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  1.     Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan
    Part 6: Finalizing the Plan
    At some point in every construction project, efforts turn from design and the focus moves to actual construction. With the vision in place and the tools secured, the blueprint can be finalized and approved. Then it is time to put on hardhats and begin work.
    Throughout the course you have developed aspects of your Academic and Professional Development Plan. You have thought a great deal about your vision and goals, your academic and professional network of support, research strategies and other tools you will need, the integrity of your work, and the value of consulting the work of others. With your portfolio in place, it is now time to finalize your blueprint for success.
    Much as builders remain cognizant of the building standards as they plan and begin construction, nurses must remain mindful of the formal standards of practice that govern their specialties. A good understanding of these standards can help ensure that your success plan includes any steps necessary to excel within your chosen specialty.
    In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by developing the final component–a review of your specialty standards of practice. You will also submit your final version of the document, including Parts 1–5.
    To Prepare:
    Review the standards of practice related to your chosen specialty.
    Download the Nursing Specialty Comparison Matrix.
    Examine professional organizations related to the specialization you have chosen and identify at least one to focus on for this Assignment.
    Reflect on the thoughts you shared in the Discussion forum regarding your choice of a specialty, any challenges you have encountered in making this choice, and any feedback you have received from colleagues in the Discussion.
    The Assignment:
    Complete the following items and incorporate them into the final version of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan.
    Complete the Nursing Specialty Comparison Matrix, comparing at least two nursing specialties that include your selected specialization and second-preferred specialization.
    Write a 2- to 3-paragraph justification statement identifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Incorporate feedback you received from colleagues in this Module’s Discussion forum.
    Identify the professional organization related to your chosen specialization for this Assignment, and explain how you can become an active member of this organization.
    Note: Your final version of the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan should include all components as presented the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan template.

    i did not get a grade on it yet but i’m hopping for a good grade the discussion I have been getting i only get a 72% I need these two last work to be great
    assignment has to be 3 pages



Subject Nursing Pages 5 Style APA


  Practice 6: Finalizing the Plan

My selected area of specialty is to be gerontological practitioner; while, the second-preferred area of specialization is nurse anesthetist. Gerontological nursing is the specialty of nursing that focus on older adults (Nurse Practitioner Schools, 2019). In accordance with the American Nursing Association’s (ANA) (2010) gerontological standards of practice, gerontologists should provide the highest quality of care to geriatric patients/ older adults within a given healthcare system. Comparatively, a nurse anesthetist works with podiatrists, dentists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other professionals to ensure that anesthesia is administered in a safe manner. A nurse anesthetist also ensures that patients stabilize and recover well following a procedure (Nurse Practitioner Schools, 2019). Below is the nursing specialty comparison matrix (Table 1).

Table 1: Nursing Specialty Comparison Matrix

Areas of Comparison

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/ Geriatric Nurse

Nurse Anesthetist

Necessary Education

MSN or DNP degree (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019). MSN degree in anesthesiology (Nurse Journal, 2019a).

MSN degree (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).


RN license (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

RN license (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).


One should become a gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP) (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

One should become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

Median Salary

$64,906 (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019)

$157,690 (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

Practice Setting

Can work in hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

Hospital; patients who are going for surgery (Ameritech College of Healthcare, 2019).

Job Growth Rate

19-26% (Nurse Journal, 2019b).

31% (Nurse Journal, 2019a).


            I am motivated and eager to be a successful gerontolocal nurse practitioner or a geriatric nurse since I have passion in older adults. Common medical needs include hygiene assistance, pain relief, routine assessments, and treatments. My other important roles would be disease prevention and conduction of patient education (Nurse Journal. (2019a). I am hesitant to become a nurse anesthetist since their high risk to be sued in the court of law. Regardless, it is relatively high paying than geriatric nursing (Nurse Journal, 2019b).

            Gerontological nurse practitioners work in different environments and that exactly what I want since I like flexibility in work (Nurse Journal, 2019b). I will be in liberty to choose where I will be working. It could be geriatric units in hospitals, nursing homes, private homes, and/or specifically senior oriented facilities (Nurse Journal, 2019a).

            The specialty is promising into the foreseeable future. United States is experiencing rising number of older patients and shortage of nurses in this level throughout the country (Nurse Journal, 2019b). It is projected that there will be eight million individuals aged 65 years and more by 2025 in the United States. All this population will be in need to geriatric care services (Schneidereith & Daniels, 2019). Geriatric nurses are preferred they are qualified to care older adults. in addition, are preferred since they provide a cost-effective workforce that may help healthcare systems (Schneidereith  & Daniels, 2019).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

            There are several professional organizations related to geriatric nursing profession (Nurse Journal, 2019a). A geriatric nurse should first be registered as a Registered Nurse; implying that her/she must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination. To qualify I should first complete at least 200 hours on hands-on experience in the field of care. Secondly, I have to qualify the certification exam known as the Gerontological Nursing Certification exam, which is offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Nurse Journal, 2019b). Professional Associations for Gerontology nurses include the National Association for Professional Gerontologitsts (NAPG), American Society on Aging (ASA), Gerontology Society of America (AGS), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) (Best Value Schools, 2019).

            NAPG is the authoritative organization for credentialing gerontologists. Credentialing process validates professional experience and academic performance before one becomes a NAPG member. A gerontologist must be competent in one of the five levels including student, scholar/professional affiliate, certificate/associate gerontological coordinator, gerontological specialists/baccalaureate or gerontologist/graduate. NAPG also promotes standards for professional discipline, which helps to improve credibility of its members. In addition, NAPG offers various continuing education classes for professional development (Best Schools, 2019). As a member of the NAPG is should remain within the scope and maintain the standards for practice for gerontological nurses. This include being aware about legislative, regulatory and other legal issues that pertains to my professions. The standards include standard for practice and standards for professional performance (ANA, 2010).  

On the other hand, ASA is diverse association whose members may include researchers, students, administrators, policymakers, educators and owners of associated businesses. Similarly, AGS has a diverse set of members including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants, and social workers/ AGS aims to promote the study of geriatrics. NCOA is a non-profit organization that helps people who are 60 years and over (Best Schools, 2019). Professional development is a life-long process that is facilitated by professional organizations. I ought to join all the above mentioned professional organizations since it provides nurses with continuing education, role-related competencies, certification opportunities, and education conferences (Schneider, 2015).


American Nurses Association. (2010). Gerontological nursing: scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, Md.: Author.

Ameritech College of Healthcare. (2019). The 7 highest-paying nursing specialties. Retrieved on Apr 014, 2019 from, https://www.ameritech.edu/blog/highest-paying-nursing-specialties/

Best Value Schools. (2019). 5 professional associations for gerontology personnel. Retrieved on Apr 14, 2019 from, https://www.bestvalueschools.com/lists/5-professional-associations-for-gerontology-personnel/

Nurse Journal. (2019a). The 20 best nursing career specialties. Retrieved on Apr 14, 2019 from, https://nursejournal.org/community/20-best-nursing-career-specialties-for-the-future/

Nurse Journal. (2019b). Geriatric nurse careers and salary outlook. Retrieved on Apr 14, 2019 from, https://nursejournal.org/geriatric-nursing/geriatric-nurse-careers-salary-outlook/

Nurse Practitioner Schools. (2019). What is a nurse anesthetist? Retrieved on Apr 14, 2019 from, https://www.nursepractitionerschools.com/faq/what-is-a-nurse-anesthetist/

Schneider, A. (2015). Nursing organizations: The role they play in professional development. Retrieved on Apr 15, 2019 from, https://www.rn.com/nursing-organizations-the-role-they-play-in-professional-development/

Schneidereith, T., & Daniels, A. (2019). Integration of simulation to prepare adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners.  Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 26, 18-33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2018.10.009




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