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Looking Ahead: Self Directed Learning Plan (SDLP) – DRAFT

Purpose:

It’s important to develop your professional goals and how you achieve them in this course and your chosen program.

Directions:

To prepare your SDLP for the review, complete the steps outlined below. If you are prepared to submit it before Unit 7 week, please do so. This will give your instructor an opportunity to connect with you early in the term..

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What do you expect to learn in this course that will help you achieve your academic and professional goals? You are encouraged to reflect earnestly about how the course content and experience might serve your goals, as well as about what you might proactively do in the course to develop in your target areas.

If you have determined there are additional areas from which you would benefit, or areas you would like to replace, this is a good time to do so. Remember, this is your learning plan, so design it to help you achieve your unique goals.

This Assignment will be graded based on evidence of thoughtful development of your SDLP; a draft is due in this unit. Your Unit 7 Draft of the SDLP MUST be submitted in the SDLP Template (you cannot submit a paper). If you have references for the SDLP, these must be added under a Reference Heading at the very end of the SDLP Template. You do not need to submit a title page in APA format with the SDLP Assignment. Your final version, incorporating instructor feedback from the Unit 7 SDLP Draft is due in Unit 9.

SDLP Template

To view the Grading Rubric for this Assignment, please visit the Grading Rubrics section of the Course Resources.

Assignment Requirements:

Before finalizing your work, you should:

· be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above);

· consult the Grading Rubric (under the Course Resources) to make sure you have included everything necessary; and

· utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.

Your writing Assignment should:

· follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);

· be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful; and

· display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.

University Graduate School of Nursing

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PLAN

The Self-Directed Learning Plan (SDLP) is a process and document to chronicle your accomplishments and learning steps through the MSN program and beyond as they relate to your professional goals.

The SDLP will help you to identify and target the array of competencies you need to reach your professional objectives and to help you organize your MSN learning experience to suit your career objectives.


The SDLP will be a section of your Program Portfolio, so take some quality introspective time to consider strengths and areas of development relevant to your career objectives. Knowing your strengths and areas to develop, you can begin a plan to find out what you need to do to achieve your career goals. We encourage you to continue to reflect on the identified areas throughout the MSN program. If you feel a strength or development area is no longer relevant, you may add another to take its place. At any time, you may also add additional areas.

Your Name: Date:

Anticipated Nursing Role:

Professional Goal (3-5 years) from now:

Knowledge that prepares a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Skills that prepare a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Accomplishments that prepare a graduate student for an advanced nursing role:

Strengths to Leverage

Step 1: The most effective and satisfied people align their work with their natural strong points. Identify 3-5 of your key strengths (see Column 1 below); these could be a competency, skill, ability, knowledge area or personal characteristic. Think about how you can leverage those strengths to be effective in your work, achieve your professional goals, and become a leader in your profession.

Step 2: At the beginning of each course in your MSN program, answer the following question either using this template or a narrative format. What do you expect to learn in this course that will help you leverage your strengths? (See Column 2 below) Be as specific as you can, e.g., assume that a strength is your analytical ability.

Step 3: Answer the following questions either using this template or a narrative format. Did you learn what you expected to learn? (See Column 3 below) Was there information or insights that helped you that you didn’t expect to learn at the outset of the course? What changes or additions, if any, will you make to your SDLP based on learning in this course?

Unit 9

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Reference List: Author/Authors

Summary:

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

Contributors:Joshua M. Paiz, Elizabeth Angeli, Jodi Wagner, Elena Lawrick, Kristen Moore, Michael Anderson, Lars Soderlund, Allen Brizee, Russell Keck
Last Edited: 2012-10-31 09:49:18

The following rules for handling works by a single author or multiple authors apply to all APA-style references in your reference list, regardless of the type of work (book, article, electronic resource, etc.)

Single Author

Last name first, followed by author initials.

Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10.

Two Authors

List by their last names and initials. Use the ampersand instead of “and.”

Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1994). Mood management across affective states: The hedonic contingency hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 1034-1048.

Three to Seven Authors

List by last names and initials; commas separate author names, while the last author name is preceded again by ampersand.

Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun, C. R., Berry, A., Harlow, T., & Bach, J. S. (1993). There’s more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1190-1204.

More Than Seven Authors

List by last names and initials; commas separate author names. After the sixth author’s name, use an ellipses in place of the author names. Then provide the final author name. There should be no more than seven names. 

Miller, F. H., Choi, M. J., Angeli, L. L., Harland, A. A., Stamos, J. A., Thomas, S. T., . . . Rubin, L. H. (2009). Web site usability for the blind and low-vision user. Technical Communication, 57, 323-335.

Self Directed Learning Plan (DRAFT)
Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Average Excellent Score Weight Final Score
0-1 2 3 4
Professional Goal Did not establish a professional goal. Goal is presented but is not clearly defined and is not realistic or achievable. Goals is presented but could use clarification and/or may not be realistic or achievable Clearly established an achievable, realistic, and professional goal. 0 10% 0.00
KSA’s Did not submit work or list 3 Knowledge, Skills and Accomplishments that will prepare a graduate for an advanced nursing role. Described less than 3 of the Knowledge, Skills and Accomplishments that will prepare a graduate for an advanced nursing role – OR – only listed 3 KSA’s without necessary description. Described 3 knowledge, sills and accomplishments that prepares a grade student for an advanced nursing role. Additional detail is needed. Clearly described at least 3 Knowledge, Skills and Accomplishments that will prepare a graduate for an advanced nursing role. 0 40% 0.00
Strengths to Leverage Did not submit work or did not complete at least 3 Strengths and did not align them to Course Learning Goals and Course Outcomes and Assessments. Completed less than 3 Strengths. Attempted to align to Course Learning Goals and Course Outcomes and Assessments. Additional detail is needed. Completed at least 3 Strengths and aligned to Course Learning Goals and Course Outcomes and Assessments. Additional detail is needed. Completed at least 3 Strengths and aligned to Course Learning Goals and Course Outcomes and Assessments. 0 15% 0.00
Areas to Develop Did not submit work or did not list at least 1 area to develop in this course and did not align it to the course learning goals or outcomes and assessment. Described at least 1 area to develop in this course but did not align it to the course learning goals and outcomes and assessment. Additional detail is needed. Described at least 1 area to develop in this course and aligned it to the course learning goals and outcomes and assessment. Additional detail is needed. Described at least 1 area to develop in this course and aligned it to the course learning goals and outcomes and assessment 0 15% 0.00
Reflection Did not provide a reflection or reflection is insufficient. Provided a minimal reflection that could use additional development. Provided a reflection that could use additional development.