Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

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NURS 6003 Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties


You have probably seen one or more of the many inspirational posters about decisions. A visual such as a forked road or a street sign is typically pictured, along with a quote designed to inspire.

Decisions are often not so easily inspired. Perhaps you discovered this when choosing a specialty within the MSN program. This decision is a critical part of your plan for success, and you no doubt want to get it

Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

Discussion Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

right. This is yet another area where your network can help, as well as other sources of information that can help you make an informed choice.

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To Prepare:

By Day 3 of Week 10

Post an explanation of your choice of a nursing specialty within the program. Describe any difficulties you had (or are having) in making your choice, and the factors that drove/are driving your decision. Identify at least one professional organization affiliated with your chosen specialty and provide details on becoming a member. Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003 SAMPLE 1

I’ve been a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse for close to fourteen years. Precepting nursing students for their internship and orienting freshly graduating nurses is one of my favorite components of my position as a bedside nurse. I appreciate reading and learning new evidence-based practice guidelines to improve patient care and long-term outcomes for newborns, as well as sharing this information with my colleagues. Teaching has become a passion for me, and several coworkers have suggested that I teach full-time because I am able to explain things well and have extensive understanding of NICU nursing. My children are now adults and in college, so I’ve opted to pursue my Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN). I knew I did not want an administrative post or 24-hour call shifts as a neonatal nurse practitioner, as much as I enjoy bedside care. MSN in Nursing Education seemed to best align with my passion for teaching and professional objectives. I wish to continue in my work as a NICU clinical nurse educator and transition into a parent educator after completing my MSN.

We here often of the critical nursing shortage. Many reasons exist as to why nurses leave the bedside, but what about bringing new nurses to the profession? Qualified students try to get in nursing school and end up wait listed due to faculty shortages. Those students often choose a different profession. To combat this issue, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing lobbied for federal funding for faulty development programs (Shipman & Hooten, 2008). This contributed to my decision to pursue the specialty of nursing education with my MSN. I knew I would not have difficulty finding a position if I choose to become an academic instructor.

I love helping my coworkers learn more about NICU care and evidence-based practices. I also designed, implemented, and participate in our unit-based nurse mentor program. I developed a standardized orientation pathway for our newly graduated nurses to acclimate to their new career. I participate in multiple committees, such as developmental and unit council. Those are all great ways for clinical nurse educators to provide teaching formally and informally (Jenkins, 2008).

The first national organization to lobby for funding for nurse education research was the National League of Nurses (NLN). This professional organization focuses on nursing schools and faculty, and leaders in nursing education. After reviewing the benefits of the NLN membership, I discovered the cost is only $80 for graduate school students. One of the biggest benefits was free access to the publication ‘Nursing Education Perspectives” (NLN, n.d.)

I am excited to pursue my MSN with the specialty focus of nursing education. Teaching the next generation of nurses is so important to our professional. I look forward to the opportunity to inspire others to keep pushing nursing forward.

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003 Peer Responses

Submission and Grading Information

Hello T..,

Your discussion post was very relatable for me because we share the same background. You specialize as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse for 14 years, I share a similar background having specialized in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for almost 15 years. At some point in my ICU career, I also floated a lot in the NICU when I was a travel nurse. These areas of nursing are highly specialized and very challenging but provides a lot of fulfillment specially in working with the parents of the children toward their recovery. The career journey in nursing never ends and keeping a plan in mind and persevering to push forward will help us to be successful (Laureate Education, 2018). Completing more than a decade of experience speaks a lot about your dedication for your chosen field of specialty.

As you mentioned, one aspect of being a senior nurse is the task of being a mentor, role model, and leader for new nurses. I share the same passion in teaching, that is why I eventually chose to be a nurse educator. Echevarria (2018) said that membership in a nursing organization provides a lot of opportunities for professional growth by engaging in educational opportunities that will enrich our knowledge and experience. My membership with different organizations did not only help me complete my continuing education requirements for license renewal, it also provided me with relevant knowledge of best practices that I implemented in my practice.

You mentioned that you became a member of the mentorship program in your unit and you developed standardized orientation pathways. This is a great tool to make learning more consistent. Was this something that you originally conceptualized or was it based from a similar model that you adapted? Thank you for sharing your great thoughts about how your profession evolved, it is very inspiring.


Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connections by joining a professional nursing organization. Nursing, 48(12), 35–38.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Final Thoughts [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Hi Teresa,

It’s nice to meet someone that has the same passion for teaching like me! The difference is you have an extensive amount of experience whereas I am just joining this rewarding career.  I am sure being a NICU nurse is a difficult and challenging specialty and it is wonderful that you are willing to teach nurses that are new to the specialty. I would like to join our ED education committee to help teach nurses various skills and protocols to ensure we are providing safe and quality care. Acquiring proper strategies in teaching to provide quality education contributes to many positive outcomes for staff and patients. According to Vaismoradi, the strengths and weaknesses in curricula and teaching strategies that they identify can inform our efforts to improve nursing education and improve systems of care (2011).

Have you thought about joining the National Association of Neonatal Nurses? This organization is focused solely on NICU nurses and provides education, conferences, and CNE hours. This membership costs $130 for the year and a cheaper rate each year you renew your membership. I think that this organization would be great for you and all of your expertise in this specialty. As you stated, you enjoy reading evidence-based practice guidelines which this organization provides endless protocols and guidelines that you could contribute to as well.

I wish you all the best on journey! Im sure you will be a great educator!


National Association of Neonatal Nurses. (2020). Join or Renew. Retrieved November 04, 2020, from http://nann.org/membership/join

Vaismoradi, M. (2011, May 23). Patient safety: Nursing students’ perspectives and the role of nursing education to provide safe care. Retrieved November 04, 2020, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2011.00882.x

Hello T…,

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse! Wow! These are words that imply so much love, respect, and dedication. For sure, I cannot do your job. But I did enjoy this clinical rotation when I was in nursing school. I membered I signed for a summer internship, thinking that this was my path. But upon graduation, I was placed in ICU for one year, then I was appointed Nursing Supervisor for two more years, and then I signed a contract to work in Jamaica.  The experience there was fascinating. I worked in the burn unit and the female surgical service. After completing my agreement with the government, I decided to teach, and this was when I discovered my call. I have been teaching since 2003.

I came across an article that summarizes the history of your specialization in the United States. I learned that neonatology was not officially recognized as a pediatric subspecialty until 1975 (Honeyfield, 2009).  The neonatal nursing role has a history of almost 40 years, and the specialization continues advancing, providing optimism and security for neonatal nurses.

You said that you enjoy precepting new students and staff and that you learn from them as well. An excellent educator sees endless opportunities to learn from his/her students. Teachers and learners depend on one another to succeed (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2020). I am glad you decided to pursue a master’s in education. A piece of advice from one educator to another would be to get to know your students as much as possible and to ensure that you positively affect their lives.


Harvard Graduate School of Education. (2020). Two-way learning. Creating a classroom culture

of reciprocity, where teachers and students are learners first https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/16/01/two-way-learning

Honeyfield, M. E. (2009). Neonatal nurse practitioners: Past, present, and future. Advances in

 Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses9(3), 125–128. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1097/ANC.0b013e3181a8369f


RE: Discussion – Week 10

          Prior to beginning my journey at Walden, I had been attending a different university to obtain my nurse practitioner degree in adult health and gerontology.  As it would happen, life had different plans for me in terms of clinical site availability and my husband’s job and prioritizing my family.  In hindsight, I am so incredibly happy it did.  I knew that at some point, I would be going back to school.  However, I was unsure of which direction to take.  Life then again happened, and I had the privilege to be appointed interim nurse manager of my unit.  This experience opened my eyes and embedded exactly where I wanted my future to go.  Nursing leadership is my calling and for this reason, I chose the Master of Science in Nursing Executive program through Walden University (Walden University, n.d.).

Being a member of and being involved in nursing organizations can assist nurses in achieving their career goals (Echevarria, 2018).  With the wide array of organizations available, it is important to pick those which align best with your current practice and how they can benefit you (Echevarria, 2018).  An organization in which I have included in my networking opportunities, is the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (2015).  They offer a multitude of educational and networking opportunities to expand your knowledge base and employment outlook (American Organization for Nursing Leadership, 2015).  Once completing my degree, I plan on becoming a member.  There is a fee associated with membership and so I will not be pursuing other organizations since having a number of memberships can become expensive (Echevarria, 2018).


American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2015). AONL Nurse Executive competencies. Retrieved from https://www.aonl.org/resources/nurse-leader- competencies

Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connections by joining a professional nursing organization. Nursing, 48(12), 35–38.

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved November 3, 2020, from https://www.waldenu.edu/masters/master-of-science-in-nursing

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Bickford, C. J., Marion, L., & Gazaway, S. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, third edition – 2015. Retrieved from http://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/12524

Cherry, B., Caramanica, L, Everett, L. Q., Fennimore, L., & Elaine, S. (2019). Leveraging the power of board leadership in professional nursing organizations. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(11), 517-519.

Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connections by joining a professional nursing organization. Nursing, 48(12), 35–38.

Truant, R., & Chan, R. J. (2017). Future ready: Strengthening oncology nursing leadership in the context of professional oncology nursing organizations. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 27(1), 2-4.

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.waldenu.edu/masters/master-of-science-in-nursing

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)

Choose among the following to review your specialization’s Scope and Standards of Practice or Competencies:

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

“The Scope of Nursing Informatics Practice: Functional Areas of Nursing Informatics” (pp. 18–39)

Nursing Education

Website: Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator

National League for Nursing. (2019). Nurse educator core competency. Retrieved from http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/competencies-for-nursing-education/nurse-educator-core-competency

Note: The competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator do not encompass the competencies or scope and standards of practice for the Nursing Professional Developer. The set of competencies associated with that specific role within the Nurse Education specialization will be examined in future competencies throughout your specialization program of study.

Nurse Executive

Website: Nurse Executive Competencies

Discussion: Examining Nursing Specialties NURS 6003 American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2015). AONL Nurse Executive competencies. Retrieved from https://www.aonl.org/resources/nurse-leader-competencies

Public Health Nursing

Website: Public Health Nursing Competencies

Quad Council Coalition. (2018). Community/Public Health Nursing [C/PHN] competencies. Retrieved from http://www.quadcouncilphn.org/documents-3/2018-qcc-competencies/

American Nurses Association. (2013). Public health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.

Discussion – Week 10 Examining Nursing Specialties

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Executive

I have always been fascinated by Nursing Education and Leadership. As a teacher, I have the ability to breakdown complex concepts into small pieces of information, facilitating understanding and comprehension. Teaching, educating, and influencing future generations of healthcare professionals has been my imperative goal since I completed a master’s program in Advance Nursing Education. However, with the transition from Jamaica to the United States, my teaching duties have been on hold to a certain extent. As a leader, I have found a way to convey my teaching skills into daily practice outside the classroom. Leaders mentor, coach, empower, motivate.

Although my passion for leadership and education goes hand in hand, the decision to pursue the Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Executive responds to a strategy I had to play to obtain an RN license in the state of Georgia. I am thankful that Walden University offers such a convenient program.  The post master’s certificate adds greater depth and value to my portfolio, enhancing professional respect and recognition. (Walden University, 2020). In the end, the benefits of completing the post mater’s certificate will be immeasurable.

Current Difficulties and Factors Driving the Decision

As an international nurse, the transition from Cuba to Jamaica to the United States has not been easy. Passing the NCLEX and obtaining the RN license endorsement in GA have been the two most difficult tasks I have ever faced. Not being able to obtain the endorsement is the driving force to pursue the postmasters’ certificate. The Georgia Board of Nursing only accepts credential evaluations from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). This agency requires transcripts to be sent directly from the university where the applicant completed the program of study. Although I graduated with a master’s degree from The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and the CGFNS has already received the transcripts, they cannot issue the evaluation without the BSN documentation. Cuba is a particular country that, due to political reasons, does not release transcripts. Long story short, to qualify for license endorsement in GA, I decided to complete a program in this country to, basically, end the nightmare of transcripts. I also hold a multi-state license issued in FL, and even though GA is a member of the eNLC, many employers still require a GA license. I was surprised that after a year of sending countless applications and receiving no for an answer, I was accepted at a rehabilitation center. Without having previous experience in this area, I had to accept the offer.

Professional Organization

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is one of the organizations that I plan to join. The AONL is the voice of nursing leadership and the only organization dedicated to this specialized field. Previously known as the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE), the AONL changed its name in 2019 to better reflect its core mission and vision. These statements resonate with my future professional goals. The AONL mission is “to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership.” Its vision is “Nursing leadership-one voice advancing health” (American Organization for Nursing Leadership, 2020a); among the benefits of joining this organization are networking and career development. The applicant can tailor his/her membership by selecting a specific type; for instance: full, associate, student, group and team, and international. I find this very flexible since nurse leaders are often appointed for a short period of time based on need instead of a career path. Additionally, the AONL offers the opportunity to professional nurses from other countries who support its mission and vision statements to become a member (American Organization for Nursing Leadership, 2020b).


American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2020a). American Organization for Nursing

Leadership. https://www.aonl.org/about/overview

American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2020b). Become an AONL Member.


Walden University. (2020). An Opportunity to Make a Difference.


Walden University MSN Core Nursing courses – Generic information for success:

  1. Being graduate level adult learners – It is very unlikely that you will experience the quantity of or detailed guidance as in the announcements received in this course. Being so: Read the course announcements thoroughly and completely. Read the course announcements at least daily for any updates. Going forward the Instructors may post items at any time throughout the day or night. I have unfortunately received emails throughout this course with questions for which the information was previously addressed within the announcements. Again, reading the course announcements is imperative for your success.
  2. The utilization requirement of APA within assignments will increase as you progress to courses that are considered “writing intense”. The APA requirement within discussions will remain as you experienced within this course. This course is not considered writing intense. Familiarize yourself with the correct usage of APA 7th edition. It is within every graded item, within every Nursing course going forward. Familiarize yourself and utilize the Walden resources for APA assistance. I have diligently posted links to those resources several times during this course.
  3. Use ONLY your Walden student email for communication with any Walden University representative. When communicating with your Instructor ALWAYS include your course number and section. Within this course I posted in the announcements numerous times your specific course number and section, as well asked that you include that information when emailing me. Sadly, I received emails that did not include this information, this delayed my assisting you as I had to request your course number and section. This alerts me that course announcements were not being thoroughly and completely reviewed. Going forward it is highly unlikely Instructors will respond to any email other than your Walden student email as email not in Walden origin routinely gets flagged as spam then deleted. Also be fully aware that Instructors required to respond to any email other than your designated Walden Student email.
  4. Be mindful if you do not participate in any Walden course during the 1st week (Day 1 through Day 7) – you will be removed from the course by Walden University regardless of your excuse. Your Instructor has no control over this – it is university policy!
  5. The grading of any assignment cannot proceed by your Instructor unless you submit your assignments via SafeAssign, then in BlackBoard. Traditionally a -0- score will be awarded, with no resubmission availability. At the Graduate level, you are responsible for your work being submitted per instructions AND grading rubric parameters and due date/time. Again, I strongly encourage you to submit your assignments before Day 7 to ensure yourself sufficient time to seek assistance and correct the issue. Remember SafeAssign Drafts and SafeAssign are different!
  6. For Discussions – There is a six (6) day period (Monday, Day 1 through Saturday, Day 6) allowed for the Discussion participation. No allowances for participation will be made outside of the six (6) Discussion active period. Any submitted post outside of the 6-day active discussion period will not be graded and you will receive a -0- score.
  7. Faculty cannot accept or grade any assignment or discussion through email.
  8. Do not wait until Day 7 to begin or submit your assignment. Assignments are due Day 7. At the Graduate level, you are responsible for your work being submitted per instructions, grading rubric parameters and due date and time. Being so = I strongly encourage you to submit your assignments well before Day 7 to ensure yourself sufficient time to seek assistance and correct any issue encountered. I have purposely made myself available to you each day including weekends and responded to you within 12 to 24 hours. Be mindful, Instructors are not required to respond to you on a daily basis. Going forward your Instructors will respond to your Contact the Instructor communications and emails within the required 48 hours’ time period.
  9. As a graduate level student, Instructors will not reach out to you to ensure your assignments/discussions are completed and submitted correctly. As a graduate level adult learner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your discussions and assignments are completed and submitted timely and correctly. As an adult learne

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