Thank you for sharing your thoughts about role transitions and the significance of our Practicum Experience. I have to admit that you have voiced many of the concerns facing nurses as they transition to new career roles and professional positions. You are absolutely right when you say that moving up the career ladder is synonymous to crossing the boundaries of the comfort zone. We cannot grow without accepting the challenge.

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This Practicum Experience is our unique and remarkable opportunity to broaden our knowledge of leadership, management, and administration. You have outlined the strategies you will use to broaden your knowledge as a result of your participation in it. However, I still feel that the objectives you wish to pursue in this quarter could be more measurable and specific.

The moment I read your personal learning objective, I immediately had several questions. Firstly, how will you identify the area of need within your organization? Secondly, how do you know that fiscal planning, lean methodology, and patient safety will work to close these need gaps? Thirdly, what kind of a quality improvement project you plan to implement? Based on the article by MacLeod (2012), I would suggest that it is a personal goal rather than an objective: it is quite broad in scope, abstract, and difficult to validate. Your personal learning objective needs to be refined to make it narrower. For instance, it is better to focus on lean management or patient safety rather than try to pursue several different goals at once.

The objective should be tangible and quantitative (MacLeod, 2012). You do not seem to specify the ultimate measurable result you want to achieve, once you accomplish the proposed learning objective. I would say that your personal learning objective can become a staring point in developing a more structured understanding of your learning priorities and expectations. Even the best situations always leave some room for infinite perfection. Thank you for your attention.

  • MacLeod, L. (2012). Making SMART goals smarter. Physician Executive Journal, 38(2), 68-72.