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Student Placement 

Stanford Health Care was selected as the recipient of the 2022 University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Organization Award (Outside of Tri-State Region) for going above and beyond to provide clinical placement opportunities for graduate students in our advanced-practice nursing programs.

In March of 2020, with the outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter in place order, accommodation for student clinical rotations came to a halt throughout the country, resulting in delays in graduation for 69% of students.


At this time, the Student Placement Team (SPT) started exploring opportunities for reintegration of the students. The team was aware of the need for more effective standardized onboarding process and nimble workflow implementation to enhance timely and comprehensive information exchange between the SPT and academic partners with regards to the evolving CDC and County Health Department requirements.

New forms were created, new timelines were developed, and students’ clinical rotation was resumed with consideration of staff, student, and patient safety and compliance with CDC requirements. 


At this time, the SPT transitioned to a new data platform called Smartsheet. Smartsheet enabled the team to set up an intake form which the school placement coordinators complete, resulting in a decrease in transcription errors on our side. Additionally, the team was able to add all required forms to Smartsheet so schools can download the most current version.

The SPT work was modeled after the six essential standards from the American Association for Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Healthy Work Environment (HWE) to achieve effective and maintainable outcomes.

Student clinical rotation has been facilitated at Stanford for many years with commitment to Stanford mission of To Care, To Educate and To Discover; the number of students has grown over the years as the need for allied health care professional increases. Currently, the Center for Education and Professional Development (CEPD) SPT places approximately 400 students per year in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The SPT facilitates the onboarding and coordination for leaners from over 30 schools encompassing various programs including prelicensure nursing, graduate nursing, physician assistant, as well as a couple of areas outside of nursing on a year-round basis.

Submitted by: Lisa Muniz, MBA, MSN, RN, PHN, NPD-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist - Center for Education and Professional Development

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