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NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

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NURS 6002: Foundations for Graduate Study

Discussion – Week 1

                  It is a part of Walden University’s mission and vision to provide a learning experience that will give students the ability to create immediate solutions to critical societal changes affecting the greater good (Walden University, 2020). Walden’s MSN Program learning outcomes include teaching students how to provide cost effective specialist nursing practice that advances the profession as well as creating social change. The learning outcomes include implementation of specialist nurse roles that transform health outcomes and create areas where nurses can be educators and consultants. (Walden University).

A frequent challenge encountered while working as a nurse leader in an area surrounded by farms was the insufficient amount of resources available to manage issues such as postpartum depression, drug addiction in pregnancy and mental illness or challenge in the perinatal experience. According to Petralia, et al (2019) postpartum depression occurs in approximately 20% of women with included risk factors such as obstetrical complications and psychosocial factors. Postpartum depression can be predicted by lifetime history of mental health issues and hormone driven syndromes. The authors go on to state this is an unmet medical need because it is frequently underdiagnosed. Substance abuse in pregnancy is considered a major public health issue (Staudt, 2018). Staudt’s research indicates that enhanced drug treatment programs result in less illicit drug use and improved outcomes for families. Staudt reviewed treatment programs and factors associated with substance abuse treatment retention in pregnancy. It is my desire to do the same. My goal is to fulfill Walden’s MSN Program learning outcomes by creating a position, program, and/or resource program for this undertreated population.


I have had the privilege to practice in a variety of settings and it is obvious that mental health is prevalent throughout the healthcare spectrum. Even during the happiest time of a family’s life such as a birth of a child being in the hospital and facing the unknown can cause anxiety and create healthcare barriers. Advanced practice psychiatric nursing can support and council families during the death of an infant or an unexpected fetal outcome such as disability. During these challenging times, it is my professional and academic goal to provide cost effect quality care that contributes to societal change as outlined in Walden University’s vision, mission, and learning outcomes.


Patralia, M. C.; Mazzon, E.; Fagone, P.; Falozone, L.; Bramanti, P.; Nicoletti, F.; & Brasile, M.S. (2019).

Retrospective follow-up analysis of transcriptomic patterns of cytokines, cytokine receptors, and chemokines at preconception and during pregnancy, in women with post-partum depression. Experimental & Therapeutic Medicine, 2033-2062

Staudt, M. (2018). Best practices for enhancing substance abuse treatment retention by pregnant

women. Best Practices in Mental Health: An American Journal, 48-63

Walden University (2020). 2020-2021 Walden university catalog (September 2020). Retrieved October

11, 2020 from

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I enjoyed your posting! Also, I am really impressed by your goal for study in the PMHNP program. Even if I live in an urban area, there is a shortage of PMHNP and I would like to study in that field to help low-income population and minorities who suffer from mental illnesses. The state of California has educational, income-based, and cultural varieties more than any other state, which indicates that there are obvious health and wealth inequities among the population. Especially, the underserved population has faced the burden of the expenses for healthcare coverage, which would be mainly paid by Medicaid program. Most of the low-income population has no benefits from the job and the ability to pay gaps from Medicaid to any private insurance. As a result, it is doubtful whether reasonable healthcare service would be readily available to those who are in an underserved area or poor socioeconomic status (Drake and Lowenstein, 1998).

The demand for Mental health care service has been growing because of better access to quality of health care service from the influence of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA of 2010), the increase of concern about mental health awareness to prevent suicides, long life spans from baby boomers, and the treatment for PTSD soldiers returning from wars (Cas-Alinas, 2020).

As you mentioned, Walden offers opportunities to have students explore keys to success in career advancement along with the changes in health care industry and I will apply this learning process to achieve my future nursing career (Walden University, 2020).


Cas-alinas, K. (2020, July 31). 4 Reasons why there is a high demand for psychiatric nurse practitioner. blog, nursing careers. Retrieved October 13, 2020, from

Drake, M., & Lowenstein, D. (1998). the role of diversity in the health care needs of California. The western journal of medicine168(5), 348–354.

PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). (2010).

Walden University (2020). (2020). 2020-2021 Walden university catalog. Retrieved October 13, 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.

Walden and My Goals To Becoming a Nurse Educator


My name is xxx and I am enrolled in the MSN Nurse Educator program at Walden University. I am an oncology nurse with over ten years of nursing experience. I have worked with some remarkable nurse educators and Clinical Nurse Specialists throughout my nursing career who shaped me into the nurse I am today. I have a passion to teach and help others. I like to precept new nurses and give them the confidence they need to succeed in the nursing world. My goal is to become a clinical nursing instructor. Gaining understanding of how to teach will enable me to be the best educator I can be. “Role modeling and the influence of other nurse educators plays a major role in attracting nurses to become teachers” (Ross and Kerrigan, 2020). Walden enables its students to do on-site practicum during their curriculum which is what will shape me into a great nurse educator.


After repeatedly reading the vision of Walden University, the entirety of it seemed to point to one larger objective – “advancing the greater global good” (Walden University, 2020a). Education is an investment into oneself and society that brings about nothing but knowledge gains. It equips an individual to take on the world, interpret what is happening globally and tackle societal issues. The vision statement of Walden University is quite unique as it judges the knowledge gained against the ability to immediately tackle critical societal challenges. This seems like an impossible feat, and that is what drives me to this university. In both my academic and professional goals, I have strived to attain an education that can be applied to truly minister to the people that I encounter. Often when I come across issues in my workplace/society/family, it is in my nature to find the root cause and formulate a solution – sometimes simple, sometimes impractical even to my own standards. After understanding the vision statement of Walden University, I have come to the realization that it closely aligns with my own values – enhancing the greater good. This is made possible through “a distinctively different 21st century learning community” (Walden University, 2020a).


To truly understand the mission statement of Walden University, I needed to first comprehend what it meant to be a scholar-practitioner. According to McClintock (2004), “The term scholar practitioner expresses an ideal of professional excellence grounded in theory and research, informed by experiential knowledge, and motivated by personal values, political commitments, and ethical conduct. Scholar practitioners are committed to the well-being of clients and colleagues, to learning new ways of being effective, and to conceptualizing their work in relation to broader organizational, community, political, and cultural contexts. Scholar practitioners explicitly reflect on and assess the impact of their work. Their professional activities and the knowledge they develop are based on collaborative and relational learning through active exchange within communities of practice and scholarship” (p. 396). As a career professional who has been practicing nursing for a decade, I find solace in the mission of Walden University. It has been a personal goal to pursue an education that accomplishes my dream of becoming a nurse educator. But more importantly, to be effective in this dynamic world of healthcare, and to be able to “effect positive social change”, a holistic transformation is required; the opportunity to do so is one that is granted by Walden University (Walden University, 2020a). Aside from being grounded in theory and research, which is what a conventional education provides, there also comes the possibility of gaining and applying experiential knowledge. Moreover, a scholar practitioner is one who is committed to the wellbeing of others.


“Advancing the greater global good” and “social change” –are the two main recurring themes that are seen throughout the Vision, Mission and Goals of Walden University (Walden University, 2020a). It doesn’t suffice that graduates receive their degree and climb the career ladder of success, but also, that they are agents of positive social change. As part of the process of finding the right school to further my education, I would read through the vision and mission statements of various institutions. I decided that I would pick the school that most closely aligned with my faith, core values and goals. This helped me lay out my career and academic goals so succinctly that Walden University was a top choice. In a world that is rampant with misinformation, medical myths, and a lack of foresight and hindsight, it is important that societal change is brought about through the “development of principled, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners, who are and will become civic and professional role models by advancing the betterment of society” (Walden University, 2020a).


Aside from all that, the Walden University webpage lets the reader know more about the MSN in Nursing Education. Once again, the common theme of social changes is present. The entire curriculum is based on the goal of impacting lives and the society through the care provided and the positive impact made on another student nurse. Another way of having an impact on lives and society can be found in the Learning Outcomes: “Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to special nursing care” (Walden University, 2020b). As I think back on my own professional and academic goals and how it closely relates to the learning outcomes, there was one item that especially caught my attention – addressing health disparities. Although I will always strive for the advancement of this profession through ongoing research, communication, learning, commitment, quality improvement, patient centered care, etc., the one theme I will begin to actively adopt is societal change by addressing and reducing health disparities through patient/population advocacy. Societal change and advancing the greater good were themes that I always believed in, but never actively pursued. It is my hope that the educational experience gained through Walden University keeps that theme as a top priority going forward.

McClintock, C. (2004). Scholar practitioner model. In A. Distefano K. E. Rudestam & R. J.       Silverman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of distributed learning (pp. 396). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781412950596.n134

Ross, B., & Kerrigan, M. R. (2020). Addressing the Faculty Shortage Through Connections: Stories of Becoming a Nurse Educator. Journal of Nursing Education59(10), 545–550.

Walden University. (2020a).  Vision, Mission, and Goals – Walden University – Acalog ACMS™. Retrieved October 14, 2020. from

Walden University. (2020b).  Online MSN in Nursing Education. Retrieved October 14, 2020. from


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.


My name is xxxl,Bsn Rn. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2009 but I was in India came to USA in 2013 and tried to became RN in USA that was my goal i got success in that. Currently, I am working as an Oncology Nurse in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Ga. My goal was to complete the MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner gain extra knowledge in Nursing and help others with their problems when they are in need . So I started to research About colleges and University. unfortunately, i knew that i have to work very hard to gain that and with full  time job,baby it’s hard.

After, spending several months, I finally find Walden  University, and because its offers the flexibility that i need so I can work on my own time. also, Walden University’s Vision is to provide accredited knowledge and a good learning experience that i can use in my critical thinking and can provide immediate solution who are in need.

Walden University’s mission states “it provides career driven professionals with the opportunity to grow themselves into scholar practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” this mission statement is close by my own mission and goal to become a a Family Nurse Practitioner as i want to make positive change not only on my future but also with my patients and family.

Walden university defines positive social change as a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and action to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, community, organizations, institution, cultures, and society , And it matches my academic goal  because i am looking to gain necessary knowledge to impact on my society and to make the social change. I always wanted my life to be a meaningful to my family and others who are around me and i think i can make that social change after i gain that knowledge from Walden University. i can definitely make a change and help my coworker and patients by using that knowledge.


2020 Walden University, Vision, Mission, and Goal. (2020-2021) Walden University Student Handbook. 2020–2021 Walden          University Student Handbook (September 2020). (2020). https://catalog.Walden University. (2020a). Master of Science in Nursing. Retrieved June 3, 2020




Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 1: Developing an Academic and Professional Network

When was the last time you read Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Several Steps in my Sickness—Meditation XVII?

Unless you are a student of 17th-century poetry, you may not be all that familiar with this piece by author John Donne. However, you may be much more familiar with one of its well-known phrases: “No man is an island.”

As you begin your journey toward achieving your academic and professional goals, you have a great opportunity to network with academics and professionals who can help ensure you do not travel alone. This network can help to clarify your own vision for success and can help guide you now and in the future. To paraphrase Donne, no one is an island.

Begin creating an academic and professional network by identifying which academic and professional connections and resources you need to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.

To Prepare:

  • 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 to collaborate with to help you be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Download the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

The Assignment:

Academic and Professional Network

Complete Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template. Be sure to address the following:

  • Clearly and accurately identify at least two academic individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Clearly and accurately identify at least two professional individuals or teams to collaborate with to be successful in your MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail why the academic and professional individuals/teams were selected to support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.
  • Clearly and accurately explain how the academic and professional individuals/teams will support success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse.




Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 2: Academic Resources and Strategies

New construction projects begin with a design phase, where architects blueprint the vision complete with design details. They work in collaboration with builders who use the designs to prepare the appropriate strategies, tools, and materials to bring the vision to reality. You are both architect and builder of your success. You have started to blueprint your vision in your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan. You have identified others with whom you will collaborate. Now you can begin to prepare the appropriate strategies, tools, and materials

How will you approach your studies? What types of resources are available to you, and how will you access and utilize them? Taking the opportunity to prepare these strategies, tools, and materials will help ensure you can “break ground” without incident and successfully move to the phase where you begin building your vision.

To Prepare:

  • Consider your goals for academic accomplishments while a student of the MSN program.
  • Reflect on the strategies presented in the Resources for this week.

The Assignment:

  • Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three academic resources or strategies that can be applied to the MSN program.
  • Clearly identify and accurately describe in detail at least three professional resources that can be applied to success in the nursing practice in general or in a specialty.
  • Clearly and thoroughly explain in detail how you intend to use these resources, and how they might benefit you academically and professionally.

Note: Add your work for this Assignment to the original document you began in the Week 1 Assignment, which was built off the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

By Day 7

Submit your completed Assignment.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.

Week 3: Academic and Professional Integrity


Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2018). Academic and Professional Integrity [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Academic and Professional Integrity [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Identify APA formatting rules (Q)
  • Analyze the relationship between academic integrity and writing (A)
  • Analyze the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics (A)
  • Analyze strategies for maintaining integrity and ethics in academic work (A)
  • Analyze strategies for maintaining integrity and ethics in professional work (A)
  • Analyze how paraphrasing contributes to academic integrity (A)

Learning Resources

Required Readings

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

  • Chapter 6, “The Mechanics of Style”
  • Chapter 8, “Works Credited in the Text”
    • Section 8.2, “Plagiarism”
    • Section 8.3, “Self-Plagiarism”
    • Paraphrases and Quotations
  • Chapter 10, “Reference Examples”

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