Author: Denise Albsmeyer, MSN, RN, CNE
Title: Assistant Professor
Institution: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Integrate professional nursing concepts and each of the QSEN competencies into an individualized nursing capstone experience.
The Professionalism Capstone Experience is a one credit hour clinical component designed to allow the nursing student the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills from the curriculum and to integrate them into an individualized capstone experience.
Students develop a written Capstone Experience Proposal with objectives based on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Proposals are written by the student and approved by the course instructor prior to beginning the capstone experience. Additional content from the corresponding theory course objectives are incorporated into the proposal.
Students complete a typed capstone experience report evaluation. The capstone experience report by students includes two parts:
Part 1) Narrative pedagogy: “Tell about a time that stands out in your mind as you reflect back on your capstone experience.” This is shared with the class.
Part 2) For each objective, students provide a written example of how they did or did not meet the objective and provide a specific example.
The Student and Preceptor Evaluation of Capstone Experience: Midpoint form, using the student’s objectives, is completed by the student and preceptor halfway through the hours and submitted to the course instructor. The Preceptor Evaluation of Capstone Experience: Final form, using the student’s objectives, is completed by the preceptor at the conclusion of the experience.
Written documents from the Capstone Experience are saved as clinical evaluation tools.
An alternate format would be inclusion of Capstone Experience evaluation in a student portfolio.