Post-Graduation Plan

Post-Graduation Plan

In this Discussion, you complete the Post-Graduation Plan you began to develop in Weeks 6 and 7. Your Post-Graduation Plan is an opportunity to explore how you may continue to develop your professional and leadership skills, promote change in your department and organization, and stimulate progress in the nursing profession.  

Your Post-Graduation Plan (geared toward the next 2–3 years) should feature two to five career and/or personal goals; goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. In your plan, outline necessary steps for achieving these goals. Also, consider how you can reflect these goals in your curriculum vitae (CV).

To prepare:

  • Consider      the following:
    • As       a graduate of Walden University’s DNP program, how will you contribute to       or influence factors/developments related to ethics, standards, politics,       economics, technology, etc.?
    • What       opportunities will you pursue to develop scholarship, engage in community       service, and/or teach?
    • In       which professional organizations or associations would you like to become       an active member?
    • What       opportunities do you foresee for attending conferences, delivering       presentations and posters, writing papers, lobbying, etc.?
    • How       will you engage in ongoing review of research/stay current on the       literature?
    • What       strategies do you plan to employ for cultivating professional       relationships?
    • Would       you plan to run for political office or join a committee?
    • Explain       how you will continue to develop skills as a nurse leader, particularly       in your area of specialization (e.g., certifications).
    • How       you may accommodate for the dynamic health care environment (i.e., how       you will build in a renewal cycle/alternate steps to achieve goals)
    • How       you may account for unexpected personal or professional events in the       planning and attainment of professional goals

By Tomorrow Tuesday 8/6/19 before 10pm, in APA format and a minimum of 3 references, create a short summary PowerPoint with a minimum of 10 slides that features five goals and describes steps for achieving these goals.

Required Readings

Resources for the Post-Graduation Plan (also shared during Weeks 6 and 7):

Dickerson, P. S. (2010). Continuing nursing education: Enhancing professional development. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(3), 100–101. 

This article examines current frames of reference for continuing nursing education and the work that is guiding the future.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2012). Career resource center. Retrieved from

This website provides a battery of resources for nursing graduates seeking employment.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2010). Career tools and advice. Retrieved from

This website supplies a variety of guides on applying for jobs.

American Nurses Association. (2012). Career & credentialing. Retrieved from

This website provides links to guides on careers and credentialing. The website also highlights special membership benefits for ANA members.

Optional Resources

Bolles, R. N. (2012). What color is your parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press.

Isaacs, K. (2010). Surviving and thriving in the workplace: Resume tips for nurses. Ohio Nurses Review, 85(6), 5.