NRSG 906. Primary Care Practicum I: Adult/Gerontology - Clinical Nurse Specialist. 2 Hours.

This is the first practicum course in a series of three practicum courses that prepares the student for entry into practice as a clinical nurse specialist. The focus of this course is an introduction to the CNS role that includes the competencies of direct care, consultation, systems leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, and ethical decision-making related to patients, families, and patient populations. The patient population of the adult-gerontology CNS learner includes young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults). The three spheres of CNS influence are reviewed: patient, nurse/nursing, and organization/system. Clinical activities include designing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based advanced nursing practice interventions along with measurement of outcomes; promoting and facilitating change and innovation in practice; project management; and program evaluation. Clinical practice will include comprehensive interprofessional coordination of the acute and chronic health care needs for culturally diverse populations of adults from adolescence through elder adulthood with specific systems dysfunctions. The change process/theory, project management, problem solving, outcomes measurement, and program evaluation are important aspects of this course. Prerequisite: NRSG 902, or Consent of Instructor. PRA.