The longing of pursuing a graduate study became a dream come true. More than twenty years of preparation, reflection, and contemplation on how I can accomplish the desire to uplift my profession into the next level. I have been exploring for an online program that will satisfy my desire to discover the potential within me as a leader, a mentor, an agent of change, and a lifelong learner. I stumbled upon the University of San Francisco’s Master’s of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (USF MSN-CNL) online program. After deliberating and speaking to people close to me who graduated from the program, I am convinced that the USF MSN-CNL is the answer to my craving for learning. The online program suits …show more content…
The role as a CNL is the newest role ever developed after more than three decades. This role will fulfill the need of the modern health care in bridging the gap in patient care (Harris, Roussel, & Thomas, 2014). The program encourages me to advocate more for my patients and provide the best quality care I can possibly can through a multidisciplinary approach and evidence-based strategies.
Most Meaningful Experiences in the MSN Program
Since the beginning of the program, there were multitudes of meaningful experiences that will stay in my heart and will continue to reflect on. Every project that I worked, every interview that I conducted, and every opportunity given by my preceptor were significant to my future. Learning from these wonderful, intelligent leaders was an honor. The leadership style they have shown, the commitment they possessed encouraged me to strive harder and find a purpose within me to continue my journey.
All the professors who guided and encouraged me to persevere and inspired me with their constructive criticism impacted my life in one way or another, towards the best that I can be. The words seem heart breaking, but I believe that it was for my own good, to succeed in this voyage of mine and unleash the potential in …show more content…
As an agent of change, collaboration with interprofessional disciplines created friends and colleagues who are trustworthy and reliable.
Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, my next goal is to be able to achieve Clinical Nurse Leader title. This will probably take a little time, but in God’s time, it will be accomplished. I am hoping that soon, I will be able to apply the knowledge and skills in transforming a microsystem in promoting positive patient outcome, better nurse retention and satisfaction strategies that is culture sensitive as well.
I see myself as continuing to be a life-long learner to update myself and remains to contribute positively in the only profession I have ever known. Be a guide to the new nurses and other nurses who would like to become a certified CNL as well. As what Chris Hadfield (n.d.) had said:
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them