A core component of nursing education is the clinical experience. Students participate in supervised learning sessions in real world health care environments, which provide them with the opportunity to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice.
Clinical learning takes place in a variety of settings across the health care continuum and is supervised by preceptors, who are experienced practitioners and educators who foster students’ critical thinking and clinical skills safely.
Clinical rotations can take place in different types of health care facilities throughout the region, ranging from a Trauma 1 medical center to community hospitals to non-profit clinics. The variety in settings helps to prepare students to interact appropriately and effectively with patients from all walks of life.
One of the advantages of enrolling in Pitt Nursing is that students participate in more than 1,200 hours of increasingly complex clinical experiences at one of the dozens of care facilities in the area. Students can learn in some of the country’s best-known healthcare entities including a children’s hospital, community outpatient facility, rehabilitation center, long-term care facility, cancer center, and an in-patient psychiatric institute. Clinical rotations can also take place in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and neighborhood clinics.
Here’s some information you may need to know before you begin your educational career at Pitt Nursing.