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capstone, care continuum, clinical immersion, nursing program, preceptorship



  1. Fleming, Louise PhD, RN
  2. Lorenzen, Rachael MSN, RN
  3. Stanek, Joan MSN, RN, ANP-BC
  4. Williams, Megan EdD, RN, FNP-BC
  5. Mendel, Hilary MSN, RN


Background: RN precepted clinical immersion experiences have become a mainstay of prelicensure nursing education, as they increase autonomy and confidence as students prepare to graduate and enter the workforce.


Problem: Nursing students are often assigned a hospital unit that neither enables them to work with their preferred patient population nor appreciates the patient care continuum.


Approach: A clinical immersion experience was developed using an innovative model focused on specific patient populations across the care continuum.


Outcomes: Five clinically immersive experiences were developed. More than 50 students transitioned through varied areas across the care continuum, based on their chosen focus.


Conclusion: Senior-level nursing students were able to care for patients along the care continuum in both acute and community settings through a new model.