Surviving Didactic

The key to this didactic course is to stay on top of  the slides and the assignments. When I took this course, this exams and quizzes were very difficult, but I also have no experience in peds.

There was a brochure assignment, group case study assignment, and final paper when I took this course. I made sure to start working on them as soon as possible. I like to have my assignments done ASAP so I can spend my time studying when I feel I am at a disadvantage with the material. Also, peds was the hardest for me to get placement in. I barely made it by finding my own placement in LA by the 5th week. Luckily, I was placed by APU in SD later in the semester. The pandemic has greatly affected the ability for NP programs to place students so start looking for a peds preceptor ASAP! I did not buy/rent any books for this course because the powerpoints were more than sufficient. I did download and print the CDC vaccination schedule.

Surviving Clinical

This portion consists of your clinical hours, clinical evaluation, SOAP notes, mid-term OSCE, and progressive OSCE.

I was VERY nervous for this rotation as I have not held a baby in 20 years. Once you get into the swing of things, I thought this was actually one of the easier rotations. It can be nerve wracking at first handling children with parents there. However, most of them are pretty healthy and coming for a minor problem or well child check. The key is to do least invasive to most invasive first. Also, have the parent help hold the child if you need to peek in the orifices. I would do everything you can do while they are sitting with/being held by the parents before having them come to the table. I usually let them check out my exam equipment first and play with it before utilizing the item. I kept the CDC vaccine schedule handy and a peds vital signs cheat sheet handy as well. I used the UpToDate app provided by APU for all my SOAP notes. Overall, I actually enjoyed this course much more than I thought I would!