The doctoral learning process is uniquely autonomous and requires self-imposed initiative to investigate, gather information and orient yourself to the expectations of the program. In order to be successful, it is important to develop strategies to maintain a healthy balance in your academic, professional, and personal life.
The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar,” the doctoral dispositions, and the resources introduced to you in this topic in order to prepare a plan to be a successful learner.
General Requirements:

Attend the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar.”
Read the “Doctoral Dispositions and Acknowledgement of Review” document attached in the assignment.
Read the “Direct Practice Improvement Project Groups and Associated Milestones,” “DNP Learner      Expectations,” and “DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations.”      
Explore the APA resources, including the APA Style Guide.
Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. 

After attending the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar,” reading the doctoral dispositions, and reviewing all of the resources indicated, write a 500-750-word paper including the following:

Discuss what concerns you have about matriculating through a DNP program, and insights you gained from the “Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar” that helped mitigate those concerns.
Describe what your expectations are for the program and what challenges you might anticipate. Identify personal strengths and explain how these will help you persevere in the DNP program.
Outline a plan that you can use to be successful as a  NP learner. Include strategies for time management, autonomy, and self-directed learning. Explain how you can utilize the resources introduced in this topic to help you become more proficient.

Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style
View the “Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style” tutorial, located on the American Psychological Association (APA) website. You will use this resource throughout the course for assignments and discussions.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Utilize the resources on the “Doctor of Nursing Practice” page, located on the GCU Library, to assist in completing your assignments.
The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice
Familiarize yourself with the following resource. The essentials discussed in it will be reviewed periodically throughout your DNP program.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice.
DNP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Project Assessment Tool
Review the “DNP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Project Assessment Tool,” located in the DC Network.
You will use this resource to guide the focus of your Direct Practice Improvement (DPI) Project. The focus of the DPI Project in the GCU DNP Program is the application of strong evidence-based research to improve population/patient outcomes. As such, learners are highly encouraged to select a project topic that is anchored in either quality improvement (QI). This focus will result in the most actionable outcomes (i.e., “real-time” results). Learners need to be cautious of the scope and target population for their project or it may result in unforeseen delays in IRB
Learner Dissertation Page
All DNP learners are required to set up their own Learner Dissertation Page (LDP) housed in the DC Network. Throughout the program, learners will upload all completed assignments (including all practicum and practice immersion materials/assignments/hours) to their LDP to ensure availability for future use. This responsibility is in addition to the requirement of submitting assignments to dropbox in the LMS. This space will allow learners and the DPI committee, including faculty members, chair (assigned in DNP-955A), and the mentor/content expert, to communicate regarding the DPI Project privately. Learners are required to keep the following in their LDP under the “Portfolio” fol
The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2015). Doctor of nursing practice: Current issues and clarifying recommendations.
This document will be reviewed periodically throughout the DNP Program.
DNP Direct Practice Improvement Project Recommendations
Online classroom discussion is a vital learning activity that enhances writing, critical thinking, and scholarly development. These skills establish the foundation for self-reflection and unbiased consideration of other perspectives that enhances the long-term development of the doctoral learner.
Successful doctoral learners engage faculty and colleagues in substantive conversations by reflecting on others’ perspectives while articulating their own views. More importantly, doctoral learners demonstrate the disposition to critically and reflectively consider new information, facts, and perspectives in the enhancement of their own knowledge and de
Doctor of Nursing Orientation Webinar
Attend the live “Doctor of Nursing Webinar.” Information on the webinar, and the registration link, are located in the DC Network under the DNP Calendar.
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Doctoral Community Getting Started Guide
Read the “Doctor of Nursing Practice – Doctoral Community Getting Started Guide,” located in the DNP PI Workspace section of the DC Network.
This resource includes essential information about developing your online presence in the program.
Optional: Grammarly
For additional information, the following is recommended:
Grammarly is an online writing assistance app that reviews written submissions and suggests context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, word usage, wordiness, style, punctuation, and plagiarism. The reasoning for each suggested correction is provided, allowing users to make informed decisions about how to correct writing issues.
Grammarly can be installed as free browser extension, but Grammarly Premium requires an annual subscription. This subscription is not a GCU-required purchase, but it is strongly recommended to DNP learners.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Essentials: A New Model for Advanced Practice Nursing
Zaccagnini, M. E., & Pechacek, J. M. (2021). The doctor of nursing practice essentials: A new model for advanced practice nursing (4th ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 97811284079708

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