NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing

Unit 1 Discussion

Introduction to Nursing Theory and Certification

Discussion Question/Prompt [Due Wednesday]

Please complete the following steps for your initial discussion post:

Watch the NU 500 Certification Success Presentation

Certification Success Preview the document[Powerpoint Presentation]

Visit the websites of the organizations that offer certification exams for your specialty MSN track- NE, NL, or FNP by clicking on the links below. (BSN students, choose one specialty track of interest- FNP, NE or NL).

FNP: AANP (Links to an external site.) and ANCC (Links to an external site.) (FNP)

or

Nurse Educator: NLN (Links to an external site.) (CNE) and ANCC (Links to an external site.) (Nursing Professional Development)

or

Nurse Leader: AONL (Links to an external site.) (Formerly AONE) and ANCC (Links to an external site.) (NL)

Compare and summarize the requirements that are needed to be eligible for the two exams in your chosen specialty track.

Describe the value of certification in your chosen specialty track.

How can certification enhance your career goals for professional advancement in nursing?

How can application of nursing theory benefit you personally and empower/advance the nursing profession as a whole?

Responses need to address all components of the question, demonstrate critical thinking and analysis and include peer-reviewed journal evidence to support the student’s position.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format and use level headers for each discussion prompt.

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Discussion Peer/Participation Prompt [Due Sunday]

Please respond to at least 2 of your peer’s posts.

Compare your peers’ responses about the value of certification to yours; how are they different, how are they the same?

Respond to their ideas on certification to expand the conversation and/or give additional perspective.

Ask for clarification if needed.

Present new references that support your opinions.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.