Nursing Special Opportunities

Senior Independent Practicum

All Hartwick College nursing students complete a Senior Independent Practicum in their final semester. Students choose from a wide range of clinical sites and areas of specialization, and complete 200 clinical hours under the guidance of a nurse preceptor. 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 course in Transcultural Nursing in Jamaica, West Indies. Junior nursing students in this course learn firsthand about the impact of culture, politics, economics, and globalization on healthcare and healing. Through their work, students are able to recognize the health-related beliefs of the culture, and how those beliefs affect the health of the people. In addition to course work, there also is time for sightseeing, and learning about the local culture. Enrollment in this course is limited and selection is competitive.


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.


Hartwick College Association of Student Nurses

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

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 plans to meet monthly, combining an event with each meeting. The fall meetings have included collecting canned goods and fundraising for Thanksgiving baskets. Further fundraising—through a clothing sale, etc.—will help to support the Ministries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica.

Plans for the spring include making Easter baskets for the pre-school children at Springbrook.

Students interested in joining the organization should contact an officer of the organization. Members are required to attend at least 3 events during the year.

HCASN Officers  2019-2020

  • President: Emma Lauria ’20
  • Vice President: Kristina Rivera ’20
  • Secretary:  Dana Barcellona ’20 
  • Treasurer: Jenna DiBartolo ’20

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 11, 2019, Anna Song Beeber ‘98, PhD, RN, FAAN, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, will present The Baby Boomers Have Arrived!” for the Fall O’Connor Lecture.

Past O’Connor Chair Speakers and Topics:

  • March 2019: Jean Van Kingsley RN, MS, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC and Noelle Granger, a special education teacher at Walton Central School, presented “The Landscape of Bullying in Rural America”
  • October 2018: The O’Connor Foundation supported the Nursing Symposium, a celebration of 75 years of nursing at Hartwick College
  • March 2018: Lt. Colonel Andy Kaufman, Christy A. Coe, JD, MS, Suzi Landolphi, and Dr. Malika Carter contributed their unique perspectives on “Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness”
  • October 2017: Michael Burns and the Mop and Bucket Company focused on  communications skills and how they can be developed and improved
  • April 2017: Diane Georgeson, M.D. presented “Medical Care For Transgender Adults”
  • 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”

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. 

In order to be eligible, nursing students must:

  • have completed half of the nursing curriculum
  • achieve academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • rank in the top 35% of the graduating class
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity

Invitations are sent to eligible students in the spring semester.

The Omicron Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International welcomes students to another season of scholarly activity at Hartwick College’s Department of Nursing.

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