The Wilkes clinical placement team offers a high-quality placement experience. The in-person nursing clinical sites we secure meets the University and national guidelines. We work with you to meet clinical requirements for your online nursing program. Preparing you for success in your future practice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Placement Service
What Are Nursing Clinicals?
How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?
To accompany online classroom learning and test taking, nurses also need clinical experience to practice what they’ve learned in theory. Hands-on patient care is a requisite component of a nursing degree and must be practiced on real patients in clinical settings.
During clinical rotations, nursing students are under the close supervision of their preceptor. They are given specific instructions to follow while keeping clinical practice guidelines and best practices in mind. Students are placed in a variety of health care facility settings. Clinicals are very similar to an internship or being an apprentice; you assume the role of the nurse and provide care for real patients, but you benefit from the supervision and guidance of your preceptor and other health care professionals.
Nursing students must complete a certain number of clinical hours as determined by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Please note, these are not paid positions, but they count toward the degree.
What Value Will the Clinical Placement Team Provide?
The Clinical Placement Team will collaborate with you to secure quality placement sites and preceptors. In addition to completing a Placement Intake Form, you will be responsible for completing all of your clinical clearance requirements prior to the start of your first clinical rotation.
When Will I Receive My Clinical Placement Details?
The Clinical Placement Team identifies and secures quality placement sites within your local community. This process allows you to focus on the coursework and the core competencies that will direct your placement experience. As an active participant in the placement process, providing referrals from your local community increases your chances of securing quality sites and preceptors.
How Do I Prepare for Nursing Clinicals?
You will receive a notification from your dedicated Clinical Placement Coordinator prior to each clinical start date. Once the placement has been confirmed and communicated, you are encouraged to begin working with your preceptor directly to establish a schedule for the term.
What To Expect During Nursing Clinicals?
You are not alone in preparing for nursing school clinicals! Your Placement Coordinator will be with you through the entire process by answering your questions, providing a clinical orientation, verifying your clinical clearances and walking you through the clinical checklist. The nursing clinicals checklist details the dress code, clinical tools and professional expectations to ensure your success throughout each rotation.
All nursing clinical experiences are different because student nurses work in a variety of health care facility environments when doing their clinical rotations. We recommend working in different types of settings so you can decide which areas you want to pursue. And by doing so, you can make multiple connections and network for future jobs.
Students begin their clinical rotations after the required background checks and physical examinations are successfully completed. Nursing clinicals can require students to work shifts as long as 12 hours. Due to the long nature of these shifts, our nursing programs are flexible so students can simultaneously complete their clinical requirements.
During your clinical rotation, expect to work under an experienced nurse or qualified health care provider who will coach you throughout the process. Nursing students gain clinical experience by learning common nursing skills such as inserting IVs, taking blood pressure readings, administering medicine and so much more.