November 5, 2012
Personal Plan to Succeed
As age increases, so do the number of responsibilities assumed in our lives. We have careers, family that needs taking care of, and homes that need maintenance. These responsibilities can be obstacles when returning to school and obtaining a higher degree such as a Master’s of Science. Although there are challenges, the drive for higher learning never subsides in some people. In this paper, I will review my reasons for continuing my education and obtaining my Master’s degree in Nursing and discuss my short- and long-term goals as well as what challenges I may face to achieve these goals. I will also analyze my strength and weakness in regard to personal communication and what strategies I can implement to improve my personal communication with students, faculty, and future employees.
Education always has been a huge part of my life. During my undergraduate studies, I always knew I would continue my education and obtain a Master’s degree in Nursing. My current short-term goal is I intend on meeting is graduating from University of Phoenix with my Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. To grow professionally as a Nurse, I will need to achieve my MSN degree. Chichester (2011) believes completing an MSN degree would allow the opportunities for a better work schedule, professional growth, and knowledge as well as, an increased level of autonomy (p. 172). Many job openings in supervisory positions are requiring a MSN degree. In my current department, a nursing supervisor was asked to either return to school and obtain a Master’s degree or step down from her position. This supervisor did not have the desire to further her education as I do, so she stepped down as supervisor. Chichester (2011) also said, “Further education is an ideal way to advance yourself, your practice, and your profession” (p. 175). Possessing my MSN, it will open many doors. I can...