reward within the next five years. The student identifies time management as the primary challenge in goal achievement. Poor time management when juggling full-time employment and study impairs student ability to complete the requirements and expectations of graduate...