Making the community a classroom
The community provides a training ground for patient interaction and care for all programs in the department. The nursing department has 175 community partnerships with area organizations that allow students to interact and participate in helping those with medical needs in southwest Missouri. As part of a nursing program, students discover the importance of community and the ability to help those around them.
A wide variety of partnerships are in place to allow students the opportunity to develop an understanding of different nursing specialties while gaining experience. Students benefit from the supervision of a preceptor in the community to assist them in their outreach experiences.
The nursing department is always developing new relationships with organizations. Some of the partnerships are listed below: