In my practicum, I achieved most of my goals and objectives that were set out in my Plan for Practicum. My clinical skills were enhanced, my critical-thinking skills improved, and I gained an understanding of the health care system. Also, I established good communication with my colleagues and patients.
The most difficult patients that I met during my practical experience were the ones with complex medical conditions. These required extensive assessments and planning of care. They were caused by frequent monitoring and collaboration with other disciplines, as well as patient education. I found it challenging to balance the patients’ needs with the available resources and time constraints. However, these challenges provided an opportunity for me to learn new skills and to develop creative strategies for managing patients’ care.
Communication, time management, and collaboration are all essentials for delivering quality patient care. It was also important to me that I use evidence-based guidelines and practices in order to ensure positive outcomes for patients. My practicum included the use of textbooks and clinical guidelines as well as online databases that provided evidence-based knowledge for my clinical decision making.
In order to provide the best care possible, I followed evidence-based guidelines such as fall prevention, pain management, and clinical decisions algorithms. The practices I used helped me to provide appropriate care in accordance with clinical guidelines and best practices.
If I had to change anything, I would spend more time in patient education to help patients better understand their medical conditions, treatment plans, and medications.
To manage patient flow and volume, I would prioritize patients’ needs based on their acuity level and the available resources. In addition, I would work with other health care providers to make sure that patients received timely and appropriate treatment.
In my role as a community social changer, I am able to use my skills and knowledge in order to inform my local community about healthy living, disease prevention, and why it is important that they seek medical attention. Also, I can advocate for programs and policies that encourage equitable access to health care services.
Communication and feedback
For me to develop my abilities and knowledge I would ask for feedback from patients, my colleagues, and my preceptor. Attending conferences, workshops and professional literature are all opportunities to develop my professional skills.
In order to communicate with my preceptor about my goals, my challenges and my progress, I will schedule meetings regularly to talk through my issues. To get feedback, I’d also discuss with my co-workers and preceptor my experiences in learning and my difficulties.
When asking the questions, “How am I doing?” and “What is missing?”, I would seek honest and constructive feedback from my preceptor and colleagues. I’d also evaluate my performance, and pinpoint areas for improvement.
My preceptor provided me with both formal and non-formal feedback during my practicum. The informal feedback came during daily interactions, whereas the formal feedback took place during scheduled meetings. It was constructive feedback that helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses.