Practicum Journal


My practicum was characterized byvarious insightful practices that also related with my professionalgoals. The experience and the academic insights are all efficient inensuring that I transform as an expertise in the nursing field. Moreimportantly, I had a chance to work in some of the wards where Iinteracted with some of the patients that were in severe conditions.Evidently, the opportunity gave me the chance to learn more aboutmonitoring and critical care since the patients were in dire need ofoptimum care (Gélinas etal, 2011). I interactedwith them, and they revealed the need to understand their needsbefore devising a certain treatment plan that might be effective aswell.

The practicum helped me ingaining the knowledge on the multiple clinical areas. Based on theknowledge, I was able to communicate with the patients effectively.Apart from the patients, I devised a perfect way to interact with myworkmates that led to the efficient implementation of the knowledge Ihad gained. Evidently, communication with the patients requiresempathy and the need to understand the cultural differences thatmight interfere with the treatment plans (Liuet al, 2013). Iprioritized their needs and even tailored the treatment plans to meettheir interests.

More importantly, the practicumhelped in building my confidence and it enhanced my clinical skillstoo. I was able to prioritize the ethical considerations and ensurethat I complied with the guidelines for implementing the decisions(Pavlish et al., 2011). It was frustrating at first since I keptconsulting some of the senior staff before I understood how to handleall the issues. In the process, I also understood the essence ofmedication administration. In this case, I had to monitor themedication of each patient and ensured that they complied with eachdose as well (Keers et al, 2013). I can attest that the experiencewas insightful, and I was able to align my self-assessment with myprofessional goals as well.


Gélinas, C., Arbour, C.,Michaud, C., Vaillant, F., &amp Desjardins, S. (2011).Implementation of the critical-care pain observation tool on painassessment/management nursing practices in an intensive care unitwith nonverbal critically ill adults: a before and after study.International journalof nursing studies,48(12),1495-1504.

Keers, R. N., Williams, S. D.,Cooke, J., &amp Ashcroft, D. M. (2013). Causes of medicationadministration errors in hospitals: a systematic review ofquantitative and qualitative evidence. Drugsafety, 36(11),1045-1067.

Liu, W., Manias, E., &ampGerdtz, M. (2012). Medication communication between nurses andpatients during nursing handovers on medical wards: a criticalethnographic study. Internationaljournal of nursing studies,49(8),941-952.

Pavlish, C., Brown‐Saltzman,K., Hersh, M., Shirk, M., &amp Rounkle, A. M. (2011). Nursingpriorities, actions, and regrets for ethical situations in clinicalpractice. Journal ofNursing Scholarship,43(4),385-395.