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Running head: JOURNAL ENTRIES1Weeks 1-4Journal EntriesBrenda BruckWalden UniversityDr. WhiteNURS-6650N-12, Psychotherapy Group and FamiliesMarch 24, 2019
JOURNAL ENTRIES2Weeks 1-4 Journal EntriesStudent Name: Brenda BruckE-mail Address: [email protected]Practicum Placement Agency's Name:Cumberland County Guidance CenterPreceptor’s Name: Dr. Alexander KwonPreceptor’s Telephone: 856-825-6810Preceptor’s E-mail Address: [email protected]Practicum GoalsContinue to develop from a bedside nurse into a competent PMHNPBecome more comfortable in my developing role as a PMHNPWeek1Week2Week3Week4Week5Week6Week7Week8Week9Week10BecomeFamiliar withoffice**Learnfacilities EHR**********Learn how tofacilitate agroup/Familysessions*********Diagnose andmanagepatients********
JOURNAL ENTRIESCollaboratewith otherprofessionals*********PracticeIndependently*****Learn how to interact with multiple patients at one time in the group/family settingPracticum ObjectivesDevelop an understanding of the PMHNP’s role in group/family therapyIncrease my pharmacology knowledge and how best to properly apply pharmacologictherapiesGrow my confidence as an advance practicing nurseIncrease my proficient in developing a diagnosis and a plan of care for each patientTime LineWeek 1The framework of a nursing theory and a counseling theory can help manage patients in agroup setting or in the individual setting. Following a nursing and counseling theory can keep anew practitioner on task when starting to practice. This journal entry will discuss a nursing anda counseling theory which will be used during group/family therapy sessions.Nursing TheoryJean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring provides a framework to support holistic care ofa patient. Some of the core principals of Watson’s theory include the practice of loving-kindnessand consent composure, authentic presence, protect and cultivate human dignity and innerharmony (Thompson, 2017).
JOURNAL ENTRIESDr. Watson believes “Caring is inclusive, circular, and expansive” (Thompson, 2017).Which includes not only caring for the patient, but also caring for their family, the environmentand yourself. Jean Watson’s theory encourages patients to express and accept both negative andpositive feelings. It instills hope. It also uses evidenced based science to make decisions andproblem solving (Thompson, 2017).The Watson’s Theory of Human Caring provides a holisticframework to support all aspects of the patient’s needs.Counseling TheoriesCognitive therapy focuses on how a person’s thoughts can influence their behaviors andfeelings. Cognitive therapy focuses on problem-solving. It addresses present, altered thoughtprocess and communication. It helps patients develop skills to manage stressors.Cognitivetherapy is versatile. It can be applied to a variety of diagnoses such as substance use disorder,eating disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders (Northwestern/The Family Institute, 2015).

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