The Pursuit Of Excellence : Moving Forward As A Bachelor 's Prepared Nurse

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The Pursuit of Excellence: Moving Forward as a Bachelor’s Prepared Nurse
This paper is a reflection of the things I have experienced as a bedside ICU RN and the ways my nursing career has been transformed while studying to complete my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). My presence and skills as a nurse have been strengthened with the information and resources available from this program. During the completion of my Associates of Arts Degree in Nursing I battled information overload and struggled with personifying all of the nursing theories. Making the transition from nursing books to nursing practice I began to feel a widening gap between the two. Nursing is an art as well as a science, we learned, and I began to feel that in order to skillfully blend the theories with actual bedside manner I would have to be a Rembrandt. In 2013, officially hired at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) I thought I was ready to take on the challenge of being a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit nurse, but quickly fears of shortcomings and failures replaced my feelings of confidence and gumption. I recognized that, in order to be self-assured in my field, I needed to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I chose Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Adult Undergraduate program because I knew they would encourage leadership along with a deep connection with students and I had heard personal reviews of how supportive academically the teaching
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