The group discussion this week was great because it allowed me to realize and pick up on things that were mentioned in the videos that I did not initially hear or make connections with. For example, Dr. Gonzalez says that the future of nursing is here should put some pressure on us. I think that was her intention. We have to start implementing this plan yesterday because things are rapidly changing and if we want to be part of the change and trajectory we need to do things that will make us stronger, better nurses and help the overall field of nursing. Also, someone pointed out that we are in the position and have the power to put pressure on decision-makers. I think that sometimes we fall into the trap of just doing our jobs and forget that we are the ones in the ring working hands on and hearts in with our patients and their families. We have to deal with the challenges and shortcomings in the nursing field. Thus, we are the ones with the hands on experience to fight for the changes we want to see. That means we have to put pressure on those who can actually make the decisions to see those changes.
The best thing that I can do in my own nursing practice right now is to learn everything I can. As a new nurse, when I signed on with IHC I agreed to get my Bachelor’s degree by July 2021. That is exactly what I am doing now. Because the new norm is for nurses to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree I believe more will strive for even higher education than that. Right now my goal is to get my Bachelor’s and get good experience. Then, maybe after a few years I will consider more advanced education. There are also many education programs and requirements that nurses do every quarter to ensure they are always learning. I do those as well. Each quarter I re-certify my CPR training. Additionally every quarter there are education modules and trainings that I complete to make sure my skills are evidence based and that I am practicing at least to par. Doing all of these things will help me advance my learning and contribute to the plan now. I have also joined different committees on my unit to help participate in decision making to help improve my unit overall.