Journey Paper 6
My RN-BSN Journey
University of Texas at Arlington
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of N4585 Capstone
Jacqueline Lall Michael, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC Asst.
November 30, 2014
Running head: Journey Paper 1
I knew that I always wanted to be a nurse but I wasn't always sure how I wanted obtain it. I was a licensed vocational nurse for eleven years before I decided to go back to school and become a registered nurse. Getting my associates degree was as far as I was going when I graduated but as a year past I felt as if I needed to further my career. Here I am writing this paper about my journey. Hope you enjoy it.
Before RN-BSN Program
Prior to the bachelor's program my image of myself was confident. I had only been an RN for a little over a year and I was already working in an administrative position. My image certainly did evolve as I became a registered nurse. When I obtained my RN and became a charge nurse people started seeing me in a different light and gave me credit for what I was doing. My attitude did change for the worst and I began to get a bit burned out. I have always wanted to be the best at what I did. "BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings." (Rosseter, January 21, 2014). There did not seem to be any other option for me to continue with my education
Two Year Goals
My present practices are maintaining continuity of care. My current attitude is not as good as it should be but I feel like every nurse at some point in their career feels some form of burn out and needs to step back and re-assess what it is that they really want out of their career. "Nothing worthwhile doing is done haphazardly. All things require preparation"(Kanapp, n.d.). My current two year goal is to be working for the State of Texas in the mental health department. I have always enjoyed working with patients with mental health issues.
When I started my nursing career I never thought I would still be going to school when I was thirty eight years old. I believe that an education is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and family. I am excited about where I can take my career from this point. “Lifelong learning enables us to put our lives in perspective. It increases our...