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Frequently Asked Question: How are clinical sites chosen?

Posted May 01 2012 10:00am

This post was written by Nursing@Georgetown Clinical Placement Specialist Allison Hayden.

Clinical and practicum placements are an integral part of Nursing@Georgetown. Combined with each program’s rigorous curriculum, these hands-on experiences prepare students to become excellent advanced practice nurses or nurse educators. To ensure that all Nursing@Georgetown students engage in a fulfilling placement, our staff locates faculty-approved site and preceptor options in close proximity to each student’s community. Each student is also assigned a Georgetown University clinical faculty advisor that oversees the placement experience.

For the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, students complete rotations that care for the entire family – from newborns to the elderly. Typical settings include outpatient sites at community health centers, wellness centers, and private or hospital-owned family practices. A total of 650 clinical hours are needed to complete this program’s placement requirement. During the first rotation, students complete a minimum of 100 hours. During their second and third rotations, students complete a minimum of 150 hours. In the last rotation, students complete a minimum of 250 hours.

For the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, students complete their rotations in high acuity complex care settings. The nature of this role means that students can complete their rotations at a variety of sites, including cardiology offices, internal medicine offices, emergency units, telemetry units, and intensive-care units. This program requires a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours. Students complete these hours across four rotations, each with a minimum of 250 clinical hours.

For the Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, the location of a student’s clinical site varies based upon each rotation’s focus. Clinical sites include women’s health centers, birthing clinics, family practices, private practices and hospitals. This program requires a minimum of 900 clinical hours. For rotations one and two, students’ sites focus on women’s health. During these rotations, students should be available for 16 hours per week. During the third rotation, students should be available for 24 hours per week and expect to be on call. In the last rotation of their clinical placement, students assume the role of a certified midwife, and will therefore be following the exact schedule of a midwife. Students should be available between 40-48 hours per week.

For the Nurse Educator program, students complete their practicum at a university, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Associate degree program, or in a hospital’s nursing education unit. Depending upon their focus, students will work with the placement team to decide on an appropriate placement. This program requires 250 clinical hours, and most of these hours are completed during the student’s last semester.

Our highly qualified clinical placement department makes every effort to find a site in close proximity to where students live or work. If students know of a site or preceptor that meets Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies’ requirements, they should discuss this directly with the clinical placement department.

We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).

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