Evaluation Criteria for Applications and Formal Papers

As a future advanced practice nurse, it is important that you are able to connect your classroom experience to your Practicum Experience. By applying the concepts that you study in the classroom to clinical settings, you enhance your professional competency.

Each week, you complete an Assignment such as Journal Entries and SOAP Notes that prompts you to reflect on your Practicum Experiences and relate them to the material presented in the classroom. This week, you begin documenting your Practicum Experiences in your Practicum Journal.
To prepare for this course?s Practicum Experience, address the following in your Practicum Journal:
Select and describe a nursing theory to guide your practice.
Develop goals and objectives for your Practicum Experience in this course. When developing your goals and objectives, be sure to keep the seven domains of practice in mind.
Create a timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.

Walden University
Nurse Practitioner Program
Clinical Requirements

A practicum is a distinctly defined supervised on-site experience in which students develop applied skills and integrate professional knowledge in the provision of advanced practice nursing care.
All nurse practitioner students must complete four practicum courses, with a minimum of 576 hours of supervised clinical experience (144 hours in each course). The didactic (classroom) and clinical components of the courses are integrated. The courses vary by specialization:
? Students in the Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) specialization must complete NURS 6531, 6540, 6550, and 6560.
? Students in the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) specialization must complete NURS 6531, 6540, 6551, and 6561.
? Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization must complete NURS 6531, 6541, 6551, and 6561.
**Students should see and document on at least 1 patient per hour of their 144 required clinic hours (144 hours = 144 patients) in each course. Additional requirements are as follows:
? Students in NURS6541 (Pediatrics) should see a minimum of 140 children from newborn up to age 17 years.
? Students in NURS6551 (Primary Care of Women) students should see a minimum of 104 GYN patients and 40 OB patients.
? Student may only document 4 hours of observational status per course.
Behaviors constituting clinical failure include, but are not limited to, the following:
? Demonstration of unsafe performance and/or decision-making skills.
? Failure to complete clinically related class assignments and/or clinical log.
? Failure to complete the required clinical hours and patients numbers
? Falsification of clinical hours, records, or documentation.

Evaluation Criteria for Applications and Formal Papers
Levels of Achievement
Outstanding Performance
Excellent Performance
Competent Performance
Proficient Performance
Room for Improvement