Clinical Education Experience
Many nursing courses have a clinical component which allows students to apply what they are learning in class in a clinical setting on a weekly basis throughout the semester. In addition, students in the Bachelor program have opportunities to work independently with a nurse preceptor. The senior preceptorship occurs for an entire semester and provides a one on one educational learning experience with a BSN, RN to develop competencies in a variety of specialties. Clinical settings may vary widely depending on the course objectives and students' areas of interest; however, will include clinical experiences in community health settings. Clinical sites might include schools, home care agencies, clinics, public health departments, adult day care programs, and wellness centers as well as metropolitan and local acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long term care facilities.
Examples of Clinical Education Experiences
While learning about pediatric nursing students care for children in the hospital, and in classrooms for children with multiple handicaps.
The majority of the clinical experiences related to maternity nursing are in the hospital where students provide nursing care to childbearing families during labor and after birth. In addition, students may work with nurses in an obstetrician's office or may accompany nurses who make home visits to families.
During clinical experiences in an acute care hospital students care for a variety of patients with medical and/or surgical problems. Students are responsible for assessing their patients, planning and providing care including such activities as giving medications, changing dressings, and evaluating the care they give. They have the opportunity to observe in the operating room. In other acute care settings students have also had experiences in the Emergency room, the Intensive Care Unit and on telemetry units using technology to assist with patient care.
While learning about psychosocial nursing students care for clients in hospital based mental health settings where they can explore the range of services available including: acute care, emergency psychiatric services, substance abuse services, and day treatment-outpatient programs. Students also participate in enrichment experiences in community based facilities to provide a broader view of psychosocial nursing.
Students have had a number of interesting community health clinical experiences, including working with hospice patients through a local visiting nurse agency, assisting with growth and development screenings in Early Intervention programs, and working in assisted living facilities. In the public schools they have performed vision and hearing screening and assisted the school nurse with triage and health teaching.
Clinical teaching takes place in more than 60 health care facilities, including major Boston Hospitals, local community hospitals, sub-acute facilities,public and private school systems, and community health agencies. Nursing students experience patient care in a variety of facilities throughout their clinical courses.