Title

Home hospitals: Maximizing nursing student clinical placements

Publication Date

5-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Nursing

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Education

Volume

59

Issue

5

DOI

10.3928/01484834-20200422-06

First Page

269

Last Page

273

Abstract

Background: A metropolitan-based baccalaureate nursing program (N = 350) faced multiple challenges regarding maximizing students’ clinical time. The Home Hospital option allowed students’ clinical rotations to remain at the same agency throughout the nursing program versus rotating to multiple sites. Method: A 3.5-year quality improvement study surveyed a convenience sample of students (n = 210) regarding benefits and limitations of the Home Hospital option including ease of on-boarding, appreciation by staff, opportunity to learn agencies’ culture, and overall satisfaction. Data were extrapolated from an online program exit survey. Results: More than 90% of students stated they would repeat the experience and recommend the Home Hospital option to future students. Conclusion: Offering a Home Hospital option for student placements provided many benefits and a possible solution to deal with the complexities of maximizing clinical experiences. Academic partnerships should continue to evolve especially where there is a scarcity of placement options.

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