Module 1 (Week 1): Networking for Academic and Professional Success

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

 When was the last time you read Meditation XVII of John Donne's Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions?

Unless you are a student of seventeeth-century poetry, you may not be all that familiar with this piece. 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 with which you need to collaborate to succeed 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 that might help you succeed 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:

  • 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.

By Day 7 of Week 1

Submit Part 1 of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.

Submission and Grading Information

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Sample Academic and Professional Success Plan

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⦁ Week 1 | Part 1: My Academic and Professional Network

⦁ I have identified and secured the participation of the following academic (at least two) and professional (at least two) individuals and/or teams to form the basis of my network. This network will help me to clarify my vision for success and will help guide me now and in the future.

NETWORK MEMBER 1
Name: Elizabeth Barkel
Title: Student Success Advisor
Organization: Walden University
⦁Academic or Professional: Academic
Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: Elizabeth Barkel is my Student Success Advisor, who can provide me with a specific guidance related to my classes, academic success, university policies and procedures. She will support me by regularly meeting with me and answering to my questions.


⦁ NETWORK MEMBER 2
Name: Jeani Thomas
Title: Senior Core Faculty
Organization: Walden University
Academic or Professional: Academic
Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: Dr.Thomas is formally trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Considering my interest in this profession I believe Dr. Thomas can support me by planning my academic success and professional career. I will approach her asking to provide guidance on how to grow as a Family Nurse Practitioner, if I choose it as my goal.



⦁ NETWORK MEMBER 3
 Name: Marvin Subia
Title: Registered Nurse
 Organization: San Francisco Depart of Public Health
Academic or Professional: Professional
 Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: Mr. Subia completed ECG Certification from American Stroke Association, in which I have been interested for a long time. I would like to know more about the certification by talking to him. Additionally, he has been a registered nurse for a long time and can help me by providing feedback about practical settings. I would like to clarify my vision by talking to an experienced professional.



⦁ NETWORK MEMBER 4
⦁ Name: Lydia Owens
⦁Title: Clinical Education Specialist
⦁Organization: Saint Luke’s Health System
Academic or Professional: Professional
Why I selected this individual and/or team and how they will support my success in the MSN program and as a practicing nurse: Mrs. Owens is a highly skilled nurse leader with over 25 years of experience. She provides innovation as a way to improve nursing practice outcomes. I was inspired to know her and her long experience, which motivated me to contact her and include her in my professional network.

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