Assignment 2: Practicum–Week 1 Journal Entry PRAC 6650
Assignment 2: Practicum–Week 1 Journal Entry (Due in Week 4)
As a future advanced practice nurse, it is important that you are able to connect your
classroom experience to your practicum experience. By applying the concepts you study in
the classroom to clinical settings, you enhance your professional competency. Each week,
you complete an Assignment that prompts you to reflect on your practicum experiences
and relate them to the material presented in the classroom. This week, you begin
documenting your practicum experiences in your Practicum Journal.
Note: Be sure to use the Practicum Journal Template, located in this week’s Learning
Analyze nursing and counseling theories to guide practice in psychotherapy*
Summarize goals and objectives for personal practicum experiences*
Produce timelines for practicum activities*
*The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and
submitted in Week 3.
In preparation for this course’s practicum experience, address the following in your
Select one nursing theory and one counseling theory to best guide your practice in
Note: For guidance on nursing and counseling theories, refer to this week’s
Explain why you selected these theories. Support your approach with evidence-
Develop at least three goals and at least three objectives for the practicum
experience in this course.
Create a timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.
No Assignment due this week.
Submit Assignment By Day 7 of Week 4
This week, you began preparing for your practicum experience by verifying your
practicum preceptor and site information and your first Practicum Journal.
Next week, you will begin your second Practicum Journal.
Looking Ahead: Practicum Assignments
Each week, you will complete practicum-related Assignments. It is highly recommended
that you review the practicum assignments for Weeks 2–11 before Day 7 of Week 1. This
will give you time to meet with your preceptor so that you can fulfill the requirements of
Week 2: You will write about two clients from a family you observed or counseled.
(Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 4)
Week 3: You will complete a comprehensive client family assessment. (Assignment
to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 5)
Week 5: You will write about two clients from a family you observed or counseled
and explain whether solution-focused or cognitive behavioral therapy would be
effective with the family. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 7)
Week 7: You will write a progress note and privileged psychotherapy note for the
client family you assessed in Week 3 for the comprehensive client family assessment.
(Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 7.)
Week 8: You will write about two clients you observed or counseled during a group
therapy session and explain whether cognitive behavioral therapy would be effective
with the group. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 10)
Week 10: You will write about two clients you observed or counseled during a group
therapy session for children and adolescents. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7
of Week 10)
Week 10: You will write a client termination summary for a client who is ready to
complete group therapy. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 11)
Practicum – Upcoming Deadline
In the Nurse Practitioner programs of study (FNP, AGACNP, AGPCNP, and PMHNP) you
are required to take several practicum courses. If you plan on taking a practicum course
within the next two terms, you will need to submit your application via Meditrek .
For information on the practicum application process and deadlines, please visit the Field
Experience: College of Nursing: Application Process – Graduate web page.
Please take the time to review the Appropriate Preceptors and Field Sites for your courses.
Please take the time to review the practicum manuals, FAQs, Webinars and any required
forms on the Field Experience: College of Nursing: Student Resources and Manuals web
Field Experience: College of Nursing Quick Answers
Field Experience: MSN Nurse Practitioner Practicum Manual
Student Practicum Resources: NP Student Orientation
To go to the next week:
Document: Practicum Site Information form (Word document)
Document: Practicum Experience Time Log and Journal Template (Word document)
Document: NP Student Clinical Orientation (PowerPoint file)
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and
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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-
to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer.
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