Clinical Experiences, Nursing

Widener University nursing students get real-world experience in some of the best health care facilities in the nation, including the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Cooper University Hospital, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and many more. Whether learning one-on-one with a preceptor or in small clinical groups for undergraduate students (one faculty member for every 8 students), students will learn from faculty who are clinical experts.

Undergraduate Clinical Experiences

Undergraduate students have the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences throughout the tri-state area, including university health systems, community hospitals, long-term care settings, schools, and senior centers. Some examples of the clinical sites utilized are listed below. See Flickr gallery for photos from undergraduate clinical experiences.

Medical-Surgical Nursing

In medical-surgical nursing I, students explore caring for the chronically ill in a long-term care setting. The students refine their communication, assessment, and clinical skills while providing comfort to patients and their families.


Family-focused Maternal/Newborn Care

In family-focused maternal/newborn care, students provide care to an expectant mother before, during, and after the birth of a child. The students also address health issues experienced by women.


Medical-Surgical Nursing II and III

In medical-surgical nursing II and III, students develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while addressing the physical and psychosocial needs of acutely ill patients in one of the many health care systems in the area.  


Newborn through Adolescent Care

In two of the pre-eminent children’s hospitals in the tri-state region, students provide care to children from newborn through adolescence facing both acute and chronic medical conditions.

 

Other Examples

In population health, students focus on promoting health and addressing the needs of a community in settings such as schools and senior centers. In the psychiatric mental health experience, students work with individuals, families, groups, and communities assessing their mental health needs and providing holistic nursing intervention.