Psychotherapy With Individuals

Psychotherapy With Individuals

Walden University
School of Nursing Practicum Manual
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner Specializations:  Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner  Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse
Practitioner  Family Nurse Practitioner  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
 
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Contents Section 1. Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Purpose of This Manual………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1 Walden University ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Vision……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1 Mission …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1 Social Change ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
School of Nursing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2 Vision……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Mission …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2 Goals ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
MSN Program Outcomes ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Nurse Practitioner Licensure …………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 Note on Certification ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Note on Licensure, Authorization, Endorsement, or Other State Credentials Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner ………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Field Experience Terms………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Practicum ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4 Practicum Site ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Primary Care ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Acute Care ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Supervision ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Field Experience Roles …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6 Preceptors ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Students…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6 Practicum Course Faculty Members……………………………………………………………………………. 7 Clinical Instructors……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Specialization Coordinators ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 Program Director ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
Field Education Coordinators …………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 Working Together…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
Field Experience Regulatory Requirements …………………………………………………………………… 10
State Requirements …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10 State Board Requirements ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Non-U.S.-Based Student Requirements …………………………………………………………………….. 10 Licensure Review …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10
Section 2. NP Practicum Program …………………………………………………………………………………… 12
Specializations Overview ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 12 Required Activities …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Individualized Learning Objectives…………………………………………………………………………… 16 Conference Call ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16 Journal and Time Log ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Performance Evaluation…………………………………………………………………………………………… 18 Formal Preceptor and Student Feedback ……………………………………………………………………. 19
 
 
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Course-Specific Guidance …………………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Section 3. Getting Started ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Finding Practicum Sites and Preceptors ………………………………………………………………………… 25 Tips for Practicum Site and Preceptor Search …………………………………………………………….. 25
Choosing a Site ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26 Choosing a Preceptor ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26 Change of Preceptor ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Affiliation Agreements With Practicum Sites …………………………………………………………….. 28 Field Site Onboarding Requirements ……………………………………………………………………………. 29
Completing and Submitting the Practicum Application…………………………………………………… 31 Policy on Electronic Signatures ………………………………………………………………………………… 31 Verification Documents …………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
Obtaining the Required Information………………………………………………………………………….. 33 Application Deadlines …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
Practicum Approval and Start ……………………………………………………………………………………… 36 Application Approval ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 36 Practicum Course Registration …………………………………………………………………………………. 36
Application Steps ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
Section 4. Practicum Policies………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39
Student Conduct and Responsibilities …………………………………………………………………………… 39 Academic Standing…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39 Student Professional Competence Policy ………………………………………………………………………. 39
Problem Behaviors………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40 Inappropriate and/or Unprofessional Conduct…………………………………………………………….. 40
Critical Behaviors …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 41 Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment Policies ……………………………………………………….. 41
Nondiscrimination ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41
Sexual Harassment………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41 Problem Resolution and Process ………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
Section 5. Frequently Asked Questions ……………………………………………………………………………. 45
Section 6. Contact Information ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
School of Nursing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 48
Other Important Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 49 Field Education Resource Links ……………………………………………………………………………….. 49
Academic Advising Team ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 49 Office of Disability Services ……………………………………………………………………………………. 49
Section 7. Programs of Study………………………………………………………………………………………….. 50
MSN Core Courses …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 50 MSN NP Specialty Track Courses ……………………………………………………………………………….. 50
MSN NP Specialty Track Courses ……………………………………………………………………………….. 51 Course Descriptions……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 54 Course Descriptions……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 57
 
 
 
Section 1. Introduction
Purpose of This Manual
Welcome to the field experience component of Walden University’s Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN) program. This manual describes the structure and timing of the classroom-based and on-site practicum experiences and the policies students must follow to be successful in the nurse practitioner (NP) specialties. For more information about the nursing programs, students
should refer to the School of Nursing Handbook.
This manual is intended to provide MSN-NP students with information they need related to practicum policies and procedures as well as to serve as a reference for practicum preceptors and other practicum personnel.
This manual refers to the Walden University Catalog and the Walden University Student
Handbook for specific information on university policies and courses. These resources can be accessed at catalog.WaldenU.edu.
Note: Walden University reserves the right to make program changes as needed to help ensure the highest quality program.
Walden University
The MSN program at Walden University is designed to promote Walden University’s vision,
mission, and ongoing commitment to social change. These guiding principles serve as a framework for the program curriculum and outcomes and are included here as a reference.
Vision
Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate
solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.
Mission
Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to
transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.
Social Change

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