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Health Sciences Building, Room T-301
University of Washington School of Nursing
Phone: (206) 543-8736 or 1 (800) 759-NURS
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Undergraduate Clinical Rotations

All clinical placements are at the sole discretion of the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing has the right to take immediate action and remove a student temporarily from a clinical course and/or clinical site if there are serious academic, Essentials Behavior or patient safety concerns necessitating investigation and resolution. The School will notify the student and training site in writing of the effective date of removal and reason for removal. During the course of the investigation, the student has the right to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, appropriate Academic Services personnel, and relevant course faculty to contribute to fact finding. After the investigation is complete, the student will be notified in writing of reinstatement to the course or final removal from the course.

The BSN and ABSN programs are foundations for basic nursing competence. You will gain essential clinical experiences to meet state board requirements, including a variety of clinical skills, patient care experiences, and decision-making skills. Your clinical placements may be in many different settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • inpatient and outpatient
  • mental health
  • public health agencies
  • community agencies
  • public schools

Your patients mirror society and you may care for individuals and families, infants through the elderly, individuals with acute, chronic and mental illnesses, patients able to afford health care and those without means to take care of themselves.

Clinical placements through the Consortium and non-Consortium sites are arranged within the greater Seattle area, including metropolitan Seattle, King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. Transportation to your clinical site is your responsibility. You may use your own car, public transportation, or carpool with other students in your group. Commute/transportation issues are not considered as part of the clinical placements.

Clinical Rotation Shifts

The majority of clinical rotations are schedules during daytime hours, however, some of them may be evenings and weekends.  You should reserve the entire day for your clinical rotation (6:00am - midnight).

Dress Code/Appearance

All students will be asked to follow the rules of the hospital in regards to their dress code. Some sites will not permit jewelry, body piercings, etc. Students must comply with the site request and remove any items during clinical rotations. If you arrive at the facility in unacceptable unaccepatable attire, you will be asked to leave the facility. Please direct any questions to your instructor or the manager of the unit you will be working on

Clinical Course Hours

Clinical Course Hours
NCLIN 302: Health Assessment 30 hours skills lab
NCLIN 306: Basic Skills of Nursing Practice 30 hours skills lab, 64 hours clinical experience, 10 hours interactive in-class sessions, plus orientation and preparation hours
NCLIN 403: Practicum - Pediatric Nursing
12 hours orientation and onboarding, 70 hours clinical experience, 21 hours clinical prep, 12 hours pediatric labs and lab prep
NCLIN 407: Practicum - Nursing Care of Ill Adults
150 hours clinical & skills lab (includes clinical prep)
NCLIN 409: Partnerships in Community Health 20 hours seminar, 80 hours clinical experience, 20 hours independent work
NCLIN 411: Transition to Professional Practice 240 hours skills & clinical experience
NCLIN 416: Nursing of Families: Childbearing and Childrearing 120 hours clinical & skills lab
NCLIN 418: Psychosocial Nursing 120 hours clinical & skills lab
TOTAL 890 hours