Hcs 301 - Personal Goals Essay

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Personal Goals
HCS 301
September 25, 2010
Judy Ceppaglia
Personal Goals It wasn’t that long ago that I had those new graduate nurse’s hopeless feelings of fear and despair, as whether or not I was ever going to be a competent nurse. Wondering whether I was ever going to feel like I know exactly what I am doing and why. Was I ever going to stop being nervous when starting an IV or inserting a Foley catheter. Was I ever going to handle a full assignment of four patients, in busy Emergency Room (ER), without the help of a preceptor. As fast as those feelings overwhelmed me, they have disappeared. These days, the feelings of fear and despair aren’t as noticeable. “Goal setting plays a prominent role in social-cognitive learning
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Even the simplest of things can be a large obstacle to overcome. This leads me to a short-term personal goal of just being able to keep up on the laundry although I am in school. So often the laundry can be one of those things that is easily over looked. In the past, I would dedicate one day of the week, usually Sunday to do all of the laundry but that became overwhelming and consumed my entire day, usually resulting in laundry being left in the dryer and a load or two not folded and properly put away. Because of that I eventually just slowly stopped doing the laundry until we, were in desperate need of something. I began having feelings of guilt and eventually I started to try to do a load here and there, but I felt that it was a never-ending battle. For these reasons I want to establish a better relationship with the laundry monster and do at least one load of laundry a day, which includes washing, drying, and putting it away. According to The New York Times Company (2010), "Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement, Author Unknown” (Quotations, para. 1). “Striving for personal goals assigns meaning, structure and direction to an individual’s life” (Conrad, Doering, & Exner, 2009. Looking to the future, I believe that to be a good example for not only my children but my prospective students, I need to lose 55 pounds, and establish the healthier lifestyle I once had, making this my long-term personal goal. In April 2005 I