In 2016, York College approached SpiriTrust Lutheran® about forming a partnership to provide clinical observations in a skilled care setting for students enrolled in its bachelor’s degree nursing program. In the less than two years since the partnership was formed, more than 25 students have gained valuable experience observing the nursing team at SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Shrewsbury as part of their clinical rotations.
“Many students who become RNs or LPNs begin their careers in an acute care
setting,” says Kay Weidner, RN, BSN, CNDLTC, corporate director of clinical excellence. “Our hope is that students who complete clinical observations with SpiriTrust Lutheran will recall a positive experience and return to work for us after their acute care experience.”
Rachel Greenlee, a senior nursing student at York College, spent a day observing at The Village at Shrewsbury in October. Greenlee said she hoped the experience would help her learn more about long-term care and the specific roles each team member plays in the plan of care. “Everyone has been very inclusive here and very friendly,” Greenlee says. “I feel like I have learned a lot.”
To make the experience as rewarding as possible, Christie Magsino, BSN, RN, CLTCRN, CNE, director of nursing at The Village at Shrewsbury, said she creates a schedule for students so they get to meet and work alongside various team members throughout the day. Students participate in a care plan meeting, where they learn about and witness how the plan of care is communicated with residents and their family members or responsible parties. “I also go over how the staff manage, observe and evaluate care on a daily basis,” Magsino says.
Earlier this year, students from the Practical Nursing program at York County School of Technology also began performing observations at The Village at Shrewsbury. In previous years, students have observed at SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Sprenkle Drive and SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Utz Terrace.