Sample Nursing Personal Reflection Paper on Registered Nurses (RN)

Introduction

The healthcare system is complex today implying that nurses require higher level of nursing education to improve their ability to provide quality patient-focused care. As such, Registered Nurses (RN) are expected to gain more knowledge, and competence to enable them take up leadership roles, initiate system changes, and participate in policy formulation. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum and program provide the RNs with the necessary skills and competence required to address the ever-growing needs of the patients. Pursuing a BSN program expands a nurse’s scope of practice and present opportunities for career growth.

Personal journey of transition

Professionals decide to transition from a RN to BSN to position themselves into nursing leadership and management roles to participate in high level decision-making directly impacting on healthcare stakeholders. I sought to advance my nursing knowledge to stay relevant and ferociously competitive in the nursing field because BSN-prepared nurses can thrive in myriad health setting. However, the transition journey has not been smooth as I had to coordinate between work and professional advancement. Put differently, I experienced challenges relating to academic and professional transition. The transition directly affected by professional and personal life. Indeed, there is a widespread perception that RNs have to give up their full time jobs to attend nursing school (Murphy et al., 2015). However, I never abandoned by professional responsibilities while pursuing BSN as I adjusted my daily schedule with the employers to attend classes on a part-time basis.

Nevertheless, I had to contend with reduced responsibilities at work having been granted reduced working hours by my administrator. Notably, I adhered to my nursing goals of providing care to patients, meaning I never abandoned a patent midway due to strenuous academic demands. Though, there are instances when I encountered stress trying to complete assignments at the same time addressing concerns raised by patients and healthcare administrators. I managed to tackle the work stress by maintaining a positive attitude towards work and career progress. Ideally, I had to create a balanced between work, family and academic responsibility. I spent extra time with family, friends and participated in several routine activities like jogging and light runs. I had to create the balance to help prevent burnout and take a rest from the demanding healthcare setting and nursing school environment.

Personal values and beliefs about nursing

The most significant nursing values and beliefs guiding my competent practice are dedication and integrity. I have primarily dedicated my efforts to take care of the elderly and the less-privileged members of the population regardless of their gender, income, and ethnicity. I have also been able to work with multidisciplinary teams composed of different medical professionals like nutritionists, midwives, and physicians. I have dedicated myself to supporting other professionals accomplish their responsibilities and thrive in their careers. I believe in helping professionals with demanding workloads and constantly open to relive others take time off to pursue ongoing education or special life events. As well, I have survived in the using professional because I believe in the principle of integrity. I believe that nursing professional require people of integrity who can protect privacy and confidentiality. As such, I consistently utilize patient’s data for intended purposes, and no instance have I gossiped about a patient or colleague. I have always adhered to HIPAA necessity that hold nurses accountable for sharing patient data with third parties.

The academic transition was influenced by an encounter with a violent and abusive patient who constantly complained about pain she was experiencing in the lower abdomen. The patient is among those I have observed other nurses deny services because they are problematic to work with. Therefore, my transition to BSN is to better equip me with cultural competencies to understand the values, beliefs and behaviors of diverse patents drawn from diverse cultural backgrounds. On that occasion, I can participate in changing nursing guidelines and procedures to accommodate all patients regardless of their violent behavior or nature.

Meeting nursing goals through BSN

Pursuing a BSN degree can expand the scope of my nursing practice by availing more opportunities for growth and recognition. In addition, BSN-prepared nurses acquire leadership, and management skills to allow them to sit in boardrooms discussing how to initiate policy and procedure changes aimed at improving care provision to patients. However, the most essential goal that BSN degree can help accomplish is acquiring knowledge and ability to develop and implement cultural competencies when dealing with special groups, minority communities, the elderly, and the neglected people drawn from different cultural backgrounds. Therefore, BSN can empower me address the needs of underserved and less-privileged members of the growing American population. Goodman (2015) reports that most of the nurses transitioning from RN to BSN are aged between 31 and 40 years to secure employment and achieve nursing goals. I am at the right age to pursue the program. Besides, the position of Goodman (2015) about the individuals intending to transition to BSN being culturally diverse aligns with my career goal of acquiring culture competence skills to help people from diverse cultures. In addition, the BSN is suited for nurses from disparate cultural backgrounds that after graduation can go back and provide essential nursing services to their culturally unique community members.

Conclusion

Transitioning from RN to BSN is a challenging endeavor considering that nurses involved are aged more than 30 years and above. The aspiring nurses have to contend with increased work, personal and academic life demands as they attempt to accomplish their nursing goals. The goal of many nurses pursuing BSN is to get employment and access varied leadership and management opportunities. However, my nursing goal is to provide care and support indiscriminately regardless of a patient’s cultural background. I believe that BSN adequately equip nurses with varied cultural competence skills necessary in providing wholesome care to patients.

 

References

Goodman, T. (2015). RN-to-BSN programs key to reaching an important nursing goal. AORN, 102(1), 1-2.

Murphy, M., Staffileno, B. & Carlson, E. (2015). Collaboration among DNP and PhD prepared nurses: Opportunity to drive positive change. J Prof Nurs, 31(5), 388-394.