The last semester of the Basic BSN program contains the "Capstone Practicum". This is a precepted capstone clinical course that assists students in synthesizing basic concepts of professional nursing. Learning experiences allow students to gain confidence, practice clinical reasoning and leadership skills, communicate effectively with the interprofessional team, apply ethical decision making skills, and develop evidence-based practice. Following are links to four students and their comments on their individual capstone experiences this semester...
Al. Co. Public Health & IMH Family Care Unit / At Public Health I participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, providing well-child checks, nutrition and breastfeeding support, and parenting education. I felt I was truly contributing to the child's future and discovered my love for maternal-child health... At IMH I worked in Labor & Delivery/Pediatrics where I had opportunity to help so many wonderful families with the birth of their beautiful babies. Nursing school is only the beginning of the learning experience. [click on Darcey's name to read her full story]
Casper's Mountain View Regional Hospital & Denver Children's Hospital / At Casper we had patients who were post-op craniotomies and spinal surgeries, and my perspective on neurology and critical care was expanded more than I ever thought possible. At Denver Children's I have been able to watch open heart surgeries on a 4-day-old and a 3-month-old and take care of them post-operatively. Physiological processes, pathophysiology, and pharmacology are starting to make more sense and all the dots seem to be connecting which is really exciting.[click on Danielle's name to read her full story]
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC): Telemetry and Wound Clinic / I fell in love with the telemetry unit, learning so much about working with patients with cardiac diagnoses such as heart failure, dysrhythmias, cardiac bypass surgery, cardiac catheterizations, and heart attacks...and wound care has always been an interest of mine, as I want to know how to care for these patients no matter what unit I am working on. I felt myself transform from student nurse into soon-to-be registered nurse! [click on Amanda's name to read her full story]
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: Wound Clinic and Medical Unit / The first week in the Wound Clinic staff had me try a cast on so that I was aware of how difficult it can be for our patients to have to walk in those every day. Wound care is great because you can see the progress your patients are making week by week and know that you are helping in that process. Medical has enabled me to work on all of my assessment and other nursing skills. There is only so much you can learn from a book, so being able to see things first hand has really made it all come together for me… [click on Elizabeth's name to read her full story]