ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN NURSING
This course is designed to allow the student to tailor learning to a selected practicum in clinical, education, research or administration, which meets specific educational needs. Students choose clinical activities in their selected practicum to develop expert skills complemented by critical appraisal of existing theories and testing of concepts. The clinical practicum should be completed in a setting other than that used for NUR 701. This course is required for students enrolled in the course-based MSc. It may be taken as an elective in the thesis-based MSc and the PhD programs, where again the student may wish to explore a particular professional role through application of theory to practice.
The main method of learning is through clinical practice in a selected clinical setting. For example, in their clinical practicum students may wish to practice in a particular setting or with a particular clinical population to develop specialized skills that complement an existing area of expertise. Each student's practice experience will be planned and designed with the course co-ordinator and negotiated with the accountable professionals in the setting(s) at least two months prior to the start of the course. The student will develop a learning plan that outlines specific learning outcomes and resources, for discussion by the preceptor and tutor.
The student will be supervised by an identified preceptor in the clinical setting. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours a week for 12 weeks (144 hours) of clinical practice, with details for completing the clinical hours to be negotiated with the preceptor and clinical setting.
Successful completion of the planned outcomes of the clinical experience, which is described on the student's clinical learning plan. The evaluation will be completed by the student's preceptor and reported on the Clinical Practicum Evaluation Form. The final assessment, on a "Pass" "Fail" basis, will be made by the course coordinator/tutor. The student must successfully complete this clinical experience to pass this course.
Conceptual Analysis of a Selected Issue/Activity/Dilemma in Field Experience
Each student will select a project by which information on the field experience is disseminated. The student may choose to present a seminar (approximately one hour), relating the activity undertaken and describing the theoretical aspects of the project and nursing role (e.g. concept of professional accountability, quality assurance) OR the student and preceptor may agree on a particular project, that the student completes during the practicum and that is summarized and presented to the preceptor and other interested individuals. Evaluation of the seminar/project will be based on content (the application of theory to practice), and presentation (clarity, conciseness, professionalism) using the specific criteria stated on the learning plan. The seminar of project will be evaluated by the preceptor, in consultation with the tutor. The student and tutor may decide to break this activity into two parts; namely, 1) a conceptual analysis/seminar worth 30% and 2) an executive summary of the analysis/seminar worth 30%. The executive summary would briefly describe the background regarding developing the project and its significance to clinical practice theory. This accounts for 60% of the grade.
A critical analysis of the nursing role in the selected setting will be done in a paper (8-10 pages in length). This will include a review and critique of the literature related to the selected nursing role, application of that literature to the role undertaken in the practicum, and recommendations concerning preparation for and implementation of the role in the future. For example, the student may explore the role of small group tutor, critique their performance in the role, based on the review of the literature, and make recommendations about the strengths and limitations of the tutor role and how it might be enacted differently. The paper must be written in a scholarly manner, adherence to APA is expected. The paper will be assessed by the tutor and accounts for 40% of the grade.