Why Nursing at Endicott?
The nursing program curriculum includes a minimum of 920 clinical practice hours in multiple and varied facilities. These clinical experiences begin in the sophomore year of nursing and continue throughout every semester. In the final semester of the senior year, an experienced nurse preceptor mentors each nursing student during an intensive 144 hour internship. This experience provides students with a valuable transition to professional nursing practice in an area of specialty.
Senior Thesis II
Using evidence-based nursing research, students complete a formal research proposal. This proposal highlights areas of concern or gaps in nursing practice needing to be addressed and gives students the opportunity to investigate national and local nursing initiatives. At the end of the semester, students present their proposals to peers and the College community.
State of the Art Technology, On-Campus and in the Classroom
The nursing laboratories are used by the student during scheduled nursing classes and are available for independent and supervised practice at other times. The nursing laboratories boast Laerdal High-Fidelity Mannequins, updated laboratory equipment, infusion pumps, electric beds and a computer station. This allows students to practice in a state-of-the-art nursing laboratory.
The School of Nursing has a large collection of computer assisted programs and DVDs to enhance nursing student learning. In addition, students have access to computer labs throughout campus. Students and faculty have access to the Internet, including in classrooms, and the Halle Library. Residence halls have both wireless and Ethernet access. Students and faculty can communicate via e-mail from both on and off campus.
The Endicott College Nursing Faculty is highly qualified and experienced. In addition to being experienced educators, they have many years of experience in their clinical area of expertise. Their clinical expertise represents the major nursing specialty areas: medical-surgical, pediatrics, maternity, psychiatric mental health and community health nursing.
Kelly Fisher, PhD, RN
Lisa Courcy, MSN, RN
Diane Ferguson, MSN, RN
Cindy Fichera, MSN, RN
Nancy Meedzan, DNP, RN
Deenie Porter, MSN, RN
Emily Smith, DNP, MSN, RN
The small student to faculty ratio in nursing means that students get to know each other and the faculty well. A typical nursing class has 10-36 students. Clinical groups average 7 students/instructor. Clinical practical at Boston teaching hospitals and North Shore community healthcare facilities offer rich opportunities for students to develop advanced competencies in nursing. The School of Nursing faculty and Clinical Practicum Coordinator arrange practicum settings to meet the program outcomes.
Examples of Recent Graduate Positions
New graduates have been appointed to positions as staff nurses in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Several specific examples are presented below.
- Staff nurse for a large metropolitan hospital.
- Staff nurse in the telemetry unit of an acute care hospital.
- Staff nurse in a hospital emergency room.
- Supervisor in a nursing home.
- School health nurse in an urban high school.
- Physicians' offices
Innovative Programs to Help Students Succeed
The School of Nursing faculty have integrated informatics competency into the curriculum. Faculty have incorporated in the classroom the use of personal response i-clicker system to engage students in active participatory learning, integrated Kaplan Nursing, an online total curriculum support program to assist students with course content enhancement and NCLEX preparation, and provide opportunities for lab instruction with medium and high fidelity simulators, including SimMan and SimBaby (Laerdal Corporation) to enhance critical thinking skills
The Student Nurses Association has launched a Peer Tutoring program, which meets each Sunday night throughout the semester. Additional tutoring and student support is available through the Center for Teaching and Learning.
School of International Education
The International Education Program provides opportunities for all students to experience courses abroad in locations such as, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Bermuda for college credit. Nursing students have opportunities to participate in short-term cultural immersion experiences during January and summer intercessions.
Nursing students are encouraged to participate in varsity and club sports. The School of Nursing supports those who participate in athletics by offering varied clinical schedules to accommodate athletes when necessary.