Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

 

I have identified and secured the participation of the following academic (at least two) and professional (at least two) individuals and/or teams to form the basis of my network. This network will help me to clarify my vision for success and will help guide me now and in the future.

 

Directions: Complete the information below for each member of your network. For more than four entries repeat the items below with details of your additional network member(s) in the ‘ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS’ section. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

 

 

NETWORK MEMBER 1

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Name: 

 

 

Title: Psychiatrist

 

 

Organization: Family Psychiatric Association

 

 

Academic or Professional:

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:

Dr. xx has been practicing psychiatry for over 21 years, Dr. xx has been mentoring students for over 10 years and I believe she will be a great mentor and a resource person to me. I came to know Dr. xx through a mutual friend who is also a postgraduate student at Walden University. I selected this professional because they have a record of selflessness when it comes to offering mentorship to students who are upcoming advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs. Dr. xx has successfully mentored and nurtured many APRN students who are now practicing psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) in different states. It is this proven record and history of nurturing upcoming scholar-practitioners that endeared me to Dr. xx. I believe Dr. xx will support my success in my MSN program by pointing out to me the important areas that an APRN needs to pay attention to in practice. I also know that I will get support in mastering the techniques of interviewing patients and clients, as well as performing a thorough physical examination. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network. I also know that Dr. xx will be a very important resource person to be in the sense that she will introduce me to her professional network of friends and colleagues who will also contribute to my success by answering my many questions (Wofford, 2018; Schmidt, n.d.).

 

 

NETWORK MEMBER 2

 

Name: 

 

 

Title: Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner

 

 

Organization: Psychogeriatric Services, LLC

 

 

Academic or Professional:

 

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:

Titus has been practicing Psychiatry for over 2 years as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. In addition, he is an alumnus of Walden University and therefore will be a great resource and asset to me. I chose Titus specifically because of the fact that he is a past student at Walden University, a fact that makes him knowledgeable about what it takes to succeed at Walden University. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network. Because he has been practicing for just two years, he is still fresh and can offer invaluable advice to me concerning course expectations and strategies for success. Most importantly, his recent study as a postgraduate specialist student nurse at Walden University makes him for me the best person to assist me with research matters. I understand that as a postgraduate MSN student, research is the lifeblood of the course. Titus will greatly support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing PMHNP. He will do this by giving me tips on how to effectively accomplish course objectives (since he has been there), by directing me on the best way to present my work for maximum credit, and by teaching me what it takes to succeed as a PMHNP in practice (ANCC, n.d.) Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

NETWORK MEMBER 3

 

Name: 

 

 

Title: Walden University Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program

 

 

Organization: Walden University

 

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Academic or Professional:

 

Academic

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:

Walden is about student success and lifelong learning. Walden provided a wealth of resources to make sure students succeed. I have chosen the team at the Walden University faculty of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program as partners in my success because it has a good reputation of assisting students achieve their dream of becoming APRNs and specialists Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network. This choice was not difficult, given that many of the former students at Walden University who are now practicing PMHNPs (including Titus above) speak so highly of this faculty. The faculty team will support my success in the MSN program and also as a practicing PMHNP after graduation by giving me guidance and encouragement during the course but also by being supportive of me as a former student even after successful graduation (Walden University, 2020). Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

NETWORK MEMBER 4

 

Name:

 

 

Title: Academic Success Student Advisor

 

 

Organization: Warden University

 

 

Academic or Professional:

Academic

 

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:

Mr. Parkes as the student advisor in academics will be a very important resource person to me as I look forward to succeeding in my MSN course at Walden University. He will help monitor the progress of my postgraduate degree course and help keep me on course. As an academic advisor he will also provide support, suggest resources, and counsel when needed. Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network. This is why I chose him to be in my success team. Learning for a postgraduate degree when one is employed and has family responsibilities is not one of the easiest things to do. Without a robust support system, therefore, one is bound to fail Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network. Even if one’s family were to fully support them in this endeavor, they would still not make it without the support of the academic advisor. This is because it is very easy to be overwhelmed by the coursework after one has had a rough day at work. Mr. Parkes will therefore support my success in the MSN program by guiding me on the best way to achieve a student-work balance. He will also help me succeed as a practicing PMHNP by offering advice on certification, licensure, and professional development Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

ADDITIONAL NETWORK MEMBERS

None.

References

ANCC [American Nurses Credentialing Centre] (n.d.). Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC). https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner/

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking [Blog post]. https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/

Walden University (2020b). Vision, mission, and goals [Archived Catalog]. https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=147&navoid=47257

Wofford, P. (May 24, 2018). 10 networking tips for nurses who hate networking. https://nurse.org/articles/tips-for-nurse-networking   Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

 

 

 

Week 2 | Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

 

I have identified the following academic resources and/or strategies that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in general or my specialty in particular Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network.

 

Directions: In the space below Identify and describe at least three academic resources or strategies that can be applied to the MSN program, and at least three professional resources that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in general or your specialty in particular. For each, explain how you intend to use these resources, and how they might benefit you academically and professionally.

 

 

Academic Resource/Strategy 1

Social Media/ Linkedin: Linkedin is a great way to connect with professionals who are open to mentorship and consulting Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

 

 

 

Academic Resource/Strategy 2

Alumni: Introduce yourself and your specialty;  Be proactive in sharing relevant articles or resources to the group

 

 

 

Academic Resource/Strategy 3

Discussion board/ Class discussions: Ask fellow students for connections

 

 

 

 

Professional Resource/Strategy 1

 

 

 

Professional Resource/Strategy 2

 

 

 

Professional Resource/Strategy 3

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/STRATEGIES

Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

 

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