Working at the wound care clinic was definitely the highlight of my Capstone Practicum experience. The patients and staff were all great to work with, and I learned so much while I was there. I was able to work with the same patients each week and see their progress. Watching the patients’ wounds heal over time was wonderful to see, but it was also bittersweet because it meant they would no longer be visiting the clinic. It was easy to build rapport with the patients because we saw them so frequently, and they were very appreciative of the care we provided. Wound therapies I enjoyed working with were wound V.A.C.s. They heal wounds through negative pressure, and I was usually able to notice smaller wound measurements each time the dressing was changed. It was interesting to see how they healed wounds so efficiently and relatively quickly. The staff was very good about teaching me and allowing me to use my own judgment when caring for different wounds. I was able to work in this outpatient clinic as well as travel throughout the hospital to care for inpatients’ wounds too.
My second rotation was on the medical floor. This was a great experience for me because it enabled me to practice core nursing skills and see the whole picture of the patient. I was able to apply the skills and concepts I was taught in nursing school and put them into practice when providing patient care. I had many opportunities to perform skills I wanted to become more comfortable with, and the staff was great about involving me. I learned about many different medications, blood transfusions, and disease processes. I was also able to improve my assessments and critical thinking skills. It was so great to have the opportunity to work with so many different patients, and each day always had something new to offer.
My Capstone Practicum experience has taught me so much about myself, and I feel much more prepared for a nursing position once I graduate. I am so thankful for the wonderful preceptors I had to teach me and assist me with my transition from student to nurse. I was able to work alongside other fantastic nurses and learned so much from them as well. It’s exciting to look back and realize how far I’ve come since I was accepted into the nursing program, and I am thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to put all the nursing concepts I’ve learned into practice and gain more confidence in myself as a nurse. I have found areas in nursing I am passionate about, and I can’t emphasize enough how great this practicum was for me. Thank you!