Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
— John Wooden, My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey

As you considered in this week’s Discussion, your experiences in the practicum can provide a vital avenue for professional development.

For this Assignment, you develop a Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP) to outline how your involvement in the practicum will contribute to your growth as a professional and allow you to hone your specialization knowledge and skills. The PPEP consists of two or three objectives related to professional development that you will address during your Practicum Experience.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)


Note: In the practicum manual these are referred to as your individualized learning objectives.

To prepare:
•As necessary, review the information related to developing objectives provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
•Revisit the objective(s) you crafted for this week’s Discussion, and reflect on the ideas exchanged in this forum. Refine the objective(s) as needed, making sure they reflect the higher-order domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy (i.e., Application level and above). Note: You will be developing two to three professional development objectives for this assignment.
•Think more deeply about areas for which you would like to gain application-level experience and/or continued professional growth. How can your experiences in the practicum help you achieve these aims?
•Discuss your professional aims and your proposed practicum professional development objectives with your Preceptor to ascertain if the necessary resources are available at your practicum site.
•Download and save the Practicum Professional Experience Plan Form provided in this week’s Learning Resources.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

To complete your Practicum Professional Experience Plan:
•Record the required information in each area of the Professional Practicum Experience Plan, including two or three objectives you will use to facilitate your professional development during the practicum.

Required Readings

Note: To access this week\'s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Cipriano, P. F., & Murphy, J. (2011). The future of nursing and health IT: The quality elixir. Nursing Economic$, 29(5), 286–289.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

“Technology tools will continue to revolutionize how we plan, deliver, document, review, evaluate, and derive the evidence about care” (p. 289). This article examines how nurses can use information technology to transform nursing and redesign the health care system. It focuses on the use of technology to promote quality and notes that technology can also be used to address challenges in education, research, leadership, and policy.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

McKimm, J., & Swanwick, T. (2009). Setting learning objectives. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 70(7), 406–409.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article clarifies the terminology associated with learning objectives and explains how learning objectives relate to professional development and the transformation from novice to expert. It also introduces common pitfalls when setting learning objectives and provides suggestions for avoiding them.

Murphy, J. (2011). The nursing informatics workforce: Who are they and what do they do? Nursing Economic$, 29(3), 150–153.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The author examines the nursing informatics workforce, explaining that professionals in this well-established specialty area can play an integral role in transforming health care.

Sørensen, E. E., Delmar, C., & Pedersen, B. D. (2011). Leading nurses in dire straits: Head nurses\' navigation between nursing and leadership roles. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(4), 421–430.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

“Successful nursing leaders navigate between nursing and leadership roles while nourishing a double identity” (p. 421). In this article, the authors examine how individuals in key professional roles negotiate between and apply nursing and leadership skills.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Warm, D., & Thomas, B. (2011). A review of the effectiveness of the clinical informaticist role. Nursing Standard, 25(44), 35–38.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors investigate the application of specialized knowledge and expertise to facilitate the appropriate use of emerging technologies in clinical settings. They argue for informaticists’ involvement in strategic development and delivery of information management and technology initiatives to promote patient-centered outcomes.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Master of Science in Nursing

NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum
Nursing Informatics and Leadership & Management

Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Practicum Professional Experience Plan


Course Description

Students in this course apply the MSN curriculum experience by translating knowledge into practice through participation in professional activities and the development of a culminating project. Students apply theory, principles, and concepts related to their area of specialization in order to enhance nursing practice and promote positive social change. Note: This course requires a minimum of 144 practicum hours. *

*Note: Students enrolled in the Nursing Informatics specialization will have already completed 72 hours of a practicum experience in NURS 6431. This course provides an additional 144 practicum hours.Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)


Complete each section below.


Section 1: Quarter/Term/Year and Contact Information


Quarter/Term/Year: Summer/


Student Contact Information

Name: Rixxxx

Street Address: 9868 Diversified Lane

City, State, Zip: Ellicott City, Maryland, 21042

Home Phone: XXX.XXX.XXXX

Work Phone: XXX.XXX.XXXX

Cell Phone: XXX.XXX.XXXX



Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Preceptor Contact Information

Name: Ms. Jixxxx, RN, MSN

Organization: Anywhere Medical Center

Street Address: 9988 Anywhere Road

City, State, Zip: Anywhere, MD, 21044

Work Phone: XXX.XXX.XXXX

Cell Phone: XXX.XXX.XXXX


E-mail: js@AM.o

 Section 2: Practicum Professional Development Objectives

Refer to the instructions in Week 1 to create practicum professional development objectives that meet the requirements for this course.


Objective 1: Analyze three common barriers to effective communication, then compare and contrast two effective resolution strategies as defined in evidence-based literature.

Objective 2: Contrast units that have success with retention and recruitment of novice nursing staff and those who have high turnover; identifying factors of influence and comparing to peer reviewed literature. Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Objective 3: Develop and prioritize a one-month productivity expense report that will be used to budget upcoming expenditures and incorporate a balanced unit financial statement in accordance with previous budgets and evidence based literature.


Section 3: Projected Timeline/Schedule


Estimate how many hours you expect to work on your practicum each week. Per the practicum guidelines, you may use half your hours for professional development and up to half for your Practicum Project (i.e., 72 hours to accomplish your practicum professional development objectives and 72 hours to complete your Practicum Project objectives, which you will establish later in this course). Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)


This timeline is intended as a planning tool; your actual schedule may differ from the projections you are making now.


I intend to complete the 144 practicum hours according to the following timeline/schedule:


  Number of Hours Projected for Week Number of Weekly Hours for Professional Development Number of Weekly Hours for Practicum Project
Week 1 7 7 0
Week 2 7 7 0
Week 3 20 7 13
Week 4 21 7 14
Week 5 14 7   7
Week 6 14 7   7
Week 7 14 9   5
Week 8 14 9   5
Week 9 14 9   5
Week 10 14 9   5
Week 11  5 5   0
Total Hours (must meet the following requirements) 144

(144 Required)

83 61

Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)

Section 4 - Signatures


Student Signature (electronic):                                                          Date:



Practicum Faculty Signature (electronic)**:                                   Date:



** Faculty signature signifies approval of Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)


Submit your Practicum Professional Experience Plan on or before Day 7 of Week 1 for Faculty review and approval.


Once approved, you will receive a copy of the PPEP for your records. You must share an approved copy with your Preceptor. The Preceptor is not required to sign this form. Assignment 1: Practicum Professional Experience Plan (PPEP)