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Designing a New Model for Clinical Education: An Innovative Approach

Shaffer, Kathryn, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE; Swan, Beth, Ann, PhD, CRNP, FAAN; Bouchaud, Mary, PhD, MSN, CNS, RN, CRRN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000468
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To keep pace with the ever-changing health care delivery system, it is important to transform the way future nurses are educated, both in classroom and in clinical settings, to care for people along the life and care continuum, not only in acute-care settings. The purpose of this article is to describe a new approach to educating baccalaureate nursing students using immersion practicums that expose students to population health, transitions of care, care coordination, and the multiple roles a nurse engages in along the continuum. The curriculum includes 5 immersions, each with a specific life and care continuum focus to develop anticipatory thinkers.

Author Affiliation: Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and Assistant Professor (Dr Shaffer), Professor (Dr Swan), and Assistant Professor (Dr Bouchaud), Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Shaffer, Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, 901 Walnut St, Suite 816, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (

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Accepted for publication: September 18, 2017

Published ahead of print: November 29, 2017

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