Welcome to Your MSN or BSN Clinical Practicum Experience

The purpose of this handbook is to assist students and faculty members in the tasks of clinical practicum instruction and assessment for the United States University (USU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator, Health Care Leadership and RN-BSN programs and serves as a guide for the Office of Field Experience (OFE). Students, faculty, 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 practicum experience (Appendix B).

It is the intent of the CONHS to assist in developing a more consistent clinical practicum experience for all students independent of their field experience. This consistency revolves around appropriate supervision, regular formal and informal feedback, and consistent assessment of students’ clinical practicum proficiencies among other topics and skills. This is an ongoing process and we look to each of you and 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 nurse educators and leaders. While advisors and faculty are available to guide students with respect to the requirements, students ultimately bear the responsibility of following the requirements.

***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.