Getting started blog

New skills learned during the first semester are:

·     Detailed history taking, physical examination, making a diagnosis, and prescription of drugs in certain conditions.

·     Assessment of adults throughout the stages of chronic illness.

·     Distinguishes between normal and abnormal change with aging and diagnoses commonly occurring complications of chronic health problems.

·     Exposed to common mental health and substance abuse problems such as anxiety, depression, obesity, alcohol, and drug abuse.

·     Learned to use the latest technological innovations to enhance access to the programs clinical site is using.

Learning goals for N679L – 

·     Synthesize assessment data to diagnose and manage patient health and illness needs

·     Focus more on making a differential diagnosis so that it help to provide more safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care that reflects ethical clinical judgment and inter-professional collaboration.

·     Integratively assesses, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies.

·     Evaluate health needs of populations I’m dealing with in clinical site for necessary teaching and education to promote health and prevent illness/injury.

·     Continue professional growth through continuing education of current semester course material and engage in lifelong learning and the professional development of self and others.

·     How to make appropriate referrals to other health care professionals and community resources for individuals and families.

I get to know numerous diagnosis, procedures, and medications in my journey of FNP; some from those are Pap smear, colposcopy, correct prescription of narcotics.

The first week in woman’s health specialty was full of excitement to learn about new procedures as well as nervousness to talk about questions related to sexual health of patients. It was not too bad with the guidance of a proficient and experienced preceptor.


Sales, A., Smith, J., Curran, G., & Kochevar, L. (2006). Models, Strategies, and Tools: Theory in Implementing Evidence-Based Findings into Health Care Practice. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(Suppl 2), S43–S49.

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