Nursing Practicum

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Course Description:
This capstone course must be taken in the last semester and will highlight all the professional endeavors of the student’s past and present academic and work achievements. Students will complete a practicum experience through the selection of a community agency of interest with a focus on a select patient population. Current ethical, legal, and health care issues will be addressed that are pertinent to the practicing professional and will be summarized as the student formulates guidelines to deal with selected issues. Political action, community service, and professional image will be promoted as activities that contribute to the professional growth of the nurse and the profession of nursing.


Course Details


Dr. Chastity R. Duke, Ed.D, MSN, RN


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Complete a professional profile that has evolved throughout the program of studies and is supported with a composite of nursing, liberal arts and science knowledge.
  • Integrate critical thinking in the analysis of ethical/legal concerns that may be encountered in the practice of nursing.
  • Organize the concepts of accountability and responsibility, critical thinking, communication, science and liberal arts knowledge, and therapeutic nursing intervention in relation to the concepts of nurse, client, health, and environment.
  • Develop a code of behavior for accountability and responsibility to the profession of nursing by an activity that promotes the professional image of nursing.
  • Provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care guided by a scientific base of knowledge. 



N2, N3



DB Cap, Proj, Prac


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Design assignments such as discussion boards to help students engage with the course material.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Provide necessary paperwork for practicum preceptor orientation, consent, and evaluation.
  • Facilitate student placement in an appropriate and approved clinical environment for completion of practicum hours.
  • Assign a practicum teaching project to be carried out within an individualized clinical arena.
  • Hold weekly virtual office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.

The students will:

  • Complete and participate in class discussion boards.
  • Review and read all feedback provided by instructor for improvement purposes.
  • Compose and present the practicum teaching project within the individualized clinical arena.
  • Complete and submit all practicum paperwork to the appropriate Canvas assignment.
  • Submit all original practicum paperwork to instructor following the instructions in the First Day Handout by the deadline posted to the Canvas course.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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