It would be great if we could get a current student or recent graduate to tell us what the program is really like. I think I like everything about the program except perhaps the "practice project". Needing a preceptor, having to go to a community setting, etc. is what really bothers me about JU. Maybe I'm overanalyzing it and freaking out over nothing.
This is what the program rep sent me when I asked about the practice project......what do you guys think??????
What are JUs practice project requirements?
There is a practice project with two courses, NUR 451 Community Health Nursing Practice for the Experienced Nurse and NUR 461 Professional Nursing Synthesis for the Experienced Nurse. The professor approves both the preceptor and the project setting the student proposes. Here are some student comments.
The projects could be about just about anything and are not difficult in the least, said one graduate. It is what you personally make them out to be in terms of degree of difficulty.
I am hoping the information that I gather will not only produce a good class project, but will benefit my unit and hospital as well.
NUR 451 Community Health Nursing Practice for the Experienced Nurse
Your primary objective is to do a community assessment on a vulnerable population and to determine nursing interventions, one of which you will implement
There is a paper and presentation; the paper is based on the community that your site is in. The presentation is basically a rehash of your paper, but done in a way that would be presentable to a group.
You should be there weekly throughout the course for at least some time. It breaks down to a total of about 90 hours over 8 weeks which is about 12 hours a week spent in clinical setting, library, typing, etc. This is a 3 credit course.
Student will also attend a community meeting (school board meeting, youth drug prevention, AA, etc.) and volunteer with a local agency
Examples of practice project locations
School is for pregnant middle school and high school students
Outpatient dialysis center
Army National Guard Occupational Health
Home for mentally and physically challenged children
NUR 461 Professional Nursing Synthesis for the Experienced Nurse
Your project focus will be from a leadership, nursing education, or clinical resource perspective
Your project should not focus on direct patient care but on education, administration, committee and policy development
The goal is to show how all your classes have come together to influence your practice at the BSN level
Choose an area that interests you
The practice project and portfolio preparation take about 15 hours per week for the 8-week session to complete. This is a four credit course.
TB update done in PowerPoint for nurses at a homeless shelter
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Devise a data collection system from patients undergoing a trial spinal cord stimulator
Development of an educational in-service workshop to educate nursing care providers to effectively care for the client with psychiatric disorder
Prepare and initiate a nursing educational inservice focusing on signs and symptoms of dehydration
Develop an educational presentation on Sickle Cell Disease for teachers and students at a local school
Host a four-hour continuing education event which will focus on the violence in healthcare
Develop a bilingual presentation on health improvement for Haitian and Mexican migrant workers
Create reference packet for clients who care for loved ones with Alzheimers
Redesign of the OR communication board to improve communication
Research ways and educational processes for dementia patients and their families to understand how to control their diabetes
Design an educational program which will educate RNs on providing care, maintaining, and problem-solving central lines
Review 5 nursing procedures and start an Intranet PowerPoint procedure manual