NU 745 Nursing Practicum I

Gain real-life experience from nurse educators and nurse administrators.

Format: Online & Onsite Practicum
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 2 credits

You’ve turned in the assignments, completed the coursework, and elevated your knowledge of nursing education or nursing administration, depending on your professional direction. Now it’s time to apply that learning in a real-world setting. NU 745 Nursing Practicum I is an experience-driven course that includes students from both the educator track and the administration track, allowing you to interact with the two specialties, as there are many similarities and overlap.

What You’ll Learn in NU 745

Practicum I for Administrators implements the role components of a nurse manager/administrator in a health care organization. You’ll have the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurse administrator in a health care setting with a master’s or doctorate-prepared RN preceptor.

Practicum I for the Educator applies advanced knowledge and skills in the nursing educator role in a specialty area. You’ll addresses self-assessment, the changing role of the nurse educator, professional issues, and educational trends. You’ll be in an education setting with a master’s or doctoral-prepared preceptor.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Define Your Practicum Project (and tools needed to complete it)
  • Finding the Evidence
  • Choose a Theory and/or Framework to Guide your Project
  • Addressing Outcomes and Developing a Purpose Statement
  • Mapping Out the Project Plan
  • Approaches and Methods for Project and Finalizing the Proposal to Clarify the Project
  • Finalizing the Proposal for the Final Project
  • Wrapping It Up

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 745, if you are studying to become a nurse administrator, you will be able to:

  • Develop a written proposal for your final teaching/health promotion project that addresses the objectives and outcomes of the program in the administrator specialty track.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment as a foundation for decision making to design a project to be implemented.
  • Apply leadership skills and decision making to provision of culturally relevant, high-quality nursing care, health care team coordination, and oversight and accountability for health care delivery and outcomes.
  • Promote a professional environment through accountability and high-level communication skills.
  • Identify relevant factors to be considered a quality improvement initiative that affects the delivery of health care services.
  • Utilize technology to identify needs and create new innovations to meet the needs of a changing health care environment.
  • Advocate for the role of the professional nurse as leader and member of interprofessional teams
  • Understand scope of practice of other health care professionals within the health care team.
  • Utilize effective communication and relationship building strategies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and group processes to function as an effective group leader or member using systems theory.
  • Analyze patient care delivery models and work design models in the workplace.

If you are studying to become a nurse educator, you will be able to:

  • Develop a written proposal for your final teaching/health promotion project that addresses the objectives and outcomes of the program in the educator specialty track.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment as a foundation for developing a teaching/learning project in a health care or academic setting.
  • Apply current theories and utilize effective strategies in design, implementation, and evaluation of teaching experiences.
  • Identify relevant factors to be included in the proposal when developing a curriculum and course(s).
  • Incorporate assessment and evaluation strategies into the teaching/learning proposal.
  • Utilize technology to promote lifelong learning for self and others.
  • Apply leadership skills to function as a change agent and leader in the nurse educator role.
  • Incorporates scholarly activities in area of expertise for project design.
  • Identify and address how political, institutional, social, and economic forces impact the educator role.

Get Started

To learn more about Nursing Practicum I or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.