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Professional Progress Summary NURS 431- Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Purpose of Assignment The purpose of this paper

is to address the students attainment of all eight behaviors and/or competencies that are specific outcomes of the program including: critical thinking, nursing practice, communication, teaching, research, leadership, professionalism, and culture. Student Approach to Assignment This paper summarized my progress in the eight core curriculum objectives through the nursing program. Looking back at my past clinical log from the very first clinical until now really made me realize how much I have grown over the past six semesters. I also talked about my strengths and areas for improvement. Overall, this paper is a thoughtful reflection of my nursing school experience. Reason for Inclusion of the Assignment in the Portfolio This assignment is included in the portfolio because it highlights the care that I gave to a complex patient and demonstrates integration of a wide variety of end of program behaviors. Critical Thinking Evaluates nursing care outcomes through the acquisition of data and the questioning of inconsistencies. Nursing Practice. Implements traditional nursing care practices as appropriate to provide holistic health care to diverse populations across the lifespan Communication Adapts communication methods to patients with special needs Expresses oneself and communicates effectively with diverse groups and disciplines using a variety of media in a variety of contexts Accesses and utilizes data and information from a wide range of sources to enhance patient and professional communication Teaching Uses information technologies and other appropriate methods to communicate health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention across the life span Uses information technologies and other appropriate methods to enhance ones own knowledge base Research Differentiates between descriptive nursing literature and published reports of nursing research Leadership

Assumes a leadership role within ones scope of practice as a designer, manager, and coordinator of health care to meet the special needs of vulnerable populations in a variety of practice settings Delegates and supervises the nursing care given by others while retaining the accountability for the quality of care given to the patient Professionalism Advocates for professional standards of practice using organizational and political processes Culture Considers the impact of research outcomes and, the effects of health and social policies, on persons from diverse backgrounds