Nursing (NURS) 675
Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
NURS 675: Clinical Practicum I is a required course leading to a Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner or a Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner degree. In this course learners are introduced to the supervised clinical practice of competencies essential to advanced practice nursing to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Learners will demonstrate autonomy in decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes.
In NURS 675, learners complete supervised clinical practicum hours focusing on the case management of clients in primary health care setting. Refinement of clinical expertise and establishment of role identity as an advanced practice registered nurse are expected outcomes. Clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning is mastered by the nurse practitioner leaner. The expectation is that students demonstrate appropriate professional interaction and discussion of clinical experiences, as well as information from reading/studying didactic information.
Emphases are placed on learners having direct patientcare experiences that develop the knowledge and skills necessary for primary care and mastering the ability to work independently as a primary care provider. Students complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients’ health records. Students are also anticipated to develop and demonstrate leadership and professionalism in the course of working with healthcare professionals from a variety of disciples to improve the health status of individuals, families, and communities.
By the end of NURS 675 you will demonstrate:
- Integration of medical and nursing management of health concerns by providing evidence-based clinical services to those presenting with acute and chronic health concerns, at a level appropriate to a beginning practitioner, including:
- health history and physical examination
- clinical diagnoses and decision-making
- ordering of laboratory and diagnostic tests
- prescription of medications and treatments
- administering treatments or procedures
- therapeutic communication
- collaborative relationships
- Promotion and implementation of evidence-based primary, secondary and tertiary health promotion and illness prevention strategies along the health-illness continuum.
- Documentation of clinical data, diagnoses, collaborations, communications and treatments, monitoring and follow-up.
- Progressive role development and leadership competency, including effective communication and collaboration in the care of individuals, families and communities.
NURS 675 comprises online and other course materials.
Textbooks and readings from other Nurse Practitioner Practice courses will be used as appropriate. A list of optional additional reference texts is included.
Introduction: Provides essential information about the course materials, the design of the course, and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.
Schedule: Outlines the timing of course activities.
Assessment: Outlines the assignments/evaluation procedures of the course.
In this course, you will access health-related websites worldwide. You will also participate in email and computer conferencing with other students. Students are expected to connect to an Internet Service Provider at their own expense.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.
NURS 675 consists of the completion of supervised clinical practicum from between 0 and 250 hours. In addition, virtual clinical conferences, asynchronous clinical learning, and access to the clinical experiences facilitated by the Clinical Practicum Coordinators are organized to complete a block of up to 250 clinical hours with exposure to patients across the lifespan within one to two sessions (i.e., Fall, Winter and/or Spring sessions).
Clinical faculty who are licensed nurse practitioners will provide support in evaluating clinical performance and role development throughout the course term and will interact with students during clinical seminar sessions.
All details regarding the clinical practicum experience are found in the NP handbook located in the NP Student Resource Forum.
The assessment structure for NURS 675 is based on the following course activities. The final grade for the course is a pass/fail mark based on your performance on these course activities.
|Clinical Learning Plan||Pass/Fail|
|Midterm Clinical Evaluation||Pass/Fail|
|Final Clinical Evaluation||Pass/Fail|
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, July 15, 2020.