Essay On Rn Transition

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Many RPNs seek to advance their career by transitioning to an RN program while continuing to work in the nursing industry. The transition provides an opportunity for RPNs to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their new professional role as RNs. The aim of this reflective essay is to reflect on my journey in transitioning from an RPN to an RN role while focusing on analyzing my perspective on this transition. The first part of this reflective essay will discuss the reasons why I decided to further my education and pursue my dream of becoming an RN. The second part will give an overview of my experience, challenges, and perspective. Lastly, this reflective essay will summarize the steps to successfully transition to the …show more content…

Nursing is a broad field with many different areas of expertise ranging from providing direct care and management to developing policies, and procedures and preparing the next generation of nurses by taking the role of an educator. My understanding of the difference between RPNs and RNs was limited at the beginning of my bridging program and as a novice nurse who has less than 2 years of experience, I was only relying on my limited experience to understand the difference between both roles. As I advanced in my bridging program, I started to understand the difference and the skills needed to become a competent RN such as leadership. As an RPN I struggled with leadership skills, and I wish to gain valuable experience in this aspect when I become RN. According to the report, 59% of healthcare professionals worldwide are nurses including leaders in education, practice, and research (WHO, 2020). However, the need to improve leadership skills in nursing is still on the rise and nurses may not have the chance to participate in leadership training to acquire the abilities and attitudes necessary to effectively manage themselves, their patients, and other members of the healthcare team (Page et al., …show more content…

I promised myself to work on my leadership skills in the future to support my fellow nurses. The key to leading is to accept challenges, modify decisions and overcome role ambiguity. Role ambiguity refers to the lack of knowledge or uncertainty regarding the duties, responsibilities, and tasks involved in a job (Cengiz et al., 2021). Role ambiguity among nurses can have serious consequences such as increased stress, increased job dissatisfaction, and lack of commitment which can have a negative impact on patient care (Cengiz et al., 2021).
Understanding the role of leadership in the workplace is one of the goals I am aiming to achieve to successfully transition to RN practice. Effective leadership is exemplified through staff participation in decision-making, organizational philosophy, and individual leadership philosophies within the organization (CNO, 2018). Additionally, using my previous knowledge, clinical practice, performance review, and available resources (e.g., lectures, scholarly evidence, and CNO guidelines) to overcome challenges and difficulties during the transitioning

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