Program of Study (POS) and the Professional Development Plan (PDP)

| March 26, 2015
FIRST:The Program of Study (POS) for your specialization and the Professional Development Plan (PDP) help you to become familiar with
the courses you will take, when they will be completed, and how the degree program fits into your overall academic and professional
goals. For this Assignment, you write a Professional Development Plan to submit to the Week 5 Assignment Turnitin link.
Throughout your degree program you will create a professional portfolio. In each course, one Assignment will be designated for
inclusion in your portfolio. This portfolio provides a rich opportunity to evidence your growth as a scholar-practitioner. For this
course, your PDP will serve as the artifact for your Portfolio.
Note: As you progress through the program, ensure that you save all of your portfolio assignments on your computer and to backup those
files to a secure device such as a flash drive or external hard drive. You will have a variety of Instructors throughout your program,
and it is your responsibility to save these assignments for your portfolio.
TIP: Create a new folder for each course on your computer’s hard drive using the course number and title. Within each course folder,
create an additional folder and label it “Portfolio.” Then, save the Portfolio assignment with a clear title such as “Professional
Development Plan.”
To prepare:
•Review the information on the Program of Study (POS) and Professional Development Plan (PDP) presented in this week’s Learning
•Review the Week 5 Assignment Rubric presented in this week’s Learning Resources.
•Develop your Professional Development Plan (PDP) following the example presented in the Learning Resources and the assignment grading
rubric criteria. Ensure that all content required is included in paper.
To complete:
•Utilizing Microsoft Word, begin by formatting the paper in correct APA (i.e. title page, double space, Times New Roman size 12 font,
headers, page numbers, headings).
•To ensure that all content required is included in the paper, review Week 5 Professional Development Plan assignment rubric and the
Professional Development Plan example.
•Write your PDP using scholarly writing, correct grammar, and proper APA citations. Review the APA Basics Checklist: Citations,
Reference List, and Style to make sure that your citations are correct. This document should represent your best professional effort.
•Casey, D., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. British Journal of Community
Nursing, 15(11), 547–552.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Throughout your degree program you will build a professional portfolio. Review this article, and consider what sort of artifacts you
would like to include in your portfolio.
•Smith, L. S. (2011). Showcase your talents with a career portfolio. Nursing, 41(7), 54–56. doi:10.1097/01.NURSE.0000398641.62631.8e
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This brief article provides suggestions for building and using a professional portfolio.
•Thompson, T. (2011). Electronic portfolios for professional advancement. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal For Advanced Nursing
Practice, 25(4), 169–170.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
An electronic portfolio can be easily kept up to date and may even be preferred by potential employers. As you read this article,
consider the advantages of keeping an electronic portfolio.
•Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (n.d.). Continuing competence: My professional development plan
(PDP)—Information. Retrieved from
•Walden University. (2012l). Walden University writing center: Paper templates. Retrieved from
Download and review the School of Nursing APA and Writing Guidelines and School of Nursing Sample Paper located under item 8. Use the
sample paper as a guide when completing your Assignment.
This website presents strategies for developing a professional development plan.
I am a psychiatric nurse in Hospital Washington D.C. I have over seven years of experience in the health care education and organizing
schemes for addressing health inconsistencies through consideration and public action. Apart from being an active health worker I have
also conducted training, development of advocacy against stigma and providing resources to the groups working to address issues of
HIV/STI. I am married with two wonderful kids (18 months and 3 years). I love reading, spending time with the family and shopping. My
goal is to become a family nurse practitioner in next two year and I look forward to spending my six weeks with everyone in this
SECONDLY:Health Care Policy
In this week’s media presentation, Dr. Trautman, Dr. Wakefield, and Ms. Coyle discuss how public policies initiated at the national or
state level ultimately influence what occurs at the institutional and local level of nursing practice and health care delivery. Health
care policy usually is developed to address health care cost, quality, or access, or a combination of the three. Due to the nature of
their interaction with patients, nurses are well situated to be effective, knowledgeable advocates for their patients.
In this week’s Discussion, you will examine how current policies impact how you as a nurse provide health care. You will then select
an issue of interest and determine how you could advocate for policy in that area.
To prepare:
•Select one public policy that currently is impacting you and your practice. Consider the following: ?What health care driver was the
policy designed to address: cost, quality, access, or a combination?
?Does the policy appear to be achieving its intended results? On what data are you basing your assumption?
?What have been the effects (adverse or positive) of this policy on health care cost, quality, and access?
?How is this policy affecting your nursing practice?
•Next, select a health care issue—something you see or experience on a daily basis—about which you would like to influence a practice
change through the policy process.
•Review the Learning Resources, focusing on Kingdon’s Model. How would you utilize this model to guide your policy development?
Post by Day 3 a brief description of a public policy that is having an impact on your practice; summarize your analysis of the policy
using the bulleted list above as a guide. Then, summarize the issue you would like to influence though a change in public policy, and
outline how you would utilize Kingdon’s Model to guide your policy development.
•Milstead, J. A. (2013). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and
Bartlett Publishers. ?Chapter 1, “Advanced Practice Nurses and Public Policy, Naturally” (pp. 1–27)
This chapter explains public policy and the nurse’s role in directing health care issues to the government and securing a response.
?Chapter 2, “Agenda Setting” (pp. 19–44)
This chapter provides examples of the process of moving a problem to the attention of the government so the solution can be considered
at the state and federal levels.
?Chapter 3, “Government Response: Legislation—Politics: Playing the Game” (pp. 45–71)
This chapter explores the multiple factors that influence the development of public policy through the legislative branch of
•Coalition for Patients’ Rights. (2012). Retrieved from
This website details the initiative of the Coalition for Patients’ Rights, which seeks to ensure that patients everywhere have access
to the quality health care providers of their choice.
•University of Washington School of Medicine. (n.d.) Ethics in medicine: Managed care. Retrieved from
This article explains the effects and ethical concerns associated with managed care, which integrates payment with the delivery of
health care.
•Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012b). Health policy and politics. Baltimore, MD: Author.
•Milstead, J. A. (2013). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and
Bartlett Publishers. ?Chapter 5, “Policy Design” (pp 111–123)
?Chapter 6, “Implementation” (pp. 125–136)
?Chapter 7, “Program Evaluation” (pp. 137–159)

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