Clinical Experiences are designed to be self-directed student learning opportunities that provide students with clinical nursing education in the field. Clinical experiences, clinical learning opportunities, field studies, clinical intensives, clinical placements, and practice experiences are synonymous terms. Clinical experiences are a required component of the nursing curriculum.
“The term practice, specifically nursing practice, ... refers to any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy” (AACN, 2004, Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, p. 3).
Before attending a clinical experience, students must demonstrate competence and successfully complete all assessments for previous courses prior to participating in their clinical experience:
The length and type of a clinical experience varies by course.
Students are responsible for arranging personal schedules, including childcare and employment, to ensure participation in the clinical experience.
Students are responsible for personal transportation and accommodations during their clinical experience.