- Journal of Nursing Education
- January 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 1: 46-49
Building capacity for student clinical experiences has become a key concern for nurse educators in the 21st century. For community health faculty, traditional placements at public health departments or other health-affiliated organizations often do not provide adequate numbers or types of placement opportunities. Wishing to expand experiences for its undergraduate program, faculty at a midwestern university have developed and nurtured long-standing collaborative relationships with organizations not typically used by schools of nursing. Such partnerships are often called “nontraditional,” with the understanding that they are not affiliated with the typical health sector organizations. This article introduces two of these partnerships, describes the process used to establish and maintain them, and identifies the outcomes achieved by students, clients, and organizations.
Dr. Van Doren is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor, and Ms. Vander Werf is Assistant Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The authors have no financial or proprietary interest in the materials presented herein.
Address correspondence to Elaine S. Van Doren, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE, Rm. 314, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3314; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org