AACN Competencies And The School Mission, Vision, And Outcomes

AACN Competencies and the school Mission, Vision, and Outcomes

According to a Gallup poll completed in 2013, 82% of respondents indicated that they believe nurses have high to very high levels of honesty and ethical standards, and nursing has been rated as the most trusted profession for several years (Gallup, 2010). What other values and characteristics are associated with the nursing profession? Which ones are the most professionally, academically, and personally significant to you?

For this Discussion, you will consider the alignment of qualities outlined by the AACN with those promoted by Walden University.

You will examine the AACN document appropriate for your degree path and consider how you can incorporate either the Essentials or the Quality Indicators into your academic endeavors.

 

To prepare:

 

  • Consider the competencies presented in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (for DNP students) or The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence (for PhD students) in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Examine Walden University’s mission, vision, and university outcomes.
  • Review the media presentation Introduction: The Doctor of Nursing Practice, which includes Dr. Joan Stanley’s comments about the AACN’s vision for the DNP degree.
  • Identify commonalities among the concepts presented in each of these items.
  • Think about your professional and academic goals. Consider how Walden’s standpoint and the AACN’s perspective fit with your objectives. Based on this information, what ideas do you have for incorporating a commitment to social change into your academic and professional plans?

 

By Wednesday 6/7/17, post 550 words essay in APA format with 3 references from the list below, that include the level one headings as numbered below:

Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:

1)       Describe one or more significant ways in which Walden’s standpoint (i.e., vision, mission, social change message, and outcomes) relates to the AACN competencies as well as to your professional and academic goals.

2)       Articulate a plan for incorporating social change into two of your professional and/or academic goals.

 

 

Required Readings

 

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Washington, DC:Author. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/pdf/Essentials.pdf

[For DNP students ONLY]

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). The research-focused doctoral program in nursing: Pathways to excellence. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/PhDPosition.pdf

“The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence” (pp. 4–16)

This section of the AACN document outlines the roles and expected learning outcomes for PhD students, and core curricular elements included in PhD programs.

 

Walden University Student Readiness Orientation

 

Access the Student Readiness Orientation (SRO) through the “My Courses” section of Blackboard. It will be available to you for one year. You can find the same information and more in the e-Guide, a companion website to the SRO. The e-Guide is available throughout your time at Walden. It can be accessed through the MyWalden Portal.

 Walden University. (2011). Student publications: Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved from http://catalog.waldenu.edu/

Select the current version of the “Walden University Student Handbook” from the drop-down menu.

In the left navigation bar, click “Introduction and Legal Information.”

Then click “Vision, Mission, and Goals.”

Read the information on the Walden University webpage, paying particular attention to Walden’s Vision, Mission, Goals, Social Change, and Outcomes message.

 

Document: Becoming a Successful Online Learner (PDF) (See attached PDF file)

This document contains valuable information, tips, and strategies for becoming a successful online learner in the DNP program.

 

 Document: Citing a Discussion Posting in APA Style (PDF) (See attached PDF file)

The information in this document focuses on how to cite a Discussion posting or response in APA style.

 

Document: Technical Tips for Learning at Walden (PDF) (See attached PDF file)

Tips for working with various technologies, such as word-processing software, online classroom features, and your myWalden page, are addressed in this document.

 

 

 

Required Media

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2011b). Introduction: The doctor of nursing practice [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu.

Please review this media in the Week 1 Resources.

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Effective online communication: Scholarly writing in online discussion [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.

This media program presents valuable tips for writing scholarly Discussion posts.

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012f). Tips for effective online composition and communication [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.

This media program provides essential insights and information regarding the differences between online and in-person communication, the importance of tone in your e-communications, and how to write effective e-mail messages. All of these skills are essential to your success as an online learner.

Optional Resources

 

Westwood, C. (2010). Six simple steps to ensure you achieve your aims. Nursing Management, 17(4), 28–29.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

Return to: Introduction

Vision

Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.

Mission

Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Goals

· To provide multicontextual educational opportunities for career learners.

· To provide innovative, learner-centered educational programs that recognize and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and abilities students bring into their academic programs.

· To provide its programs through diverse process-learning approaches, all resulting in outcomes of quality and integrity.

· To provide an inquiry/action model of education that fosters research, discovery, and critical thinking and that results in professional excellence.

· To produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents of positive social change.

Social Change

Walden University defines positive social change as a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies. Positive social change results in the improvement of human and social conditions.

This definition of positive social change provides an intellectually comprehensive and socially constructive foundation for the programs, research, professional activities, and products created by the Walden academic community.

In addition, Walden supports positive social change 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.

University Outcomes

Walden University strives to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

1. Facilitate positive social change where they work, in their communities, and in society.

2. Use their knowledge to positively impact their profession, communities, and society.

3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

4. Apply their learning to specific problems and challenges in their workplace and professional settings.

5. Demonstrate information literacy.* *Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, and being able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of inquiry used in their professional or academic field.

7. Practice legal and ethical integrity in their professional work.

8. Effectively communicate their ideas and the rationale behind them to others.

9. Support diversity and multiculturalism within their profession, communities, and society.

 

University Values

Quality • Integrity • Student-Centeredness

Values

Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centeredness—are the core of the university and the touchstones for action at all levels of the organization. They demand high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students. These values and principles give Walden University its unique identity and underpin the Walden University mission.

Quality

· Walden University believes that quality and integrity are the cornerstones of all academic processes.

· Walden University believes in innovation and flexibility in the conception and delivery of its educational programs, and that there are many different academic routes to achieve quality and integrity.

Integrity

· Walden University believes that education and social change are fundamental to the provision and maintenance of democratic ideals and principles, especially that of the common good.

· Walden University believes that its learners effect positive social change when they behave as reflective or scholarly practitioners.

· Walden University believes that the inquiry/action model fosters critical thinking and underpins research and discovery for reflective practitioners (bachelor’s and master’s students) and scholar-practitioners (doctoral students). This model provides the framework for teaching, learning, and assessment.

Student-Centeredness

· Walden University believes that all adult learners should have innovative educational access, especially those who are without opportunity in other venues.

· Walden University believes that academic programs must be learner-centered, incorporating learners’ prior knowledge and allowing them to focus their academic work on their needs and interests.

DNP-810 Week 8 Assignment Scholarly Activities