Essay about Personal Career Development Plan

1406 Words Sep 28th, 2013 6 Pages
Ruth Ann Loyd
Jacksonville University
Professional Nursing
Kathleen Kavanagh
September 4, 2013

My personal career development plan consists of short and long-term goals advancements in my education towards a MSN degree and moving into the nurse practitioner role. It contains the plans on how I intend to transition into that role along with the responsibilities, necessary education and license requirements. I have also listed the pros and cons of being a nurse practitioner and its potential liabilities. Study and time management plans are included along with stress reduction strategies.

My nursing career started as a dream, a dream I needed to
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Some nurse practitioners are also able to prescribe medications. A nurse practitioner must first obtain a BSN followed by a MSN. After completing the educational program, a candidate must be licensed in the state they wish to practice. Each state has its own licensing and certification criteria. An entry level, competency-based exam for nurse practitioners must be taken. The job outlook for nurse practitioners is considered excellent. The average full-time salary is $90,770. The salary may be different according to different practice sites, duties and patient population. The NP may work a more traditional schedule or may work weekends, holidays or be on-call. There are some pros and cons of being a nurse practitioner. I will share my lists of pros and cons. Pros of being a NP are that the job outlook is promising, you have autonomy in practice, it is challenging, and the job is ever changing. The most satisfying aspect for me, is that you have the ability to take full care of your patients and work with them on prevention and treatment plans. Now, the cons of being a NP is that the job can be stressful, there are legal risks (malpractice suits), years of specialized education, and the possibility of being on-call. Being a nurse practitioner means that added responsibility is accompanied by added accountability which in turn is increased liability. In my opinion, the satisfaction you get from the job outweighs the negative attributes. You may think that being a

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