NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

My Goals, Vison, Mission and Outcomes Expected from Walden University

My name is xxxxx and I have been a Registered Nurse for about 16 years and an LVN for 4 years. I have worked in a hospital setting and skilled nursing home facility. During all that time, I have encountered many people that have significantly influenced my career and personal life along the way. Whether it was a patient, a co-worker or a colleague, it was those same people that helped me grow and had a crucial impact in my life. Some of these people helped me improve as a professional such as learning from my colleagues, and from others who inspired me to seek greater academic challenges such as this one now. The vision for Walden mentions that learning is a community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied and used for the greater global good (Walden University, 2020b). I too believe that through every work and personal experience there are things that have led me to where I am now. Though I have much to learn, I am eager and determined to get the professional growth and development that is required through higher level of education. I envision that8 through gaining more knowledge and experiences, I can better serve as a scholar practitioner. The mission of Walden is to offer a diverse and core curriculum that is challenging and can be applied to any set of ideas, creativity and problem solving which I strongly believe nursing consists of and thrives on. (2020b). My goal is to be able to provide my patients with the best integrative care possible with the collaboration of various diverse health care providers. In order to achieve this, I must seek the best education and experience using the most up to date research data and pursuing all aspects of social, professional and academic networks. (Walden University, 82020a). Professional and academic networking are valuable in nursing. A social network that consists of social interactions and personal relationships makes us compassionate and helps us relate to others, while a professional network keeps us advancing and learning in our careers. As nurses our central role in patient care is maintaining current knowledge and trends in our careers which makes advancements imperative, and that is what I hope to achieve in this program (Schmidt, K)

Adapting to Social Changes in Nursing

As a student I feel that I lack the experience required to feel comfortable with the social changes that are important in nursing which increase awareness and better understanding in a community. Walden University can help me face and address the many social changes that occur in this fast paced and constantly changing medical field.  I believe that social changes are a part of life that can transform, influence and affect others (Walden University, 2020b). Through elaborate research, integration and collaboration with my peers, will come positive social change that can help me become a better skilled and scholar practitioner. For me technology has been part of a huge social change that has dramatically influenced nursing. It has also been a barrier that was keeping me from seeking a higher level of education due to the fear of the advancements and unfamiliarity with all the updates. I am one of the many few people that is not comfortable with social media and networking. I have witnessed people become irreparably impacted by technology and social media and at the same time I have seen many prosper and become more confident because of it. Despite my own fears, I am learning that social changes including networking has become the new norm for career advancement and that interrelationships can significantly help me improve as a novice nurse and as an emerging professional (Schmidt, K). In becoming more open minded and willing to accept social changes, I will be able to broaden my knowledge and improve my skills which will help me become a competent family nurse practitioner one day.

Academic Goals and Outcomes

I am confident and drawn to Walden University because they offer a flexible learning experience and highly educational curriculum that suits all aspects of my personal and work life. It allows me the flexibility to work and pursue my education while at the same time being able to take care of my family and home.  The Walden Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program resonates in me the best as it will allow me to care for a diverse group of people in all age groups. This program addresses the many societal changes that will help me understand how health is affected overall as a community (Walden University, 2020a). In turn this will make me a better health care provider. Furthermore, as an added gain, I will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of a specialist nursing care (Walden University, 2020b). Through this program I am hoping to attain the learning outcomes it promises to students such as preparing me to focus and practice on the needs of society, become a leader in my field through scholarship, influence the quality of patient care, manage technology and information, gain autonomy, and develop a lifelong commitment to learning (Walden University, 2020b).



Schmidt, K. (n.d). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking (blog post). Retrieved October 12, 2020, from

Walden University. (2020a). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Retrieved from

Walden University. (2020b). Vision, Mission, and Goals. Retrieved October 12, 2020, from




I enjoyed reading about yourself and I, too, have not been the most up-to-date and comfortable with social media/networking. I must say that after having recently worked along side a nurse that is an influencer, I realized that social media is a helpful tool. My colleague has thousands of followers that watch and share her posts about life and struggles of new nurses and nursing students. (2018) suggests using hashtags on Instagram or Twitter as an easy tool to help find other users to network with that have similar interests. I personally have found many pages on social media that share knowledge on becoming a nurse practitioner, different programs, and securing a job.

While I believe in moving forward with technology and using social media as a networking tool, I also came across an organization when I started my graduate coursework that offers free membership for nurse practitioner students. Texas Nurse Practitioners (2020) advocates for Texans to be able to have access to the quality care nurse practitioners can provide by supporting, advancing, and promoting their role. They also have a networking forum to connect students to preceptors across the state. I saw in your response to one of our peers that you live in Texas and thought this would be a great resource for you.

Resources (2018). 10 Networking tips for nurses who hate networking. Retrieved on October 16, 2020 from

Texas Nurse Practitioner (2020). About TNP. Retrieved on October 16, 2020 from

Discussion: Networking Opportunities

This week you begin to lay the foundation for your academic and professional success. Your efforts begin with a vision, which includes your own definition of success. Your vision may vary from those of your colleagues, but this does not mean you have to take these first steps alone.

Walden University and the College of Nursing also have a vision and mission, which include helping you to make your own vision a reality. Members of your new academic community, such as faculty, support teams, and fellow students, can also be helpful. Current practitioners and other members of the professional community can also help you to clarify your vision.

This week’s Discussion asks you to think about how the Walden mission and vision and the College of Nursing mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. You will also begin to identify individuals and teams that can help you along the way, as you begin to design the “blueprint”—your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision for academic and professional success.

To Prepare:

  • Review the Walden and the College of Nursing mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.
  • Consider how the information in these resources fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.
  • Also consider academic and professional individuals and teams that you may collaborate with in support of your efforts as a student at the University and as a professional within your organization and career.

By Day 3

Post a brief post introducing yourself to your colleagues. Include an explanation for how Walden’s vision, mission, goals, and social change initiatives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Also include an explanation for how the Walden MSN program outcomes and perspectives relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, by suggesting additional individuals and/or teams with whom to collaborate or by offering additional networking strategies.

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.


Hello! My name is xxx. I am 22 years old. The only child I have is my golden retriever right now. I am a new nurse currently working on an orthopedic/trauma floor in Texas. I love my job, but I am ready to challenge myself further and take my career to the next level. I have a passion for dermatology and plastics, so I want to hopefully go that route once I am finished with this program. I always knew I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner, but I had no idea when, where, or how I was going to accomplish this desire.

I am so grateful I found Walden University to embark on my journey. Walden’s vision, mission, and goals relate to my professional goals by advocating for diverse communities and transformation. I believe I relate to this very well, because I am a first-generation, Hispanic women. Coming from a diverse background has forced me to work harder and push myself to limits I thought I could never surpass. I fully believe in being the best version of myself in order to provide positive social change. I feel confident with Walden, because one of their goals is to provide educational opportunities for career learners. I think this is super helpful while I am a full-time nurse, daughter, sister, friend, and dog owner at the time. I am looking for a university that will challenge and support me all at once, and I believe Walden fits my hopes and expectations.

I admire the Master of Science in Nursing program at Walden, because one of the outcomes of their program is for their students to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care. While working as a nurse, I have discovered that I am constantly learning and mastering my skills on the job. I find myself improving patient care every shift. I strive to be a fraction of the nursing community that implements their best selves in practice every day. I know I have a long journey to overcome, but I believe Walden will assemble me for this ride and shape me into a scholar nurse practitioner.


Walden University. (2020). Master of Science in Nursing. Retrieved October 12, 2020, from

Walden University. (2016-17). Vision, Mission, and Goals. Walden University handbook. Retrieved October 12, 2020, from Vision, Mission, and Goals – Walden University – Acalog ACMS™

Walden University. (2020). Why Walden. Retrieved October 12, 2020, from



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