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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 1:15pm
Forum: General discussion

I CAN Blog Post:


Our 1st cohort has officially finished their first year in the I CAN program. We concluded the first year with focus groups with both the students and their preceptors. Feedback covered the overall experience of the program, challenges experienced during the semester, recommendations to strengthen the experiences, etc. Feedback was positive overall from both the preceptors’ and students’ perspectives. Suggestions for further enhancing the experience included improving scheduling processes and ways to make sure hour requirements are met, these will be a focus moving forward. Several students in the 1st cohort asked for experience in other specialties like pediatric sites, so our project manager will be looking into the possibility of offering these experiences for their 3rd semester in the I CAN program. Once all data is entered into Typhon, quality report analyses will be completed for each student for the spring semester.

Our application process for cohort 2 has finished. We have recruited a total of eight applicants to start in the Spring 2018 semester. We are in the process of finalizing clinical sites for each student to begin in January. Recommendations and considerations made by the 1st year cohort will be instilled for the 2nd year cohort as well.

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:43pm
Forum: General discussion

Through our application process that began a few weeks ago, we have successfully recruited eight students for cohort 2. We will soon start the process of placing our cohort 2 students into their clinical placements. We hope that we can place some students in new sites in our clinical partner agency to expand the clinical experiences the student participants have. Additionally, placing students in new environments will help to off-set burnout and overload that our clinical partner preceptors might be feeling.

Additionally, data was analyzed for Cohort 1 at week 5 for clinical performance and week 7 for preceptor/preceptee dyads, specifically looking at preceptor self-evaluation, preceptee self-evaluation, preceptor clinical evaluation of student, student evaluation of self, and student evaluation of clinical site.  Data was reported to research team via email and conference call identifying areas of concern for 2 students re: number of clinical hours and acuity – one resolved, one to be investigated further by PI.  No concerns in dyad relationships or concerns from preceptors regarding student clinical performance.

Future plans for I CAN include analyzing and reporting week 10 data regarding student clinical hours and patient acuity beginning the week of 11/13/17.

Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:17pm
Forum: General discussion

We are currently in the process of expanding our program to include our second cohort of students along with completing placements for our graduating students from cohort 1.  We have met with our clinical partners to determine the best placements for our 1st cohort of students. This round of placements is more complicated as we work together to balance the new students’ needs and those of the graduating cohort, which span balancing geriatric, pediatric, and OB/GYN experiences. We continue to have challenges with preceptor availability in primary care and OB/GYN.  Time continues to be a central theme for preceptor’s willingness to work with NP students.  Preceptors are often concerned with the uncertainty in student assignments, not knowing the baseline level of the student and the time needed to introduce students into the primary care experience. The preceptors in our first cohort expressed a high satisfaction with the quality of our 1st semester students last spring, and we are building on that praise to encourage new preceptors to participate.

In an effort to reduce the strain of numerous students on our clinical partner, we planned to rotate some student into other community experiences during the spring when two cohorts are in the program. Thus, this spring we will have some students in long term care facilities, pediatrics and OB/GYN – this strategy not only helps to off-set burn out and overload for our clinical partner preceptors and sites, it will also strengthen and round out the clinical experiences for the students in the program.

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 11:13am
Forum: General discussion

Week of August 27th:

            As of last week, we received approval for an expanded role for our school of nursing program manager, Brenda McNeil.  We proposed to have Dr McNeil run the clinical seminar meetings with final year FNP students, as well as make regular visits to participate in clinical seminar meetings with AGPCNP students. We requested this change to provide a method to achieve our project goal of extending I CAN educational experiences to students in the primary care MS tracks who are not in the I CAN program. Dr McNeil is available for this activity as we also decided to decrease the number of clinical site visits for each preceptor-student dyad. While feedback clearly identified the value of the clinical site visits, both students and preceptors felt that the number of site visits was a bit too high. Thus we will have clinical site visits monthly (rather than bi-monthly). We are excited to implement this change in the program manager position and feel that it will allow the opportunity for the program manager to provide educational supports to all students in the UConn SON in the MS primary care tracks. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 11:13am
Forum: General discussion

The first semester of the “I CAN” program (Innovative Clinical-Academic Partnership to Enhance NP Preparation for Practice) ended mid-May, and overall it was a successful start to the program! At the conclusion of the first semester, we ran focus groups for both the students and for the preceptors. Results from the focus group discussions revealed that both preceptors and students felt that their wasn’t enough time in the day for teaching or feedback. Many of the students reported that they were seeing every patient on their preceptor’s schedule. We plan to make adjustments inour preceptor orientation to reinforce that students should not be seeing every patient of the day, which may increase time available for teaching and/or feedback. Additionally, we will also be giving the students a clinical orientation at the beginning of next semester to reinforce this expectation to them as well.