Nursing is a career that requires lifelong learning. My journey to pursue my doctorate in nursing practice has been interesting, challenging, and rewarding

Nursing is a career that requires lifelong learning. My journey to pursue my doctorate in nursing practice has
been interesting, challenging, and rewarding. This year itself has presented with many changes. My husband and
I brought home a healthy baby boy, and then Covid-19 changed everyone’s year. Fall 2020 was the start of my
first clinical rotation. I had the opportunity to work in two different sites with two preceptors. My preceptor at
the first site was in the process of changing jobs, and this was a small office where she was not seeing very many
patients. The second was with a fantastic preceptor with many years of experience in primary care patients and
urgent care patients. I felt like I learned much from my rotation. Precepting helped put study material to work,
and things started to click.
When I begin my interview with patients, I noticed I would walk in and ask very general questions, Such as how
are you feeling and not really get much out of patients and then my preceptor would go in and know everything
about the patient. She taught me quickly that patients are not always forthcoming with information and that the
more you ask, the more the patient can recall. For example, I asked a patient about his shoulder pain he could
not recall anything happening to . Sandra asked what kind of work do you do and he totes heavy buckets often
and it pulls on his arms.

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