Strategies for Addressing Questions
Concerns for MNS Program
Students enrolling in the MNS program have different questions regarding the scope of the healthcare roles they will embrace upon graduation. One of my questions is on the scope of concentrations that I can take after the program. For example, I would like to specialize in gerontology, neonatal care, and pediatric care. I am passionate about children and I would specialize in pediatric care. I am also passionate about healthcare advocacy and how nurses participate in nursing advocacy. My other question is whether the program pertains the pediatric issues or I will be required to take another course to become a pediatrician. Another question is the scope of the skills that I will gain through the program. I want to understand the difference between the scope of skills in undergraduate and those in masters of nursing. The difference will help me to know the program outcomes that will demonstrate I have a master’s.
I am passionate about mentoring other people in the nursing career. My question is if I will become a mentor automatically after graduation. I have heard that nurses with master’s degrees take the role of mentors in the healthcare organization. My issue would be the scope of the skills I need to acquire to finally become a mentor. My next question is on the opportunities to advance in my nursing career. The opportunity involves graduating with a doctorate in nursing (Nowell, 2019). I also need to know the licensure requirements and certification process. The steps required in the certification and licensure process should be clear especially for those who are coming from other states (Nowell, 2019). My last question would be international opportunities that nurses may take in serving the world. For example, I have heard of volunteer opportunities in Peace Corps. I would like to learn about the process of signing up for the Doctors without Borders. The opportunity would help me to serve the world and enrich my list of qualifications.
Addressing the Questions
It will be vital to address the questions in the MSN program. The departments and individuals in module 1 are critical in providing the answers to the questions. For instance, Dr. Steven Anderson, a specialist in internal medicine is instrumental in addressing the issues raised in the MSN program. He works at Dallas Methodist Hospital in Texas. He is passionate about mentoring people. I believe he will help me to answer questions such as how to mentor other people, the opportunities I can explore after the program, and volunteer opportunities available in the country.
Dr. Sarah Bloom will be vital in addressing the questions of gerontology and pediatric care. The question about advocating for better healthcare services for low-income families is still affecting the healthcare sector today (Fowler et al., 2018). Dr. Bloom who works in the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is effective in providing testimony of how she has been advocating for healthcare services to eliminate inequalities. Parkland Memorial is an essential organization in the desire to answer my questions regarding the MSN program. The institution focuses on evidence-based research to generate quality healthcare outcomes (Brown & Bar, 2019). I believe patients should not die or experience adverse health outcomes due to medical errors. Using evidence-based practice will eliminate the risk of medical errors in the delivery of healthcare services. Collaboration with the various healthcare facilities and professionals will improve my knowledge of the scope and skills required in the MSN program (Brown & Bar, 2019).
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Fowler, T., Conner, R., & Smith, W. (2018). Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical curriculum map. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(7), 440-445.
Nowell, L. (2019). Mentorship in nursing academia: A qualitative study and call to action. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(3), 85-94.