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J Nurs Educ. 2017 Dec 1;56(12):745-747. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20171120-08.

Innovative Approach to Senior Practicum Students.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Traditional senior practicum experiences (SPEs) are microsystem based-they allow senior nursing students the opportunity to build professional nursing competencies as they transition into practice. As health care transformation continues unabated, there is a need to work toward closing the gap between nursing academia and nursing practice.

METHOD:

A cardiovascular service line created an innovative SPE to better prepare senior nursing students for working as professional nurses in a service line model.

RESULTS:

The Senior Practicum Immersion Experience (SPIE) proved to be beneficial to senior practicum students and offered firsthand experience of the role professional nurses play in a service line model. This model increased the number of senior practicum students accepted into the cardiac service line by 50%.

CONCLUSION:

The SPIE creates an innovative solution to increasing the number of senior practicum students while allowing students the ability to learn and practice in a service line model. [J Nurs Educ. 2017;56(12):745-747.].

PMID:
29206266
DOI:
10.3928/01484834-20171120-08
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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