University of Phoenix MSN program NUR590 Practicum - page 2

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    Quote from realnurse06
    Please help!!!I just started my Practicum B. My mentor is out on vacation for the next two weeks. Will my instructor need to contact her during our two weeks of class?
    I have been preceptor 3 times for students in the practicum in the last 5 years or so. The school/instructor never contacted me for any reason for any of them -- not even to get my input into their grades or to verify that the students did the work themselves! For all U of P knew, I was an imaginary person my students made up -- and the projects were done by someone other than the student.

    That has caused me a great deal of concern about the U of P's program. They don't seem to care if the preceptor is a real person or if the student actually does their own work. I tried to report that concern to the school -- but they never called me back. I guess they were too busy recruiting more students -- or taking their tuition checks to the bank.
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    Wow....that's surprising. I was going to reschedule my class, but I guess there is no need to. Thanks for your response.
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    My contact is not getting back to me regarding my mentor and I have 1 week to find one. It's my understanding that I can continue classes but I would have to re take 590A when I have one. Is this right? This is so frustrating I want to do the work and I am not going to lie regarding who my mentor is to get through. I just want to actually do the work with a legit mentor! Grrrrrr!
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    Yes, I am in my practicum now. It sure is taking a lot of time to complete. How many objectives (and how many sub-objectives) have you had to do? I have five objectives, with at least 4-5 sub-objectives to complete and it is taking me way longer than 60 hours to complete, in my opinion. It seems like it has turned into a way bigger project than I ever imagined. Any others feel the same? I am due to start 590B on Nov. 11th and I am scrambling to get all of the stuff done! How much does the journal weigh in terms of total points? What happens if you don't complete all of the objectives, or only partially complete all of the objectives? What if you mentor disappears and doesn't cooperate with you? What do you do or what did you do? PM me if necessary.
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    So, how did things turn out for you?
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    i found that the journal was not actually given points but the instructor when you submitted would sometimes ask you to elaborate on how you actually met your objectives. i know my instructor wanted the journal to be fairly detailed.
    also as far as meeting your objectives when you start 590b it is in big bold letters that if you have not met all your objectives you are not able to start, this is from the syllabus

    if you have not completed your 60 hours for this msn practicum class and all your practicum contract objectives and evidence of accomplishments/evaluations, please call your academic advisor immediately as you should not be in this class. you cannot schedule nur/590b until all practicum hours are completed and all objectives and evidence of accomplishments have been accomplished, because the two-week timeframe will not be enough time for you to finish everything that is required of you.
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    Thanks, but I have the syllabus and know what it says. I was asking for experiences and what to expect.
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    I know that with the instructor I had for part B we had to have met all our objectives prior to starting part B with no exceptions. In part A as part of the journal as you are doing now one of the requirements is to show where the objectives have been met in the approved learning contract. My understanding is once the contract was approved the objectives have to be met and you cannot change the actual contract. I know that you don't have to take part B when scheduled if not ready, my advisor called me 1-2 weeks a head to check and actually called me the day before to make absolutely sure I was ready to start the part B. My practicum also turned out to be more work that I had expected, with 5 learning objectives and 20 learning strategies. I work in a private clinic in Canada that does clinical research and we had no quality assurance program (I did SOPs, quality assurance manuals, PP on Quality Assurance, Audit Checklists, Assessments of CRC knowledge of Quality Assuarance, Chart Review Tools, Education Modules for CRC etc.) so this was what mine was based on: Practicum Goal: 1. To provide nurse clinical research coordinators (CRCs) with the information needed to apply the principles of a quality assurance (QA) program in the clinical setting. 2. To ensure that nurse clinical research coordinators can utilize an audit check system to be applied to different quality assurance procedures in the clinical setting.
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    I went to UoP and asked one of the PhD nurses at my job to mentor me..
    and I also picked the topic of research because that was where I was working.. I would suggest you do the project on something you are interested in or tie it into something you already work with
    My project was on being a nurse researcher, and my project ended up being "the staff nurses proception of research"... and many of the other hospitals in our area wanted to know the results to they change there processes to increase interest..
    Hope that helps
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    I work in research as well. I struggled coming up with a research topic, so I chose an education avenue that had a specific focus on a disease. I felt that I had to fit into a specific mold topic-wise to please the instructor. Unfortunately, I have not enjoyed the practicum at all. I have been stressed with a lot of busy work on a topic that I have held minimal interest in. I start part 590B soon. I will be ready with all the completed objectives, but am more ready to have the whole experience behind me so that I can enjoy my family again.


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