Learning Objective 1: Identify creative ways to meet clinical competencies in non-traditional community settings for senior BSN students.
Learning Objective 2: Understand how this non-traditional setting increased the senior BSN studentís self-efficacy as future professional nurses through collaborative partnerships.
Solution: As a creative solution our baccalaureate nursing program looked to the community in which we are located and partnered with a group of community buildings. These buildings, a total of 8, had in place a registered nurse, who over sees the general health of the community and a social worker assigned to each building. Assigning 8 senior BSN nursing students to 4 of the buildings under the guidance of 1 clinical faculty, the students completed a needs assessment on assigned buildings, creating education programs.
Sample schedule: 8am: BSN students: set up the office space in which they would conduct interviews, assessments and client specific education. 8:30am: BSN students met with the Social Worker to review and follow-up on any client needs. 9:00am to 11:00am: BSN students open the office. Records were kept in locked cabinets. Collaboration and communication was constant and consistent among students, instructor, RN, and social workers. 11:00am to 12pm: Education Sessions were presented in the community rooms, based on the needs assessment of the buildings’ population. 12pm to 1pm: Apartments visits. 1pm to 2pm: Students met with Clinical Instructor, Registered Nurse, and Social Workers. Care Plans were updated, referrals made, and needed follow-ups were identified.
The experience provided the students with a first-hand experience of working as leaders in a collaborative setting: increasing their self-efficacy as future registered nurses. The experience provided the students and the college to give back to the community.
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