The experience is designed to immerse you in the clinical skills needed to properly assess patients, as well as opportunities to practice those skills with peers and professors.
Integrated With NURS 507
The Carson-Newman hands-on FNP Residency experience takes place during course NURS 507: Advanced Health Assessment, typically taken during the third or fourth semester of the program. The 3-credit course is centered on teaching students how to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, as well as how to apply advanced application and synthesis of physiological, psychological, and sociocultural concepts to appraise holistic health. As such, the majority of the residency experience is focused on honing assessment skills, practicing, and demonstrating them.
What To Expect
During the FNP Residency experience, students will participate in lectures, hands-on practice of assessment, and demonstration of clinical skills that culminate in the completion of an advanced assessment physical exam. Students can expect the FNP Residency to take place over three days at the Department of Nursing on the Carson-Newman campus.
The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a lecture on various health topics including physiology, women’s health, and more.
The lecture is followed by introductions and time for the cohort to interact.
Students then practice assessing models for things discussed in the lecture. These skills are video-recorded and previewed by faculty.
Day two includes instruction and correction of skills based on video recordings of the previous day’s practice sessions—professors address any skills that may have caused consistent struggle to the majority of students.
The cohort is then divided into pairs, as students spend the remainder of the day practicing head-to-toe physicals on each other.
The final day of residency provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their newly refined skills. Students partner up in pairs and conduct full physical exams of each other as faculty observes and assesses.
This three-day experience is designed to ensure that FNP students’ health assessment and interview skills are at the premium level of care.
This experience provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy face-to-face interactions with peers and program faculty. It offers the chance to learn from each other, and it brings the cohort together in meaningful and lasting ways.
*Students are responsible for their travel costs while participating in the residency experience. Typical costs include travel to and from Jefferson City, Tennessee, lodging, and meals for two to three nights.