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The Clinical Placement Consortium: Where Education and Practice Meet

Hodges, Jan MSN, RN,BC; Kline, Kay PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: November-December 2005 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p 267-271

The process of planning the clinical rotations for nursing students can be challenging for both academia and the clinical service setting. This article will discuss a collaborative model that is used by one nursing community. Advantages and challenges will be presented from both views as well as lessons learned. The Clinical Placement Consortium (CPC) has served as a method to work toward a common goal of quality clinical experiences for all students.

This article presents a collaborative model used by one nursing community to plan clinical rotations for nursing students.

Jan Hodges, MSN, RN,BC, is Manager, Academic Relations and Nursing Research, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kay Kline, PhD, RN, is Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Jan Hodges, MSN, RN,BC, Spectrum Health, 100 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.