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Journal Entry

Critical reflection of your growth and development during your practicum experience in a clinical setting has the benefit of helping you to identify opportunities for improvement in your clinical skills, while also recognizing your strengths and successes.

Use this Journal to reflect on your clinical strengths and opportunities for improvement, the progress you made, and what insights you will carry forward into your next practicum. 

To Prepare

· Refer to the “Population-Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies” found in the Week 1 Learning Resources, and consider the quality measures or indicators advanced nursing practice nurses must possess in your specialty of interest.

· Refer to your Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form you submitted in Week 1, and consider your strengths and opportunities for improvement.

· Refer to your Patient Log in Meditrek, and consider the patient activities you have experienced in your practicum experience and reflect on your observations and experiences.

Journal Entry (450–500 words)

Learning From Experiences

· Revisit the goals and objectives from your Practicum Experience Plan. Explain the degree to which you achieved each during the practicum experience.

· Reflect on the three (3) most challenging patients you encountered during the practicum experience. What was most challenging about each?

· What did you learn from this experience?

· What resources were available?

· What evidence-based practice did you use for the patients?

· What would you do differently?

· How are you managing patient flow and volume?

· How can you apply your growing skillset to be a social change agent within your community?

Communicating and Feedback

· Reflect on how you might improve your skills and knowledge, and communicate those efforts to your Preceptor.

· Answer the questions: How am I doing? What is missing?

· Reflect on the formal and informal feedback you received from your Preceptor.

PRAC 6665/6675 Clinical Skills 

Self-Assessment Form

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Desired Clinical Skills for Students to Achieve

Confident (Can complete independently)

Mostly confident (Can complete with supervision)

Beginning (Have performed with supervision or needs supervision to feel confident)

New (Have never performed or does not apply)

Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation skills in: 

Recognizing clinical signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness across the lifespan

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Differentiating between pathophysiological and psychopathological conditions 

Performing and interpreting a comprehensive and/or interval history and physical examination (including laboratory and diagnostic studies) 

Performing and interpreting a mental status examination 

Performing and interpreting a psychosocial assessment and family psychiatric history 

Performing and interpreting a functional assessment (activities of daily living, occupational, social, leisure, educational).

Diagnostic reasoning skill in:

Developing and prioritizing a differential diagnoses list

Formulating diagnoses according to DSM 5-TR based on assessment data 

Differentiating between normal/abnormal age-related physiological and psychological symptoms/changes

Pharmacotherapeutic skills in:

Selecting appropriate evidence based clinical practice guidelines for medication plan (e.g., risk/benefit, patient preference, developmental considerations, financial, the process of informed consent, symptom management) 

Evaluating patient response and modify plan as necessary 

Documenting (e.g., adverse reaction, the patient response, changes to the plan of care)

Psychotherapeutic Treatment Planning:

Recognizes concepts of therapeutic modalities across the lifespan

Selecting appropriate evidence based clinical practice guidelines for psychotherapeutic plan (e.g., risk/benefit, patient preference, developmental considerations, financial, the process of informed consent, symptom management, modality appropriate for situation) 

Applies age appropriate psychotherapeutic counseling techniques with individuals and/or any caregivers

Develop an age appropriate individualized plan of care

Provide psychoeducation to individuals and/or any caregivers

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Promote health and disease prevention techniques

Self-assessment skill:

Develop SMART goals for practicum experiences 

Evaluating outcomes of practicum goals and modify plan as necessary 

Documenting and reflecting on learning experiences

Professional skills:

Maintains professional boundaries and therapeutic relationship with clients and staff

Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to improve clinical practice in mental health settings 

Identifies ethical and legal dilemmas with possible resolutions

Demonstrates non-judgmental practice approach and empathy

Practices within scope of practice

Selecting and implementing appropriate screening instrument(s), interpreting results, and making recommendations and referrals:

Demonstrates selecting the correct screening instrument appropriate for the clinical situation 

Implements the screening instrument efficiently and effectively with the clients

Interprets results for screening instruments accurately

Develops an appropriate plan of care based upon screening instruments response

Identifies the need to refer to another specialty provider when applicable

Accurately documents recommendations for psychiatric consultations when applicable

Summary of strengths:

I can recognize clinical signs symptoms of psychiatric illness across the lifespan. I can apply age appropriate psychotherapeutic counseling techniques with adolescent , adults and children. Upon the beginning of this class I have learnt the strength of family involvement in assessment, diagnosis and planning treatment for different ages from adolescent downward.

Having studied many of psychiatric mental health problems from DSM-V Criterion , I have the strengths of knowing the criteria to focus on when interviewing a patient. Also, I can change and follow the lead when patient is giving information upon interview.

I also have a strong knowledge of distinguishing between mental health diagnosis, and malingering, based on my experience working with highly affected population in my present work environment. Also I can easily figure out types of personality disorder and different type of psychotherapeutically effective interventions, which are evidenced, based.

Opportunities for growth:

I have great urge and ability to learn in any environment so as to be able to forge, multitask and performs beyond expectation in this field of psychiatric mental health practice. With a great desire I want to learn skills that will give me the ability to assess patient during interview and come up with accurate diagnosis without giving the patient or family member any benefit of doubt. I also have the urge to learn different available tools that will foster the care of patients in this practice.

Now, write three to four (3–4) possible goals and objectives for this practicum experience. Ensure that they follow the SMART Strategy, as described in the Learning Resources.

1. Goal:

a. Objective: Recognizing clinical signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness across lifespan

b. Objective: Ability to differentiate between pathophysiological and psychopathological symptoms /changes

c. Objective: Performing effective psychiatric evaluation, assessment and treatment

2. Goal:

a. Objective: Mental Status extermination documentation and effective performance

b. Objective: Ability to assess functional assessment in the area of ADL’S, Occupational, social life, educational and leisure activities.

c. Objective: Ability to apply ages appropriate psychotherapy counseling technique to individuals across lifespan.

3. Goal:

a. Objective: Ability to be more accurate in formulating, developing and prioritizing diagnosis for patients across lifespan.

b. Objective: Ability to interprets results of instruments accuracy

c. Objective: Ability to accurately document psychiatric recommendations, and consultations.

4. Goal:

a. Objective: The ability and improvement on referral of to other specialty provider when needed by patient.

b. Objective: To be able to recognize and deliver care following the accepted regulation without violating my scope of practice

c. Objective: To be able to deliver effective psychiatric mental health care to individuals across lifespan without being judgmental.

Signature: OMOLOLA ANIMASHAUN

Date: 6/4/22

Course/Section: NRNP 6665/SUMMER

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