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Identify specific knowledge, skills, or attitudes (KSAs) you need to develop, and cite your source.

Review the guiding organizations from the Guiding the Future of Nursing activity and reflect on the expectations for a BSN-prepared nurse. Whether you have been in practice for years or are just starting your career as a nurse, learning should never stop. As you remember from the College of Nursing Philosophical Framework, lifetime learning is one of the tenets of becoming a nurse leader.
Identify the competencies and essentials you need to develop.
Select:
2 competencies from Pre-licensure KSAs on the QSEN Competencies page
2 essentials from the AACN The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

Complete the Baccalaureate Professional Growth Worksheet table below by doing the following:
1. In the second column, identify the competency or essential you need to address.
2. In the third column, identify specific knowledge, skills, or attitudes (KSAs) you need to develop, and cite your source.
a. QSEN citation hint: Per the QSEN Competencies web page, the competencies were taken from another source, which is cited in footnote 2. The page number in the example below was taken from the primary source.
3. In the fourth column, describe how you will develop yourself and give yourself a timeframe.
4. In the fifth column, explain why this improvement is important to your development as a nurse.

Note: An example has been provided for you in the first row.
Guiding Entity Competency/Essential Needed KSAs Improvement Plan Importance
Example:
QSEN Pre-licensure KSAs Example:
Evidence-based practice Example:
Knowledge: Describe reliable sources for locating evidence reports and clinical practice guidelines (Cronenwett et al., 2007, p. 124). Example:
I will learn how to evaluate sources using the University Librarys Evaluate Sources tutorial at https://library.phoenix.edu/evaluating_sources/ in 14 days or less. Example:
In order to base practice decisions in evidence, I have to first understand how to find good, credible information.
QSEN Pre-licensure KSAs
QSEN Pre-licensure KSAs
The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
Reference
Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Barnsteiner J., Disch, J., Johnson, J., Mitchell, P., Warren, J. (2007). Quality and safety education for nurses. Nursing Outlook, 55(3)122-131. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2007.02.006

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