As expected, my MSN degree has helped me expand my career ambitions in nursing. First and foremost, as claimed by the university authorities always, my training has facilitated me to demonstrate the key principle of the university. Yes, it is helping me to reveal a great deal of leadership caliber by integrating the key roles of leading a team of healthcare practitioners and collaborating in diverse healthcare settings. I am convinced beyond doubt that as a registered nurse, my MSN degree would equip me for responsible roles as a nursing administrator, educator and leader.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) advises nurses to enhance the quality of healthcare to patients belonging to various segments through increasing their knowledge and leadership capabilities. My MSN degree gives me the confidence to see myself as qualified for teaching and management positions. The fact that I am now qualified for receiving the board certification in professional development is a key achievement that makes me feel great about selecting nursing as my professional career. The degree also has conveniently given me the choice of pursuing my doctoral program which would expand my avenues and possibilities as a future nurse leader.
It is essential that instructions in advanced nursing settings be given to team members through showing how to perform a task in the first place that is followed by responsible hand holding (Middleton, 2015). The high-level knowledge in nursing I acquired out of my MSN degree has made me a demonstrating leader in the workplace rather than a mere instructing leader. In short, the knowledge and experience doing my MSN is gradually getting transferred to diverse skills that would help me to manage challenging workplace situations. My communication skills have significantly improved as I learned the importance of listening to me team members and patients before taking critical decisions. It is also noteworthy to mention my multitasking skills of guiding my team, taking administrative decisions and caring for the patients simultaneously.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). 2010-2011 Enrollment and graduations in baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Washington, DC: AACN.
Middleton, J. (2015). Leadership skills for nurses. Nursing Times. London: EMAP publishing.