Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 6: Finalizing the Plan
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At some point in every construction project, efforts turn from design and the focus moves to actual construction. With the vision in place and the tools secured, the blueprint can be finalized and approved. Then it is time to put on hardhats and begin work.

Throughout the course you have developed aspects of your Academic and Professional Development Plan. You have thought a great deal about your vision and goals, your academic and professional network of support, research strategies and other tools you will need, the integrity of your work, and the value of consulting the work of others. With your portfolio in place, it is now time to finalize your blueprint for success.

Much as builders remain cognizant of the building standards as they plan and begin construction, nurses must remain mindful of the formal standards of practice that govern their specialties. A good understanding of these standards can help ensure that your success plan includes any steps necessary to excel within your chosen specialty.

In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by developing the final component–a review of your specialty standards of practice. You will also submit your final version of the document, including Parts 1–5.

To Prepare:

Review the scope and standards of practice or competencies related to your chosen specialty in the resources for this module.
Review the MSN specializations offered at Walden by viewing the module resource, Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
Examine professional organizations related to the specialization you have chosen and identify at least one to focus on for this Assignment.
Reflect on the thoughts you shared in the Discussion forum regarding your choice of a specialty, any challenges you have encountered in making this choice, and any feedback you have received from colleagues in the Discussion.
The Assignment:
Complete the following items and incorporate them into the final version of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan.

With the resources specific to the MSN specialization and the, Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), shared in this module, write a paragraph or make a Nursing Specialty Comparison table, comparing at least two nursing specialties that include your selected specialization and second-preferred specialization.
Write a 2- to 3-paragraph justification statement identifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Incorporate feedback you received from colleagues in this Module’s Discussion forum.
Identify the professional organization related to your chosen specialization for this Assignment, and explain how you can become an active member of this organization.
Note: Your final version of the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan should include all components as presented the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan template.
Nursing Specialty Comparison

I have chosen to specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I have always been interested in working with families, and I believe that FNP is the best way for me to do that. FNP’s provide primary care to patients of all ages, and they can work in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, and schools.

I compared FNP to Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). ACNP’s provide care to patients in acute care settings, such as hospitals and emergency departments. They work with patients who are critically ill or injured.

Here is a table comparing the two specialties:
Characteristic FNP ACNP
Scope of practice Provides primary care to patients of all ages Provides care to patients in acute care settings
Work settings Clinics, hospitals, schools Hospitals, emergency departments
Educational requirements Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Salary $90,000 – $100,000 $100,000 – $120,000

I chose FNP over ACNP because I want to work with patients of all ages and in a variety of settings. I also believe that FNP is a more stable career choice, as the demand for primary care providers is expected to grow in the coming years.
Justification Statement

I chose to specialize in FNP because I am passionate about working with families. I believe that FNP’s are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care to families, as they have a broad knowledge of both medical and nursing issues. I am also drawn to the variety of settings in which FNP’s can work. I believe that this flexibility will allow me to find a job that is a good fit for my skills and interests.

In addition to my passion for working with families, I also have a strong academic background in nursing. I graduated from a top nursing school with a 4.0 GPA. I am also a member of the National Honor Society of Nursing. I believe that my academic achievements will make me a competitive candidate for FNP programs.

I am confident that I have the skills and experience necessary to be a successful FNP. I am a hard worker and I am dedicated to providing quality care to my patients. I am also a good communicator and I am able to build strong relationships with my patients and their families.

I am excited to begin my journey to becoming an FNP. I am confident that I will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of families.
Professional Organization

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the professional organization for FNP’s. The AANP provides resources and support to FNP’s, and it also advocates for the profession. I plan to become an active member of the AANP so that I can stay up-to-date on the latest trends in FNP practice and so that I can be involved in the advocacy efforts of the profession.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming a member of the AANP:

Access to continuing education resources
Networking opportunities with other FNP’s
Advocacy on behalf of the FNP profession

I believe that becoming a member of the AANP will help me to be a more successful FNP. I am excited to get involved with the organization and to start making a difference in the lives of families.

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