Smart Goals Worksheet

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My Educational Goal

My personal mission statement guiding my bachelor鈥檚 of nursing study is: I aspire to earn a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing as it will give me more opportunities to progress to higher positions in the nursing field. To support my mission and realize my dream of earning the bachelor鈥檚, I have set a goal: to earn a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing in the next two years. Goal setting is important in that it improves a student鈥檚 academic performance (Conzemius & O鈥橬eill, 2011) and aids in monitoring a student鈥檚 progress towards realizing long-term goals (Harrington, 2015).

To achieve my goal of earning a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing, I intend to work hard on my academics and attain a minimum grade of B+ in all nursing courses. To get these good grades, I plan to study for at least four hours per day besides the regular coursework hours, seven days a week. Secondly, I plan to have a study group with my course mates, at least twice per week. Lastly, I intend to meet with my lecturers for clarification on what I did not understand in class.

The achievement of this goal will help me to get more equipped with critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills. These skills will enable me to progress to higher positions in the nursing field e.g. leadership and management positions. The newly acquired skills will also help enhance my work performance thus improving healthcare.


Conzemius, A., & O鈥橬eill, J. (2011). The Power of SMART Goals: Using Goals to Improve Student Learning. Solution Tree Press.

Harrington, C. (2015). Student Success in College: Doing What Works!聽Cengage Learning.

Smart goals worksheet for students

Draft Goal:

To earn a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing.

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路聽What is the desired result? (who, what, when, why, how)

路聽I intend to work hard on my academics and achieve a minimum grade of B+ in all the nursing courses.

路聽Improve my leadership skills by mentoring associate degree nursing聽(ADN) students.

路聽Using the skills acquired, I intend to improve my performance at work by ensuring that I meet high patient satisfaction.

路聽Achieve at least a grade of B+ in 80% of the courses at the end of the semester.

路聽Mentor at least 5 ADN students.

路聽Improved job performance as measured by indicators such as patient satisfaction.


路聽How can you quantify (numerically or descriptively) completion?

路聽How can you measure progress?

路聽The exam grades can be measured by using the grades and scores attained in each course at the end of every semester. The progress can be measured using the scores achieved in continuous assessment tests.

路聽My leadership skills can be measured quantitatively using the number of student nurses that I will have mentored during the two years of my study.

路聽Patient satisfaction can be measured quantitatively and descriptively using patient satisfaction scales e.g.The Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ)

路聽Achieve scores of over 70% in theory-based and practical exam.

路聽By the end of six months, I will have mentored at least 5 ADN students and recruited more for mentorship.

路聽To gauge performance, scores obtained from patient satisfaction scales will be used.


路聽What skills are needed?

路聽What resources are necessary?

路聽How does the environment impact goal achievement?

路聽Does the goal require the right amount of effort?

路聽The skills needed to attain good grades include good time management, group discussions, regular attendance of classes, excellent note-taking techniques, and development of study plan. The resources needed include a study planner, a study schedule, and textbooks.

路聽Leadership skills that I need to mentor others include excellent interpersonal skills, social awareness, and self-awareness skills. To achieve the skills, the resources include leadership books and attendance of leadership seminars and classes.

路聽To achieve high performance at work, I will need communication, critical thinking, technical quality, and time management skills.

路聽A conducive environment will ensure that all efforts are focussed on achievement of the stated goal thus ensuring that the goal is achieved in stipulated time.

路聽The goal requires a lot of effort and dedication because the course is challenging.

路聽Improve my time management, group discussions, note-taking, study skills.

路聽Demonstrate excellent leadership skills of self-awareness and social awareness.

路聽Improve my job performance at work by enhancing patient satisfaction.


路聽Is the goal in alignment with the overall mission or strategy?

路聽My mission is to earn a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing as it will give me more opportunities to progress to higher positions in the nursing field. The goal is aligned with the mission since the achievement of the mission requires one to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. To gain these knowledge, behaviors, and skills, a student is required to excel in all the academic courses.

路聽Review my acquired knowledge, behaviors, and skills at the end of the semester.


路聽What is the deadline?

路聽Is the deadline realistic?

1.聽The time limit for achieving the goal is two years

2.聽The time limit is realistic since achieving the goal requires a student to take a multitude of courses so as to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

路聽Check the progress towards achieving the goal.

Final Goal: I am going to earn my bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing, by the summer of 2018.


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