Week 1 The Value of a
Consider the current healthcare delivery models and practice
settings. Reflect on how nursing practice is transforming in response to the
current demands of the healthcare system and answer the following questions:
What differentiates the practice of a master’s-prepared
nurse compared to that of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse?
What is the value of a master’s degree in nursing?
What do you consider to be the most essential professional
competency for a master’s-prepared nurse practicing in the 21st century?
Refer to AACN Essentials, NLN competencies, and CCN Nursing
Conceptual Framework. Use at least one outside scholarly article to support
your position. Provide an example to illustrate an application to professional
Week 2 Caring
Concepts in Nursing
This week’s topic is centered on the concept of caring in
contemporary nursing practice. In your initial response, provide a definition
of caring that aligns with your perspective on the concept of caring. Identify
your selected program of study specialty track (Executive, Education, FNP,
Healthcare Policy, or Nursing Informatics). Describe how you will apply the
principles of caring and holistic nursing in your future professional practice.
Use at least one outside scholarly article to support your position. Provide an
example to illustrate an application to professional practice.
Week 3 Knowing Self
Reflect the concepts addressed in this week’s lesson plan
and required reading. Recall a challenging experience in either your personal
or professional life. In the initial response, start with an introduction that
includes a brief description of four core values that influence your nursing
practice and interaction with others. Provide a concise description of the
challenging experience. What core values were challenged in this experience?
What lessons were learned from this experience? How did the experience inform
future professional behaviors, decisions, and actions? Provide a specific
example on how lessons learned from the challenging experience were applied in
your professional practice. Use at least one outside scholarly reference to
support your position.
Week 4 Leadership:
Establishing Relationships and Influencing Change
This week’s focus is on developing foundational
interpersonal skills that will prepare you for professional practice as a
leader and change agent. As a leader, how will you influence change in your
professional specialty area? Identify two strengths you have that will promote
strong leadership. Identify two areas of improvement to your skill in leading
and influencing change. What are two priority strategies you will implement as
professional development tools for leadership?
Week 5 Evidence-Based
Discuss the EBP process and importance to nursing practice.
Identify your selected specialty track. Provide a rationale on why you selected
the specific professional track. Identify a concept or topic you have a passion
about or an area of interest related to your future specialty advanced practice
area. Provide an example, using the best evidence available, substantiating the
significance of your selected area of interest as it relates to your specific
Systems-Structure and Function
Many of you have experience in complex adaptive systems
whether you realize it or not. Thinking about your future practice specialty
area, identify a situation in which an issue or concern common to your future
specialty would impact that system. (Note: This can be the same practice issue
identified in Week 5.) In your initial response, please identify your specialty
track, as well as the issue or concern. Discuss how this issue or concern will
impact the system at the micro, meso, and macro levels. How will you address
this issue or concern at each of those levels? What is the expected impact on
each of these system levels using your solution(s)? Remember you can use an
information technology-based solution to address the issue or concern.
Week 7 Healthful
Reflect on an experience in which you were directly involved
or witnessed incivility in the workplace. Provide a brief synopsis of the
situation. How did this make you feel? How did you respond? What were the
consequences of this situation? Provide an example of how this negatively
affected the work environment and outcomes. How could the situation have been prevented?
Discuss strategies that would support a healthy work environment.
Week 8 What Did You
Reflecting on this course, consider and answer the following
questions: How do you envision using the AACN essentials and information
learned in this course to identify, guide, and evaluate your practicum project?
How do you envision using the concepts learned in this course in your future