This clinical practicum course builds on the history and physical skills learned in the simulated setting of N 615/615L and facilitates application of content in N 622. In a clinical setting(s) serving adults and older adults, ANP/GNP students will perform histories and physicals, determine differential diagnoses, and plan and implement holistic plans of care under the guidance of a preceptor. Accurate interpretation of clinical data, appropriate prescribing practices, and accurate documentation of patient encounters is fostered. A minimum of 200 collaborative clinical hours with an approved preceptor(s) are required.
- Adapt interventions to meet the needs of frail elderly.
- Construct appropriate differential diagnoses based on history and physical findings and consideration of epidemiologic and population trends.
- Develop proficiency in performing preventive and problem oriented histories and physical examinations for adults in the context of ANP/GNP practice.
- Diagnose and treat selected commonly occurring acute and chronic health problems in adults and older adults.
- Employ evidence based clinical practice guidelines to guide the management of selected common acute and chronic health concerns of adults and older adults.
- Identify signs and symptoms of acute and chronic physical and mental illness in adults and older adults.
- Implement a theoretically and scientifically based holistic plan of care that integrates complementary therapies in conjunction with traditional medical protocols into ANP/GNP practice.
- Implement evidence based health promotion and disease prevention strategies to improve or maintain optimal health in adults and older adults.
- Order, perform, and interpret age and condition specific diagnostic tests and screening.