This week you begin to lay the foundation for your academic and professional success. Your efforts begin with a vision, which includes your own definition of success. Your vision may vary from those of your colleagues, but this does not mean you have to take these first steps alone. Walden University and the School of Nursing (SON) also have a vision and mission, which include helping you to make your own vision a reality. Members of your new academic community, such as faculty, support teams, and fellow students, can also be helpful. Current practitioners and other members of the professional community can also help you to clarify your vision. This week’s Discussion asks you to think about how the Walden mission and vision and the School of Nursing (SON) mission and vision apply to your professional and academic goals. You will also begin to identify individuals and teams that can help you along the way, as you begin to design the “blueprint”—your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan—that will guide you toward your own vision for academic and professional success.

In order to lay the foundation for academic and professional success, it is important to have a clear vision and definition of what success means to you. This vision may vary among individuals, but it is essential to recognize that you do not have to navigate this journey alone. Walden University and the School of Nursing (SON) have their own visions and missions, and these can serve as guiding principles to help you achieve your own vision of success. Additionally, the academic community, including faculty, support teams, fellow students, and professionals in the field, can all provide valuable support and guidance as you work towards your goals.

The vision and mission of Walden University and the School of Nursing (SON) can be instrumental in shaping your own professional and academic goals. Walden University is committed to social change, promoting student success, and fostering a global perspective. The School of Nursing (SON) has a mission to prepare nurses who can address healthcare challenges and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. By aligning your own goals with the university and school’s vision and mission, you can ensure that your efforts are in line with their values and objectives.

To create your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan, it is important to identify individuals and teams that can offer support and guidance along the way. Faculty members play a crucial role in providing academic mentorship and guidance. They have extensive knowledge and experience in their respective fields and can provide valuable insights and advice to help you navigate your academic journey. It is beneficial to develop relationships with faculty members who share similar interests or have expertise in your area of study.

In addition to faculty, support teams such as academic advisors, writing tutors, and research librarians can provide guidance and assistance in specific areas. Academic advisors can help you navigate the requirements of your program and ensure that you are on track to meet your academic goals. Writing tutors can assist with developing strong writing skills, which are essential for academic success. Research librarians can help you navigate scholarly databases and locate relevant resources for your coursework and research.

Fellow students can also be valuable sources of support and collaboration. Engaging with peers in discussion boards, study groups, and collaborative assignments allows for the exchange of ideas and perspectives. This collaboration can enhance your learning experience and provide a network of support.

In addition to the academic community, professionals in the field can offer insights and guidance based on their real-world experience. Networking with current practitioners, attending professional conferences, or joining professional organizations can provide opportunities to connect with professionals who can offer advice and mentorship.

In conclusion, creating a vision for academic and professional success is the first step in laying the foundation for achievement. The vision and mission of Walden University and the School of Nursing (SON) can serve as guiding principles to align your goals with the values and objectives of the institution. The academic community, including faculty, support teams, and fellow students, as well as professionals in the field, can provide valuable support and guidance along your journey. By identifying individuals and teams that can help you along the way and designing a plan for academic success, you can work towards your own vision for success.