Clinical Experiences

Assessment ... Monitoring ... Diagnostic Testing ... Interpreting Data ... Administering Medications and Treatments ... Providing Comfort and Support ... Patient Teaching ...

Nursing is an applied science - the science of human care. Nurses provide care to the ill, injured, or those in crisis. Nurses promote health, reduce risks, treat, and rehabilitate. Nurses are the hands-on, eyes-on, 24-7 monitoring and surveillance team. Nurses care, but nursing care is not just a pleasant sentiment. It is informed by a sound understanding of the arts and sciences.

At Hartwick, nursing students begin developing clinical expertise and applying the science of human care right from the start. Students work hand-in-hand with clinically expert faculty to apply what they are learning in the classroom, in the learning laboratory, or clinical settings. Over the course of the program, our students gain more than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, which prepares them to take on the challenges of direct patient care in a variety of settings.

While Hartwick exists in an idyllic rural setting, the health care facilities in the region offer state-of-the-art care, including cutting-edge open heart surgery, telehealth, telestroke, and robotic surgery programs, to name a few.

Our students have the opportunity to work in a variety of health care settings, including a rural Magnet health care facility, rural and urban teaching hospitals, community hospitals, a crisis center, a birthing center, a hospice, a certified home health care agency, pre-schools, school-based health centers, elder day care centers, nursing homes, adult homes, rehabilitation centers, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, and community centers.

Students work hand-in-hand as members of the health care team with faculty, physicians, therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, staff nurses, and advanced practice nurses, including certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse researchers.