Day 1: Tuesday March 8, 2016: Times: 0800-1000, 1100-1300, 1400-1600
Day 2: Thursday, March 10, 2016; Times: 0900-1500, 1700-2100
Day 3: Friday, March 11, 2016; Times: 0800-1800
Day 4- Sunday, March 13, 2016; Times: 1000-1600
During the first week of the practicum, students gained knowledge about the role of a primary care nurse in the promotion of community health wellbeing. The week started with preparations for the practicum. Practicum plays a role in extending the learning environment from a classroom setting to the integration of theoretical concepts with practice. Each student was requested to come up with learning objectives during the first day of practicum. All practicum nurses were taken through a thorough workshop to educate them on how to apply evidence-based practice to promote the health of people living with diabetes especially those under home-based care. The workshop was conducted by professionals from different fields of healthcare especially nutritionists with the aim of discussing the importance of implementing evidence-based practices in community primary care nursing. The workshop instructors gave numerous examples and provided us with access to resources where we could find evidence-based reports and learn more about their implementation. Additionally, the workshop educated nurse students on the importance of technology in collecting data and statistics for the evidence-based research. The internet was highlighted as the most influential tool that could help primary care nurses collect relevant and adequate data to use in the evidence-based practice.
Day 1: Monday, March 13, 2016, to Day 5: Friday, March 17, 2016. Time: 0800-1600 (every day)
All students went to the field to correct data for the evidence-based practice. The information about patients who had been discharged from the hospital but still get attention from community primary nurse practitioners was derived from the hospital database and uses to locate homes of these patients. The supervisor divided students into groups of ten and each group assigned a region. I was the leader of my group, and my responsibility was to coordinate all activities and ensure every member of the group participates in the practical process. In the group, we were able to learn through individual observations. Each student was to interview a patient or a family caregiver to establish the cause of the disease and strategies used by the patient and the family to control the disease. The supervisor gave us contact details to use in case we experienced any problem while gathering data in the field.
Day 1: Wednesday March, 23 2016; Time: 0800-1200; 1400-1600
Day 2: Thursday March 24, 2016; Time: 0900-1300; 1500-1800
Day 3: Friday March 25, 2016; Time: 0800-1100