UPOU-MAN Clinical practicum before another semester ends…

April 19th, 2011 by Dianne Peña

Another semester at UP Open University has ended and I am very pleased to share to you my “experience” just before the semester ended…

In UPOU-Master of Arts in Nursing major in adult health nursing, we are required in our major subject (N260- Adult Health Nursing) to attend a 3-day clinical practicum at Philippine General Hospital by the end of the semester.

Since February, I was getting bored with what I do at work in our institution… It was like “the-same-old-cases”… Same environment… In simple terms, everything was a ROUTINE— boring routine. Then came March that gave all the DIFFERENCE. My first ever clinical practicum at Philippine General Hospital saved the month. I was very excited because “being a nurse” in PGH is a one-of-a-kind experience, plus the fact that I was assigned to the BURN UNIT. It was s actually one of my motivations in continuing my studies at UPOU.

I don’t know what to expect but to just seize the moment to finally meet my classmates, professor and apply what we basically have studied for the semester.

We were tasked to accomplish a comprehensive nursing history and physical assessment (without looking at the chart) for the first day, make a nursing care plan and do implementation the second day and to do evaluation and follow-up on the third day.

My 3-day clinical practicum was not easy for I have been assigned to a patient who had 45% total body surface area burn. He was intubated, considering his other contraptions, bedridden and restless. It was a challenge for me but I think I was able to get through.

I experienced to do wound dressing to a burn patient, which is new for me. The staff of PGH was very hospitable and kind to share with us their experiences and teach us especially in dealing with these kinds of patients.

My clinical practicum at PGH is like a fuel that made my system/engine start and keep on going. It was indeed a “Something new” experience. It was what I needed after all. Thank you to Prof. Rita Ramos, PGH staff and most especially, my “virtual-classmates-came-to-life” LOL.

The highlight of the season!

P.S After the wonderful experience, the dreaded clinical portfolio is next. I was in my highest toxicity level in making a cqse study for my patient. Fortunately, I was able to submit and so finally I can say…


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28 Responses to “UPOU-MAN Clinical practicum before another semester ends…”

  1. aedis Says:

    the list of newly admitted students for the upou-man was just released and i was happy to see my name on it. thank you for sharing your experiences on distance learning here at your blog.
    is this practicum at up-pgh really required? i am already working as a nurse here in baguio.

  2. Dianne Peña Says:

    @aedis- Hi! Congrats and Good luck 🙂 clinical practicum is required and is scheduled (prof will give the different dates and it up to you to choose) at the end of the semester. it depends on your major as to its duration. i have classmates/groupmates who came from province and they really find time to come here and attend the practicum. its better if you will have the practicum immediately so that you will be on time. however, if you fail to attend, you’re grade may be incomplete and you will be given one year to complete the requirement. (as far as i can remember)…

  3. Aedis Says:

    How about the courses with titles beginning with ” intensive practicum in..”?
    And is practicum required even on your electives?

  4. Elaina Says:

    Hi, emailed you yet you didn’t reply po. thanks hope to hear your opinion about UP’s online learning fro nurses thanks

  5. Dianne Peña Says:

    @aedis- What do you mean by “intensive practicum”? I think only major subjects require practicum.

  6. Dianne Peña Says:

    @elaina- sorry for the late reply, i wasnt able to check my email until now… however, before I answer your queries, i have some questions for you first… pls refer to your email 🙂 thanks..

  7. ris Says:

    hi dianne… i would like to ask about the wiki.. up to now i’m still confused.. are we to make a wiki? because i tried to click the icon “wiki” in my portal, it goes blank. tnx.

  8. Dianne Peña Says:

    @Ris- Hi! Im sorry, i cant fully understand your question… Wiki of what?

  9. ris Says:

    @dianne uhm the use of wiki in N207, it’s like a table but you could edit it.

  10. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ris- Now, I remember. You couldnt edit it if its not your group. You could change your internet browser. Google chrome doesnt have format settings when it comes to moodle. I use Mozilla Firefox. You could edit it via MS Word and paste it to the forum.

  11. iris Says:

    @dianne oh i see so google chrome doesn’t have the settings. i’ll try it now. thanks a lot. your an angel. Thought i was going mad not knowing what to do. haha. ^_~

  12. ris Says:

    @dianne uhm. i have another query. do you know how to make a group blog in myportal? thanks

  13. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ris- as far as I can remember, our professor gave specific instructions regarding the group blog. You coordinate with your groupmates.

  14. ris Says:

    @dianne already did. thanks so much ^_~

  15. Nique Says:

    i just applied for 2012-2013… may i ask of upou is trisem of 2 sems only? i’m excited to start… i hope i passed…

  16. Dianne Peña Says:

    Hi Nique, no. of semester depends on the program you will take. Master of Arts in Nursing program is a 2-semester course.

  17. danecca Says:

    Last friday, I received an E-mail saying that my application for UPOU-MAN was approved. becoming an OFW student is difficult but I will do my best. THis is it! no turning back =D

  18. JP Hernandez, RN, MAN-AHN Says:

    Hi, Dianne, UPOU MAN students, and blog subscribers! First, I have to congratulate everyone for making your choice to pursue your education with the country’s premier university, especially on the road to becoming a nurse specialist in your respective fields of interest and practice domains. Like everyone, I have endured all rigors of going through the academic program in order to hone myself not just to practice nursing but to contribute to the growing trend of specialization in nursing by leading a research-driven practice (evidence-based practice consciousness). I have realized that there is more to learn and to explore for change. It is all worth the effort to accomplish this endeavor for a future career, especially that we all wait for opportunities in the global health care industry. Second, I appreciate your interest as a blogger because you truly live the uniqueness of a distance education student. By doing so, you keep MAN students connected and united. I hope to meet you and the rest towards your completion. I too started this journey with Prof. Ramos and it was so memorable. And even that I have already finished this program, the experiences continue to inspire me. I guess this is a one of a kind phenomenon in UPOU that our interest in learning and to self-regulate is enhanced by shared learning experiences between faculty, students and patients, and information technology. God bless you all!

  19. Dianne Peña Says:

    @Jp Hernandez – Thank you for your insight. I was inspired to really continue and endue what OU-MAN has to offer. I know this is for the betterment of our profession. I commend you for having finished the degree. I am so envious. LOL. Thanks once again and God bless!

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