Clinical Placements

Clinical rotations are an essential component of a nurse’s education — but securing placements can prove challenging for students who may not have the time or resources to build a network of clinical contacts on their own.

Nursing@Georgetown’s clinical placement team partners with students to secure clinical sites and preceptors near their home communities in alignment with their program track and that meet the high standards of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS).

The team consists of placements specialists, Clinical Faculty Advisors, and NHS faculty members, all of whom are dedicated to helping students develop their abilities as health care providers and providing one-on-one support through each placement experience.

Learn more about the clinical placement process step by step below.

Pairing With a Specialist

Upon enrolling in Nursing@Georgetown, each student is paired with a clinical placement specialist. Prior to contacting the student, the specialist begins to research potential placements using Nursing@Georgetown’s vast network of health care providers and settings, including:

8,700+

affiliated sites

4,000+

preceptors

6,160+

clinical placements across 48 of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Specialists prioritize locations within 25 miles of the student’s home. Though Nursing@Georgetown cannot guarantee placement, the team makes every effort to assist students in identifying sites near their local communities that also meet Nursing@Georgetown’s criteria.

Scheduling a Welcome Call

Around six months before a student’s first placement, the specialist will schedule a “welcome call.”

Held in the face-to-face, live class platform, the call allows the specialist to better understand the student’s prior health care experience and clinical interests.

The specialist outlines the shared expectations of the placement team and student and describes the support the placement team can offer, from contacting preceptors to managing paperwork to ensuring clinical learning experiences meet Nursing@Georgetown’s standards and curricula.

During the call, students may also ask questions about clinical rotations.

Securing Placements

The specialist and student then identify and evaluate potential placement opportunities. Sites and preceptors are closely reviewed by NHS faculty members to ensure the highest-quality learning experience.

Several months before the start of each term with a clinical component, the specialist will initiate the placement search process and guide the student in developing his or her own network of peers and mentors.

Once faculty members have approved of the placement and the team has validated the preceptor’s credentials — including practice license, board certification, and curriculum vitae — the student receives site information through the placement portal in our mobile app. The portal houses information about placement status and directions to the site and allows the student to contact the placement team on the go.

Monitoring Placements

During the placement experience, each student meets with a Clinical Faculty Advisor on a biweekly basis to discuss the student’s progress, the relationship with the preceptor, and the competencies being developed.

The Clinical Faculty Advisor regularly monitors the placement for quality and offers consistent mentorship to the student throughout the program.

Each of the program specializations offered through Nursing@Georgetown has its own clinical course requirements and objectives. For specific details, refer to each program’s curriculum.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may need to travel a significant distance, relocate, or delay their plan of study if placements are not secured for particular semesters. If this is the case for you, the clinical placement team will work with you to avoid any delays. Students’ ability to identify potential sites and preceptors in their communities is integral to this process.

If you are interested in becoming a preceptor for Nursing@Georgetown students, find out more information today.