What is Senior Practicum (NUR 480)?
NUR 480, Practicum/Care Management, is a three credit clinical course taken the final 7 weeks of the undergraduate nursing program. Commonly called “Practicum”, NUR 480 has both a required weekly seminar of two hours and clinical time of approximately 22 hours per week in a location of student interest or need. Practicum provides a culminating intensive clinical experience that gives the opportunity to refine your clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on integrating the multiple roles of professional nursing and serves as a vehicle for you to enhance your critical thinking and communication skills.
The primary purpose of this course is to develop your competency in nursing care, including organizational, prioritizing and decision-making skills. Your identified goals are key to your success in Practicum, as this course is meant to help you with the transition into professional nursing. Regardless of your practicum location, this transition occurs.
The seminar meets weekly for two hours with faculty. Attendance at seminar is MANDATORY with assigned readings and assignments for each class. Topics explored during the course include delegation, end-of-life and professional ethics as applied to a wide range of health care settings. All students will develop and present a capstone project which requires application of competent technical skills and best practice concepts. Student presentations are scheduled during seminar.
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