Nursing Student Rotation
Nursing students from many local Schools of Nursing attend clinical rotations here at Carle. Students complete their clinical rotations in Medical Surgical, Oncology, Pediatrics, Mother and Baby and ICU units. They are also given opportunities to observe in specialty areas such as the Digestive Health Center, Interventional Radiology, the Emergency Department and many others.
Clinical instructors are provided with an instructor training session which helps them to provide an orientation to their students. Students are oriented to the facility, their specific unit, staff, and our electronic documentation system. They are also given an opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt to help them become more familiar with the unit hosting their clinical rotation.
Nursing students are required to adhere to the same Carle policies and procedures as staff nurses. These policies and procedures provide the guidelines for their practice. Under direct instructor or staff supervision nursing students will be given the opportunity to practice the many skills learned in their program. These skills may include inserting Foley catheters, IV starts, medication administration, assessments and others.
Nursing students have an important role in caring for our patients. They are expected to work closely with their instructors and the primary nursing care staff. They communicate closely with the nursing staff to ensure the patients are being well cared for in a safe environment. Carle is dedicated to fostering the next generation of nurses and committed to providing a holistic and hands-on experience to help bridge the transition from theory to practice for nursing students.