Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Field Experience C157 tips

Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Field Experience C157 tips
This course is time consuming and has an OA and a PA. On top of that there will be some “field” time involved because you will need to meet with and get permission from someone at your facility to review data related to an agency change that has ALREADY taken place. You’re not implementing a change, just evaluating one that has already occurred. Word to the wise, don’t petition someone at your facility that is higher up and freak them out that you’re trying to conduct an investigation on the facility. Go to the easiest person you have a relationship with that can get you access to a little bit of data about a policy change (they don’t have to be a nurse). It may be something like staffing changes, it could be the use of a new EMR system, it could be adaptation of a patient surveying system, etc. Something very straightforward. Then emphasize again and again to this person that it is only a review of data. Students have been completely shot down because they didn’t convey the assignment properly and this can have MAJOR consequences for your final capstone field experience if you burn that bridge.The course instructors have a nicely organized email they will send you with tips on both parts of the course. There is a paper template, USE THIS!! There is a practice quiz, TAKE THIS. Many instructors encourage you to join the cohorts to further your understanding of the concepts, I never did these. Honestly, very time consuming and with little kids at home there was never a convenient time for me to “check out” and check in to a cohort. I figured I’d save this idea if I happened to fail or was really struggling with the coursework.
For the PA, I remember opening the course instructions on Taskstream and thinking WHAT?!? It was so convoluted and sounded horribly confusing. I had no idea where to begin. Don’t let this stress you out, jump to the rubric, it’s much clearer what you are supposed to be doing from reading the rubric. Then print out all of the QIA forms and instructions so you can go through it line by line and start filling out your forms. I’d recommend doing this prior to speaking with your facility, that way you know exactly what kind of data you need to pull out and can present it to them clearly, get their signature and away you go. Start plugging things into the paper template.
The OA study guide is helpful, complete this and brush up on any areas that weren’t easy. The questions on the OA are not exactly black and white, some of that typical nclex style questioning, picking the most correct answer out of 4 correct answers. However, in my opinion it was pretty common sense. If you know how to look at data and strategize an approach to improve patient outcomes this test shouldn’t be too complicated. Definitely need to know Quality Improvement stuff. Go over the IHI PDSA model. Skim National Patient Safety Data markers.
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