What are the challenges faced during your studies? while balancing work, school, and my personal life, especially with the birth of my second grandson and the complications faced by my daughter-in-law afterwards

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Shelley Williamson 

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Dear Professor and Class, I am not sure if I will use the ePortfolio as a career tool as it is something new to me.  I am 54 years old and have been creating my own resumes for over 30 years now and prefer the ‘old-fashioned’ approach.  I do feel having to write out my short-term and long-term goals was helpful because writing them out and setting a specific deadline kind of sets things in stone, doesn’t it?

The challenges I had during my studies were balancing work, school, and my personal life, especially with the birth of my second grandson and the complications faced by my daughter-in-law afterwards.  I had to take a term off to care for her and my grandsons so she could recover and so that my son did not have to take off work.  I was able to restart the RN to BSN program right away during the next term without losing a beat and only pushing my graduation out by 2 months.

My professional role, either formal or informal, with my colleagues won’t change.  It has been suggested to me by my coworkers to seek out an administrative position because I have good interpersonal skills, but I am not interested in becoming a manager, as I enjoy working on the floor and directly with patients.

I feel the most challenging course I had was Nursing Research and putting together the final research paper.  I really struggled with it and did not receive the best grade; however, the instructor was very supportive in their feedback and it helped me to understand the nursing research process better.

Tips that I would give to other RNs coming into this program is to definitely not procrastinate with your work, especially the big assignments. When your classes first start, look at each individual week and what is coming up, so that you have an idea of how to plan your work, school, and personal schedules.

Kamela Goodman 

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As I reflect back on my journey through out this BSN program, it gives me much gratification. It was a long journey, especially having to take time off in the middle, for unforeseen circumstances but I am glad to reach the end. I believe the ePortfolio is a great tool to be used  towards my  career goals but not specifically towards advancing in my job. I can use it personally to remind me of my goals and of the lessons I’ve attained during this program. As far as career setting, I have never heard of an employer requesting a portfolio for job consideration.

My role with my colleagues will change, because currently I am not working as a RN. Accomplishing my BSN will propel me into a different role. This role will only help me to encourage my colleagues to take a similar path to advancement.

Challenges I faced during my studies included being diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder that had me in the hospital, loosing my mother -in-law suddenly, and financial hardship. These were very challenging times that made me want to quit many times. It took a tole on me mentally and physically. It not only affected me but it affected my family. To overcome these road blocks, I had to pray, know when to take time away, and pray, pray, pray again.  Nurses are to be aware of their own mental health. It has a tremendous effect on your ability to think, act, and empathize. As nurses we take care of the needs of others before ourselves but it can be dangerous if your caretaking instincts come at the cost of your own mental health (2015).

My advice for RNs considering this program is to get started. I’ve always tried to wait for the right time but it will never be the right time. Getting started is the first major step. You don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great- Les Brown.

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Lisa Otten 

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As you look back on Sessions A & B of Public Health Nursing, reflect on what you knew then and what you know now about the role of the public health nurse and her/his importance locally as well as globally to various communities.

Public health nursing covers a many areas of nursing but has the primary focus of health promotion and prevention. It is not just treating individuals but looking at populations and communities. The public health nurse have many roles they can fill. According to Kulbok, Thatcher, Park, and Meszaros (2012), “these are roles that involve collaboration and partnerships with communities and populations to address health and social conditions and problems”.  Through surveillance, gathering data and assessment, a plan can be developed for the identified problem and interventions implemented. Once a plan of action is in place, it is then evaluated for the desired outcome.

Through planning, education and research, they are instrumental in the promotion and prevention of disease in various entities. They can be school nurses, home health nurses, hospice nurses, work directly with the public health department, and in other roles that they are required to report diseases and abuse. The public health nurse will look at problems and how they effect a community or population and educate to maintain health and prevent disease. I have learned that even though I do not work directly in home health, there is a crossover from the ER and public health. I am much more aware of the vulnerable populations and social determinants of health. Literacy, access to care and language barriers make it very difficult to for many to admit they need help. However, with increased education, there is hope for better health maintenance and health care outcomes After doing the windshield survey assignment last session, I can not drive through an area now without evaluating it. I have a much heightened overall awareness of public health and have a better understanding of where I can obtain resources.

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Olga Vizcaino 

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Good afternoon professor and class!

My knowledge of public health nurse, its importance and tasks has been improved tremendously. I learned the roles and responsibilities of a public health nurse, they are: to focus on the overall improvement of health within a particular community or population and recognize their unmet needs. They use their skills to help support the health of people, some of their responsibilities are: to practice analysis and assessment of individuals within our community. The information is used to create a plan of care. They also help in policy development, financial management and leadership programs. Their role includes tasks such as collaboration, advocacy and planning. I did not know they were actively involved in the three levels of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary). I better understood that they promote and protect the health of the community, they look to social aspects along with  public health science. The ultimate goal of a public health nurse is to help in the prevention of disease and disability (Association of Public Health Nurses [APHN], 2019).

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Lisa Otten 

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I finished my clinical hours last week and have been trying to get caught up on my assignments and presentations. I am taking a break from them to write this post as I only have a little more than an hour left to get this done. My greatest challenges have been lack of time and very little sleep. I am averaging 3-4 hours of sleep per 24 hour period. I work nights so my sleep is different. The more exhausted I get, the more difficult it is to think. However, somehow and some way I will get everything done as I have come too far to quit now. I was able to complete the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Manager Certificate program though. Even with that, I am feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and on the verge of completely falling apart. This last 8 weeks is not how I usually function but I have been stretched to the limit and just don’t have enough hours in the day.  I am finding it difficult to concentrate as we live in a small place and my significant other is having to do lectures and zoom sessions as he teaches 3 classes of college biochem. They converted to online due to COVID and this was not planned. It is very distracting and he can’t go anywhere else due to COVID. This has caused increased stress at home too. I know COVID is having far reaching effects on many people as there is no normal any more. Locally, they are closing most things again and I am sure this time, there will be more resistance which may cause more violence. I am beginning to think, what will happen next? Overall, 2020 is a disaster.

Kamela Goodman 

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Since finishing my clinical hours I have developed such a love for working with the community. It gives much gratification to be able to help those in the community. As the world continues to face the difficulties brought on by COVID 19, we are all learning to adjust and pull through, some more than others. At my clinical site, I have seen the world as it is, very diverse. We are all made up of the same thing. We are all humans but with different backgrounds, skin color, and cultures. It’s not one way to overcome, but many ways, with many moving parts to come together for one good.” We have faced grave crises before. But if we want to come out of this unscathed in the long run, we must plan for unprecedented impact and collaboration in the short run. We’ll overcome this crisis, but only if we work together and dig in” (Schwab & Vanham, 2020). Much success to everyone and congratulations on completing your BSN! Thank you professor for your all your help, time, and guidance.

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