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Providing Physical and Psychosocial Care on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

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The Integrative Practicum (IP) is the final course for students in Western’s nursing program where we work alongside a registered nurse (referred to as a preceptor) and take on the full responsibilities of an independent practitioner. For my IP, I was placed on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at University Hospital. During this time, one of the most critical areas of my growth was in delivering care that is sensitive to both physical and psychosocial needs. This article explores this learning experience in addition to providing a glimpse into the nature of nursing care on the EMU and with patients who have epilepsy.

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