Foundations of Graduate Study

NURS 6002: Foundations of Graduate Study

Academic and Professional Success Plan Template

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This document is to be used for NURS 6002 Foundations of Graduate Study to complete Assessments 1-6. Just as importantly the document serves to organize your thoughts about planning for your academic and professional success.

For specific instructions see the weekly assessment details in the course, or ask your instructor for further guidance.

Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

· Clearly and accurately identify at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and accurately identify at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

· Clearly and accurately explain how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

NETWORK MEMBER 1

Name:

Title:

Organization:

Academic or Professional:

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes:

NETWORK MEMBER 2

Name:

Title:

Organization:

Academic or Professional:

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes:

NETWORK MEMBER 3

Name:

Title:

Organization:

Academic or Professional:

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes:

NETWORK MEMBER 4

Name:

Title:

Organization:

Academic or Professional:

Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse:

Notes:

ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS

Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three academic resources or strategies that can be applied to the MSN program.

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three professional resources that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in general or in a specialty.

· Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail how you intend to use these resources, and how they might benefit you academically and professionally.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Academic Resource/Strategy 1

Academic Resource/Strategy 2

Academic Resource/Strategy 3

Professional Resource/Strategy 1

Professional Resource/Strategy 2

Professional Resource/Strategy 3

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/STRATEGIES

Week 3 | Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics

I have analyzed the relationship between academic integrity and writing, as well as the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics. I have also identified strategies I intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of my academic work while a student of the MSN program, as well as my professional work as a nurse throughout my career. The results of these efforts are shared below.

Directions: In the space below craft your analysis/writing sample, including Part 1 (The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity) and Part 2 (Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work). Utilize headings formatted in proper APA throughout each Part to clearly identify key topic area requirements.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Part 1: Writing Sample: The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity

In the space below write a 2- 3-paragraph analysis that includes the following:

· Clearly and accurately explains in detail the relationship between academic integrity and writing.

· Clearly and accurately explains in detail the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics.

· Accurately cite at least 2 resources that fully support your arguments, being sure to use proper APA formatting.

· Use Grammarly and SafeAssign to improve the product.

· Clearly and accurately describe in detail how Grammarly, SafeAssign, and paraphrasing contributes to academic integrity. Include sufficient evidence that Grammarly and SafeAssign were utilized to improve responses.

PART 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work

Expand on your thoughts from Part 1 by:

· Clearly identifying and accurately describing strategies you intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of your 1) academic work while a student of the MSN program, and 2) professional work as a nurse throughout your career.

· Include a clearly developed review of resources and approaches you propose to use as a student and a professional.

Week 4 | Part 4: Research Analysis

I have identified one topic of interest for further study. I have researched and identified one peer-reviewed research article focused on this topic and have analyzed this article. The results of these efforts are shared below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by using the table and subsequent space below identify and analyze the research article you have selected. Complete Step 2 by summarizing in 2-3 paragraphs the results of your analysis using the space identified.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Step 1: Research Analysis

Complete the table below

Topic of Interest:
Research Article: Include full citation in APA format, as well as link or search details (such as DOI)
Professional Practice Use:

One or more professional practice uses of the theories/concepts presented in the article

Research Analysis Matrix

Add more rows if necessary

Strengths of the Research Limitations/Weaknesses of the Research Relevancy to Topic of Interest Notes

Step 2: Summary of Analysis

· Write a 2- to 3-paragraph summary that you will add to your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan that includes the following:

· Clearly and accurately describe in detail your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research.

· Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in finding peer-reviewed research.

· Provide a complete, detailed, and specific synthesis of at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed research.

· Integrate at least one outside resource and 2-3 course specific resources to fully support your summary.

Week 5 | Part 5: Professional Development

I have developed a curriculum vitae to capture my academic and professional accomplishments to date. I have also developed a statement identifying one or more professional development goals, and a statement proposing how I might align one or more of these professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.

The results of my efforts are below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by developing (or copying and pasting) a curriculum vitae (CV) in the space provided. Complete Step 2 by clearly identifying and accurately stating in detail your professional development goals. Complete Step 3 by clearly and accurately stating in detail how to accurately and appropriately align one or more of your professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Step 1: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Use the space below to create a fully developed and accurate curriculum vitae (CV) based on your current education and professional background. Alternatively, you may write this in a separate document and copy/paste the results below.

NOTE: If needed there are a variety of online resources available with tips and samples of graduate nurse CVs.

Step 2: Professional Development Goals

Step 3: Alignment with Social Change

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Week 6 | Part 6: Finalizing the Plan

I have considered various options for my nursing specialty, including a close look at my selected (or currently preferred) specialty and second-preferred specialty. I have also developed a justification of my selected (or preferred) specialty. Lastly, I have examined one professional organization related to my selected or preferred specialty and considered how I can become a member of this organization.

The results of my efforts are below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by writing 2-3 paragraphs in the space below comparing the nursing specialty you have selected – or the one you prefer if your choice is still under consideration – to your second preference. Identify each specialty and describe the focus and the role that graduates are prepared for. Identify any other differentiators you feel are significant, especially those that helped or may help you reach a decision.

Complete Step 2 by writing a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.

Complete Step 3 by examining and identifying one professional organization related to your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this organization.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Step 1: Comparison of Nursing Specialties

Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty

Step 3: Professional Organizations

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