Impacted clinical placements for BSN students?
A question recently arose in CA about a "rate limiting factor" in accepting new BSN students. There have been difficulties in securing clinical placements for students in Community Health and/or Leadership courses. There was confusion about what constituted acceptable placement for these classes. My preliminary review indicates that this concern is growing nationally, as we succeed in increasing BSN enrollment.
To the extent I can determine, there is little regulatory guidance and few specifics from accrediting bodies. The Baccalaureate Essentials call for content related to community and population health, and offer some general guidelines about clinical placements for BSN students overall (i.e. not specific to community health). Several national groups are working to better define the content area of "community health" as it applies to BSN students. Perhaps Jen Cooper from CCNA can provide some additional specifics about this.
Is it a challenge currently in your area to secure clinical sites for students in leadership or community health courses?
How narrowly / broadly does your institution define requirements for these settings? Must leadership students be paired only with nurse leaders? How about other leaders in health care? What sorts of settings do you utilize for community health placements?
|by Pat Farmer | October 22, 2012|