Please submit answers to the following questions in a Word document as a Nurse Practitioner Student:
1. What are your strengths during this clinical rotation? (3-4 points)
2. What are your weaknesses during this clinical rotation? (2-3 points)
3. What methods do you have in place to help overcome barriers in your clinical rotation? (3-4 point)
In clinical rotation, nurse practitioners have a set of weaknesses and strengths. The strengths and weaknesses may vary from skill, attitude, knowledge, and decision to detect and solve a health problem. The practical experience makes a nurse practitioner able to find its disabilities and develop professionalism and create nursing skills (Karimi et al., 2017).
Strengths during Clinical Rotation
In the clinical rotations, I’m great at certain traits that are highlighted as a strength. The strengthening factors observed during clinical rotation are divided into three categories:
Knowledge Related Strength
Some technical based skills, such as computer skills, speaking skills, and communication style, are improved with knowledge. These are very important in the nursing profession. I have a good grip on this expertise.
The behavioral responses, calm nature, ability to face a stressed situation, individual role, teamwork, hard work, and smart work are the nurse practitioner’s personality strengths. These traits make a nurse’s personality more potent. I have all these skills as one of my professional strengths.
An organized way of working, multitasking approach, and leadership characteristics are some other strengths. Critical thinking is also an important strength of a nurse practitioner to detect the problem and suggest the appropriate solution to that problem. The reasoning habit enables a nurse practitioner to learn new things. This habit develops a curiosity for a patient’s history. The nurse practitioner constructs an explanatory hypothesis for the diagnosis of disease. I have a good memory regarding patient history and an efficient multitasking approach in problem-solving. Other skills are less polished, but with the experience, I will add up those strengths as well.
Weakness during Clinical Rotation
During clinical rotation, I’ve faced major weakness in managing body fluids. Also, I dislike facing pressure situations. I’ve avoided dealing with patients who are not conscious of their disease and did not follow preventive measures. These are my weak points. These are areas to be improved. The other things I observe as my weakness are a habit of detailing and consuming more time on paperwork.
Methods to Overcome Barriers
The best way to get over the clinical rotation barriers is to recognize and own your weaknesses and strengths. Always maintain a positive and professional attitude in your work. I consider my weakness as an opportunity to improve. The non-serious behaviors like gossiping while attending to a patient reduces your chance of getting a job. You should not blame others for your mismanagement. Admit your faults and try to improve them. Clinical rotation is a preparatory phase in your career. Analysis of weakness and strength helps nurses get a better job and enables them to provide quality care to their patients. According to a study, about 10% of patients are reported who believe that the practitioners neither listen to them nor spend time with the patients (Babaei, & Taleghani, 2019). This attitude should be eradicated, and a clear understanding should be developed with their patients. I think maintaining a balance between theory and experiential learning (clinical rotation) is considered a key element in nursing education (Karimi et al., 2017).
Babaei, S., & Taleghani, F. (2019). Compassionate Care Challenges and Barriers in Clinical Nurses: A Qualitative Study. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research,https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6485023/
Karimi, S., Haghani, F., Yamani, N., & Kalyani, N., M. (2017). Exploring the perception of nursing students about the consequences of reflection in clinical settings.PubMed,9(9), 5191-5198,https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29038696/