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What to expect during UP-PGH Clinical Practicum for UPOU-MAN

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

I have experienced 3 clinical practicums for the completion of my requirements during the previous semesters of my UPOU-MAN AHN study… That was for Adult Health Nursing, Cardiovascular Nursing and Oncology Nursing.

We had 3-4days clinical practicums for each courses and the area depends on the course you are taking. I had the privilege to do clinicals at Burn unit, Trauma Ward, Central ICU (CENICU) and the Cancer Institute.

To tell you honestly, its not the same as our undergrad duties wherein our clinical instructors will be with you 24/7. Since we are already professionals and “post grad students” we are expected to learn in our own pace. Do our required outputs, observe and whatnots independently. In short, there is no spoon feeding at UPOU.

Some instructors will allow you to do anything, some will just let you observe (which is boring for me). There is also a required skill to be performed like 10 ECG cases and interpretations (Adult Health majors) and Pap smear cases (for Maternal And Child Majors) those were just some…

So what do we bring during practicum?

The usuals, our clinical paraphernalias during the undergrad years, notebook, clean sheets of short bond paper for journal writing and other required output… Head Cap, gloves and face mask (just in case there will be procedures you need to do/experience)… Scrub suits and inside slippers/shoes for special areas. During my time, we were not required as to the color of our scrubs but recently, some groups were required to bring powder blue colored scrubs. Last but not the least, bring your UPOU ID and white smock gown (preferably with UPOU Logo and your name embroidered on the upper left side… Mine doesn’t have though. Haha)… Checklists/guide and other reference materials for data gathering and physical assessment for your case study is also a must…

For library works, I am sure you will have one, you can bring your laptop… cellphone cameras will come in handy for the books that are not allowed to bring out for photocopying…

Bring candies, water and small snacks you might not have long breaks. Cameras for documentation purposes… 🙂

Most common requirements to be submitted?

Daily objectives
Daily journals (Research article, related to your case study or research critique)
Daily nursing care plan
Diary to be submitted every day
Your accomplished output depending on your daily objectives (Patient history, physical assessment, teaching plan…)
Group works always have a seminar proposal output by the end of the practicum
Case presentation is expected at the end of the practicum though just a short draft of the case of your patient

The most dreaded part is the case portfolio wherein it is considered as your final output. It is a compilation of your case study and your whole clinical practicum experience for the semester… It is to be submitted 2 weeks after your clinical practicum. (Tip: Pick the earlier date for your practicum so you’ll have an ample time to complete your requirements…)

The best of all those clinical practicums is the chance to meet your virtual classmates and learn with them physically. You get the chance to bond with them and learn from their experiences too. As they always say, you will not survive UPOU without the help of your classmates not only academically, but also in motivating you to continue and finish the degree. It is the staying power that is important. To be able to surpass all the requirements, exams and the pressure this post graduate study brings.

I am now on my Intensive. The second to the last semester before comprehensive and thesis making… I, honestly cannot be where I am without the help of my classmates turned friends. Thanks guys!

Good luck for those who will have their clinical practicum! Cheers!

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