The mission of the Endicott College School of Nursing is to prepare graduates to practice in a complex and ever-changing health care environment. Preparation for practice will be based on evidence-based theoretical knowledge and structured, supervised clinical instruction. The educational process will incorporate the student as an active participant and through the use of innovative teaching approaches will foster a collaborative and interactive classroom environment in which students are encouraged to be self-learners, responsible for the depth and breadth of their acquired knowledge. The professional standards of nursing will provide the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning, and therapeutic communication skills. Curriculum integration of global issues and medico-legal concepts will insure that students can participate in society as educated, culturally competent, socially responsible individuals who respect others and the environment and are accountable to protect and promote the well-being of those assigned to their care. Inherent in this mission is that the student will remain a self-learner throughout his/her lifespan and will be committed to both personal and professional development.
In the School of Nursing, clinical education experiences in a variety of settings provide students with the work experience other students might gain through internships. Clinical education experiences provide students with an opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom. Nursing students in the Bachelor program take a nursing course that includes a laboratory and/or clinical experience every semester from their sophomore year through their senior year, and a full-semester internship experience in the senior year.
The Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway - 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006; telephone: 800-669-1656, ext. 153.
National Student Nursing Association
Nursing students have an opportunity to be a member of the National Student Nurses Association at Endicott College. Membership in the professional organization exposes the student to the nursing profession through conferences, journals and service activities.
Clinical Education Experiences
Clinical nursing courses allow students to apply what they are learning in class in a clinical/lab setting on a weekly basis throughout the semester. In addition, students have opportunities to work independently with a nurse preceptor during their senior internship experience. Clinical settings vary widely depending on the course objectives. Clinical sites might include schools, home care agencies, clinics, public health departments, adult day care programs, and wellness centers as well as hospitals, rehabilitation centers and long term care facilities.
Examples of Clinical Education Experiences
While learning about pediatric nursing, students care for children in the hospital and in classrooms for children with multiple handicaps.
The majority of the clinical experiences related to maternity nursing are in the hospital where students provide nursing care to childbearing families during labor, birth, and after birth. In addition, students may work with nurses in an obstetrician’s office or may accompany nurses who make home visits to families.
During clinical experiences in an acute care hospital students care for a variety of patients with medical and/or surgical problems. Students are responsible for assessing their patient, planning and providing care including such activities as giving medications, changing dressings, and evaluating the care they give. They have the opportunity to observe surgery. In other acute care settings, students have experiences in the Intensive Care Unit and on telemetry units using technology to assist with patient care.
While learning about psychosocial nursing students care for clients in hospital-based mental health settings where they can explore the range of services available including: acute care, emergency psychiatric services, substance abuse services, and day treatment-outpatient programs.
Community health clinical experiences are provided in a variety of community and public health settings.
Selected Clinical Affiliations
To ensure strong clinical placements, Endicott has formed affiliations with approximately 63 agencies, some of which include Lahey Clinic Hospital (Burlington), Beverly, North Shore Children’s, Bayridge, Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, Melrose-Wakefield, Bournewood, Lynn Union, Salem, and Boston Children’s Hospitals; North Shore Medical Center; Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Center; Seacoast Nursing and Retirement Center; Kindred Hospital; Peabody, Beverly, Salem and Lawrence Public Schools; Tufts NEMC; Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital; Beverly Health Department; Boston Medical Center; Caritas Holy Family; Hallmark Health Hospice; Hospice Care, Inc.; Lynn Community Health Center; Lawrence Memorial Hospital; Merrimack Valley Hospital; Salem Hospital; Shriners Hospital for Children; Lawrence General Hospital; VNA Danvers/Gloucester; Associated Home Care; Catherine’s Adult Day Health Care; Fuller School; Herrick House; and Pediatric Heath Care.