A common practice used by companies to analyze themselves and their competitors is an analysis called “SWOT.” This process can inform key decisions and strategies. This exercise isn’t just for businesses; it can be helpful for nurses in evaluating their goals and aspirations too.
SWOT stands for:
S trengths – Factors that are likely to have a positive effect on (or be an enabler to) achieving the objective
W eaknesses – Factors that are likely to have a negative effect on (or be a barrier to) achieving the objective
O pportunities – External factors that are likely to have a positive effect on achieving or exceeding your objective, or goal not previously considered
T hreats – External factors and conditions that are likely to have a negative effect on achieving your objective, or making the objective redundant or unachievable
With the goal of graduating and practicing as an APRN, the first step is to understand more about yourself and your external environment. Complete a brief SWOT analysis in your Journal. Be sure to include references where appropriate.
Where to Post Response:
You will post this response to the online Journal. However, please write your response in Word or another text tool and save your work. When you are ready to post, copy your response text and paste it into the online Journal. This approach will ensure that you have a backup of your work.
As this Assignment is a Journal entry and not a formal paper, it may at times be difficult to follow the organization, style, and formatting of the APA 6th Edition Manual. Despite this, your Journal Assignment should:
- be no more than 1–2 paragraphs (less than 1 page) in length;
- clearly establish and maintain the viewpoint and purpose of the Assignment;
- follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
- be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful; and
- display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
References may be included and if references are used, the references should be prepared in APA format.
View the Journal Grading Rubric on the Grading Rubrics page under the Course Resources