Practicum project methodology and evaluation

Practicum Project Methodology and Evaluation Tonya Peten Walden June 23, Practicum Project Methodology and Evaluation It is important for learners to reflect on the theories and concepts learnt throughout the program in order to formulate appropriate goals, objectives, establish a methodology for conducting their projects, and also create an evaluation plan. This discussion examines and offers a methodology and evaluation plan for my practicum project.
Summary of practicum project focus, goal, and objectives
The focus of my project practicum is implementation of various best practices related to nursing operations: purposeful rounding; bedside reporting; and multidisciplinary rounding. In terms of the goal, the learner will have the capacity to create an implementation plan for purposeful rounding, bedside reporting, and multidisciplinary rounding in order to improve patients experiences and help staff develop their leadership competencies and abilities. In terms of objectives, the learner will be able to apply nursing theories and relevant research in creating an implementation plan for best practices at the end of the practicum project. Secondly, this project is geared towards helping the learner acquire the ability to identify and analyze leadership approaches used in managing multidisciplinary groups. At the end of this project, the learner will also have the capacity to apply best practices in nursing in order to drive performance.
For the first objective, I will seek the help of my preceptor and nurse leader in my department to identify best practices related to nursing operations that are currently been used in managing the team. I will also interview members of the team in regards to which best practices they think are relevant and have achieved positive results. One of the best practice been used to facilitate purposeful rounding and bedside reporting that I will focus on is open communication. For the second objective, I will work in cahoots with a multidisciplinary team consisting of an array of specialized personnel such as nurses, nurse leaders, and physicians during rounds. I will be an active member of the team in order to virtually identify how the team leader manages the multidisciplinary team. For the third objective, I will take in consideration the identified best practices such as open communication used to facilitate nursing operations as well as leadership approaches identified through observation and adopt them in my nursing practice during this practicum project. To achieve the third objective, I will also be actively engaged during rounding in order to have a practical experience on how best practices are implemented in practice.
Evaluation Plan
In evaluating my practicum project, both formative and summative evaluation approaches will be utilized. Formative assessment, according to Black (2010), denotes continuous monitoring of learning with an intention of giving feedback. The purpose is to help develop, progress, and advance both teaching techniques by the preceptor and learning (Pellegrino, 2010). Formative evaluation will be conducted during multidisciplinary rounding. I will ask my preceptor to assess what I have learnt or acquired after every round in order to determine whether I am on track. On the basis of my response, the preceptor and nurse leader will ascertain whether the teaching and learning approaches used will help achieve the projected objectives and thus forming the basis for improvement. Summative assessment, on the other hand, denotes an assessment aimed at assessing learning after a project has ended (Deus and Brown, 2009). In my practicum project, summative assessment will be conducted at the end of the project whereby I will prepare a report detailing best practices learned, how they were implemented, parties involved in the implementation as well as their specific functions in order to gauge learning. This practicum project report will serve the purpose of summative assessment.
In summary, successful approaches used in implementing the various best practices in other professional organization will form the basis of my research. The learner will be directly involved or engaged in practical implementation of the best practices in order to gain the relevant competencies. For instance, the learner will be engaged in managing multidisciplinary groups during rounding in order to gain practical experience and skills in managing a diverse workforce. Both formative and summative approaches will be used in assessing my practicum project. A formative approach will be an ongoing process all through the project while summative assessment will be conducted at the end of the project.
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