Optional Discussion: Practicum Project Plan

Optional Discussion: Practicum Project Plan

Optional Discussion: Practicum Project Plan

How are your plans for your Practicum Project progressing? What additional guidance or information would help you to refine your Practicum Project Plan? Optional Discussion: Practicum Project Plan

Your Practicum Project Plan is due on or before Day 7 of this week. In preparation for completing the Assignment, you may use this forum to post a draft of your plan and receive support from your colleagues. This Discussion forum provides an opportunity for informal collaboration. It is not required, and you will not receive a grade for your participation.

If you choose to participate, you may integrate useful feedback you receive to strengthen your plan prior to submitting it. Just as importantly, reviewing your colleagues’ proposals may help you to deepen your understanding of the plan components and application of scholarly writing.


(Optional) To prepare:

  • Review the information in the Practicum Project Plan (PPP) Overview document, introduced in Week 3. The overview describes the elements that must be included in your plan.
  • Reflect on the development of your Practicum Project Plan thus far. Address any questions you have and/or identify areas in need of further consideration or improvement.
  • Develop any outstanding components of your Practicum Project Plan. For instance, you may need to continue your review of the literature and create your project timeline. You may wish to review the timeline table you completed on the Professional Practicum Experience Plan and update it as necessary.
  • Review the information on scholarly writing in this week’s Learning Resources, and integrate these principles as you develop your Practicum Project Plan.
  • Create a draft of your Practicum Project Plan (a 4- to 6-page scholarly paper) to share with your colleagues in this optional Discussion forum.

(Optional) Post a draft of your Practicum Project Plan.

Note: To provide sufficient time for review and feedback, you are encouraged to post your plan on or before Day 3.

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Running Head: PRACTICUM 1








Week Three Discussion

Practicum, project Goals, and Objectives

Amanda Swenty

Capstone 6600

Walden University









Academic institutions through the country struggle on a daily basis to make sure that they are preparing student nurses that are competent to function as a nurse. One point of contention that academic institutions face is where to place students for hands on clinical and how and when will the sites be approved. Throughout the world a roadblock often seen is the fact that many academic settings are looking for placements and those needs outweigh the actual sites. Bay Area Nursing Resource Center (2006) created a plan that allowed for a standardized approach for clinical placement for multiple academic institutions and sites. In that plan it is stated that “by centralizing and standardizing the clinical placement process, untapped capacity at clinical agencies will be identified and made available to schools”. The premise of this discussion is to provide an explanation of why this students feels a passion and value of creating a program that can be used in the Northeast portion of Wisconsin.

Current Situation

The current situation that Northeast Wisconsin is facing is multiple academic institutions all trying to secure placement for clinical in a limited amount of facilities. The area of Northeast Wisconsin that will be addressed in the project encompasses approximately six counties, five academic institutions, eight acute healthcare facilities, and numerous other healthcare facilities (such as clinic’s, nursing homes, schools etc.). Because of the increase of enrollment the nursing programs are growing, thus employment rates are increasing, limiting the amount of approved clinical sites in the healthcare facilities. This has become a problem that needs attention sooner rather than later.



Greater Breen Bay Health Care Alliance

Currently the academic institutions and healthcare facilities are work together through a committee known as the Great Green Bay Healthcare Alliance (GGBHCA). This team meets monthly with a mission of standardizing processes to enhance compliance, safety, and documentation. This team has recently researched the issue of a standardized approach to clinical placement. The first step was receiving information from the state of Minnesota who currently uses a standardized approach. The information seems applicable however there was a $20,000 cost associated for startup and then a $10,000 yearly fee for use of the software. This student feels that if the proper attention, collections of resources, and direction by a mentor a plan can be created that would meet the needs with no cost and managed by the GGBHCA after the plan is created.

The Plan

The plan for this project will consist of the following step:

· Gathering data- this student will work with the mentor who is currently a member of the GGBHCA. This information gathering will shed light on who the key players will be at both the academic settings and the healthcare facilities. The desire would be to meet in person with the thirteen placement coordinators that represent the healthcare facilities/ academic institutions that will be involved.

· Gather statistical data around admission numbers and current students needing placement.

· Gather data about what is current course needs (example- college A needs three med/surg placements, college B needs five med/surg and one OB, etc.)

· Research current software available for review and creation of a home grown version that will meet the needs of this situation.

· Presentation of the plan to the GGBHCA

· Schedule a meeting where all key players will be invited to create an implementation plan and handoff of product and process to the GGBHCA