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Nursing Clinical Experience

Clinical placements are a crucial part of a nursing student’s educational experience. During these placements, students apply learning in real-world settings.

To prepare nursing students to practice in a wide variety of roles after graduation, St. Thomas includes an emphasis on community and public health settings as well as other settings such as acute care. Students will graduate from the program understanding the many opportunities available to nurses to provide care where it is most needed.

The University of St. Thomas has established partnerships with clinical sites around the region that are congruent with the mission of the university and the vision of the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing to ensure students receive a high-quality nursing education.

In addition to clinical placements in the field, St. Thomas nursing students will fulfill a significant amount of their clinical hours in simulation on the St. Thomas campus. Experienced simulation professionals will design and facilitate simulation activities and strategies in alignment with the International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning’s Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice™.

Simulation is part of the fabric of a rigorous clinical education to prepare nursing students for the future of health care. Working with state-of-the-art health care equipment and high-fidelity simulators, the simulation experience helps students learn how to manage high-risk situations in a controlled environment, which leads to being practice-ready.

High-Fidelity Simulation

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Be Prepared for Practice

By completing up to 50% of their clinical experience in St. Thomas' simulation, BSN and MSN nursing students will gain hands-on leadership experience assessing, managing and evaluating some of the most difficult scenarios they may face in providing whole-person care as professional nurses. In a controlled environment utilizing sophisticated simulation equipment and strategies, students will have the chance to employ their nursing knowledge to save lives and provide exceptional care in high-stake situations. 

For example, while nursing students may observe the treatment of a patient experiencing a myocardial infarction at a clinical site, they will not actually deliver or manage the care of that patient until they are employed as licensed nurses. In simulation, nursing students can manage the care of a simulated patient experiencing a realistic myocardial infarction within the context of a supportive learning environment. These experiences allow nursing students to feel more confident and better prepared when they encounter actual patient situations in their nursing practice.

The Susan S. Morrison St. Thomas School of Nursing will use high-fidelity simulation equipment from Gaumard.