Health information corner presents a 4-day webinar Themed “Exploring international opportunities for Career development in Nursing”
Date 15th-19th April 2019
Venue: Whatsapp Group
Good evening and welcome to our first session on the much-anticipated webinar themed “Exploring international opportunities for career development in Nursing.
Guest:Dr. Grace ogiehor-Enoma, DHA, MSN, MPH, NE-BC, RN.
Discussion: Strategic career planning for professional Development-An open mentorship forum
Questions and answers -30mins
Anchor: Without wasting much time, permit me to invite our first guest on the show tonight..
Welcome @Dr. Grace Ogiehor-Enoma we are ready to have your presentation.
[4/15, 7:09 PM] Presenter: Good Evening Professional Colleagues and welcome. Thank you for joining us tonight.
[4/15, 7:10 PM] Presenter: My name is Dr. Grace Ogiehor-Enoma. Tonight, I will start the webinar series on “Exploring International Opportunities for Career Development in Nursing”
[4/15, 7:10 PM] Presenter: First, I want to commend the Convener Nr Princewill Aghedo and his team for this excellent endeavor. This is a wonderful initiative. I believe many nurses will learn one or two things from the various presentations slated for the next 5 days.
[4/15, 7:12 PM] Presenter: I am very happy to have all of you here and I am sure we will have a great time with our subject matter. Before we get down to it, I would like you to know a little about me. I think this is only fair as I am going to learn a bit about each of you as we embark on this journey. In addition, I think you will find we probably share some comparable experiences, goals, and desires.
[4/15, 7:13 PM] Presenter: I will use my personal and professional experiences to drive our discussion tonight as this session is designated, “An open Mentorship forum.” However, to guide our discussion, our focus will be on “Strategic Career Planning for professional development”
[4/15, 7:15 PM] Presenter: Who am I?🤷♂🤷♂🤷♂🤷♂🤷♂🤷♂
[4/15, 7:15 PM] Presenter: Who am I?🤷♂🤷♂🤷♂
I am a Nurse with many hats🎓🎩🧢👑⛑ Family – I am a wife and a mother
Practice – A Certified Nurse Executive currently employed as a Nurse Administrator at New York Presbyterian/ Queens where I provide direction and supervision for patients care services in accordance with the hospital’s mission, philosophy, goals, and policy/procedures to meet Joint Commission standards and ensure that the healthcare needs of the patients are met.
Academia – An Adjunct Associate Professor at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing teaching “Finance and Management of Advanced Practice Nursing” – Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program and “Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for Diverse Populations” – Graduate program Community – The Current Executive Director of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA). NANNNA is a united organization of all the Nigerian Nurses Associations and Nursing School Alumni in North America working to improve the health and quality of lives of Nigerians at home and abroad.
Entrepreneur – The President and CEO of Grace Strategic Healthcare Solutions (GSHS) a parent company of Grace School of Allied Health and Professional Advancement, and Grace Professional Consulting Services.
[4/15, 7:17 PM] Presenter: Education🎓👩🏽🎓
My education includes Basic Nursing and Midwifery from State School of Nursing and St Philomena School of Midwifery Benin-City, Edo State. A BSN from Pace University, New York, Masters of Public Health (MPH) from CUNY/Hunter College, New York, Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing of the City University of New York and Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) from University of Phoenix, Arizona. I am a certified Nurse Executive, a 2009 Fellow of the New York University (NYU) Leadership Institute for Black Nurses and 2010/2011 Mentor of the same university focusing on Health Disparities. In 2014, I was made a fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora fellowship program offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU) to support short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. The program exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa.
[4/15, 7:18 PM] Presenter: You may be wondering how I do what I do. Well, to balance my home life and career, I subscribe to “giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. “I try to make time for my family, my job and myself. However, I am able to balance my schedule using the following strategies – appropriate time management, setting priorities, good organizational skills, being flexible but focus, self-discipline, and above all, I have a strong family as a support system. One thread that ties all of these together is that I love acquiring knowledge, building and molding character, having fun despite my busy schedule and I love to travel. I am a family-oriented person.
[4/15, 7:20 PM] Presenter: The ability to be successful in many roles simultaneously requires strategic planning and sacrifice. To meet my obligations as a mother, a wife, a professional and a student required taking action to either change my position or improve my position for effective result. The first step I took in creating an improvement strategy was to identify, understand, and change my self-limiting behaviors and focus on goals instead of barriers.
[4/15, 7:21 PM] Presenter: Philosophically, I would say that the main ingredients of my career success are my faith in God, my family support and hard work (Yes, hard work – sleepless nights).
I am a firm believer in “GOD first, FAMILY second and CAREER third “philosophy. God is the author and finisher of our faith. When you put your trust in him, he will never let you down. Before I start anything, I first conference with God. However, since” faith without works is dead.” I do the work and let God perfect it.
Secondly, my family is my rock. I always include my family in my plan. Family meetings have become a routine in my home. We look at both the pros and cons of my plan and make decision together. It is often said, “Behind every successful man there is a woman.” I now say, “Behind every successful woman, there is a man who cares, who is patient, and who is tolerant.” My husband has become that man.
[4/15, 7:22 PM] Presenter: ****yes, the main ingredients……..
[4/15, 7:23 PM] Presenter: ……to success…..
[4/15, 7:23 PM] Presenter: Practically, setting goals, maintaining structure, time management, and hard work are the major key ingredients to success. The process of reaching one’s full potential requires developing a sense of responsibility for oneself. This includes making a commitment to identify and accomplish the personal and professional goals that one strongly desires to attain.
[4/15, 7:24 PM] Presenter: Setting Goals:
Setting goals is critical in accomplishing desired personal and professional goals. I always set goals for myself and work hard to achieve the goals. For effective result, I set short-term and long-term goals. For example, during my early years in nursing school, one of my goals was to be a professor teaching nursing students. To meet that goal, I had to go back to school even though at the time, advanced degree was not a priority for nurses but I had to do it to reach my goal. It was not easy working full time, going to school, and raising children. However, to keep up with the various needs, I subscribed to adequate PLANNING and use of checklists. The checklists were very effective. No wonder it is often said that if you “fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Having a short-term and long-term plan helped to keep me in the right direction of my goals.
[4/15, 7:26 PM] Presenter: Time Management:
Effective time management is another important strategy in accomplishing goals. Therefore, developing the ability to complete projects or get to the finish line regardless of any obstacles is the key to success in situations of multiple tasks and time constraint.
Unfortunately, most people focus more on the various barriers that prevent advancement in life. Others tend to wait for “a better condition.” What is important to know is that if you wait for perfect or better conditions, you will never get things done because there are no perfect conditions. I remember a comment by one of my students who said, “I have to let you know professor, “when I have school, I don’t have much free time, but also I noticed when I am not in school I don’t have much free time, so I would rather be in school and empower my knowledge and be a better person.” This is so true because time factor is a big barrier for most people not to achieve greater height in life.
[4/15, 7:28 PM] Presenter: The following helped me develop a time strategy:🕰
• Identifying what tasks are important and what is merely busy work.
• Setting time priorities.
• Narrowing my focus! Focus is crucial in time management, and the fewer priorities, the more productive.
• Every week, I made up a detailed time plan with daily update as needed.
• I was committed to the plan.
In addition, as my children grew older, they became very helpful with the house chores with my husband taking the lead. I could not have done it without them.
[4/15, 7:29 PM] Presenter: Use of Mentors:
I also use many mentors. In fact, I have a mentor for everything that I do. I work with people that have been there before. I do not work alone. During my school years, I had study groups that we work together. You need to have someone you could go to for direction on different goals
[4/15, 7:32 PM] Presenter: My advice to nurses in terms of career advancement and leadership development
[4/15, 7:32 PM] Presenter: “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…We must be learning all of our lives.” – Florence Nightingale
[4/15, 7:32 PM] Presenter: Patricia Benner’s novice to expert premise is that nurses achieve discernable differences in their practice through work, experience, and education.
[4/15, 7:33 PM] Presenter: To succeed in the global world, career advancement and leadership development is now a most for nurses. However, to begin, you must first carry out your own self-analysis and answer few questions. Some of the questions you may want to consider are:
• Is this what I really want for now?
• Is it a good time to start?
• What about my family needs – will it conflict with my school?
• What about financial commitment?
• What about my work situation, will they be flexible with me?
• Do I have good support system?
[4/15, 7:34 PM] Presenter: Do your assessment, come up with a plan, and evaluate your plan. For your plan to be successful, you must include your family – spouse and children from the beginning. They are your co-planner/pilot. Without your family support, the fun is not there. As I said before, I am a firm believer of GOD first, FAMILY second and CAREER third philosophy especially in the United States with different challenges everywhere. We can only succeed with our faith, hard work and family support.
[4/15, 7:35 PM] Presenter: Change is inevitable, especially in today’s healthcare organizations. Commitment to professional growth and development is essential in order to remain a viable member of the healthcare team.
[4/15, 7:35 PM] Presenter: Nursing is changing, challenging, and complex. Advanced degree will help you to develop critical thinking, reasoning, and communications skills that will simultaneously position you to meet the challenges facing patients and the industry at large, and put you on track to become a leader in the profession. Advanced degree is an investment in your future and in the future of healthcare, opening doors to leadership positions in clinical practice or administration as health care organizations all over the world are increasingly requiring higher credentials from health care professionals.
[4/15, 7:37 PM] Presenter: The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s Report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” that has become the framework of moving nursing forward in the US highlights the importance of lifelong learning. More and more, organizations across the continuum of care are recognizing the impact of nurse competency and satisfaction on patient care and outcomes, as well as the bottom line. Furthermore, nurses should increasingly anticipate ongoing professional development throughout their careers and consider lifelong learning to be a part of a healthy work environment.
[4/15, 7:38 PM] Presenter: Some of the steps to take to advance your career
[4/15, 7:38 PM] Presenter: 1. Career Planning: Creating a career plan is a critical step in professional development. The ability to develop professionally is an important skill that all nurses should have in order to grow and remain competitive. When we, as nurses, learn new skills and seek new challenges, it not only adds value to our individual careers, but it also adds value to the profession. It is always important to plan.
[4/15, 7:39 PM] Presenter: 2. Develop your career goals: Developing career goals is one of the most important activities that an individual can do to enhance professional development and ensure upward mobility in the nursing profession. It’s important to consider these points when developing goals:
• Identify your passions and interests.
• Develop a broad career goal based on your education, skills, abilities, and life experiences.
• Develop short-term goals. These goals will allow you to pursue your career aspirations gradually without becoming overwhelmed with the long-term goal.
• Do not be discouraged if life situations get in the way of attaining your goals. Take a break and then get back on the career ladder as soon as possible.
• Stay current on what’s happening in the nursing profession
• Surround yourself with people who are positive influences in your life
• Present yourself as a professional role model for nursing who puts people first
• Develop a resume that showcases your talents
[4/15, 7:40 PM] Presenter: 3. Increase your visibility: Not all career development opportunities are easy to spot or create. Make sure you are considered for any that arise by increasing your ‘visibility’ within the organization. Make sure others are aware of your abilities and ambitions. Market yourself and demonstrate your talents wherever possible. Maximize the opportunities that come your way, and try to create your own. Think especially about promoting your ambition and potential to find opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge.
[4/15, 7:41 PM] Presenter: Examples of activities that contribute to professional growth and development
[4/15, 7:42 PM] Presenter:
• Continuing Education
• Enrollment in formal degree programs
• Pursuing certificates, accreditations or other credentials through educational programs
• Participation in professional organizations
• Attending local, regional, national, and international meetings, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional organizations
• Presenting papers, workshops at conferences and workshops
• Serving as an officer, board member, committee member or coordinating events sponsored by the organization
• Volunteer to give back
[4/15, 7:44 PM] Presenter: I hope everyone is still with me….
[4/15, 7:45 PM] J2k: Yes[4/15, 7:46 PM] Presenter: ok, thanks
[4/15, 7:46 PM] Presenter: Overcoming barriers in professional development
[4/15, 7:46 PM] Presenter: As I earlier mentioned, It was my ambition to reach the pinnacle of my career and I knew that obtaining a “terminal degree” would help me attain that goal. To start, I obtained my basic nursing education (Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery) in Nigeria. When I migrated to the United Stated, I thought I would continue from where I stopped in Nigeria, however, I was told to start all over again because my nursing diploma from Nigeria was not accepted as a credit level program as it was through hospital-based program.
[4/15, 7:47 PM] Presenter: I was very upset and disappointed. I almost quit if not for the support of my family. With the strong support system, I continued with the program while working full time and raising children. I also had to take and pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) test and NCLEX-RN examination. This was not easy. Nevertheless, I had to focus on my goal.
[4/15, 7:47 PM] Presenter: Remember, I already spent 4 years for RN/M in Nigeria and now, another 4 years at PACE University, New York for BSN making it a total of 8 years.
[4/15, 7:48 PM] Presenter: To help prevent other nurses from going through this set back in the US, I used NANNNA platform to help provide in-depth analysis of our basic nursing program in Nigeria focusing on contents. Because of the feedback from the evaluation, some Universities now provide nurses with RN/M from Nigeria some academic credits for their Nigeria nursing training once they pass the NCLEX-RN Examination. What a break through! Instead of completing BSN in 4 years, Nigerian nurses with RN/M and NCLEX-RN could complete their BSN in 18 months to 2 years. NANNNA is also working with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the National University Commission, providing technical support for nursing education reform in Nigeria.
[4/15, 7:49 PM] Presenter: NOTE: I will say here without any apology that our nursing curriculum in Nigeria is one of the best in the world. I am happy the N&MC is now in the process of reforming nursing education in Nigeria and moving schools of nursing and midwifery to universities. ……a step in the right direction
[4/15, 7:50 PM] Presenter: Professional development is a lifelong process.
[4/15, 7:50 PM] Presenter: Enjoy the journey and remember Martin Luther King’s words:
[4/15, 7:51 PM] Presenter: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or
Beethoven composed music or
Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep so well that
all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a
great street sweeper who did his job well.” (Martin Luther King)
[4/15, 7:52 PM] Presenter: On April 19, Decency Ogbonna will present on “Exposure to Nursing practice in USA: All you need to know” so, I will stop here for comments or questions.
[4/15, 7:55 PM] Presenter: Please feel free to ask questions.
[4/15, 7:56 PM] Presenter: No question is off limit.
[4/15, 8:03 PM] Pamsnod: Question 1.
Please my question is, is it possible for a single qualify nurse to migrate to USA Adenike
[4/15, 8:05 PM] Presenter: Anyone could migrate to USA. However, for nursing, the focus is on nurses with BSN
[4/15, 8:07 PM] Pamsnod: Our next question will focus primarily on the presentation for today
[4/15, 8:07 PM] Presenter: Is becoming a little difficult for nurses with diploma or associate degrees to get jobs.
[4/15, 8:08 PM] Presenter: I believe Decency will address nursing practice in USA on Friday
[4/15, 8:08 PM] Pamsnod: Question 2.
Pls does the NNNNAN, do they usually have annual conference that a nurse in Nigeria can attend over there in America?
[4/15, 8:10 PM] Presenter: NANNNA annual conference is for all healthcare professionals including students
[4/15, 8:11 PM] Momma Tee: Question 3
Can you pls enlighten us ma on the aspect of sponsors (full) on practising in the US
Can you pls enlighten us ma on the aspect of sponsors (full) on practising in the US …… There are hiring agencies that provide full sponsorships for nurses and their families. You have to be registered with them. I believe that will be part of the discussion on Friday. If not, I will be happy to come back for detailed presentation on it.
[4/15, 8:20 PM] question: Thank you for the wonderful presentation ma. It was succinct and laced with professionalism.
Questions are; As a graduate Nurse, is it advisable to go for masters in Public health. I was advised against doing so and was told to go for community health instead. How easy was the funding?. Were you on a scholarship during the cause of your study or you worked part time.
Thank you ma
–Question. Nannna as an organization, with a gathering of Nigerian nurses under them, what are their plans towards helping out here in Nigeria in the current Reformation
2 Also since she talked about career development and strategic planning, what is her opinion about having a master’s as a nurse, is it preferably to have a master’s in a specialty or a master’s in a broad sector like public health, weighing the limitations of both and the benefit in terms of futuristic job opportunity
[4/15, 8:24 PM] Answers: Thank you for question. My undergraduate course was community health, however, I went for Public health for Masters for broader field.
[4/15, 8:25 PM] Answer: For my Doctorate, I went for Health Administration because I wanted to focus on health care delivery and systems.
[4/15, 8:26 PM] Answer: So, is very important for you to know what you want and not what people want for you.
[4/15, 8:26 PM] Answer: 3. Talking about career planning. For someone who just completed diploma in nursing. Wat do you advise should be the next plan of the person. Migrating to the US through nclex or having a BNSc Putting Into consideration the number of years it would take to obtain a degree in Nigeria
[4/15, 8:28 PM] Answer: For funding, I had to work night shift to pay for my BSN, however, I got scholarship for my masters and Doctorate
[4/15, 8:31 PM] Answer: Question 3 – From Diploma to BSN or what we refer to as RN to BSN program, you have to pass NCLEX before you could be accepted into that program. If not, you have to complete 4 year BSN program.
[4/15, 8:32 PM] Answer: Question 4: Without the NCLEX-RN, it is the same 4 years as in Nigeria
[4/15, 8:36 PM] Answer: We are hoping that N&MC and NUC will accept NANNNA hybrid RN to BSN 2-3 years proposal to help the 67% Nigerian diploma nurses in Nigeria. Starting at 200 level is a barrier to professional growth.
[4/15, 8:38 PM] Answer: Question: Wat do you advise should be the next plan of the person. Migrating to the US through nclex or having a BNSc.? ……….Once you have your NCLEX, you could complete BSN in 2 years.
Question and Answer:
Also since she talked about career development and strategic planning, what is her (the presenter’s opinion) opinion about having a master’s as a nurse, is it preferably to have a master’s in a specialty or a master’s in a broad sector like public health, weighing the limitations of both and the benefit in terms of futuristic job opportunity? In the US, once you have your BSN, you could have your masters in any field of your choice because healthcare field is broad. For our Nurse Managers and administrators, we are encouraging them to go for Masters in Business Administration (MBA) as a second degree because healthcare delivery in the US is about the bottom line (money). We need nurses that have understanding of health care financing and management. What value are you bringing to the hospital as a nurse leader.