HCS/301 Undergraduate Nursing Studies
June 15, 2014
Goals can be personal or professional, long-term or short-term, but they help us track our course and stay on target for our future endeavors. Securing the image you see for your future requires straightforward ideas, dedication, and a passion to carry you through to the end. A goal is an end to which you direct your efforts. (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, 2011, “Glossary”). The objectives desired by each individual acts as a compass, guiding each of us to ultimately build upon our blue print for life. Time Management
It is important to keep goals attainable and specific, so you can meet your objectives and have a sense of triumph. Dedicating enough time to reach your goal is essential. Allowing too much or not enough time to accomplish your goals could become the obstacle for you not being successful and realizing your dreams. Also, making your goals relevant to your life ideals will aid in driving you to press on, even during the most challenging times. Achieving goals, both personally and professionally, provides order and directness of your future. Professional Goals
Professionally, my long-term goal is to become involved in informatics nursing. “Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Nursing informatics facilitates the integration of data, information, and knowledge to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision making in all roles and settings. This support is accomplished through the use of information structures, information processes, and information technology.” (Staggers & Cheryl, 2002, para). A mandate, issued by President Obama, requires all medical records to be transformed to an electronic medical record (EMR) by the end of 2014. With this mandate, nursing informatics was brought to the forefront of our field. Nursing informatics makes documentation a priority because communication is key when caring for a patient. Professionals in this field develop programs using computer technology to simplify and intensify the accuracy of documentation. I am enticed with a system where an entire medical history of a patient can be retrieved by the push of a button. An EMR will provide better continuity of care, especially during an emergency situation when time and accurate knowledge is imperative.
Nurses involved with informatics develop and improve upon EMR programs, as well as educate other nurses of how to utilize the upgraded charting. I am a super-user for the hospital, trained to diagnose and solve problems within our EMR system. In order to accomplish my goal, I need to receive my BSN and remain involved with the informatics team where I am employed. Earning the certification of a critical care registered nurse (CCRN), is my short-term professional goal. “The stated mission of the AACN Certification Corporation is to provide "comprehensive credentialing for nurses to ensure their practice is consistent with established standards of excellence in caring for acute and critically ill patients and their families." (Briggs, Brown, Kesten & Heath, 2006, para.) I am a critical care nurse in an ICU and have experience with cardiac patients. A CCRN will enhance my knowledge base and assist me to hone my skills.
I have recently started a study group, composed of my peers, to review information needed to secure my CCRN. I intend to utilize all reference material available to me, including but not limited to videos, reference books, and personal knowledge from others who have already received their CCRN. Also, there are numerous seminars for CCRN reviews. These will provide me with current information of what material will be covered on the CCRN exam. Personal Goals
My long-term personal goal is to earn my bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). I am...
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