Moving Forward Along Your Career Path

As you near the conclusion of this course, you also draw closer to the completion of your MSN program. Such an accomplishment deserves thoughtful consideration and acknowledgement. Among the myriad learning experiences in which you have engaged during this program, which have been the most personally meaningful to you? What challenges have been catalysts for your growth as a nurse executive and as a scholar-practitioner? Which triumphs have resulted in increased self-assurance or renewed motivation?

As you likely have discovered from your previous personal experiences and professional practice, it is helpful to plan for the future while remaining open to unexpected opportunities that may arise. How will you prepare for the next steps in your journey? What questions or concerns do you have about securing a position, now or in the future, that aligns with your values, expertise, and work and life priorities?

1. This week, you explore strategies and resources for conducting a job search, including applying and interviewing for positions of interest to you. Your third and final journal entry is due by Day 5.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Apply strategies and resources for engaging in job searches

· Propose an application and interview plan for a new position

· Apply scholarly literature related to healthcare issues or problems in practicum settings

· Analyze practicum experiences in the context of a nurse executive role

· Evaluate the application of theory as it relates to the practicum or practice experience

· Formulate solutions to authentic problems in healthcare settings

Moving Forward Along Your Career Path

Congratulations! As you near the conclusion of this course, you also draw closer to the completion of your MSN program. Such an accomplishment deserves thoughtful consideration and acknowledgement. Among the myriad learning experiences in which you have engaged during this program, which have been the most personally meaningful to you? What challenges have been catalysts for your growth as a nurse executive and as a scholar-practitioner? Which triumphs have resulted in increased self-assurance or renewed motivation?

As you likely have discovered from your previous personal experiences and professional practice, it is helpful to plan for the future while remaining open to unexpected opportunities that may arise. How will you prepare for the next steps in your journey? What questions or concerns do you have about securing a position, now or in the future, that aligns with your values, expertise, and work and life priorities?

This week, you explore strategies and resources for conducting a job search, including applying and interviewing for positions of interest to you. Your third and final journal entry is due by Day 5.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Apply strategies and resources for engaging in job searches

· Propose an application and interview plan for a new position

· Apply scholarly literature related to healthcare issues or problems in practicum settings

· Analyze practicum experiences in the context of a nurse executive role

· Evaluate the application of theory as it relates to the practicum or practice experience

· Formulate solutions to authentic problems in healthcare settings

Resources

BieLarczyk, A. (n.d.) The 4 Most popular job boards for nurses. The job Network. https://www. The jobnetwork.com/most-popular-boards-nurse/

Carlson, K. (2017, April 28). The nurse’ guide to finding a job. https://nurse.org/articles/nursing-job-search-guide/

Smith, L. S. (2016, January). Changing Course: Midcareer nurses and the job search. Nursing, 46(1), 51-52. https://doi.org/10.1097/01. NURSE. 0000475484.28632.a5.

Walden University Career Services. (n.d-a). Interviewing. https://academicguides. Walden.edu/careerservicecenter/interviews.

Optional Resources

Mauk, K. L., ALmauhy, D., Barks, L., Black T., Camicia M., Campbell G. B., Dzurec, L. C., Green, T. L., Neal-Boylan, L, & Pierce, L. L. (2019, March/April). Nurse author: Who me? Yes, you! Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(2), 102-114.

Discussion

Job Search, Application, and Interview Processes

Throughout your program of study, you have been encouraged to think about your strengths, values, and professional aspirations, as well as the opportunities you have to create positive impact as a nurse executive.

How would you most like to leverage your knowledge and expertise going forward? What types of professional positions could you see yourself in, now and further along in your career? No matter whether you are secure in your current position or looking for a new professional challenge, job search skills are a necessity.

1. In this Discussion, you examine strategies for conducting an effective job search and assess how you could convey your qualifications for a position of interest to you.

To prepare:

· Reflect on your strengths, values, and professional aspirations. How will these inform the next stage of your career?

· Consider what you have learned through your experiences in the practicum about professional roles and functions of a nurse executive.

· Review the information in the Learning Resources, and think about the process of conducting a job search. If possible, speak with individuals in your practicum setting as well as other nursing professionals about how they have identified positions that align with their needs and ambitions. Ask for advice about conducting a successful job search.

· Search postings of open positions that appeal to you, and identify one for which you would like to apply. If you have difficulty finding such a position, for the purposes of this Discussion, you may select one that has already been filled or is in a different region. (Note: If you are not interested in finding a new position, please approach this activity as an opportunity to explore the field. If you are interested in changing positions, please use this activity for that purpose.)

· What steps would you take to apply for and secure an interview for this position? For practice, write a cover letter and target your résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) to this position. (Note: You are not required to submit these materials for this Discussion.)

· How would you prepare for an interview for this position? What questions do you think would be posed, and what information would you like to learn about the position and the organization? Ask a colleague or friend to conduct a practice interview with you.

· Consider how you might use your Professional Portfolio to demonstrate your capabilities during the interview process.

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By Day 3

Post an explanation of the strategies and resources you used to conduct a job search for a position of interest. Include a brief description of the position you identified. Share an application and interview plan for that position, noting how you would convey your qualifications for this position.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by offering suggestions for additional resources and strategies for searching, applying, and/or interviewing for positions.

2. Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “”Post to Discussion Question”” link and then select “”Create Thread”” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 11 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

To Participate in this Discussion: Week 11 Discussion

Journal Assignment

Practicum Journal Entry 3

You now near the conclusion of your involvement in the practicum. Recall the theory you may have put into practice, the opportunities for evidence-based practice you may have observed, and the opportunities for nurse executives to improve health outcomes.

This final journal entry allows you to again actively analyze a problem, issue, or situation you have observed in practicum and ultimately turn to the process of reflecting on what you have learned about yourself as a scholar-practitioner.

To prepare:

· Reflect on your practicum experiences in Weeks 8-–11.

· Think about the evidence, concepts, and/or theories (evidence) learned throughout this program and your nurse executive specialization.

· Analyze a problem, issue, or situation that you have observed during your practicum experience.

· Using a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources of evidence, consider what you have observed within the context of your specialty using appropriate concepts, principles, and theories. Give special attention to observed events that vary from the scholarly literature.

· Including personal communications from leaders in health care administration is acceptable; however, this does not replace the requirement for three peer-reviewed sources of evidence.

· Determine the degree to which the problem, situation, or issue was addressed in a manner consistent with the theory, concepts, and principles detailed in the evidence.

· Given the various evidence-based approaches that can be used in addressing the observed problem, situation, or issue, think about a plan for approaching the matter differently.

To complete Practicum Journal Entry 3:

· Open your saved Practicum Experience Journal, which should already include your Journal 1 and Journal 2 entries.

· In the Journal 3 area of the document, write a 250- to 300-word entry in which you do the following:

· Document specific objective(s) for the specific time frame.

· Describe a problem, issue, or situation that you have observed during your practicum experience (no more than half a page).

· Using no fewer than three peer-reviewed sources of evidence, analyze what you have observed within the context of your specialty using appropriate concepts, principles, and theories. Give special attention to observed events that vary from scholarly literature.

· Explain the degree to which the problem, situation, or issue was addressed in a manner that is consistent with the theory, concepts, and principles detailed in the evidence.

· Given the various evidence-based approaches that can be used in addressing the problem, situation, or issue, formulate a plan for approaching the matter differently.

· Include APA-formatted references immediately following the content.

By Day 5

Submit Practicum Journal Entry 3.

Submission and Grading Information

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK11Journal+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.

Click the Week 11 Journal Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.

Click the Week 11 Journal Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.

Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK11Journal+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.

If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.

Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 11 Journal Assignment 3 Rubric

Submit Your Journal Assignment by Day 5

To submit your Journal: Week 11 Journal Assignment 3

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