Â·How did planning this change project and completing the program change your career or outlook on your career?
Starting this program was with a whole intent as a steppingstone to get my FNP degree. There was time when I was considering making the change from FNP to psych. We have an immense population with behavior health problems where I live. The idea of being able to help these individuals was interesting. I think my friend that works as a Psych NP was more encouraging with the high compensation aspect. My passion and motivation have always been on weight loss and helping others. My goal is to be down over 300 pounds when I open my own practice. I am not 100% sure how I will manage to open my own practice or at what point I will make the leap to do it. Most of my family and friends have struggled with obesity. I see people every day struggling with obesity. I read an article the other day that obesity is not a people problem it is a system problem. In the 70s you had three meals a day and worked hard all day long. Now we have cars with a cup holder for every finger. We constantly celebrate with food, snack on a regular basis, and even eat in front of the television or at our computers. The system has become very profitable on eating. Primary care is facing a crisis with the increases in populations and the lack of new primary care providers (Torrens, et al., 2020). Nurse Practitioners can provider excellent quality care the promotes patient satisfaction and help fill this void of needed providers (Torrens, et al., 2020). I love the idea that I can make an impact on patients lives. My own patients live. One day at a time I hope to fill the gaps in research regarding the long term effects and success of the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting.
Lifelong learning means that nurses continue to learn throughout their careers. Although I participate in continuing education both at work and personally in order to maintain my licensure, I have always been one to enjoy reading research studies. I have been known to question why things are done the way they are and have never accepted â€œbecause it has always been done like thisâ€ as an answer. It has taken me 29 years, but I have now just about completed my BSN. I feel that I can now fulfill my scope of practice and standards of care because I now know the evidence-based practice and theory behind why I do the things that I do. Returning to school has rejuvenated my longing to continue learning and feel that the more knowledge that I have, the more my patients will benefit. I now have the ability to offer my patients more options and rationales which they can consider when making informed decisions in their plan of care. Lifelong learning can also expand career advancement opportunities. Over the years there have been several positions that I would have liked to apply for, however, due to the lack of a BSN, I knew I would have never been considered, despite meeting all of the other requirements. For me, lifelong learning is voluntary and self-motivated learning that fulfills and satisfies my own personal goals and curiosity in order to improve my personal and professional skills and give me self-confidence (Qalehasari, 2017).