Settingcareer goals has many benefits to individual students. It isassociated with an increase in the level of peace and focus (Jehanzeb& Bashir, 2013). Students with clear goals are able to understandwhat they intend to achieve and courses that they need to take inorder to achieve their objectives. In my case, my first career goalis to attain all characteristics that can be used to define a nursewho is successful. Some of these features include the ability todeliver quality care and satisfy all people who rely on my skills torecover from different health conditions. My second goal is to committo lifelong learning. In other words, I intend to pursue advancedlevels of education and research in order to contribute to thecurrent body of knowledge. In this paper, I will discuss the reasonsfor selecting the family nurse practitioner (FNP) specialization andpursuing a higher level of academics.
Reasonsfor Selecting the FNP Specialization
Iwas motivated by four key factors when a decided to specialize inFNP. First, I believe that this field will give me an opportunity tomake a positive impact in the community as a whole. By being able toaddress the health issues affecting the entire family, myprofessional work will be felt by all members of the societyAccording to Simmons School of Nursing (2013) FNP are equipped withthe skills that they require in order to work with patients frombirth to the end of life. This fact suggests that I will be preparedto work with the members of the family, irrespective of their agegroups.
Secondly,there are higher job prospects in the field of FNP than other areasof specialization. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found out that thefamily nursing specialization is the top ten careers with the highestgrowth potential in the U.S. and other nations (SSN, 2013). The factthat the FNP specialists will be highly demanded suggests that I willhave a chance to practice without being restricted and get anopportunity to develop my career. Moreover, a decision to become aspecialist in the field of family nursing will help me become part ofa solution to the ongoing shortage of these professionals.
Reasonsfor Taking an Advanced Degree
Althoughthe undergraduate degree empowers individuals to deliver quality careto their patients, and advanced academic level increases one’slevel of competence. In my case, I intend to enhance my ability totranslate research into real life practice. The concept ofevidence-based practice has been gaining significance in the recentpast (Melnyk & Overholt, 2011). I intend to become one of thenurses with the capacity to apply scientific evidence to improve thelives of the family members that I will work with during my careerlife.
Moreover,an advanced degree in nursing will help me get the chance to practicewith a high level of autonomy that each professional desires. Statesare continually making legislations that allow those with postgraduate degrees to work without being supervised by physicians,which is an indication of the fact that individuals with higherlevels of academic attainment will be able to practice autonomously.The freedom to exercise without limitations will help me to utilizemy skills as well as knowledge to impact the lives of my clients inthe best way possible.
Theidea of setting career goals helps learners to focus on specificareas of academics, which minimize confusion. Pursuing an advancedlevel of nursing empowers individuals to work autonomously anddelivery services that satisfy clients.
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