Personal Development Plan

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Professional Development Plan Kaplan University Professional Development Plan Having spent four years in the United States Marine Corp, I had no clue on what direction I wanted to go after being discharged. Luckily for me my mother, a 25 year veteran of the Intensive Care Unit, suggested that I go to nursing school. To keep her happy, and to keep the rent free, nursing school is what I did. My last semester I was able to do a rotation in the Emergency Room (ER) and I knew that is where my future lay. The hustle and bustle, the ever changing scenarios, that’s what I wanted to do. After graduation I was fortunate enough to land a position as a staff nurse in a local ER. I spent six months on orientation, soaking things up like a sponge, learning what I could and six months after that I was placed in a charge nurse position. In addition to this role I am also a certified CPR instructor and volunteer my time to run classes for healthcare providers and the general public. I have helped organize a 5k for cancer awareness to help benefit our cancer center, and it is currently in the third year running. I belong to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), which according to research by Fitzpatrick, Campo, and Lavandero (2011) states that “Certification is generally accepted as a mark of professional excellence” (Fitzpatrick, Campo & Lavandero, 2011). I currently hold certifications in ACLS, PALS, ENPC, CPI, and will be attending classes for TNCC. I have been instrumental in the implementation of the hospitals therapeutic hypothermia protocol, instructing staff in the use of hypothermia equipment, and ongoing education. Outside of my hospital based position I also work for a medical equipment company as a sales rep and support person for their line of negative pressure wound therapy. Goals The first of my short term goals include completing the Certified

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