Professional Development Plan

Slide 2 – Introduction: Professional Development Plan (PDP) & Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

The professional development plan (PDP) is arguably the most important tool in scientifically supported reading instruction. It is defined as a set of actionable steps that include the goals, values, competencies, and objectives that a career guider must achieve in order to support ongoing career development. There is a need for a training where teachers and nurse educators research and discuss various methods students learn and various instructional strategies (Feldacker et al., 2017). Furthermore, extensive class follow-up is required during PDP implementation. It is a pervasive process that occurs throughout the teaching and learning process and involves people besides than the teachers and students. Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript


The purpose of a PDP, as highlighted in the slide, is to enable students to achieve their full potential, to support consistent implementation of a reading program, to boost faculty morale, commitment, and collaboration, to cultivate future mentors, coaches, and experts in school, and to ensure that all teachers are involved in students’ career development and that no one is left behind.

Program learning outcomes (PLO), on the other hand, refer to the knowledge, competency, or values that a student is expected to have at the end of the training program. Students can use the PLO to conduct a self-evaluation of what they learned in the course. It also provides teachers with an opportunity to assess students’ understanding of the course and identify areas of weakness that need to be addressed in future course work. Furthermore, PLO serve as a course design template, so a well-organized student can simply look at the PLO, read around it, and pass their final exams. The RN-BSN SIMPath program’s ten PLOS are listed below.

  • Assume leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within health care organizations.
  • Enhance professional nursing practice through the use of research and evidence-based practice.
  • Integrate methods of research and scholarship to make and prioritize diagnoses.
  • Design care for individuals, groups and communities.
  • Incorporate methods of health promotion and education in nursing care of individuals, families and groups with simple to complex health care needs.
  • Accept accountability and responsibility for professional judgment and actions.
  • Integrate professional values and role behaviors.
  • Examine the problems of contemporary health and illness.
  • Demonstrate the role of the global citizen.
  • Collaborate with other groups to shape health policies that affect both individual and community health. Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a summary of how learning in this program has impacted my practice. With a focus on each of the PLO, find in the following slides, an elaborate discussion of the impact of the program to my practice.


Collaboration is essential in healthcare for achieving care goals. All aspects of care are overseen by a multidisciplinary team. Nurses, physicians, certified diabetes educators, podiatrists, community health workers, and nutritionists, for example, are all involved in the care of a diabetic patient. To lead a multidisciplinary team, essential leadership skills such as excellent communication, decision-making ability, and problem-solving abilities must be developed (Sfantou et al., 2017). A leader must be able to establish rapport with the team, listen actively, and be approachable if a team member has questions or concerns. Furthermore, a leader must be able to rise to the occasion and make difficult decisions. I healthcare, decision making is one of the most common tasks performed. A leader’s ability to think critically is also important, and decisions about patient care must be made after careful consideration of all options (Sfantou et al., 2017 Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript). The diagram depicted in the slide highlights four major leadership roles that are essential in managing a multidisciplinary team. According to the diagram, any leader must be a visionary in order to inspire organizational and individual growth, a tactician in order to ensure that care objectives are met, a facilitator in order to work smoothly with others to achieve results, and a contributor in order to apply personal competencies to achieve results.

SLIDE 4 – Enhancing Professional Nursing Practice Through Research and EBP

The concept of evidence-based practice is rapidly gaining traction in healthcare. Despite its proven importance, students and teachers continue to struggle to put it into practice. Reid et al. (2017) define evidence-based practice as the deliberate and explicit use of current evidence in making patient-care decisions. It is critical that care is provided in accordance with the most recent medical and nursing guidelines. Quality care is ensured as a result of this. A teaching university in the United Kingdom introduced evidence-based nursing modules into the curriculum of nursing students during their first year of undergraduate studies in an effort to integrate evidence-based practice into student culture. Using the evidence-based care beliefs scale, the majority of students strongly agreed at the end of the program that the use of EBP results in the best clinical care for patients (Reid et al., 2017). The slide above emphasizes the importance of incorporating EBP modules into undergraduate curricula and providing students with opportunities to participate in research.

SLIDE 5 – Methods of Research and Scholarship

Knowledge and practice experience are required to make an accurate diagnosis. Nurses gain this knowledge through classwork, practice, or in the field when given research opportunities. Nurses use research in a variety of ways to make and prioritize diagnoses. For example, when formatting nursing diagnoses, the problem (P), evidence (E), and signs and symptoms (S) format is used. A nursing diagnosis in a diabetic patient, for example, would be as follows: Increased risk of unstable blood glucose related to lack of adherence to diabetes medications as evidenced by the high random blood glucose measurements. This is one of the research-informed ways to make and prioritize diagnoses.


Different populations have different care requirements and preferences. Age, culture, environment, literacy, and other factors all influence care requirements. An individual with a tertiary level of education, for example, has a different perception of health compared to an individual with a high school diploma. While the individual with a tertiary level education may have better health seeking behavior, the individual with a high school diploma may regard some health measures, such as health promotion activities, as trivial. As shown in the slide, nurses must tailor their care to the specific needs of each individual. Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript

SLIDE 7 – Methods of Health Promotion and Education in Care of Patients with Simple to Complex Care Needs

As stated in the previous slide, care requirements vary, and one of the factors attributed is age. Consider the patient’s age, the severity of their conditions, and their preferences when developing health promotion and education strategies for them. Acutely ill patients, for example, will benefit from interventions that are implemented as soon as possible, and any delay will cause additional harm. Patients who present with complex conditions, such as maxillofacial injuries, benefit from prompt intervention; following that, health promotion and education will include taking antibiotics as prescribed and refraining from excessive yawning, laughing, or mouth opening until fully recovered from the trauma. Close family support with daily activities is also required for such a patient. Patients with simple conditions, such as mild tension headaches, may only require pain relievers and be discharged with instructions such as avoiding prolonged computer use.

NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN TRANSCRIPT SLIDE 8 – Accountability and Responsibility for Professional Judgement and Actions

Individuals must learn to accept responsibility for their actions in order to practice effectively as nurses. Being responsible reduces the likelihood of errors occurring at work, as well as the likelihood of employees blaming one another. Leading a multidisciplinary team necessitates responsibility, which is a core feature of leadership. Professional judgment, on the other hand, refers to the ability to use one’s knowledge, skills, and experience to make decisions that are consistent with ethical laws and principles (Oldland et al., 2020 Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript). Professional judgment is cultivated through advancements in nursing education and experience. The SIMPath program is an example of continuous nursing education and one method for improving professional judgment.

SLIDE 9 – Professional values and role behaviors

This slide focuses on the core values and role behaviors expected of nurses. As stated in the slide above, altruism is one of the most important values that nurses must develop. Altruism is defined as being selfless and prioritizing the interests of others (Poorchangizi et al., 2019). The primary goal of healthcare is to provide the highest quality of care to patients. Deviation from the primary objectives leads to poor results. Nurses must be able to put their patients’ needs first and do everything in their power to provide the best care possible. This value is enhanced by ongoing education and practice. The ability of nurses to perform nursing actions based on their knowledge, competence, and professional expertise is referred to as autonomy (Poorchangizi et al., 2019 Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript). Nurses have the advantage of being able to carry out their duties independently, without interference from coworkers. It is an important value because it allows employees to do their best while also allowing them to self-reflect on areas where they fall short. Human dignity is defined as respect for each individual and the ability to treat each individual as a unique individual. Human dignity must be the most important value in order for a nurse-patient relationship to be effective; the relationship is built on mutual respect. Patients must feel at ease with their caregivers before disclosing information about their illnesses and families. Care providers must also respect one another in order to avoid workplace conflicts.

SLIDE 10 – Problems of contemporary health and illness

Because of a lack of participation in health promotion activities, contemporary health issues have grown. Cardiovascular diseases, for example, are a common chronic condition in the United States, with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Physical inactivity, a high-fat diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption are all risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. People in today’s society place a high value on partying, which includes the consumption of junk food and alcohol, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Food celebrations are important events in some societies, and refusing food is considered impolite (Salihu & Azuine, 2020 Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript). Sedentary lifestyles in the United States are exacerbated by a large number of people owning cars (Salihu & Azuine, 2020), which leads to increased rates of physical activity, putting people at risk for a variety of diseases. Diabetes mellitus and obesity pose the same risks as cardiovascular events.

SLIDE 11 – Role of global citizen

A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the larger world. Nurses play an important role in global citizenship because their knowledge, skills, and experience place them on the front lines of care for individuals, families, and communities (Sfantou et al., 2017 Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript). Nurses understand the various diseases that are unique to different parts of the world and, as a result, can practice in any part of the world. The community also views nurses as an important group in carrying out community actions such as widespread immunization of children or cancer screening of adults.

SLIDE 12 – shaping health policies through collaborations

Nursing advocacy roles allow patients’ interests to be protected. Nurses, in their capacity as patient advocates, defend their patients’ rights. Some nursing advocacy roles include developing health policies to protect both patients and nurses. As a result, it is recommended that nurses take on more leadership roles in order to lobby for health policies. The development of health policies necessitates a collaborative approach involving a multidisciplinary team. This team’s members include health insurance companies, doctors, government officials, community health workers, and so on. The ultimate goal of nursing advocacy is to protect patients’ rights and interests while also voicing their own concerns and grievances.


My short-term objectives include completing all of my assignments on time, maintaining good grades, and graduating on time. My daily activities will be scheduled by the hour, allowing me to account for how I spend my time. By doing so, I will be able to plan my study and assignment completion times so that I can complete them by the due date. This will also allow me to check the quality of my work, which will ultimately earn me good grades. Nursing Professional Development Plan Transcript

Long-term goals include earning my master’s degree in nursing, starting a business, and returning to school to earn my doctorate in nursing. After completing my BSN, I intend to pursue an advanced degree. With my advanced knowledge, this will allow me to provide the best care possible. Finally, I intend to start my own business in order to give back to my community.

SLIDE 14 – Conclusion

Multiple methods can be used to facilitate student learning in the nursing profession. Although multiple intelligence is an ancient method of learning, modern teaching styles, such as the SIMPath program used in my course, are superior. This program places a premium on achieving the ten learning outcomes mentioned earlier in the slides. Nursing, as a pragmatic course, necessitates the application of knowledge into practice; this aids in the acquisition of the skills required for practice. As a global citizen, the program provides me with the necessary skills to serve my community. I am deeply grateful to the community for its faith in me as a caregiver, and I do everything in my power to be a competent novice nurse. My long-term goals are to advance my career by earning a Master’s degree and then a doctorate degree in a nursing sub-specialization that I have yet to decide on.


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