Reflect on your learning experience throughout the nursing program. Include in your reflection an analysis of your learning experience and how your experience derived from patient-nurse interactions, intra-professional and inter-professional interactions, and appreciation for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the profession of nursing. Make connections between the learning experience as well as content from other courses in the curriculum, past learning, life experiences, and future goals.
Include in your reflection your next steps and goals as you prepare to graduate. Include in your reflection a discussion on how you have acquired each EPSLO. Use specific examples from your clinical experiences in NUR 250 and NUR 290 to describe how you obtained each of these competencies.
During my clinical rotations in NUR 250 and 290, I was responsible for administering medications and creating care plans for patients. I incorporated evidence-based practices such as utilizing the Braden Scale and the Morse Scale. Specifically, in NUR 290 and 250 clinicals, I worked with orthopedic patients who had broken bones. As part of my responsibilities, I assisted them with activities of daily living. Additionally, I had the opportunity to observe nurses administering IV medications and starting peripheral IV lines.
Nursing education involves a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that prepare students for the demanding profession of nursing. The learning experience of nursing students is primarily derived from patient-nurse interactions, intra-professional and inter-professional interactions, and appreciation for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the profession of nursing.
Patient-nurse interactions provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life situations and develop their clinical skills. These interactions also enable students to understand the importance of empathy, effective communication, and patient-centered care in the nursing profession.
Intra-professional and inter-professional interactions facilitate collaboration and teamwork among healthcare professionals, which is critical for providing safe and quality patient care. Nursing students learn to appreciate the role of other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, pharmacists, and physical therapists, in the healthcare team and how they can work together to achieve common goals.
The nursing curriculum also emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, which is essential for providing safe and effective patient care. Nursing students learn to apply research evidence in their clinical practice and develop critical thinking skills to make sound clinical decisions.
In NUR 250 and NUR 290, nursing students learn to administer medications, develop care plans, use assessment tools such as the Braden scale and Morse scale, and assist patients with activities of daily living. These experiences enable students to develop the following EPSLO competencies:
Patient-centered care: Nursing students learn to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care that is responsive to the patient’s needs, preferences, and values.
Evidence-based practice: Nursing students learn to use research evidence to inform their clinical practice and make evidence-based decisions.
Quality improvement: Nursing students learn to identify areas for improvement in the healthcare system and implement changes that improve patient outcomes.
Interprofessional collaboration: Nursing students learn to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to provide safe and effective patient care.
As nursing students prepare to graduate, their next steps may include passing the NCLEX exam, finding employment as a registered nurse, and continuing their professional development through lifelong learning. They may also consider pursuing advanced degrees, such as a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, to advance their career and expand their knowledge and skills in specialized areas of nursing practice.