Professional Reflection of Capstone
Professional Reflection of Capstone
The final project for this course is the creation of a project plan presentation for the board of directors and a professional reflection.
The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and healthcare professionals should be prepared for the challenge. As the final stop in your journey toward your Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, you will integrate the knowledge and skills you have developed in previous coursework and over the duration of the term into a capstone assessment. Your assessment will consist of two components that will allow you to evidence knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositional growth you have experienced during your program..
The second component of your capstone assessment is a professional reflection in which you will reflect upon your capstone, program, and professional experiences and draw connections and inferences about your growth, ethical practice, and professional goals.
Capstone Component 2: Professional Reflection
For the second and final component of your capstone, you will write an essay in which you discuss the process and outcomes of this project, and your overall Health Science program journey and experiences. You will also speak more specifically about how the project relates to your area of expertise/interest and your desired career path. Writing reflectively allows you to think deeply and consciously about your experiences, which is invaluable to successful practice in the field of healthcare management/health science.
You should envision this component as a personal reflection on the capstone and your experience in the Health Science program as a whole. For instance, relative to the capstone, you could discuss what you did—or intended to do—and then consider what worked well, what challenges you faced, and what you would change or do differently to make your experience better. In reflecting on your time here at SNHU, you might discuss where you started, where you have ended up, where you see yourself going, and so on. Note that this component is not about evaluating the capstone itself, but rather your experience within the capstone project.
Some of the issues that you could address in this final component of this capstone may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Overall, what was your capstone experience like?
Reflect on the significance of the capstone in relation to your own experience at SNHU.
What connections do you see between your capstone and your academic program?
How will you apply what you have learned to your future academic and/or professional life?
How can you relate ethics or maintain ethical principles in your profession?
Component 2: Professional Reflection
In Module Eight, you will submit the Professional Reflection (Component 2). It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final project. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. The Professional Reflection should be a 2–3-page Word document. This submission will be graded together with the Project Plan Presentation in Module Eight using the Final Project Rubric.
My thoughts : I work was a medical laboratory technician looking at blood smears all day.
My experience with this capstone was intriguing and a catalyst to jump start me into my career toward a managerial position. The classes previous to the capstone really came into play with helping build on this project.
My time here at SNHU has been positive and supportive. The layout of how the programs are gear to help facilities you being successful as much as possible The professors also shown to be available and resourceful in any cop possible.
I started off as a regular med lab tech wanting to do school so that I could have the ability to get paid more but by the end of the program it really aspiring me to reach out for a manger/ supervisor role. The program challenge me to balance school, work and family for the first time and try to bring the best out of me.
My career path is to obtain my bachelor degree and sit down to take my certification and become a medical laboratory technologist.
Professional Reflection of Capstone
As a laboratory technician, I primarily focused on analyzing blood smears but a few encounters have been thought-provoking and adequately informative. I must mention that previous classes before the capstone helped in anticipating and preparing for the multifaceted project during the capstone project. For example, my classes were well-organized and information well-coordinated with streamlined approaches to information sharing. This was evident in how most students excelled in assigned tasks, especially group discussions and assignments. The intrigue in my capstone experience cannot be understated and its role in preparing me for a future managerial role is even more pronounced. As pointed out, my classes before the capstone helped me to identify a project route in evaluating the communication and information sharing problem at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2023). I could focus on implementing a solution, namely, a centralized information platform.
During the capstone project’s initiative, I appreciated the significance of identifying the target for any initiative. In my case, the target mostly comprised healthcare stakeholders. A significant challenge such as a breakdown in communication impacts the greater public and now I appreciate strategies of considering public members in large-scale health interventions, such as community surveys. Before the capstone, I was not acquainted with ECLIPSE statements but with the challenge at CDC, this was only one of the many healthcare project management concepts I learned. The ECLIPSE statement gives a summary of interventions for initiative implementation (Berríos-Torres et al., 2017). My research skills improved as I practiced strategies such as database searches and project search terms formulation. I intended to understand how to guide a project from its inception phase to evaluation and through the capstone, much information was gained to the stated end. For example, I learned the importance of having clear milestones, ethical considerations, goals, progress measures such as adoption rates, and streamlined communication before, during, and after initiative implementation.
I encountered a challenge in understanding legal standards such as HIPAA and GLBA and I intend to enroll in short courses relevant to the legal requirements facilitating the smooth implementation of changes within organizations. This is particularly significant considering the link between the capstone project and my professional career path of becoming a medical laboratory technologist working in a managerial capacity. As a manager serving as a medical laboratory technologist, I see the need to be conversant with information and communication management. This means I have to be accurate when evaluating communication and information-sharing processes within my organization and determining the need for improvement such as implementing a centralized information platform like recommended for CDC in the capstone.
My time at SNHU has been positive and supportive. The layout of how the programs are geared helps one in becoming successful. Moreover, the professors were available and resourceful. The capstone helped further my appreciation of communication and teamwork initiatives during my time at SNHU. A connection between the capstone and my academic program is the multifaceted nature of healthcare organization-wide interventions that consider ethics and regulations. Stakeholder involvement that entails transparency and expedient information sharing is advised for successful teamwork.
I started as a regular medical laboratory technician and aimed at upgrading my skillset so that I can earn more. However, the program and capstone have inspired me to pursue a managerial role even within my career path as a medical laboratory technologist. I intend to apply the program and capstone’s knowledge and concepts to balance school, work, and family and foster better communication and information sharing within any organization where I am employed. All my aspirations will be guided by ethical principles some of which I have learned during the program and intend to regularly update my knowledge and application of the same through research and coordinating with experts in the field.
Berríos-Torres, S. I., Umscheid, C. A., Bratzler, D. W., Leas, B., Stone, E. C., Kelz, R. R., & Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. (2017). Centers for disease control and Prevention guideline for the Prevention of surgical site infection, 2017. JAMA surgery, 152(8), 784-791.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, April 30). About CDC. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/about/default.html
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