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Running head: PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE1Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective JournalTeresa MauldinGrand Canyon UniversityNRS-490May 19, 2019
PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE2Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective JournalNew Practice ApproachesIt was so apparent that undertaking my practicum at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital provided me a meaningful opportunity for developing new skills and increased my knowledge pertaining to the provision of care within an acute care setting. I observed skills and knowledge in management, leadership, and problem solving/decision making. I realized that oneneeds compassion, good communication skills, organizations and the knowledge to delegate. Through the practicum, it was apparent that one had to be able to assist staff members in many ways and help others set and reach goals. As well, I learnt that a nurse has an obligation of making evaluations and use critical thinking skills in a timely manner. At the same time, it was evident that one should always be anticipating, planning, and foreseeing future developments by using their own experiences and knowledge. Intraprofessional CollaborationThe significance of intraprofessional collaboration in the provision in the acute care sitting was another concept that was learnt during my time in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In this scenario, I observed through interprofessional collaboration, the disciplinary team which included nurses, doctors, social workers, respiratory therapy, dieticians, and pharmacists, they are able to associate with each other at a professional level and share ideas concerning the needs of their patients and families. Because of intraprofessional collaboration, I noted that many team members were working together which led to improvements of the care thepatients were receiving. When members of the interdisciplinary team shared their ideas pertinent