CNS Education: Using A Faculty-Supervised Research Practicum to Build Context for CNS Competencies and Quality Outcomes

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164224
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
CNS Education: Using A Faculty-Supervised Research Practicum to Build Context for CNS Competencies and Quality Outcomes
Author(s):
Winters, Charlene
Author Details:
Charlene Winters, DNSc, APRN, BC, Montana State University College of Nursing, Bozeman, Montana, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Purpose: To describe a faculty-supervised research practicum used to develop CNS competencies and provide context for quality patient outcomes. Significance: CNS competencies and quality patient outcomes can be significantly influenced by the context in which care is implemented. "Rural context" encompasses the physical setting and the culture created by the similarities and bonds found among persons living and working in sparsely populated areas. Understanding and addressing the context of rural nursing practice and the rural component of an individual's life is intrinsic to developing CNS competencies and baseline data for planning effective interventions and positive outcomes. Background/Design: For more than 20 years, graduate students taking the rural health course at Montana State University have participated in a faculty-supervised research practicum to explore a variety of issues related to the health needs of rural dwellers. We have found that these activities provide the students with opportunities to better understand the people and communities where they will practice (context), while developing the essential skills needed for advance practice nursing. The focus of this abstract is on the processes and activities used to implement the research practicum and develop essential CNS competencies. Methods: Under faculty guidance, the students work individually or in groups to identify a problem of interest, collect and analyze data, and identified implications for advanced practice. Much of the student's work is conducted via distance using telephone, teleconference, and video conferencing. Findings: Students have successfully completed research studies, presented at professional conferences, and have published their work. The research practicum has provided data for the development of rural nursing theory and added to the students' understanding of the health needs of rural persons and the essential competencies of rural CNS practice. The students report they feel prepared to practice in a rural setting and assist patients to achieve positive health outcomes. Conclusions: faculty-supervised research practicum can be successfully used to develop CNS competencies and provide context for quality patient outcomes. Implications for Practice: CNSs living and practicing in rural areas face unique challenges. Knowledge of the rural context and competencies specific to rural nursing practice are essential to the achievement of quality patient outcomes.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCNS Education: Using A Faculty-Supervised Research Practicum to Build Context for CNS Competencies and Quality Outcomesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWinters, Charleneen_US
dc.author.detailsCharlene Winters, DNSc, APRN, BC, Montana State University College of Nursing, Bozeman, Montana, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164224-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To describe a faculty-supervised research practicum used to develop CNS competencies and provide context for quality patient outcomes. Significance: CNS competencies and quality patient outcomes can be significantly influenced by the context in which care is implemented. "Rural context" encompasses the physical setting and the culture created by the similarities and bonds found among persons living and working in sparsely populated areas. Understanding and addressing the context of rural nursing practice and the rural component of an individual's life is intrinsic to developing CNS competencies and baseline data for planning effective interventions and positive outcomes. Background/Design: For more than 20 years, graduate students taking the rural health course at Montana State University have participated in a faculty-supervised research practicum to explore a variety of issues related to the health needs of rural dwellers. We have found that these activities provide the students with opportunities to better understand the people and communities where they will practice (context), while developing the essential skills needed for advance practice nursing. The focus of this abstract is on the processes and activities used to implement the research practicum and develop essential CNS competencies. Methods: Under faculty guidance, the students work individually or in groups to identify a problem of interest, collect and analyze data, and identified implications for advanced practice. Much of the student's work is conducted via distance using telephone, teleconference, and video conferencing. Findings: Students have successfully completed research studies, presented at professional conferences, and have published their work. The research practicum has provided data for the development of rural nursing theory and added to the students' understanding of the health needs of rural persons and the essential competencies of rural CNS practice. The students report they feel prepared to practice in a rural setting and assist patients to achieve positive health outcomes. Conclusions: faculty-supervised research practicum can be successfully used to develop CNS competencies and provide context for quality patient outcomes. Implications for Practice: CNSs living and practicing in rural areas face unique challenges. Knowledge of the rural context and competencies specific to rural nursing practice are essential to the achievement of quality patient outcomes.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:44:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:44:21Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Qualityen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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