Nursing 638

NURS 638: Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship

Prerequisite: Completion of NURS 634, 635, 636, 637

Credit Hours: (7) One hour seminar, 18 hours practicum

This clinically intensive course provides the family nurse practitioner student the opportunity to apply relevant theories, concepts, and research findings to clinical care. Emphasis is on developing clinical competence required in delivering primary health care.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this course are derived from the School of Nursing’s mission and philosophy, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major nursing theory textbooks. Current research and advancement in nursing theory and clinical practice also determine course content.

Topical Outline:

Content of seminar meeting will involve the integration and synthesis of theoretical approaches as applied through clinical practice such as:

1. Explore Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing—Use of Critical Incidence
2. Interviewing Skills and Contract Negotiation
3. Health Policy Issues in Advanced Practice
4. Management Issues for the Advanced Practice Nurse
5. Preparing for Certification and Practice


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed:

  • Seminar discussion, resource speakers, panel presentation, student presentations, audiovisuals, and student projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

1. Provide holistic, continuous, comprehensive, and individualized primary health care to clients and families through the health/illness continuum.
2. Synthesize knowledge from the natural behavioral sciences, clinical knowledge, and nursing science as the foundation for primary practice.
3. Analyze the practice application of community assessment.
4. Analyze the ethical dilemmas in primary care.
5. Analyze the implications of evaluation on supporting and promoting the advanced practice role of the nurse practitioner in the health care system.
6. Utilize selected evaluation models to evaluate quality of practice in relation to established professional and legal standards of practice.
7. Analyze the contribution of research to advanced nursing practice and to primary care practice.
8. Analyze legal and professional practice standards as they apply to primary care practice.
9. Articulate the role of the nurse practitioner in the health care delivery system.
10. Demonstrate leadership, competency, and political expertise in the portrayal of the nurse practitioner role.
11. Analyze the various historical events/opinions that have had an impact on the contemporary view of the nurse practitioner.
12. Analyze the influence of health care policy on the primary health care system.
13. Analyze strategies for implementing change at the organizational, community, state and national levels.
14. Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of computers to work within the health care system.
15. Utilize principles of business and marketing in practice management.
16. Utilize selected interpersonal strategies and theories to promote a healing relationship in all provider-client interactions.
17. Demonstrate the concepts of caring, support, advocacy, and ethics in interpersonal transactions.
18. Demonstrate the concepts of the principles of counseling, therapeutic communication, group process, and teaching-learning in client interactions.
19. Demonstrate knowledge of theories of learning, human behavior, change, stress and coping, crisis, and human/family development and interactions.
20. Utilize selected strategies/theories to facilitate effectiveness of client counseling/education in all provider-client interactions.
21. Document counseling and education of client to provide direction and community of education/counseling intervention and to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.


Assessment Measures

  • Critical Incidence Presentation 20%
  • Portfolio 20%
  • Client Education Project 20%
  • Class Participation/Accountability 20%
  • Logs 20%

Note: Course requirements not completed on the assigned date will be penalized 5pts per day unless prior arrangements are made. This includes logs and all clinical related assignments.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval
Revised March 1999