Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Developing an Academic and Professional Network

Consider individuals, departments, teams, and/or resources within Walden University and within your profession that you believe can support your academic and professional success.

  • Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals, colleagues, or teams that might help you succeed in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Download the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

Be sure to address the following:

  • Identify at least two academic and at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Explain why you selected these individuals and/or teams and how they will support your success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

In considering individuals, departments, teams, and resources at Walden University and within the nursing profession, I have identified several key stakeholders who can support my academic and professional success in my MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

1. Academic Individuals/Teams:

a. Faculty Advisors: Having a strong relationship with faculty advisors is crucial for academic success. They provide guidance, support, and mentorship throughout the program, helping to navigate coursework, research projects, and clinical experiences. Their expertise and insights can significantly contribute to my learning and development as a nurse practitioner.

b. Peer Study Groups: Collaborating with fellow students in study groups can enhance understanding of course materials, facilitate discussions, and provide different perspectives on complex topics. Peer support fosters a sense of camaraderie and helps to overcome challenges collectively.

2. Professional Individuals/Teams:

a. Clinical Preceptors: Establishing a positive relationship with experienced nurses who serve as clinical preceptors is essential for gaining hands-on experience and practical skills in a clinical setting. Their mentorship and guidance during clinical rotations will be invaluable in bridging the gap between theory and practice, ultimately preparing me for the demands of real-world nursing.

b. Professional Nursing Organizations: Engaging with professional nursing organizations, such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Association (ANA), offers opportunities for networking, professional development, and staying abreast of current trends and issues in the field. Membership in these organizations provides access to resources, continuing education opportunities, and a platform for advocacy and leadership development.

I selected these individuals and teams based on their potential to provide support, guidance, and resources relevant to both my academic journey in the MSN program and my future career as a nurse practitioner. Faculty advisors and peer study groups offer academic support, while clinical preceptors and professional nursing organizations provide opportunities for professional growth and networking within the nursing community. Collaborating with these stakeholders will enhance my learning experience, expand my professional network, and ultimately contribute to my success as a competent and compassionate nurse practitioner.