Clinical Nursing Experience

The thought of reliving your clinicals might cause you a bit of anxiety. But the clinical nursing experience at University of Phoenix is different from what you may have encountered in nursing school. For starters, they’re done on your schedule, so you don’t have to worry about missing work. Secondly, and more importantly, whereas your previous clinicals may have been assigned to you, your post-licensure clinicals are ones you choose that best fit with your professional goals and personal interests. And when you combine your clinicals with the current experiences of your instructors, you’ll be well-prepared to put your knowledge to immediate use.

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Our clinicals are tailored to make the most of what you’re learning in class every day. You get to experience problem-solving, active participation and indirect patient care that goes beyond the hospital setting.

  • LPN/LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    In addition to community health, public health and nursing leadership, your clinical experiences will include participation in Simulation Labs, as well as rotations in women’s health, medical/surgical, pediatric and psychological nursing.
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Your three clinical courses will focus on community health, public health and nursing leadership. You’ll complete a family health assessment and determine a plan of care. You’ll analyze diseases that threaten vulnerable populations. And you’ll interview a health care professional in a leadership role in which you’ll assess a procedure or protocol and determine areas of improvement. You’ll also participate in a virtual community through an online program offered by Pearson that allows you to apply what you learn in the clinical setting to a virtual patient environment.
  • Master of Science in Nursing
    Here, the focus is on completing a practicum within your local community or at an executive level of leadership within a health care organization. You’ll demonstrate your ability to develop and implement an improvement or solution.

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Nurses in our LPN/LVN program get care experience in the Sim lab

Erich Widemark, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Director of Nursing, Campus College Chair

What makes the University of Phoenix Nursing Simulation Center unique is the ability of the student to apply what they’ve learned from their lecture in a real-world environment.

We have a lot of different technologies that we use — everything from very simple anatomical models to very complex manikins that will do everything from sweating to crying to talking to breathing to bleeding.

The basics of nursing is doing a task — putting in a catheter, starting an IV, following an order that a physician wrote — but the real guts of nursing, the real important piece of nursing is to clinically reason and be able to look at the environment, look at all the data coming in and make an intelligent decision about how to react.

Video is very important in our process for immersive simulation. The purpose is for us to be able to capture the student’s experience from a third-point perspective.

It’s just wonderful to see students in simulation suddenly understand something they didn’t understand before.

So in some cases, it can almost become a life-changing event, a realization that this is definitely the place they want to be. We’re here to help working nurses earn their advanced degree, and that helps improve health care as a whole.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 the need for nursing is expected to grow approximately 26 percent.

We know there’s going to be a large demand for nursing, and we’re prepared to meet that demand head on. University of Phoenix is helping working nurses achieve their goals.

Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition,” Registered Nurses: bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm.