In Week 3, you completed a certification exam study plan based on your practice exam results. Now that you have implemented the plan throughout the quarter, do you feel more prepared for the certification exam? Hopefully, you do. This week, it is time to test your hard work and dedication and take your final exam. If there are still areas for which you want to improve your score, note those areas and create an updated study plan to use after this course is over. This week, you also submit your Career Planner, which includes a cover letter, resume, philosophy statement, and letters of recommendation that you can use as you pursue your next professional role.
Learning Objectives
Students will:

Create a nurse practitioner career planner
Identify resources that support personal career development
Evaluate mastery of nurse practitioner knowledge in preparation for the nurse practitioner national certification examination

Learning Resources
Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)
Document: Career Planner Guide (Word document)
Buppert, C. (2021). Nurse practitioner’s business practice and legal guide (7th ed.). Jones & Bartlett.
·         Chapter 10, “The Employed Nurse Practitioner”
Leik, M. T. C. (2018). Family nurse practitioner certification intensive review: Fast facts and practice questions (3rd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.
·         Ch. 28, Culture and Spiritually Related Health Beliefs
American Nurses Association. (2020).
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2020).
American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2020).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2020b). Healthy people 2020.
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2020a). Development of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030.
World Health Organization. (2020).
Assignment: Nurse Practitioner Professional Career Planner
As you approach the end of your Master of Science in Nursing program and prepare for a career as a nurse practitioner, you will want to create a cover letter, resume, and portfolio that best represent your knowledge, skills, and abilities as a professional in the field of nursing.
For this Assignment, you will create a Career Planner that you can use as you pursue your next professional role.
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To Prepare:

Review the Career Planner Guide.
Seek out resources on cover letters, resumes, and other professional resources, as needed. The Walden University Career Planning and Development site has information on many topics of relevance.
Develop a cover letter, resume, philosophy statement, and other professional resources that meet the requirements outlined in the Career Planner Guide.

Your Nurse Practitioner Professional Career Planner is due by Day 7 of Week 10. It is highly recommended that you begin planning and working on this Assignment as early in the quarter as is feasible for you. The following checklists outline all of the items you should include in your Career Planner. Additionally, the resources below have been provided to assist you in its development.
Refer to the Walden University Career Center website for resources and information on how to create cover letters, resumes, and professional portfolios. You may also choose to make certain portions of your Career Planner accessible online to members of your professional network or potential employers through platforms such as LinkedIn. Sharing on social media is a useful way to network for many, but it is not a requirement for this assignment.
Checklist for Cover Letter
Cover letters are typically tailored to individual jobs and companies. For this Assignment, you will select a job posting you would like to or could potentially apply for and create a cover letter for it. Your cover letter should be:
·         Presented and formatted in professional business manner
·         Addressed properly
·         Clear and concise (no more than one page) and include:
o   Content introduction
o   Content body
o   Content conclusion
·         Written in a professional tone and include:
o   Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar
o   Clear and accurate sentence structure
Checklist for Resume
Your resume should be clear, concise, and well organized, and it should also include your:
·         Name, location (city/town and state), business phone number, and email address (centered at top of resume)
·         Objective: 2–3 sentences describing your goal/objective for employment
·         Certifications & licenses
·         Education
·         Professional experience
·         Honors/Awards (as applicable)
Checklist for Portfolio 
Your Portfolio should be clear, concise, and well organized, and it should also include your:
·         Personal philosophy statement (1-page)
·         Personal goals (short term and long term)
·         Self-assessment
The following items do not have to be submitted but should be available on request for employers:
·         Achievements
·         Letters of recommendation (2)
·         References (list names, affiliation, and contact information) (3)
·         Certifications and licenses
·         Prior degrees
·         Transcripts (Note: An unofficial transcript will meet this requirement.)
·         Certificates of attendance for continuing education
·         Publications
·         Research
·         Oral presentations and/or poster presentations
Learning Resources
Resume and Cover Letter Resources:
Canva. (n.d.).
Canva has many resume templates and formats that may inspire your creativity. (Using Canva is optional.)
Cover Letter Advice (n.d.). Nurse practitioner cover letter sample 1.
DeCapua, M. (2019). A nurse practitionerâ€s guide to the perfect cover letter. Health eCareers.
Hicks, R. W., & Roberts, M. E. E. (2016). Curriculum vitae: An important tool for the nurse practitioner. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 28(7), 347–352. 
Gibson, A. (n.d.). career guide series: Ultimate guide to nursing resumes.
Walden University Career Services. (n.d.). Resumes & more.
Portfolio Resources:
Chamblee, T. B., Dale, J. C., Drews, B., Spahis, J., & Hardin, T. (2015). Implementation of a professional portfolio: A tool to demonstrate professional development for advanced practice. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 113–117.
Clarke, M. (2019). The importance of a professional nursing portfolio. HealthLeaders.
Nurse Practitioner Business Owner. (n.d.). This is why you want to create your professional portfolio today!
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