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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164290
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teaching Students Practical Skills: The Clinical Project as a Culminating Experience
Author(s):
Kalman, Melanie
Author Details:
Melanie Kalman PhD, CNS, PhD, CNS, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of the clinical project is to offer students an opportunity to improve competencies needed as a CNS leader facilitating clinical excellence. Significance: Developing competencies needed for CNS practice is important for students. This project provided students with an opportunity to refine competencies. Design: Previous to 2006, all master's students at the College of Nursing completed a thesis or a comprehensive exam. Most chose the examination option which tests the ability to synthesize knowledge in hypothetical situations and not actual, complex situations. The CNS program director proposed allowing CNS students to choose a third option, completing a clinical project. Methods: The projects were completed in two semesters and went beyond course requirements. During the first semester, the student identified an appropriate project and developed a timeline and a project proposal. Upon completion of the project, the student submitted a scholarly paper. This paper was bound and submitted to the CON. Findings: All students chose the clinical project option. Two students chose to update clinical policies. This included conducting a literature review, writing the policy, completing the hospital's policy approval process, and providing staff education. The other students led an EBP team, where staff nurses asked clinical research questions and explored the evidence. The students led the team, facilitated the synthesis of the literature, wrote the evidenced-based policies, and educated nurses on the new policies. All the students reported that the clinical project was not only relevant but well worth the effort and they would choose to do the clinical project again. Conclusions: Previously few students completed theses and many students chose to take comprehensive examinations. The examination did not provide real-life experiences. All students in this years class chose to complete a clinical project and voiced the belief that the experience was invaluable in preparing them as CNSs who are leaders and expert clinicians. This is a positive option for CNS students. Implications for Practice: While classroom discussions and readings are necessary, students need to practice CNS competencies in order to be prepared for practice. This project provided students with experience practicing essential competencies.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
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.titleTeaching Students Practical Skills: The Clinical Project as a Culminating Experienceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKalman, Melanieen_US
dc.author.detailsMelanie Kalman PhD, CNS, PhD, CNS, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164290-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of the clinical project is to offer students an opportunity to improve competencies needed as a CNS leader facilitating clinical excellence. Significance: Developing competencies needed for CNS practice is important for students. This project provided students with an opportunity to refine competencies. Design: Previous to 2006, all master's students at the College of Nursing completed a thesis or a comprehensive exam. Most chose the examination option which tests the ability to synthesize knowledge in hypothetical situations and not actual, complex situations. The CNS program director proposed allowing CNS students to choose a third option, completing a clinical project. Methods: The projects were completed in two semesters and went beyond course requirements. During the first semester, the student identified an appropriate project and developed a timeline and a project proposal. Upon completion of the project, the student submitted a scholarly paper. This paper was bound and submitted to the CON. Findings: All students chose the clinical project option. Two students chose to update clinical policies. This included conducting a literature review, writing the policy, completing the hospital's policy approval process, and providing staff education. The other students led an EBP team, where staff nurses asked clinical research questions and explored the evidence. The students led the team, facilitated the synthesis of the literature, wrote the evidenced-based policies, and educated nurses on the new policies. All the students reported that the clinical project was not only relevant but well worth the effort and they would choose to do the clinical project again. Conclusions: Previously few students completed theses and many students chose to take comprehensive examinations. The examination did not provide real-life experiences. All students in this years class chose to complete a clinical project and voiced the belief that the experience was invaluable in preparing them as CNSs who are leaders and expert clinicians. This is a positive option for CNS students. Implications for Practice: While classroom discussions and readings are necessary, students need to practice CNS competencies in order to be prepared for practice. This project provided students with experience practicing essential competencies.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:45:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:45:37Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameClinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellenceen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlanta, Georgia, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgiaen_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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