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Senior Practicum topic ideas


Hello everyone! I am currently in an RN-BSN online program. For my senior practicum I am doing my clinical in L&D. We need to design our own learning contract on a topic we think needs to be addressed or are interested in. I have never worked in L&D so I am completely lost. I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions. Here are examples of previous student's topics:

Developed patient and staff education programs for advanced directives in a long term care center.

Observed and participated in the implementation of Joint Commission's recommended core measures and national patient safety goals in surgical services.

Thanks so much!


Has 36 years experience.

I am interested in knowing how you picked L & D for your senior practicum, which to me should be a capstone experience. Are you wanting to become an L & D nurse? If the answer is yes, then your topic writes itself: What are the learning needs of experienced nurses in the L & D setting. If you are wanting (say) management to be the focus of your L & D experience, you can shape it around that but how much credibility would a nurse manager have if they didn't have L & D experience? I cannot answer that. I would take advantage of what L & D uniquely offers and maybe connect it to what you have done before. For example, if I worked in a public health setting with teen mothers and came to do a L & D practicum, I would link my real life to that setting and I might focus on meeting the needs of teen mothers in labor and delivery. Just some ideas to roll around in your head.