WORDS OF WISDOM
You can learn much from networking with the people involved in professional organizations. Become involved in at least two professional organizations. One should be broad in scope and covers all areas of nursing such as the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International. The second should be in your specialized area of interest such as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives, or the Transcultural Nursing Society. Make sure at least one of the organizations has an international focus which facilitates crossing borders and networking with people globally.
You must move out of your comfort zone. Never approach another school or country with an ethnocentric attitude. Share what you know with them, but in a non-ethnocentric manner. Be open to critique of your work and add ideas you gain from their perspectives. When giving presentations or consulting in other schools and countries, remember their collective knowledge and wisdom is greater than yours. Take advantage of their knowledge and wisdom and share it with others who are interested and willing to listen. Even if they are not interested: share it.
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