Monday, December 28, 2015

WGU: BSN "Professional Roles and Values" - a Walkthrough

EDIT: Revision from the Mighty WGU has been pushed out! Red alert!!! :-p
There may be more than one versions of this paper now. However, don't press the panic button as yet. There is this Mr. Newcomb's scenario that NOW separately discusses the four nursing ethics principles. So the paper breaks into 2. There are other additional sections added to the other part of the paper. The length has increased. BUT.... it's essentially the same. Relax...Calm down!

This task, unlike Community Health Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice, is not that tedious though still requires a bit of careful thinking and writing. The basic purpose of this paper is to inculcate in the nurse an understanding of the professional roles and values s/he is to follow in the workplace.

In this post, once again, I am going to walk you through all the steps as clearly and precisely as possible. Before we begin, please take note that this task also carries quite a few useful resources that can be of great help to you to understand the main idea. Have a look at my previous post, PYT1: Leadership Experience, to find out more on how the complementary resources for this task can be helpful to write a good paper.

Like all the papers, the Instructions and the Rubric are the most invaluable resources for this paper as well, and you need to religiously follow the two resources for a good end-product. However, once you understand the instructions (that you will, after carefully going through the document), I would suggest keeping ONLY the Rubric open on your computer screen to avoid any unnecessary distractions that the two documents, Instructions and Rubric, together can cause. We're playing simple.

Now, let's begin talking some serious business: Professional Roles and Values paper. I will directly discuss the prompts given on the Rubric to help you the most without any confusion.

A. Functional Differences
This prompt, the first on the list, asks you to demonstrate your clear understanding of "the functional differences between a regulatory agency, such as a BRN, and a PNO as it pertains to the candidate’s professional nursing practice" (Rubric).

Precisely, then, a BRN strives to ensure that certain standards are followed statewide for regulatory excellence for public health. You can visit the NCSBN website for a thorough understanding.

Likewise, a professional nursing organization such as American Nurses Association (ANA) provides support, assistance, and motivation to professional nurses to network and collaborate with other nurses to grow professionally. It also has a focus on policy, practice, and politics in the interest of professional nurses. Check its Statement of Purpose.

You can quote these two resources and dedicate on paragraph to each. You also might want to add a book or journal reference to make it even juicier.

B. Nursing Code Examples
This can be tricky, but it's easy. It asks you to exhibit your understanding of at least "2 examples of how provisions from a nursing code of ethics influence [your] practice" (Rubric).

Simply, visit this page Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements (ANA) and choose 2 of the given provisions that closely relate to your nursing style and aptitude. For a logical discussion, simply quote 1 or 2 references from available research.

So, let's say that you've picked up Provision 1: Respect for Inherent Dignity and Provision 3: To Protect the Health of people. Quote these provisions verbatim following APA and then extend the discussion by making references to 1 or 2 reliable sources and adding your viewpoint in between.

C. Professional Traits
It asks you to discuss at length the "4 professional traits from the ANA Code of Ethics" that you "will bring to an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals" (Rubric).

Very similar to the above, here you need to discuss these provisions according to your nursing style and aptitude, i.e. how you would follow these provisions in the workplace. Once again, quote the provisions and provide a few references while you push in your perspective.

D. Nursing Theory
This is plain simple. Just recall a nursing theory that has influenced you from your reading or training. Provide details about the individual and link the theory to your professional practice. For instance, say you have been influenced by Watson's theory of care, just discuss precisely its major tenets and relate it to the present-day health care context. Pick a theory from Nursing Theory.

D1. Theory in Professional Practice
Now, discuss the same theory in relation to its impact on your duties and roles as a professional nurse. So, for example, you can say that Watson attaches a good deal of importance to interpersonal processes of providing health care. Hence, I have always found that good interpersonal communication with patients helps me to understand their issues well and to provide them with better health care.

E. Contributions
This prompt asks you to critically discuss "how the contributions of 1 historical nursing figure have impacted" your "professional nursing practice" (Rubric).

Simply pick an individual who has influenced you and relate his or her influence to your professional practice. For instance, if you've been influenced by Watson, say how you apply his influence to your workplace, i.e. I always follow Watson and have greatly improved my interpersonal communication skills, etc.

F. Scenario
Phew! The last prompt! It asks you to discuss your professional practice in the light of the principles of health care given in the Instructions file, i.e. (1) Beneficence, (2) Nonmaleficence, (3) Respect for autonomy, and (4) Justice.

So, say, you've chosen (3) and (4). You can relate these to your specific context saying that you listened to patient Mr. ABC carefully and decreased his dosage of xyz medication (after consulting the physician) - meeting Principle (3). For (4), you might state that patient ABC was left unattended for a few hours as some road accident casualties got the attention of the entire team on the floor. However, you kept moving back and forth to check patient ABC because it was necessary that he receive care too. Thus, though you had to put a lot of effort to attend to both situations, you were satisfied that you did justice with patient ABC by providing as much care as your humanly skills and competencies could have allowed you.


PS: Remember that this task is 8-10 pages long (for a better grade). Each of the prompts requires you to cite references from professional organizations' webpages, stats, books, and journals.

I hope you found the post helpful. Should you need any assistance, please feel free to drop me an email at meokhan2/at/gmail/dot/com.

Happy Nursing!

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