Welcome to Your FNP Clinical Experience

The purpose of this handbook is to assist students and faculty members in the tasks of clinical instruction and assessment for the United States University (USU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) Post Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs and serves as a guide for the Office of Field Experience (OFE). Students, clinicians, and preceptors are required to read this handbook. All students must sign and return the acknowledgment form in this handbook to the OFE prior to starting his/her clinical experience (Appendix B).  

It is the intent of the CONHS to assist in developing a consistent clinical experience for all students independent of their field experience. This consistency revolves around appropriate supervision, regular formal and informal feedback, and ongoing assessment of students’ clinical proficiencies, among other topics and skills. This is a collaborative process, and we look to each of you with your respective professional and life experiences to aid us in shaping the field experience so that it reflects our mission and goal of developing outstanding future nurse professionals. While advisors and faculty are available to guide students with respect to the requirements, students ultimately bear the responsibility of following the requirements.

As a general rule, under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), personally identifiable information may not be released from a student’s education records without his or her prior written consent. Please be prepared that you will be requested to verify your university's identifiable information.

***All communication with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences must be sent from a student’s United States University issued email address due to confidentiality, HIPAA, and FERPA restrictions. Please do not send emails from your personal email addresses. Please do not use texting as a method of communication.***

Notice: Please make sure you are referencing the latest edition of this handbook as policies are subject to change.