Examining Nursing Specialties

Examining Nursing Specialties

 Respond to each posts by sharing your thoughts on their specialty, supporting their choice or offering suggestions if they have yet to choose.

  • Nursing was a door of opportunity that just opened for me when I was at University of Southern California 24 years ago. I have enjoyed every part of my Nursing journey. It has given me many diverse opportunities in life. I was able to be there for my husband pastoring a church and raise our children with the flexibility that nursing provided. In addition, I was able to start a business with my family because of my nursing background.

    I am now in a different season in my life where the kids are older, and I feel like I want to give more back to the community and prepare for what is next for me in terms of my Nursing career. As I look back, getting my psychology degree after my nursing degree, working with several psychiatrist doing discharge summaries for more than 16 years, and being aware of the increase in mental health issues, it was clear that getting my PMHNP make sense. I am glad to be here at Walden University to make it happen.

    After reading the resources material on professional organization, I am convinced with the importance of being involved in an organization. According to Illia Echevarria, when looking for an organization, research on how the organization will help fulfill your professional and personal goals (Echevarria, 2018).  I am planning on joining the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in the future.  The annual member ship is $135 but gives a discount to student for $25. They offer free continuing education, provides conferences and job postings. This will be a good resource and support for me as I go through this journey of getting my PMHNP.



    Echevarria, I. M. (2018). Make connection by joining professional nursing organization. Nursing 2018, 35-38.

    American Psychiatric Nurse Association, n.d. from https://www.apna.org













    Discussion post 2

    Week 10 Main Discussion Post

    I had never planned on advancing my education.  I love being a nurse and love the job I am in.  I have been afforded many opportunities as a nurse, and hadn’t considered the full value of continuing my education until recently.  I have seen a tremendous shift in the way care is delivered, from reactionary to preventative, leaving a void in areas of chronic disease management.  I realize that to achieve my full potential, and to best serve the needs of my patients, it is imperative that I pursue my advanced degree with a concentration in family medicine.

    I have always worked in a hospital, but more recently I have spent more time in our outpatient clinic.  I have always enjoyed the fast-paced nature of an intensive care unit, but really love more to manage patients less critically ill.  My patient population ranges in age from 18 to 78, so there are really a multitude of differing needs that arise.  Also, because of the complexity of their disease process, many defer to our clinic for primary treatment of all chronic conditions.  Because of this, I determined it would best serve these needs to receive training in all areas across the lifespan to best treat my patients.  There is also a great need for primary care providers in family medicine as there is more emphasis placed on preventative care (Nursejournal, 2020).  In order to keep myself relevant and marketable, should I choose to change jobs, having family medicine training will certainly be helpful.

    There isn’t a specific professional organization for family nurse practitioners, however, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is a very comprehensive organization that covers all specialties.  There are sub-groups within the larger organization that allow the opportunity to network in a specific area.  There are different membership levels based on what point you are in your training (AANP, n.d.).  For instance, if I wanted to apply now, I would be eligible to join as a student member, but if I wait until I finish my degree I would be able to join as an NP.

    In order to assure that I am providing excellent clinical care to my patients based on evidence based practice, I have joined as a member of a disease specific nursing organization, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.  Although there isn’t a specific requirement for nurse practitioners, this organization will help tremendously to allow for brainstorming and networking within my field of practice.  There is also opportunity for mentorship within this organization to help with my transition from RN to NP (AAHFN, n.d.).

    It can be intimidating to think about the road that lies ahead to APN, but it is equally important to realize the opportunities for guidance that exist.  We are lucky to have so many resources available to help us on our journey, as well as once we finish.  Knowing there is a plan and an end in sight will keep us strong on the road to success.




    AAHFN. (n.d.). About AAHFN. Retrieved October 6, 2020, from https://www.aahfn.org/page/about

    AANP. (n.d.). What’s my member type?  Retrieved October 6, 2020, from https://www.aanp.org/membership/whats-my-member-type

    NurseJournal. (2020, June 3). 7 Future job trends for nurse practitioners. Retrieved October 6, 2020, from https://nursejournal.org/nurse-practitioner/7-future-job-trends-for-nurse-practitioners/

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