Clinical and Fieldwork Education
Nursing combines knowledge of the physical, biological and social sciences with interpersonal and problem-solving skills to prepare caregivers, teachers, researchers and advocates. The Department of Nursing offers advance preparation for professionals to become clinical specialists, nurse practitioners, as well as advanced placement for registered nurses pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. BSN program graduates are eligible to take the state licensing examination NCLEX.
Nursing Clinical and Fieldwork Education
Experience in nursing practice settings is a vital part of the comprehensive learning process for all students of the Department of Nursing. The Department has cultivated strong partnerships and affiliations with many local healthcare facilities representing a variety of health care delivery settings so that our students can become accustomed to real workplace environments; enhance their knowledge base by working alongside top healthcare professionals; and benefit from the hands-on learning that is possible when they have the opportunity to translate classroom theory and laboratory skills into practice.
Clinical and fieldwork placement opportunities differ between the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Divisions. Undergraduate nursing students are assigned in groups for clinical and fieldwork placement with an instructor at a particular healthcare facility or community site. Graduate nursing students are assigned individual clinical placements under the supervision of a nurse preceptor. In all cases, Temple nursing students are expected to understand and follow the appropriate clinical education policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines set forth by the Temple Nursing Department as well as the partner facilities and agencies.
Graduate Clinical Education Experience
Doctor of Nursing Practice students engage in supervised hours of advanced practice nursing as required by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Department of Nursing maintains over 100 clinical contracts with healthcare settings in the Philadelphia and surrounding counties. The program allows nurses to learn in or near their home communities during the clinical preceptorship component of the program.
Students are provided with a wide variety of clinical experiences. Precepting agencies include nurse-managed clinics, community outpatient clinics in underserved areas, private general practice offices, and primary healthcare settings. All students spend at least one semester working directly with a nurse practitioner.