PRAC-6640-35 Practicum Week 1

This week, you begin preparing for your practicum experience by verifying your practicum preceptor and site information and beginning your first Practicum Journal.

Learning Resources

Required Media – Library Resource

Required Readings

Note: This template is provided by the College of Nursing and is designated to document practicum activity. You are required to use this template for all journal entry submissions.

Optional Resources

  • American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Assignment 1: Practicum Site Information

Prior to starting the course, you should have applied for a practicum site following the guidelines for PMHNP practice. Now it is time to make it official. For this Assignment, you provide your Clinical Faculty with information about your practicum site, your preceptor, and your clinical calendar.  

To Prepare:

  • Verify that your practicum application has been approved by logging in to Meditrek.
  • Access the Practicum Site Information Form from the Learning Resources.


Complete the designated areas of the Practicum Site Information Form, including your practicum site and contact information, your preceptor and contact information, and a schedule of when you plan to engage in practicum activities onsite.

Assignment 2: Practicum–Week 1 Journal Entry (Due in Week 4)

As a future advanced practice nurse, it is important that you are able to connect your classroom experience to your practicum experience. By applying the concepts you study in the classroom to clinical settings, you enhance your professional competency. Each week, you complete an Assignment that prompts you to reflect on your practicum experiences and relate them to the material presented in the classroom. This week, you begin documenting your practicum experiences in your Practicum Journal.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Analyze nursing and counseling theories to guide practice in psychotherapy*
  • Develop goals and objectives for personal practicum experiences*
  • Create timelines for practicum activities*

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 4.

In preparation for this course’s practicum experience, address the following in your Practicum Journal:

  • Review the media Clinical Interview: Intake, Assessment,& Therapeutic Alliance in your Learning Resources.
  • Select one nursing theory and one counseling theory to best guide your practice in psychotherapy. Note: For guidance on nursing and counseling theories, refer to the Wheeler textbook in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Explain why you selected these theories. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.
  • Develop at least three goals and at least three objectives for the practicum experience in this course.
  • Create a timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.

Note: For this Assignment, be sure to use the Practicum Journal Template, located in this week’s Learning Resources.

Due By Day 7 of Week 4