Students have clinical experiences in the Nursing Resource Center, hospitals, and community-based settings. As students progress through the program, increasing amounts of clinical experience are included in each year to allow the student to apply theory content to the clinical setting. By the last semester for the final practicum experience, students work with a preceptor, following a typical nursing schedule with multiple 12-hour experiences each week. Throughout the program, clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the Nursing Student Guide.
- CPR—In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must maintain current certification in the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Course.
- Health requirements—In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must submit results of an annual PPD test and all other supplemental health requirements to the Administrative Assistant in the School of the Sciences by July 1st.
- Clinical site requirements—Many hospital and community health facilities require background checks, fingerprinting and drug screens as well as Influenza vaccines (when available) prior to allowing students to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, all students must complete these requirements prior to the junior year and again senior year to validate eligibility to continue in the nursing program. Students should plan ahead for these extra expenses, as well as the cost of travel to clinical sites. Facility requirements may dictate that students come to the university and/or clinical sites prior to the start of courses to fill out necessary paperwork and complete necessary training. Students are not permitted to arrange their own clinical placements.
- Transportation—Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Some clinical facilities may be a fair distance from Stevenson University, so students should plan for extra time and expenses related to this travel.
- Dosage Policy--Students must meet the requirements for medication administration as outlined in the nursing student handbook and NURS 200