I am entering my final semester of my peds acute care NP program. This semester, we complete our final 350 hours of clinical, and I am currently trying to write out some clinical objectives for what I hope to accomplish by the end of the semester (tasks, knowledge, ability, anything). I am struggling just a little bit to know where I should be aiming - I don't want to aim too low, but I also don't want my goals to be completely unrealistic. This IS for an assignment, but I also recognize it as a good way to make the most of my remaining clinical time as a student.
In general, the goals that I have been writing are things like this:
- Improved my assessment skills with regards to grading and describing cardiac murmurs.
- Managed patients requiring mechanical ventilation.
- Learned how to function in the role of NP during emergent/code situations.
- Gained experience with procedures as appropriate for the NP role in my clinical site (central line placement, intubation, etc.).
- Identified patients nearing discharge and appropriately plan for their discharge needs (such at immunizations, follow-up appointments).
- Managed a patient load of at least __?__ patients.
- Improved my organization and confidence when presenting patients in interdisciplinary rounds.
Does this sound like I am aiming at the right place? Should I be expecting more of myself by graduation? Less? I want to be as "ready" as possible when I graduate, but I am not sure I know exactly what that should mean...