Clinical Practice Experience At South Calgary Primary Care Network

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It can be an eye opening experience to observe the health care system from a professional point of view. Clinical practice experience is valuable to students and enables them to learn and experience the working environment of the health care system. The purpose of this assignment was to observe a Registered Nurse 's (RN) role as outlined by the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). The experience occurred at South Calgary Primary Care Network, where the role of a case manager was observed. The nurse discussed in this paper will be referred to as "Nicky" to maintain confidentiality. In this setting, health care professionals including family doctors, registered nurses, dieticians, behavioral health consultants and pharmacists, worked as a team to strengthen primary health services. This paper will describe the experience, discuss the domains from the CARNA scope of practice for registered nurses, review insights and learning moments and explore similarities and differences a student nurse would make in future experiences. Description and Exploration CARNA is the regulatory body for Alberta registered nurses articulating the scope of practice (College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta [CARNA], 2011, p. 1). According to the CARNA (2011), the scope of practice includes all the interventions that registered nurses are authorized, educated and competent to perform (p. 1). The four domains for registered nurses are clinical practice,

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