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Week 1 Discussion

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Mission, Vision, and Personal Goals

Are you familiar with Walden University’s Vision and Mission?

Were they a factor in selecting this University? How do they relate to your professional and academic goals? Does it matter if there is a tight or loose relationship or one at all?

This week’s Discussion asks you to think about How the Walden Mission and Vision and the School of Nursing (SON) Mission and Vision apply to your professional and academic goals. Is there a match?

How does Walden’s
Mission and Vision
relate to your becoming a scholar-practitioner committed to social change?

To prepare:

· Review the Walden and SON mission and vision statements, Walden’s goals and University Outcomes, and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes presented in this week’s Learning Resources.

· Reflect on your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.

· Consider how the information in the documents, identified above, fit with your own goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner.

· Think about how you will incorporate your commitment to social change into your professional and academic goals, particularly as it relates to the area(s) of interest represented by your program/specialization.


By Day 3

Post a description of one or more significant ways in which Walden’s and the School of Nursing’s perspectives (i.e., vision, mission, social change message, and outcomes) relate to your professional and academic goals and to your becoming a scholar-practitioner. Include how you plan to incorporate social change into your professional and academic goals.

Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

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Walden University. (2011). Student publications: Vision, mission, and goals. Retrieved from http://catalog.waldenu.edu/

 

From the Walden Catalog, click on “Introduction,” then click on the “Vision, Mission, and Goals” bullet at the top of the page. Read the information on this webpage, with particular attention to Walden’s Vision, Mission, Goals, Social Change, and Outcomes message.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

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Introduction
 

Vision

Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.

Mission

Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Goals

· To provide multicontextual educational opportunities for career learners.

· To provide innovative, learner-centered educational programs that recognize and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and abilities students bring into their academic programs.

· To provide its programs through diverse process-learning approaches, all resulting in outcomes of quality and integrity.

· To provide an inquiry/action model of education that fosters research, discovery, and critical thinking and that results in professional excellence.

· To produce graduates who are scholarly, reflective practitioners and agents of positive social change.

Social Change

Walden University defines 
positive social change
 as a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies. Positive social change results in the improvement of human and social conditions.

This definition of positive social change provides an intellectually comprehensive and socially constructive foundation for the programs, research, professional activities, and products created by the Walden academic community.

In addition, Walden supports positive social change through the development of principled, knowledgeable, and ethical scholar-practitioners, who are and will become civic and professiona

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Room for Improvement

Main Posting:
Response to the discussion question is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis representative of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.

44 (44%) – 44 (44%)

Thoroughly responds to the discussion question(s) 

is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis representative of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. 

supported by at least 3 current, credible sources

40 (40%) – 43 (43%)

Responds to the discussion question(s) 

is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis representative of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth 

supported by at least 3 credible references

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)

Responds to most of the discussion question(s) 

is somewhat reflective with critical analysis and synthesis representative of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

50% of post has exceptional depth and breadth 

supported by at least 3 credible references

31 (31%) – 34 (34%)

Responds to some of the discussion question(s) 

one to two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed 

is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis 

somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

post is cited with fewer than 2 credible references

0 (0%) – 30 (30%)

Does not respond to the discussion question(s) 

lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria 

lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis 

does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

contains only 1 or no credible references

Main Posting:
Writing

6 (6%) – 6 (6%)

Written clearly and concisely 

Contains no grammatical or spelling errors 

Fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules a

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Sample Postings

SAMPLE POST: Use this as a guide for writing and formatting posts

INITIAL POST

My Goals and Walden University Vision and Mission
As a nurse for over 10 years and with the advances in technology applied to the health care arena, I have become more interested in the role of a nurse within informatics. My professional goal is to work full-time in the area of nursing informatics. Unfortunately, I knew that obtain this position, I needed to advance my degree. I began looking into various colleges and universities that can provide me with the education needed to obtain an advanced degree with a focus in nursing informatics.
After several months of investigating, I located Walden University. At first, I was drawn to Walden because it offered the flexibility that I needed. However, as I investigated the university further, Walden’s mission and vision statement resonated with me. I knew I had made the right choice. The School of Nursing (SON) vision and mission statements described what I felt and thought yet could not put into words. According to the Walden University SON (2011a), their vision is for graduates to transform nursing to meet the needs of communities. Technology is transforming health care and the degree I will obtain at Walden will help me to assist my organization with this transformation.
Another reason I was drawn to Walden University was the high standards they have for all students. The SON stated in their mission that their program is “academically rigorous…contextually relevant…” (Walden University, 2011a, para. 4). This statement matches my academic goal. I am not looking for just a piece of paper at the end, I am looking to gain the necessary knowledge that I need to make an impact within my organization.
Incorporation of Social Change
Walden University (2011b) defined positive social change as a “deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies” (para. 4). I have always had a feeling that I want my life to mean something and to have an effect on those around me whether it is directly or indirectly. As a nurse, the will to help others is a core foundation of why I got into nursing in the first place. I plan to incorporate social change with the knowledge gained at Walden University by “putting that knowledge into practice” (Walden University, 2010b, para. 3). I plan to contribute to my field when I graduate by helping lead my coworkers and my organization through the computerized changes and advancement of technology at work. While helping others, I will be part of the clinical informatics team as the team transitions the o