3016-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Graduate Education

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3016-18: Educator Challenges to Facilitate Nurse Practitioner Student Clinical Placement | Lessons Learned; Empirical Measurement of Psychiatric Performance Competency

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

Educator Challenges to Facilitate Nurse Practitioner Student Clinical Placement: Lessons Learned
The barriers for retention of graduate clinical placements are significant. A simulation class, which also included discussion and role play of real-world expectations, interpersonal collaboration skills and professionalism, was developed to better prepare students for successful placements. Lessons learned in class development and relevant literature will be discussed.  
Presenters:  Kathleen M. McDermott, DNP, RN, MSN, PMHNP BC; Christine B. Costa, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Empirical Measurement of Psychiatric Performance Competency
This project describes empirical development of a measure of psychiatric performance competencies for psychiatric nurse practitioner students. The scale contains 25 items with rating ranging from Novice Skill (1) to Solo Skill (10). The scores were standardized with good reliability by faculty and preceptor’s for each level of clinical training.  
Presenters:  Chase J. Boyer, MA; Michael J. Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Tanya Sorrell, PhD, APN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  38 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify practices (positive and negative) that impact student performance in clinical placement in their own institutions and with their stakeholders.
  2. Describe the development and empirical testing of a measure for testing clinical performance competencies in psych NP training programs.

Keywords:  Graduate Education, Clinical Placements, Simulation, Measurement, Competencies, Performance

Continuing Nursing Education
0.50 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Friday, October 26, 2018
12:00pm - 12:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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