NRSG 908. Primary Care Practicum III: Adult/Gerontology - Clinical Nurse Specialist. 4 Hours.

This is the final 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 maximizing acquisition of CNS competencies: 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). 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. Licensure, accreditation, certification; CNS job descriptions and performance appraisals; credentialing; negotiating; place within the organization; working with the boss; role orientation; credibility; over/under commitment; finding a mentor; legislative and legal issues; and practical advice/tips from current CNSs are highlighted in this course. Prerequisite: NRSG 907 or Consent of Instructor. PRA.