EVALUATION OF CURRENT CLINICAL PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES TO ENHANCE FUTURE CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM EDUCATION

Sydney M. Rohrbaugh, Senior Baccalaureate URMP Student Rosemary L. Hoffmann PhD, RN, Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh 3500 Victoria St Pittsburgh PA 16561

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing offers a Master’s of Science in Nursing in the Clinical Nursing Leader (CNL) area of concentration. This area of concentration began in 2009. Students enrolled in the CNL program are engaged in both lecture and clinical practicum experiences. The current curriculum follows the 2013 Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader© Education and Practice. This CNL role includes content related to quality, safety, education and leadership. The curriculum helps to prepare students to sit for CNL Certification through the Commission on Nurse Certification. The current research study sought to identify the clinical practicum experiences in order to identify strengthens, weaknesses and areas for improvement in the current practicum courses. This is the first study to examine the clinical practicum experiences in the CNL at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. This information will be vital for the upcoming CCNE Accreditation for the School of Nursing in addition to helping students prepare to practice as a CNL after graduation and successfully pass certification. There are four clinical practicum courses for a total of 420 clinical hours. A 25-question unanimous Qualtric survey was distributed to current CNL students via email and based on the 2016 AACN document titled “Recommended CNL Practice Experiences”. Students were asked to identify the practicum experience, as well as the clinical practicum course the experience occurred. Results of the survey are ongoing and will be completed by December 2017. If students are not receiving recommended experiences that are outlined in their curriculum or described in the MSN/CNL Essentials or Recommended CNL Practice Experiences, it is imperative that faculty re-evaluate course content to address key deficit areas. Furthermore, the survey is intended to help improve the program for future students.


Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Sydney Rohrbaugh

Institution: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Type: Poster

Subject: Nursing

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 3
Date/Time: Thu 2:20pm-3:20pm
Location: Wellness Center - Tripod 56 Side B