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Practicum Experience Plan

As you establish your goals and objectives for this course you are committing to an organized plan that will frame your practicum experience in a clinical setting, including planned activities, assessment, and achievement of defined outcomes. In particular, they must address the categories of clinical reasoning, quality in your clinical specialty, and interpersonal collaborative practice.

For this Assignment, you will consider the areas you aim to focus on to gain practical experience as an advanced nurse practitioner. Then, you will develop a Practicum Experience Plan (PEP) containing the objectives you will fulfill in order to achieve your aims. In this practicum experience, when developing your goals and objectives, be sure to keep adult health guidelines and best practices in mind.

To prepare:

Review your FNP or AGPCNP Clinical Skills and Procedures Self-Assessment Form you submitted in Week 1 and think about areas for which you would like to gain application-level experience and/or continued growth as a nurse educator. How can your experiences in the Practicum help you achieve these aims?
Review the information related to developing objectives provided in this week’s Learning Resources.  Your practicum learning objectives that you want to achieve during your Practicum experience must be:
Specific 
Measurable 
Attainable 
Results-focused 
Time-bound
Reflective of the higher-order domains of Bloom’s taxonomy (i.e., Application level and above) 
Note: please make sure your objectives are outlined in your Practicum Experience Plan (PEP). 
Discuss your professional aims and your proposed Practicum Objectives with your Practicum Preceptor to ascertain if the necessary resources are available at your Practicum site.
Assignment: 
Record the required information in each area of the Practicum Experience Plan, including 3–4 practicum learning objectives you will use to facilitate your learning during the Practicum experience.

Find below what I wrote in week one

SUMMARY OF STRENGTHS:

Compassionate/caring, Empathy and caring for fellow human beings

Dependable/reliable/meets deadlines, honest and trustworthiness

Attitude/energy, reliability and flexibility

Patient care, good communication and people’s skills

Team orientation, Excellent multitasks

Dependable/reliable/meets deadlines

The ability to save lives/prevent a death

Efficiency and professionalism

I believe my greatest strength is my detail orientated outlook on patient care. As a Critical Care Unit Nurse, I am proficient in catering to postoperative patients.

Utilizing my detail orientated outlook to my advantage I will present myself as a resource to my patients and their families, putting forth the “best quality evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice” (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2012).

Opportunities for growth:

Further my education
Build Confidence/assertiveness
Knowledge of my role as a nurse practitioner
The largest challenge I face in this course and in the practicum setting is my lack of knowledge and experience in creating an informed differential diagnosis and treatment plan based on the patient’s chief complaint. I hope that during the course of my experience in this setting, I will be able to see many patients and take on the “provider” perspective. Assisted by my preceptor and my colleagues, I believe that I will gain the confidence to overcome my fears and excel in what I believe to be one of the most important competencies, which is to provide the “full spectrum of healthcare services” (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2012). Another challenge that I believe I will face is to discuss medical outcomes and treatment plans that are unfavorable with patients and their families. This encompasses my fear that the patient and family will not respect my decisions or believe that my work is not in the best interest for the patient. Although this will be a tough experience and perspective to have, I am excited to build relationships with my patients and their families and build “mutual respect, empathy and collaboration” (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2012).

Now, write 3–4 possible goals and objectives for this practicum experience. Ensure that they follow the SMART Strategy, as described in the Learning Resources.

Over the next 160 clinical hours in adult gerontology I will become familiar in conducting system-focused physicals based on patient complaints under the observation of my preceptor to agree with my technique and exam interpretation 90% of the time.
During my 11 weeks clinical rotation, I will be excel in writing my patients SOAP notes
Also during these 11 months clinical hours in adult gerontology, I plan to provide appropriate interpretations to radiology, laboratory and diagnostic results.
I also plan to have confidence in knowing which antibiotic is best based on the patient’s signs and symptoms.
Over the next 160 clinical hours in adult gerontology I will perform at least 2 mini mental status exams under observation of my preceptor and agree with my plan for treatment and or referral at least 90% of the time.

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