Nursing 736

NURS 736: Advanced Family Nursing: Preceptorship    

Prerequisite:  NURS 720 and NURS 721, NURS 724 and NURS 725, NURS 728 and NURS 729, NURS 732 and NURS 733

Credit Hours: (4)

This course is the final clinical practicum course for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The preceptorship will provide a minimum of 180 hours of clinical practice experience with community preceptors including but not limited to NPs, MDs, DOs, and PAs practicing in the community with the focus of primary care across the lifespan.  

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The non-clinical portions of the course will be online to facilitate communication between faculty & students and may include but are not limited to: faculty/student directed discussions, reading assignments, and written work which will include clinical logs. Because the course is online, audio or video presentations/lectures, discussion boards, chat rooms and other instructional technology strategies may be used for communication purposes. In addition it may include but not be limited to:  video demonstration(s) with consenting patients of various components demonstrating appropriate clinical decision making of the evaluation and management of patient care across the lifespan.

Goals and Objectives of this Course

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

1.  Employ effective communication and collaborative skills within the framework of     primary care (with both colleagues and patients)
2.  Demonstrate appropriate consultative and referral skills.
3.  Develop, implement and evaluate interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention in families across the lifespan utilizing concepts of psychosocial dimensions and cultural diversity.
4.  Conduct a comprehensive & systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex clinical situations across the lifespan.
5.  Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions (education, medication choice, referral and follow-up) based on nursing and other sciences.
6.  Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships & partnerships with patients across the   lifespan and other professionals to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes.
7.  Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and decision making, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidenced-based care to improve patient outcomes.
8. Educate and guide families across the lifespan through complex health & situational transitions.
9. Demonstrate practice acumen for independent functioning.

Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:  Preceptor and faculty evaluation of clinical performance. Completion of clinical logs. Case studies; quizzes; student presentations, and other strategies including using available technology for direct observation of clinical practice.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Approved: April 2010