Nursing Special Opportunities

Hartwick Transcultural Nursing Student
Senior Independent Practicum

All Hartwick College nursing students are required to complete a seven-week Senior Independent Practicum in their last semester. Students choose their own clinical sites and areas of specialization. Like any internship, it is a great opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting, and can provide an important connection after graduation.

Transcultural Nursing

Hartwick offers a January Term immersion course in Transcultural Nursing in Jamaica, West Indies. Junior nursing students learn firsthand about the impact of culture, politics, economics, and globalization on healthcare and healing. Working in the clinic and community side-by-side with local healthcare workers, they provide hands-on care to individuals and families.

Through their work, students are able to recognize the health-related beliefs of the culture and how those beliefs impact the health of the people. They travel with community health aides to various communities, visit hospitals and clinics, and conduct health teaching at local preschools. Our colleagues at the Isaac Barrant Clinic continue to be an essential link to the success of this program. Golden Shore Resort, one of the lodging facilities, meets our needs particularly well and provides easy access to the beach. In addition to course work, there also is time for sunbathing, sightseeing, and learning about the local culture.

Rural Health Nursing Theory and Practice

During January Term, part of the junior nursing class completes a four-week Rural Health Nursing course. This course is designed to expose the student to the concepts inherent in a rural context, such as isolation, work, and distance to health agencies.

Clinical experiences occur in local agencies such as schools, pre-school settings, homes for the aged as well as rural home health care visits. The course offers the opportunity to examine family theory and assessment, health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, illness and disease management within the unique rural environment.


Nursing Students without Borders

The Hartwick chapter of NSWB, founded by Colleen Henry ‘07 and Aliria Munoz ’07, is part of an international, not-for-profit network dedicated to promoting health empowerment.

Our Mission
The mission of Nursing Students Without Borders, or NSWB, is to promote health empowerment through education, build networks to access health care resources, and distribute material donations to populations in need, both domestically and internationally, while expanding the perspective of the nursing student and collaborating with community members.

Founders of Hartwick Chapter of NSWB
Colleen Henry ’07 and Aliria Munoz ’07

Support NSWB at Hartwick College

2015-2016 Officers
President:  Jillian Malnati ’16 
Vice President: Kristy Walker ’17
Secretaries:   Sierra Meads ’17 and Sarah Newman ’17
Treasurer:  Cristina Keller ’17

Hartwick College Association of Student Nurses

Hartwick College Association of Student Nurses Leadership and members have been very active in transforming their student organization this year. A new constitution and mission statement has been developed to better reflect the organization, its membership and its mission.

HCASN has received endorsement from the Hartwick Student Senate as a campus club. Membership and active participation by the student body has increased significantly. A successful and fun Dining to Donate fundraiser was held at Applebee’s Restaurant on March 19th sponsored by HCASN. They also co-sponsored the April 10 potluck dinner event, increasing student awareness of the important role of professional organizations and professional engagement. HCASN has additional activities planned to increase awareness of the organization, to build a membership community, to fundraise and to play a supportive role in the Senior Pinning Ceremony. If you would like more information about HCASN, please contact the Department of Nursing.

HCASN Mission Statement:

  1. Promote wellness and health education throughout the Hartwick College and surrounding community.
  2. Represent and mentor students interested in nursing and healthcare.
  3. Promote service-oriented and community involvement of members.
  4. Provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with each other and other campus and professional organizations.
  5. Foster development of leadership skills and responsible membership in those who aspire to a role in healthcare.
  6. Contribute to quality healthcare and the advancement of nursing (education, practice, and research) through public advocacy.
  7. Increase public and professional awareness of issues that impact on healthcare.

HCASN Officers  2015-2016
Co-Presidents:  Emily Marcotte ’17 and Sarah Ryan ’17
Vice President:  Gabrielle Blenis ’16
Treasurer:  Kristy Walker ’17
Secretary: Tristan Davis Fralick ’17

O’Connor Chair Lecture Series

This lecture series, endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, brings notable speakers to campus in the spring and fall each year. The Department of Nursing invites distinguished leaders and scholars in the field of nursing and other related disciplines to Hartwick College for a spring and fall lecture series each year. Nursing majors, other students, faculty, and community members are all invited to attend the evening lecture.

On October 18, 2017 the College will welcome Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theatre. Burns and the Mop & Bucket Company, are part of a consulting, coaching and training company, Koppett, that uses improvisation and storytelling techniques to enhance individual and group performance. Koppett clients include Apple, Facebook, Havas, the SUNY Research Foundation, and more. The presentation will focus on how communication skills can be developed and improved.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Past speakers and topics include:

  • October 2016: Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Founder and CEO of the Forum for Shared Governance presented “Empowering Evidence for Shared Governance”
  • March 2016: Mark Carpenter with VitalSmarts presented “The Silent Treatment: How Crucial Conversations Drive Patient Safety
  • October 2015: Aidan Havener Bohlander, LICSW presented “Toxic Stress and Trauma in Early Childhood: Reducing Impact, Nurturing Resilience”
  • March 2015: Lori Ciafardoni, MSN/ED, RN presented “Common Health Issues for the LGBT Population and Transgender Healthcare”
  • October 2014: Presentation of the documentary “The American Nurse: Healing America” followed by a panel discussion.

Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Rho Chapter

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. The Omicron Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International welcomes students to another season of scholarly activity at Hartwick College.

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