A variety of clinical agencies and activities are utilized for practicum experience in the program. Through clinical activities and the guidance of their instructors, students learn to apply theory taught in the classroom to nursing care of individuals, families and communities.
BSN students will be in practicum placements from 6-16 hours per week depending on the semester. A variety of hospitals and community-based health care agencies will be utilized for practicum experiences. Xavier maintains agency agreements with more than 30 agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Students work along side of professional nurses, coordinate nursing plans using a managed care approach with professionals from other health care disciplines, and learn to delegate according to state laws.
Community-based health care agencies are used such as Proctor & Gamble, Deaconess Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Episcopal Retirement Homes, University Hospital, Franciscan Health System, Veterans Affairs, Sharonville Health Department. For our RN students, clinical activities are tailored to meet their unique needs.
Students wear uniforms when in the community that reflect the professional nurse of today. Blue and white pin stripe oxford shirts are worn along with khaki or navy slacks or skirts and brown or black walking shoes. When in the hospital setting, students wear white lab coats over the oxford pin-stripe shirt and white slacks or skirts with white leather shoes.
Nursing students will incur expenses related to the following items required for participation in practicum experiences: uniform and supplies, health history/required physical examination, MMR immunization, yearly TB test results, current CPR certification, proof of health insurance coverage, completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series and the cost for liability insurance through Xavier University.Students are also responsible for providing their own transportation to and from all practicum experiences. Students often carpool to their practicum experiences.