The practice exam questions were an opportunity for identifying the areas I need to improve. I understood my strengths and the need to continue studying in preparation for the certification exam. One of the areas that require improvement is the prescription of medication and recommendation for psychotherapy. I need to improve on-time management since I almost ran out of time while completing the questions. Despite the strengths, I need to improve on the capacity to refer patients to other nurse practitioners (Stanfill et al., 2019). I perceive it as a sign of weakness to refer a patient to another practitioner. However, I believe referring clients is in the best interest of a patient.
The smart goals critical for the improvement include;
1. Complete 50 questions every week on pharmacological interventions and score at least 85 percent.
2. Make a list 10 of psychiatric medications and the conditions they treat every week.
3. Join a group of students for discussion at least two hours every week.
Time Activity Score
Friday 4-6PM 50 questions on pharmacological interventions 85 percent
Wednesday 4-6PM Outline psychiatric medications and conditions they treat 80 percent
Tuesday 4-6PM Join a study group to examine various mental conditions Understand the medications to prescribe and symptoms of various conditions
The resources I will utilize include academic journals available in the university library. I will use online mobile applications Epocrates to improve my understanding of psychiatric interventions (Johnston et al., 2018). The mobile application is effective since it is available on my phone (Calinici, 2017). I will join a study group to discuss various topics with my classmates. Mnemonics will be critical in boosting my memory of the mental health conditions, their symptoms, and appropriate interventions.
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Johnston, A. N., Barton, M. J., Williams-Pritchard, G. A., & Todorovic, M. (2018). Youtube for millennial nursing students; using internet technology to support student engagement with bioscience. Nurse education in practice, 31, 151-155.
Stanfill, A. G., Aycock, D., Dionne‐Odom, J. N., & Rosa, W. E. (2019). Strategies and resources for increasing the PhD pipeline and producing independent nurse scientists. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 51(6), 717-726.