Accelerated BSN Clinical Placements

No nursing education is complete without the real-life experiences you can only get working in actual health care settings. As a University of the Incarnate Word Accelerated BSN student, you’ll learn first-hand what it takes to be a knowledgeable, compassionate nurse through more than 900 hours of clinical rotations at a variety of clinical sites in and around San Antonio, including two of the most respected in Texas — CHRISTUS Health System and Methodist Healthcare System.

Because of our 16-month accelerated nursing track’s condensed format, you’ll begin clinicals during your first semester. This ensures you graduate with a wealth of diverse clinical experiences in a number of specialties.

UIW nursing student posing in front of hospital bed with arms crossed

Real-World Nursing Experience

It’s normal to be nervous walking into your first round of clinicals, especially as a first-semester nursing student. However, it’s important to keep in mind that your clinical experiences correspond to what you’re doing in your online coursework and skills and simulation labs, so you’ll always have a good idea of what you’re walking into and how it supports your learning objectives.

Additionally, while you will start clinicals in more of an observational role, by the end of the ABSN track, you’ll be the one providing the care — with supervision, of course. Throughout clinicals, you’ll receive one-on-one attention from your clinical instructors, as well as expert guidance from the RNs and other health care providers on staff.

These clinical experiences are invaluable in helping you to learn how to effectively:

  • Care for patients with varied and even complex medical conditions
  • Advocate for the mental, physical and spiritual needs of your patients
  • Communicate with patients and their family members
  • Manage and prioritize the needs of multiple patients
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary care team
  • Navigate the health care system and electronic records management systems

Clinicals also provide another important benefit, which can be very helpful when you enter the workforce — the opportunity to network with nurses, doctors, hiring managers and other hospital staff.

Contact us to talk to an admissions counselor about clinical rotations and the critical role they play in your accelerated nursing education.

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