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Clinical Immersion Experience for BSN Students

What is a Clinical Immersion Experience?

Duquesne University School of Nursing has teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to provide undergraduate nursing students with a for-credit clinical placement at a Pittsburgh-area facility.

This clinical immersion experience will set you apart from other applicants when you enter the job market. It is an opportunity to take all the knowledge you will gain in the classroom and put that knowledge together with hands-on experience in a real-world setting.

You will begin your 21-week clinical immersion in either the spring semester of your junior year or fall semester of your senior year as part of the Clinical Immersion in Professional Nursing course.

Working under the supervision of a professional registered nurse, you will carry out patient care assignments, work in controlled care situations and perform established nursing procedures for individuals or groups of patients. You will also participate in unit-specific leadership and quality and safety activities.

What are the Advantages of a Clinical Immersion Experience?

Gain Leadership Experience

In addition to experiencing direct patient care and patient and family education, you will engage in unit-specific leadership and quality and safety activities.

Build Your Professional Network

Develop professional connections and a better understanding of the workplace that will enhance your transition to the professional role.

Enhance Your Clinical Judgment

Learn how to recognize deviations in patients' health care status, communicate with appropriate unit staff and provide basic interventions.