Self-Awareness & Mindful Presence – The graduate utilizes personality tools to identify his/her own personality type and incorporate self-awareness practices to increase mindful presence into his/her own life, practice of health care, and interactions with patients and colleagues. Leadership through Influence: Influencing the Transformation of Health Care – The graduate uses principles of self-knowledge, active listening, authentic leadership, and mentoring in transforming and creating a healing environment.

For this assessment, you will navigate areas of focus that include professional presence, mindfulness practice, and healing environments. These areas of focus will help you to create a professional presence plan that has both personal and professional application. You will be analyzing your inner world (thoughts, beliefs, and values) and your outer world (activities, relationships, and experiences). Each section of this assessment will gauge how you use and interact with those two worlds. To aid you in understanding your inner and outer worlds, you will take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II, an online personality test. With the test’s results, you will better understand your strengths and weaknesses and how you can be an effective individual and leader. Authentic leadership requires as much care and understanding for yourself as for those you will serve and lead. Your professional presence plan will integrate your insights, goals, and beliefs into a coherent whole.


Note: Your submission may take the form of an essay Be sure to cover each prompt in sufficient detail and support no matter what form you use.

A. Professional Presence
1. Discuss the differences between two models of health and healing (e.g., physical body, body-mind, body-mind-spirit/bio-psycho-social,) as they relate to what it means to be human.
2. Analyze differences between one of the models discussed in part A1 and your professional presence (i.e., current beliefs, attitudes, and actions regarding health and healing).
3. Discuss how your professional presence (mindful or distracted) influences your nursing practice.

B. Personality Preferences
1. Submit your results from the Keirsey Temperament personality test.

Note: You should only submit the Temperament Mini Report provided by You can submit a screen shot or copy and paste the results into a document for submission.

2. Analyze your test results, including areas that may or may not align with how you view yourself.
a. Evaluate how the preferences identified by the test align with your relationships, favorite activities, and career choices.
b. Discuss two potential challenges or barriers (e.g., barriers in communication, decision-making) that could be minimized by your enhanced self-awareness when working with opposite personality types.

C. Mindfulness Practice
1. Develop a mindfulness practice plan consistent with your interests, goals, and beliefs by doing the following:
a. Create two specific goals for each of the four Aspects of your whole person (physical, vital/rhythmic, mental/emotional, and biographical/spiritual body) to maintain balance.
b. Discuss how you will achieve each of the goals created in part C1a, including how you will adjust to the changing of your whole person.

D. Healing Environments
1. Analyze two optimal healing environments in healthcare to identify the common elements of internal, interpersonal, behavioral, and external environments.
2. Discuss how you intend to apply self-awareness and insights gained from part D1 to promote professional presence in your current healthcare setting.

E. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a performance assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the performance assessment.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly.
Your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the

Artisans are the temperament with a natural ability to excel in any of the arts, not only the fine arts such as painting and sculpting, or the performing arts such as music, theater, and dance, but also the athletic, military, political, mechanical, and industrial arts, as well as the “art of the deal” in business.
Artisans are most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now. Artisans have exceptionally keen senses, and love working with their hands. They seem right at home with tools, instruments, and vehicles of all kinds, and their actions are usually aimed at getting them where they want to go, and as quickly as possible. Thus Artisans will strike off boldly down roads that others might consider risky or impossible, doing whatever it takes, rules or no rules, to accomplish their goals. This devil-may-care attitude also gives the Artisans a winning way with people, and they are often irresistibly charming with family, friends, and co-workers.
Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow may never come.
There are many Artisans, perhaps 30 to 35 percent of the population, which is good, because they create much of the beauty, grace, fun, and excitement the rest of us enjoy in life.
Your heightened aesthetic sense can lead you to craft and perfect whatever work you take on. As a result, in your ideal job you would likely have the freedom to gather observations, collections of facts, and sets of skills in order to do your work. You can be thrilled when you slip through a window of strategic opportunity that colleagues or the competition haven’t yet seen.

Professional Presence
Discuss the differences between two models of health and healing.
There are three discussed in the COS—Era I, Era II, Era III. You need to pick two of these, discuss the differences as you relate to what it means to be human.

COS Resources: Dr. Dossey website & Koerner textbook.
• Remember to describe the components that contribute to the wholeness of being human.
• This article in the library has some good insight on the aspects of caring for humans:
Advancing Nursing Theory Through Theory-guided Practice: The Emergence of a Critical Caring Perspective
• There is also information in the TCM readings regarding the Eastern perspective (some write about Yin Yang or the Five Elements). You don’t have to include both Western and Eastern ideas, you can stick with whichever is most comfortable or makes the most sense to you.

Analyze differences between one of the models in A1 and your professional presence.
• You need to discuss your own beliefs, attitudes, and actions regarding health and healing as compared to one of the models that you discussed in A1.
Discuss how your professional presence (mindful or distracted) influences your nursing practice.
• How does your being mindful or distracted at work influence your nursing practice.

Personality Preferences
Submit your results from the Kiersey Temperament personality test.
You follow the link in the COS to take the KTS-II. You need to take a screen shot of your results and submit it as part of your task.

2. Take a screen shot of your results to submit with your paper
3. Analyze your results
4. Discuss your own preferences (include your relationships, favorite activities, and career choice) and how they align with your temperament
5. Identify and discuss two potential barriers of working with an opposite type (for example if you are a guardian and you are working with an artisan)

One of your classmates shared this tip. You may find it helpful:
Something that I did was I took the Jung typology that was in the same section as the Kiersey information in our course:

The Jung typology, once you take the test, will most likely correlate to your Kiersey typology results, and has some more specific analysis regarding other things, such as relationships.

That being said, what I tried to do (my test resulted as a Rational, in case that’s pertinent) was to take something that was said in the results and relate it back to something I enjoyed. For example, according to Kiersey, “Rationals have an insatiable hunger to accomplish their goals and will work tirelessly on any project they have set their mind to¿ . I related this statement back to how whenever I find a new hobby or interest, I tend to throw myself into it until I feel that I have mastered it, and then I explained further as best I could.

Mindfulness Practice
Create two specific goals for each of the four Aspects of your whole person (physical, vital/rhythmic, mental/emotional, and biographical/spiritual) to maintain balance.

Ok, the key word here is specific. Many students say things like “I will eat a balanced diet”. You need to be specific and make sure you do two goals for each of the four aspects (physical, vital, mental, and spiritual) for a total of eight goals.
Vital/rhythmic can be something like your vital life force (i.e. energy) or life rhythms like biorhythms, Circadian rhythms, or even something simpler like rhythmic breathing. Dr. Weil has some rhythmic breathing exercises that some students like to use in their plan (try searching for “Dr. Weil breathing exercises”).

COS Resources: There is a video called “Complete Health and Healing” in the COS by Dr. Koerner that you need to watch; it describes the “4 bodies/aspects”. It is under the section “Western Model of Wholeness”. Dr. Koerner’s descriptions are a bit different but the concept is the same—how the different aspects of a person contribute to their whole being.
Discuss how you will achieve each of the goals created in part C1a, including how you will adjust to the changing of your whole person.

So again, you need to be specific about how you will achieve each. You may want to consider making a table for this section. This will ensure you make eight goals and describe how you will achieve each. Then you can make a statement at the end as to how you will adjust to the change of your whole person.
Healing Environments
Analyze two optimal healing environments in healthcare to identify the common elements of internal, interpersonal, behavioral, and external environments.

You have to find two examples of existing optimal healing environments and describe them as above. You can Google “optimal healing environments in healthcare”, search for Magnet hospitals, look at facilities in your area, or you can use the COS resources—
go to the Samueli Institute website and check the references tab, or you can go to for examples.
1. You need to find two facilities that have optimal healing environments. I think the best way to handle this section is to:
1. Define what an optimal healing environment is including the definition of the four elements.
2. Find two examples of hospitals that display evidence of the four elements.
3. Describe each of the four elements at each facility.
Discuss how you will incorporate what you learned from those two examples in your own facility. ( I work in a medical-surgical unit and workd as a clinic nurse)

eEbray E-Texts
The following textbooks are available to you as e-texts within this course. You will be directly linked to the specific readings required within the activities that follow.
• Koerner, J. (2011). Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing 2e. Springer Publishing Company. New York, NY. ISBN: 9780826107541
• Schaffer, M. and Norlander L. (2009). Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource of End-Of-Life Care. Sigma Theta Tau International. ISBN: 9781930538825
• Weil, A. (2004). Health and Healing: The philosophy of integrative medicine. Houghton Mifflin Co, New York, NY. ISBN: 9780395344309
The following e-reserve materials will be used in this course:


Falk-Rafael, A. (2005). Advancing Nursing Theory Through Theory-guided Practice: The Emergence of a Critical Caring Perspective. Advances In Nursing Science, 28(1), 38-49.
George, B., Sims, P., McLean, A.N., and Mayer, D. (2007). Discovering Your Authentic Leadership. Harvard Business Review. Reprint R0702H.
Jordon (2009). Reflection & mindfulness in organizations. Management Learning.
Matsuo (2012). Leadership of learning and reflective practice: An exploratory study of nursing managers. Management Learning.
Purpora, C., Blegen, M.A and Stotts, N.A. (2012). Horizontal violence among hospital staff nurses related to oppressed self or oppressed group. J Prof Nurs. Sep-Oct; 28(5):306-14. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.01.001.
Yancer, D. A. (2012). Betrayed trust: Healing a broken hospital through servant leadership. Nursing Administration 36:1, 63-80.
Zundel (2013). Walking to learn: Rethinking reflection for management learning. Management Learning

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