Clinical Placement Services

Clinical Placement Services

Baylor University is proud to provide Clinical Placement Support Services for the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwifery program tracks. Our goal is to facilitate the most comprehensive high-quality clinical placement experience to help you apply newly gained knowledge, values and skills from the classroom into the field. We have taken the stress out of the process so that you can focus on your coursework and are prepared and equipped to be a change agent in your field. 

 

Committed To You

 

As an Online DNP student, you will have the opportunity to work directly with a Clinical Placement Coordinator who will secure a clinical site and match you with a preceptor for all clinical rotations, based on your area of interest. These Coordinators will:

  • Provide a nuanced assessment of your professional goals to identify a preceptor and an ideal work environment in your local area (e.g. hospitals, community clinics, or private practice).
  • Work closely with you to identify academic areas of interest and connect you with clinical expertise that is the best fit (family nursing, neonatal nursing, or midwifery).
  • Prepare you prior to the practicum by providing a realistic idea of the work that you will be doing and ensuring that you are ready to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

 

The Clinical Placement Coordinators act as facilitators and the primary point of contact for you in the placement cycle.  They are responsible for all field/clinical placement matters, including:

  • Orientation
  • Document/Clearance Requirements
  • Student Relocation Compliance
  • Site Assessments & Communications
  • Tech Support
  • Scheduling and Logging of Placement Hours

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Placement Services 

What is Clinical Placement?
Clinical placement is the required clinical education component of Baylor University’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP). Clinicals work closely with the classroom-based coursework to prepare you for your future as a Doctor of Nursing Practice providing primary care in the field. 
 

How Does This Benefit You?
Baylor University’s Louis Herrington School of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we have taken the stress out of the process of clinical placement. You will be provided with clinical sites and preceptors for all graduate-level clinical rotations. This will enable you to focus on coursework and developing core competencies rather than spending a significant amount of time on the logistics of clinical placements. However, if you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, students are encouraged to refer them to the placement team to secure. Additionally, you may find clinical placement sites to be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation.
 

How Many Clinical Hours Are Required? 
Baylor University’ Online DNP program requirements for clinical hours are: 

  • DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner:
    • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment 
    • NUR 5250 or 5251 - Domestic Low Resource or FNP International Clinical
    • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum 
    • NUR 5450 - FNP Residency
    • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency
    • NUR 5359 - Advanced Family Practice II 
  • DNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner:
    • NUR 5163 - Advanced Assessment of the Newborn/Infant Practicum
    • NUR 5266 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum I
    • NUR 5363 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum II
    • NUR 5369 - NNP Residency
    • NUR 6V76 - Advanced Practice Nursing Residency
  • DNP - Nurse-Midwifery:
    • NUR 5153 - Advanced Practice FNP I & NM I Primary Care Practicum
    • NUR 5452 - Advanced Health Assessment
    • NUR 5345 - Nurse Midwifery III: Care of the Childbearing Family 
    • NUR 5346 - Nurse Midwifery IV: High Risk Family 
    • NUR 5V43 - Nurse Midwifery II: Women’s Health 
    • NUR 5370 & NUR 6V76: Advanced Practice Nurse-Midwifery Residency

How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?  
Shortly after enrollment, you will be provided with a placement intake form you are required to complete that captures your competencies, experience and placement preferences. 
The Placement team will then work behind the scenes with Baylor University to identify a quality placement site and preceptor for you. While the placement team is securing sites and preceptors, you will be responsible for completing clinical clearance requirements in preparation for placement, including:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Recommended vaccinations

You will not be permitted to begin your placement rotations without your clearances complete. Once the sites have been approved by the School of Nursing, Baylor University will share the placement site details with you prior to placement.

What is the Placement Experience Like?
During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to help make the rotation easy and stress-free. Faculty will also be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation if there are any specific questions about procedures, patient interactions and general proficiencies. At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements, complete surveys and officially end the placement rotation. If you have multiple rotations, you will receive the next preceptor/site details.

Do I Have to do Anything After I Complete the Intake Form?
The Placement team will ensure your clinical site and preceptor are located within your regional area and meet all the requirements - from restricted settings and support to education and experience. Once you have received your site information, your only responsibility will be to contact the site and discuss your clinic hours. 

After I Approve My Site, How Long Before I Start My Clinicals?
You’ll receive an email notification approximately 30 days before you begin your clinical rotation. This email will detail the site and preceptor information, any additional requirements requested by the site. It is at this time that you will introduce yourself to the site and determine a detailed schedule for completing your clinical hours for that rotation. 

What Can I Expect on My First Day of Clinicals?
Clinical orientation is different for each site, but you can expect to complete the clinicals clearances, learn about appropriate dress codes and the necessary clinical tools. 

What are My Responsibilities as a Student? 
Your responsibilities during clinical rotations include:

  • Reviewing objectives for fulfilling clinical requirements
  • Providing your preceptor with daily written objectives and evaluation forms
  • Reviewing existing clinical protocols and Baylor University’s protocols with your preceptor
  • Documenting all clinical encounters using a SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) format
  • Ensuring you are always under the supervision of your preceptor

What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?
Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse during your clinical rotation. They will:

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization, and institutional policies)
  • Help you plan clinical assignments
  • Provide one-on-one supervision and daily feedback
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records

What Tools Will Be Available to Support Me During My Clinicals?
Clinical faculty and your preceptor will be your primary support during clinical rotation courses. You will also record your assessment /recommendations in SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) Notes. This will be reviewed and critiqued so you can achieve better practice methods. 

How Will I Be Evaluated and What Will I Learn?
You will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. There are no letter grades given during clinicals. With the repetition of practice and assessment, as well as a variety of patient cases, you will learn the clinical skills necessary to confidently pursue a career providing primary care.
 

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Our dedicated Enrollment Advisors are prepared to answer any further questions you may have. You’ll also be able to discuss admissions requirements, tuition rates, program requirements and course descriptions. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or you can schedule your own appointment here