HCS/301 Undergraduate Nursing Studies
March 8, 2011
Personal Goals Paper
A goal is defined as something that you hope to achieve. Setting goals will give you long-term vision and motivation; it will help keep you focused on organizing your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your life. Objectives
1. Identify one professional short-term and one long-term goal. 2. Identify one personal short-term and one long-term goal. Deciding where I would like to be, and how to get there in five to 10 years will take a lot of conscious effort, to do this I will need to identify some goals that will help me get there, whether it be personal or professional is very important. Several steps are involved to be successful, such as defining the goals, setting a time frame and putting a plan into action. With any serious goal, a strong support system must be used, to avoid becoming overwhelmed when challenges arise. “Make sure your goals and expectations are realistic. Unrealistic goals are self-defeating. Make sure the goals are measurable, manageable, and meaningful to you, not to please somebody else.” (Chitty & Black, 2007, p. 266). When it comes to nursing, you must have a clear understanding of your personal truths, thoughts, and goals and determining how they relate to your professional career as a nurse. Each nurse has his or her own personal reason for choosing nursing as a profession. I believe that nurses are drawn to the profession because they have nurturing characteristics. In my personal view, the nursing profession is a highly respectable profession, which should always place the care and concern of the patient as a top priority. In order to provide high quality care and to provide the latest improved treatment techniques, continuing education is mandatory for nurses.
One aspect on nursing that attracted me to becoming a nurse is that a nurse is basically the frontline person in caring for patients and saving lives. In many cases such as in the hospital or homecare environment a nurse is the one who will discover a patient who needs emergency care before the physician. It will be up to the nurse to respond appropriately within the scope of his or her practice and hospital procedures. Initially nurses did not have a crucial level of responsibility when it came to patient care, and because of this, many patients died. For example, a nurse from the past may not have known the importance of electrolytes and blood gases thereby putting the patient’s health at risk. In present times, a nurse is expected to know all of the therapeutic lab values and act upon any abnormalities immediately, either by calling the physician or implementing standing orders. Because nurses have come so far, I have decided to go even farther in my nursing career by going back to school, and I have set some short-term and long-term goals that will help me be successful in achieving my goals. Professional Short-Term Goal
My short-term professional goal is to complete successfully the course of study that I am taking to the best of my ability and graduate from University of Phoenix with my bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. Professional Long-Term Goal
My long-term professional goal is to complete my master’s in nursing and one-day become a teacher at a University. “Career planning is much like the nursing process: assessment, diagnosis, goal setting, planning, implementing and ongoing evaluation.” (Curtiss, 2008, p.13). Personal Short-Term Goal
My short-term personal goal is to create balance in my time with family and school. This is going to be important because I am going to be spending most of my time studying and I will need a lot of support and understanding from my family. Personal Long-Term Goal
My long-term personal goal it to continue to have my husband supports me as I continue on to the MSN program. Needed...