Strategic Plan Family Nurse Practitioner

The actual number of nurse practitioners in 2006 is estimated to be at least 145,000 (What is an NP?, n.d.). A substantial portion of the nurse practitioners in America are family nurse practitioners or FNP’s. Unlike other nurses, a family nursing practitioner is able to practice with greater autonomy. It should be noted that most of the other nursing staffs are working under the doctors and they do not have the authority to take any treatment decisions. FNP’s can treat the patients same way as a physician does even though they have some limitations in practicing certain complex treatment tasks like surgery. Since the beginning of my nursing studies, my overall career goal was to become a family nurse practitioner. I enjoy the autonomy in that field of work. I know very well that it is not easy to become a family nurse practitioner. This profession definitely involves lot of risks and matter of concerns. It should be noted that the FNP’s are working with the family rather than the individual and therefore he/ she should develop lot of skills and qualities to excel in this profession. This paper is written as a strategic plan for me to become a successful family nurse practitioner. … The confidence of the patient in the abilities of the healthcare professional is an important factor for providing effective healthcare. Such confidences can be developed only through relationship building process. The ability to influence others is the core of relationship building process. In short, to become a successful FNP, I should first improve my abilities to influence others. According to Maxwell, (2005), People who are unable to build solid, lasting relationship will soon discover that they are unable to sustain long effective leadership. Needless to say that you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them (Maxwell, 2005, p.8). I should develop more leadership qualities to excel in my profession. Leadership qualities will help me to establish sound relationships with the patients who come in contact with me. Grossman Valiga (2005) mentioned that no qualities were found that were universal to all leaders, although a number of traits did seem to correlate with leadership (Grossman Valiga 2005, p.2). The development of leadership qualities is a controversial topic. Some people believe that it is inherited whereas others believe that it is learned. Great man theory of leadership says that one was a leader if one was born to into the right family –usually a family of nobility- and possessed unique characteristics, most of which were inherited (Grossman Valiga 2005, p.2). On the other hand, Situational theories of leadership stress the importance of environment in shaping the leadership qualities of a person (Grossman Valiga, 2005, p.2). In any case, it is a fact that leadership qualities can be developed even if absent genetically. I do believe that I have strong inherited traits