Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Students are required to maintain weekly reflective narratives throughout the course to combine into one course-long reflective journal that integrates leadership and inquiry into current practice as it applies to the Professional Capstone and Practicum course.

In your journal, you will reflect on the personal knowledge and skills gained throughout this course. The journal should address a variable combination of the following, depending on your specific practice immersion clinical experiences:

  1. New practice approaches
  2. Intraprofessional collaboration
  3. Health care delivery and clinical systems
  4. Ethical considerations in health care
  5. Population health concerns
  6. The role of technology in improving health care outcomes
  7. Health policy
  8. Leadership and economic models
  9. Health disparities

Students will outline what they have discovered about their professional practice, personal strengths and weaknesses that surfaced, additional resources and abilities that could be introduced to a given situation to influence optimal outcomes, and finally, how the student met the competencies aligned to this course. Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal


While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal


Attempt Start Date: 18-May-2020 at 12:00:00 AM

Due Date: 24-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM

Maximum Points: 100.0

Percentage  100
Weekly topic:

Topic 1: Change Proposal Subject and Purpose Identification 1

  • Topic 2: Change Proposal Subject and Purpose Identification 2
  • Topic 3: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Development Plan 1
  • Topic 4: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Development Plan 2
  • Topic 5: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Project Development and Implementation Plan 1
  • Topic 6: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Project Development and Implementation Plan 2
  • Topic 7: Change Proposal Project Evaluation and Dissemination Plan 1
  • Topic 8: Change Proposal Project Evaluation and Dissemination Plan 2
  • Topic 9: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Project 1
  • Topic 10: Evidence-Based Practice Proposal Project 2 Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

As my BSN journey drew closer to the end I’m faced with the most anticipated class, my capstone project. As I entered into week 1, I spent a few hours in the classroom making sure I’m going through all my professors’ announcement and gathered all the necessary research information on Identifying two GCU Library scholarly databases that will assist me in finding the best research articles to support my EBP proposal for week 1 DQ. The ISP took hours to complete as it’s a planner for the next 10 weeks ahead. As nervousness sets in I promise myself to stay on path with the all the requirements of this course. I met with my mentor during the week and discussed what is expected throughout the course, she completed and signed all necessary forms needed for her approval, mentor was approved by instructor Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Week 2 (January 28- February 3)

During week 2 our priority was to choose our PICOT and submit to individual forum for approval from instructor. The anticipation of presenting my PICOT was here as I’ve been formulating my PICOT statement on educating the adherence for patients who are receiving anticoagulation therapy in the home settings to prevent stroke, PE/DVT etc.. my instructor approved topic which was very exciting for myself and mentor. Prior to this approval I had to change my implementation and add a few things with the feedback from my professor. It was concluded to educate on effectiveness regarding in home adherence, including diet and blood monitoring for older adults receiving anticoagulation therapy over a 6 months period. GCU library was my source to gather much needed peer review articles for this weeks’ assignment and DQ’s. Met with my mentor and went through articles that I gathered to find the best fit for assignment. As I feel I’m getting a hang of what’s expected throughout this course, I reflect on intraprofessional collaboration and its importance in solving concerns associated with improving medicine and technology and increasing the demand for healthcare services. Health care tasks are mostly challenging, complex and multifaceted. One problem may require the input of many health professionals from diverse specialties. It is therefore very important for a nurse to understand that he/she cannot provide quality care alone. I have learned that inter professional collaboration extends further to educational contexts. Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Week 3 (February 4-10)

Week 3 required me to submit six of the peer review articles previously researched along with the strength and weakness. We also discussed different methods of evaluating evidence with compare and contrast. The PICOT statement paper was also submitted which I did my best on but was a bit disappointed with the grades. I spoke with my mentor to figure out where I went wrong and came up with different ideas on how to approach papers moving forward. Finding better peer review articles was one of our solution along with narrowing them down to what best fits my PICOT. I also spend some time reflecting on Ethical consideration in Healthcare. Most of the times, nurses struggle due to the ethical challenges associated with patient care. Ethical concerns may come up within any healthcare circumstance whereby moral questions of whether one was right or wrong are asked. As a nurse, I was able to acquire knowledge on the importance of ethical culture in the health facility I was working. Ethical culture can be defined as the way ethical circumstances that develop ethical problems are addressed within a facility. Ethical practices in nursing can be sustained by constantly engaging with ethical experts. The experts play a key role in the collection of code of ethics that have various guidelines and recommendations that indicate how to effectively respond to ethical issues (Char, 2018). Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Week 4 (February 11-17)

I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with my mentor in the anticoagulation center. After completing what I was assigned to do for the patients that day, my mentor and I looked over the peer review I choose to complete the literature evaluation table. DQ’s were also done. After a thorough and meaningful research, we narrowed down to eight peer review articles. I decided to reflect upon Health Policy this week. Health policy can be defined as the decisions, plan and actions incorporated to achieve various health care objectives in the society. Health policy decisions in the United States are made at the federal and congress level and also by other healthcare organizations. As a nurse, I have learnt that nurses play a significant role in the formulation of policies that will have great benefits not only in the short run but also in the long run. A majority of nursing agencies encourage nurses to actively participate in policy formulation. As a nurse, I can participate in the policy formulation process by analyzing various healthcare policies and laws, advising policy makers and the general public and also developing and proposing various healthcare policies. Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Week 5 (February 18-24)

This week was spent doing DQ’s and meeting up with my mentor to discuss other ways to assist me as I move forward in this course. As I approach the midway of my course my stress levels are soaring high. A completion of 7 hours was logged, no assignment schedule for this week so I took the opportunity to read up on assignment for the following weeks ahead. This week I chose to reflect on Population Health Concern. The main determinant of the health of a community is the environmental factors. Social determinants such as unemployment and food insecurity also have a great impact on population health which is a main component of the Affordable Care Act. As a nurse, I have been able to recognize that social determinants have always been part of nursing. Various nursing institutions have identified the importance of social determinants in enhancing healthcare and have begun developing nurse practitioner programs which will ensure Social determinants of health are a part of the curriculum Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal .

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