discussion 11/1/2023 Nur 605


You have probably seen one or more of the many inspirational posters about decisions. A visual such as a forked road or a street sign is typically pictured, along with a quote designed to inspire.

Decisions are often not so easily inspired. Perhaps you discovered this when choosing a specialty within the MSN program. This decision is a critical part of your plan for success, and you no doubt want to get it right. This is yet another area where your network can help, as well as other sources of information that can help you make an informed choice.


: Unless otherwise noted, initial postings to Discussions are due on or before Day 3, and response postings are due on or before Day 6. You are required to participate in the Discussion on at least three different days (a different day for main post and each response). It is important to adhere to the weekly time frame to allow others ample time to respond to your posting. In addition, you are expected to respond to questions directed toward your own initial posting in a timely manner.



· Bickford, C. J., Marion, L., & Gazaway, S. (2015). 

Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, third edition – 2015Links to an external site.
. Retrieved from http://ebooks.iospress.nl/publication/12524

· Cherry, B., Caramanica, L, Everett, L. Q., Fennimore, L., & Elaine, S. (2019).

Leveraging the power of board leadership in professional nursing organizationsLinks to an external site.

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(11), 517-519.

· Echevarria, I. M. (2018). 

Make connections by joining a professional nursing organizationLinks to an external site.

Nursing, 48(12), 35–38.  

· Truant, R., & Chan, R. J. (2017). 

Future ready: Strengthening oncology nursing leadership in the context of professional oncology nursing organizationsLinks to an external site.

Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 27(1), 2-4.

· Walden University. (n.d.).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)Links to an external site.
. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.waldenu.edu/masters/master-of-science-in-nursing


 Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template

 Download Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template
(Word document)

Choose among the following to review your specialization’s Scope and Standards of Practice or Competencies:

Nursing Informatics
Ebook: Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice 

American Nurses Association. (2015). 

Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.)

Links to an external site.
. Silver Spring, MD: Author.

· “The Scope of Nursing Informatics Practice: Functional Areas of Nursing Informatics” (pp. 18–39)

Nursing Education

Website: Core Competencies for Academic Nurse Eeducators

National League for Nursing. (2022).

Nurse educator core competencyLinks to an external site.
. Retrieved from https://www.nln.org/education/nursing-education-competencies/core-competencies-for-academic-nurse-educators

Note: The competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator do not encompass the competencies or scope and standards of practice for the Nursing Professional Developer. The set of competencies associated with that specific role within the Nurse Education specialization will be examined in future competencies throughout your specialization program of study.

Nurse Executive

Website: Nurse Executive Competencies

American Organization for Nursing Leadership. (2015). 

AONL Nurse Executive competenciesLinks to an external site.
. Retrieved from https://www.aonl.org/resources/nurse-leader-competencies

Public Health Nursing

Website: Public Health Nursing Competencies

Quad Council Coalition. (2018). 

Community/Public Health NursingLinks to an external site.
 [C/PHN] competencies. Retrieved from https://www.cphno.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/QCC-C-PHN-COMPETENCIES-Approved_2018.05.04_Final-002.pdf

· American Nurses Association. (2013). 

Public health nursing: Scope and standards of practiceLinks to an external site.
(2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: Author.


Website: APRN Consensus Model

APRN Consensus Work Group & the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee. (2008). 

Consensus model for APRN regulation: Licensure, accreditation, certification & education

Links to an external site.
. Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/~4aa7d9/globalassets/certification/aprn_consensus_model_report_7-7-08.pdf

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care NP Competencies

Website: AGAC and ACPC NP Competencies

Adult-Gerontology NP Competencies Work Group. (2016). 

Adult-gerontology acute care and primary care NP competencies

Links to an external site.
. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/competencies/NP_Adult_Geri_competencies_4.pdf

Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies

Website: Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2012). 

Nurse Practitioner core competenciesLinks to an external site.
. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/competencies/npcorecompetenciesfinal2012.pdf

Nurse Practitioner Programs

Website: Nurse Practitioner Programs

National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education. (2016).

Criteria for evaluation of Nurse Practitioner programsLinks to an external site.
(5th ed.). https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/Docs/EvalCriteria2016Final.pdf

Population-Focused NP Competencies

Website: Population-Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Population-Focused Competencies Task Force. (2013). 

Population-focused Nurse Practitioner competenciesLinks to an external site.
. https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/Competencies/CompilationPopFocusComps2013.pdf

Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
Click the weekly resources link to access the resources. 


To Prepare:

Reflect on your decision to pursue a specialty within the MSN program, including your professional and academic goals as they relate to your program/specialization.


Post an explanation of your choice of a nursing specialty within the program. Describe any difficulties you had (or are having) in making your choice, and the factors that drove/are driving your decision. Identify at least one professional organization affiliated with your chosen specialty and provide details on becoming a member.


Respond to at least 
two of your colleagues' posts by sharing your thoughts on their specialty, supporting their choice or offering suggestions if they have yet to choose.