Prior to starting a clinical experience in an agency or office, nursing students at SLU must complete a formal contract or letter of agreement. In some instances, it may take up to three months to obtain approval, so plan accordingly.
Each preceptor also needs to be approved prior to beginning a clinical experience. Contact Kari Elbe at email@example.com or 314-977-8904 for assistance.
All nursing students must be compliant with University guidelines for immunizations, background checks, HIPAA, bloodborne pathogens and authorization to release forms prior to beginning clinical practicums.
Adult-Gerontological ACNP specialty (all clinical hours need to be hospital based). Students must complete the process for obtaining a hospital contract prior to their first clinical course (see student handbook). Preceptors can be an APN or MD. Students will need to obtain a Missouri license if they do not reside in a Compact State.
NURS 5110 Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (75 hours)
Any area in the hospital that will facilitate the student’s ability to perform a comprehensive history and physical examination on acute and complex chronically ill patients (ages 13 and above). Emergency medicine or a hospitalist group is recommended.
NURS 5260 Advanced Clinical Studies I (75 hours)
The student focus is addressing short term goals that include minimizing or preventing complications. The student develops critical reasoning coupled with advanced practice skills. Areas to focus on are hospitalist group or emergency medicine. Students may have more than one preceptor/multiple sites.
NURS 5270 Advanced Clinical Studies II (150 hours)
The student’s focus is addressing patients with complex acute and unstable conditions. Areas of focus are Intensive Care units (medical or surgical), a hospitalist group or emergency medicine. Students may have more than one preceptor/multiple sites.
NURS 5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (300 hours)
75 hrs. in the summer and 225 hrs. in the fall): Advising from the core faculty will determine the additional sites needed for this course. The student assumes increasing independence and subspecialty competencies in selected populations within the hospital environment. Areas to consider are: neurology, neurosurgery, renal, endocrine, hematology/oncology, palliative care, and cardiology, infectious disease, ortho/trauma. Students may have more than one preceptor/multiple sites.
*By the end of the NURS 5810 the AGACNP student will be able to demonstrate competencies in a majority of the specialties and subspecialties within the hospital environment: (cardiology, pulmonology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, palliative care, geriatric care, surgical care, intensive care, hematology-oncology, renal, endocrine, neurology. Infectious disease).
Your clinical hours must be distributed in a way that represents the populations of multiple care settings served by the specialty. By the end of NUR 5810, you should be able to demonstrate competencies in all the clinical areas below.
Limited hours in a continuing care retirement community with independent living and long-term care is also recommended. The preceptor may be an adult, gerontological or family nurse practitioner, or physician/specialist. A preceptor who sees patients both in the outpatient setting and does rounds in nursing homes is ideal. Emergency rooms and take-care/urgent-care clinics are not appropriate choices for this course.
You will acquire your own preceptor if you complete your clinical hours out of town and with assistance if they are completed locally.